I went to the beach with some friends and was inspired by these cookies my friend, Kim, baked for the kids. She called them Compost Cookies. “Did I hear you right? Did you say compost cookies?” I’ve never heard of them but they looked good. It’s basically a cookie base with a mishmash of random ingredients tossed in: chocolate chips, raisins, potato chips, pretzels, corn flakes, etc. I had to try a little bite so that I knew what I’m dealing with here. Wow! It was an explosion of sweet vs. salt having a party in my mouth. So I had to come up with my own guilt-free version.
- 2 cups of any nut butter (I used peanut butter and almond butter.)
- 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar or 3 tbsp of Stevia powder
- 2 large egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 bar of dark chocolate (72% cocoa or greater), chopped
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or other nuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup of rolled oatmeal
- and anything else you’d like.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate, nuts, coconut, oatmeal, etc.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined or greased cookie sheets and flatten to form cookie shape . (I chose to make hamburger-patty sizes!)
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 15 more minutes.
- Store in the refrigerator.