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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Scraps and Snippets ~ Salty Pirates Argh or Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salty Pirates (Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies)

All I could think about when seeing this recipe come alive in my mind, was pirates. Argh. Why? Good question. But I think it's the whole salt thing. Pretzels argh salty. And Salty Dogs argh crusty sea-goers. And well, pirates sail to islands in search of treasargh and, conceivably, coconut oil. So there we go. These crunchy cookies taste a little caramelly (due to the brown sugar),salty with a wee hint of peanut butter and chocolate. Dargh I say almost worth a plank walk to get em? 
 

3/4 Cup peanut butter
1/2 Cup coconut oil
1 and 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar 
3 Flax Eggs (3 TBSP ground flaxseed, 9 TBSP water)
2/3 Cup applesauce
2 Cups finely crushed pretzels (mallet or food processor)
1 and 1/2 Cups coarsely crushed pretzels
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 3/4 Cups flour (I use either whole wheat pastry or a blend of unbleached all purpose and white whole wheat)
2 Cups chocolate chips

Put flax and water together and let gel while crushing pretzels (It takes approximately 3-4 cups pretzels to equal about 1 cup of crushed/powdered depending on size etc of pretzel).

Add the peanut butter, applesauce and sugar to the flax gel and mix thoroughly. Add in coconut oil and vanilla. Add salt, baking powder and stir thoroughly. Add finely crushed pretzels and flour, mix well. Finally, stir in chocolate chips and coarsely crushed pretzels.

Roll or drop spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.  Makes 72-80 cookies.