Theres not much more that I enjoy than being able to sit down in a cosy chair with a cup of tea while dunking in a hefty chocolate chip cookie in it (sorry to people who think that would be offensively sabotaging tea!).
But its not just any cookie that I’m dunking - I’m talking about the ones where a caramel-like crisp outer layer encases a melt in the mouth gooey centre. I’m also talking about the cookies where you don’t have to read the back of a packet to calculate the Calories (that doesn’t matter in the slightest).
If theres on vital component of recovery, it being able to enjoy the small moments of life, even the simplicity of baking your favourite cookies, licking the mixture out of the bowl, and feeling free to nibble them whenever and in whatever quantity you want. Cookies never need to be associated with guilt, being unhealthy or gluttony.
In fact, I truly believe that the art of simple baking and enjoying the product (filled with REAL SUGAR minus any unnecessary ‘healthy’ substitutes like buckwheat flour, quinoa and whatever other poo tasting ingredient you can think of).
Also, we can sod off the hefty price tag of those ‘healthier’ alternatives, but really, who wants a batch of cookies to cost the amount of a deposit on your mortgage!
Thats exactly what these cookies were made for - allowing your recovery the room to experience enjoyment, satisfaction, comfort and the non-pompous ways of baking. Lets be honest, its the simplest and cheapest of recipes that sound best (good bye coconut sugar, coconut oil and expensive gluten free powders!!!)
To make THE BEST CHEWY GOOEY COOKIES you’ll ever taste, you can follow the simple recipe below for times when you feel you’d like a truly compassion-centred snack that doesn’t conform to societal health standards! The ones below are oatmeal, chocolate and raisin cookies, but you can substitute the addition of chocolate and raisins for the same amount of any other tasty nibbles. These might include fudge pieces, peanut butter, chopped nuts, cranberries, Maltese’s or just about anything you can think of).
To make a hearty batch of 12 cookies, you will need the following:
In bowl 1:
125g of rolled oats
105g of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice (optional, but it gives a little depth of warmth to the cookies)
In bowl 2:
85g of brown sugar
105g of white sugar (using both kinds of sugar allows the gooey melt in the middle centre and crispy outside to magically happen!)
115g of butter (or dairy free if you have an allergy)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
In bowl 3:
50g of raisins
50g of chopped milk, dark or white chocolate (can be chocolate drops).
Feel free to also add your own additions equating to around 100g
Heat oven to 180 celcius, and prepare 2 rectangle baking trays by lining with parchment paper, foil or a thin layer of butter/spread
Portion out all of bowl 1, and mix together before setting to one side
In bowl 2, add the sugar, followed by the butter. Then cream together with a fork or whisk until well combined and creamy.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to the creamy mix, and combine well until a creamy consistency is formed again
Add bowl 1 gradually to bowl 2, and gently fold in until well combined. Once completed, you can then fold in the raising and chocolate chips (or other chosen ingredients)
Once everything is mixed well together, you can spoon on a heaped tablespoon of the mixture onto the baking trays. Try to ensure there are is at least an inch or two between each cookie to allow them to expand (unless you would like a huge cookie in the shape of the tray…)
Lick the remaining mixture from the bowl with spoon (preferably your fingers)
Bake in the preheated oven for 9-10 minutes
Once baked, take out the cookies and wait 5 minutes to cool before removing from the tray
Hallelujah, you have some of the best gooey-liscious cookies you will even lay your eyes on.
Grab yourself a cosy cup of tea, sit in your favourite cosy seat (or in bed), and dunk your cookie lovingly into the liquid. Place the cookie in your mouth, and savour its warming heart-melting flavour, while remembering that you always deserve to eat and enjoy things that taste this good!
If you feel any fear around these cookies, bat it away with the understanding and compassion that you deserve to enjoy the simple and delicious things in life. You are always worth cookies - and especially the ones that go non-calorie counted and fully enjoyed with a steamy cup of tea or even a coffee, hot chocolate or favourite hot beverage. You won’t regret it!