Saturdays are my favorite. Because not only are they… Saturdays… They're my cookie day. Every Saturday morning, I have my weekend breakfast, linger in my pajamas for as long as possible, and then out comes the chocolate (almost always), the flour, the (coconut) oil, my favorite spatula and pink mixing bowl as I make a mess the kitchen that even a three year old would be proud of. Usually, the fruits of my weekend labor are what I post on the blog the following week, so I take time to photograph, write, upload, and edit since it's hard for me to find time after the weekend. It's my weekend ritual and I love it.
My original plan for this recipe didn't have chocolate as the center. But when I realized I was out of the other ingredient (which shan't be named because I want to use it in the future!), I remembered the two- not one, but TWO- bars of dark chocolate I had stowed away in the freezer that my parents gave me for my birthday. Give me chocolate for my birthday, and I won't complain. What else could you need?
These cookies taste like peanut butter cups but they have about a tenth of the amount of ingredients you'll find on that neon orange package, are vegan and gluten-free, and somewhat healthy. Until you eat half of the batch for lunch, that is. Thank god calories don't count on the weekends.
3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. + 2 tbsp. peanut butter
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup/honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats + more for rolling (optional)
3 tbsp. dark chocolate chunks
sea salt for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk coconut oil, peanut butter, sweetener, and vanilla. Add oats and mix until well combined. Scoop into balls and roll in oats if desired. Place on prepared cookie sheet and make an indent in the enter with your thumb. Place chocolate in each indent, distributing evenly. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt and let cool before transferring to a jar or container to store. Recipe yields 12 cookies.