So here’s a not-so-secret fact of life: sometimes things don’t turn out like you planned. Now here’s a top-secret fact of life: that’s okay. Breathe. Everything will be okay. You can make a new batch of cookies, you can fix the stain in the carpet, sometimes you can even change jobs or move back home or start physical therapy. Big or small, nothing is permanent. Remember that.
Now about those cookies. Lately I’ve been totally obsessed with the vegan maple-pecan cookies at Whole Foods, which only have like six or seven ingredients. Flour, oats, pecans, maple syrup, salt, canola oil, vanilla. Something like that. Shouldn’t be too hard to recreate, right? Except, silly me, I tried to make the recipe healthy and instead of crumbly, nutty, autumnal cookies I wound up with awkward, chewy (but still delicious) little nuggets. Trial and error, people, trial and error.
At least they look good, right? I know I can play with the recipe a little and turn them into a.) killer cookies or b.) delicious chewy granola bars. My recipe, in case you want it, is this:
Weirdly Chewy Maple-Pecan Cookies
- 1 cup flour (I did half whole wheat and half white)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup chopped raw pecans
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt