Thank you for all of your lovely emails, Facebook and Twitter messages, and comments about our "Pride and Prejudice" marathon movie night. It is nice to know there are so many fellow Jane Austen fans out there! Seeing as I couldn't zap you all to our event (believe me, I would have if I could have) I will share the remaining two recipes on our delectable raw menu.
Today I am sharing the mint chocolate chip cookies, and next week I will post the sun dried tomato kale chips! I will attach a disclaimer about both of these recipes before continuing: these little morsels of heaven are hard to quit eating, and will kick even the most disciplined foodie into an over indulgent coma.
But for those of you bold foodies who are happy to indulge in chocolate heaven, I will continue. The best thing about these chocolate chip cookies? They are super easy and take 5 minutes to prepare in your food processor. The worst thing about these cookies? They can take up to two days to dehydrate. I know....torture! But if you are prepared to be patient, your discipline will be rewarded! The one saving grace? You can eat the raw cookie dough!
Well, at least that is what Olivia, Tara and I did while we were waiting for them to be finished! We were committed. I asked the question last week, "Does life get any better than Jane Austen, my favorite peeps and great food?" Let me add a caveat and say that chocolate must be included. Even if it is the raw variety! You might remember from the lasagne post that I bumped into one of my reader's (Maddy) partners at the Whole Foods in Studio City. Brian was kindly sharing his raw foodie knowledge and warning me about the dangers of indulging in too much cacao as he was sliding my overly large bag of raw cacao powder and raw cacao nibs over the scanner at checkout. I told him that I only consumed excessive amounts of cacao during very special occasions, and if a night with Mr. Darcy didn't qualify, then I didn't know what did!
I will admit now what I was too embarrassed to admit to Brian then, that, in my humble opinion, there is never a wrong time to indulge in a little bit of raw chocolate. Honestly, you can't go wrong with these raw chocolate chip cookies.
If you don't have a dehydrator, you can still enjoy these cookies. Just preheat your oven to 300 F, place the cookies in, close the oven door, and then turn off the oven and allow to cool. This yields a cookie with a similar texture to the dehydrator and takes a lot less time. They just won't be "raw".
Mr. Darcy or no Mr. Darcy, dehydrator or no dehydrator, make a date with these chocolate chip cookies, and you will not be disappointed.