March Break Hermits
March 15, 2011

March Break. I’ve been thinking about schools, and Ivy and her future. The position of teacher should be well paid, highly sought-after and venerated. Surely our health and our children are the two most precious things in life, yet while we value our doctors so highly and reward them so well, we continue to neglect the people who care for our children. And while I am bitterly opposed to what we in Canada call a ‘two-tiered’ medical system, where the wealthy get better medical care, we are seriously considering private school for Ivy. Sensei, guru, mentor. Oh, if only Oprah and I ran the world. A lot of people and all parents must feel this way about our teachers. And parents probably never value teachers as much as they do at March break.

So, born of the tyranny of a bored toddler, this one’s for the teachers: cookies with chocolate chips, dates, walnuts, and chickpeas. Don’t get all caught up in that yough, these are excellent cookies.

Hermit Cookie Recipe

these are for you, Herman

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Hermit Cookie Recipe
March 15, 2011

Here are the healthy(er) march break hermit cookies dedicated to teachers everywhere!

If you bake, you are used to being precise. If you bake with a child, you are used to not being precise, and to mopping flour off the floor and your brow.

Don’t worry, these cookies are forgiving. . They are also open to interpretation – we used walnuts and dates, but you could use pecans and dried apricots, for example. As always, my recipes are templates – let your appetite and your pantry be your guides.

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
teeny pinch salt
splash milk
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped chick peas

Cream together the butter and sugar. Do this well. With authority. Add the egg. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl,  and then add them into the butter mixture. If the cookie dough is a bit dry, add a splash of milk.

Now add the good bits – yes, including the chick peas. You’ll never even notice them.

Drop these onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, but I think they’re best when slightly darker brown.

I hope you love them.

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