September 22, 2010

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chunk, Walnut & Dried Cherry Cookies

Yes, I know the title of these cookies are a mouthful. But they are a ridiculously delicious mouthful!

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot (pronounced Sue-coat) begins at sundown tonight and I'm so excited because it is the best holiday ever. Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around this holiday. From my childhood friend Adrienne's SSDS Sukkah decorating parties, to eating and drinking in the Sukkah with family friends back in my Long Island days. For 8 nights & 7 days, we get to eat our meals under the stars with good friends and family. What could be better than that? Ari from Run Ansky Run wrote a beautiful blog post this week about this fabulous holiday so please check it out if you'd like a better understand of the traditions and practices involved.
Best Sukkah decorations EVER award goes to Ari from Run Ansky Run. Old race bibs!
This year, I'll be spending the holiday with my best friend Michelle and her family, aka my second family. I love spending time with her folks, her kids, and her brothers and their beautiful families. My favorite part of spending this holiday with them is their Sukkah-bowl. Think the football game from Wedding Crasher but with a large Jewish family, and minus the violence and jealousy. So fun! Since I don't like going anywhere empty handed, I decided to bake gluten free Challah and some cookies for the occasion.

The gluten free Challah is the one I tried for Rosh Hashanah and it's the first gluten free Challah I've actually loved. You can find the recipe here.
The cookie recipe is a new one I recently made up and cannot stop baking. Hope everyone loves them as much as I do!

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chunk, Walnut & Dried Cherry Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)
makes about 2 dozen cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 F and prepare a large baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream together:
2 tbsp Earth Balance, room temperature (or margarine, butter, etc...)
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar

equivalent of 1 Egg Replacer (or 1 egg if you eat 'em)
1/4 cup plain, unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

In a separate bowl, sift together:
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon

Add the flour mixture to the creamed sugar mixture and combine well. Then, hand stir in and mix well:
2 cups gluten free Oats
1 large vegan Chocolate Bar, chopped into chunks
1/3 cup Dried Cherries
1/3 cup Walnut chunks (walnuts chopped into large pieces)

Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, flattening each cookie slightly. Bake for about 10-12 min. The cookies will be light brown at the edges when done. Let them cool on the sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.

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