Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Chocolate, Date & Walnut Spice Cookies

Chocolate, Date & Walnut Spice Cookies
Servings: 15 cookies

1 1/2 cups walnut halves and pieces
15 dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons sesame oil
a pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon powdered clove
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sugar to sprinkle on the top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place walnuts, dates and chocolate in a food processor and process until they are coarsely ground. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the entire mix starts to form a ball.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat . Scoop out the mix, about 1 tablespoon each, gently roll into a ball with your hands (it will form approx. 15 cookies), and place each on the lined tray and gently flatten them. Sprinkle with course sugar.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Let cookies cool completely on the baking sheet. After they have cooled, slowly peel out the parchment paper and handle the cookies with care.

NOTES: We haven't tried this recipe yet.

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