Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Almond Date Cookies


A friend at work gave me some dates from his cousin's farm (www.sundateusa.com), so I came home and made a quick batch of cookies.

Equipment needed:
Vita-Mix with the dry container, large bowl, 1 cup and 1/4 cup measuring cups, fork or spoon for stirring, spatula, cookie sheet, parchment paper, oven, and a knife for scoring (optional)

In the Vita-Mix:
5 pitted dates
1 cup water

Blend until the dates are liquified. Using a blender and having small chunks of dates is fine, too. Pour this into the bowl. Add:

2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup chia seeds

Stir until well mixed. Place in the refrigerator to allow the chia seeds to gel. I think I only gave it 15 minutes. I usually allow an hour.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place parchment paper on the cookie sheet and empty the contents of the bowl in the middle. Spread into a rectangle about 1/2" thick. Score with a knife to the desired size for each cookie.

Bake for 25 minutes. Flip and remove the parchment paper. If you're feeling lucky, use an oven glove, get under the cookies on the parchment paper and flip that onto the cookie sheet. If you're not feeling lucky, use a second cookie sheet. I did the oven glove trick and it went well. The rectangle is fairly small and that makes it easier to maneuver.

Separate along the score lines. Turn the oven down to 200 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes.

Your baking time may vary depending on your oven, the thickness of the cookies, etc. I apparently didn't get the thickness even throughout and some baked faster than others.

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