Cosmic Cookies!

What makes them cosmic, you ask?  

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It may be that they’re loaded with enough nutrients to sustain an astronaut. When astronauts still existed. 
Or it may be that they look a bit like asteroids. 
 
It could be that the recipe makes enough to feed a small galaxy.
But my best guess is that it has something to do with their gravitational pull.

Upload from July 29, 2011Because when I lived far away from the maker of the Cosmic Cookie - the local organic grocery store, Planet Organic - they just weren’t on my radar. But now that I’m mere minutes away from Planet Organic, well, we’re tight. And I’m short on laundry change. 

So last night, I decided to take matters (and matter) into my own hands; I turned to the great omniscient being, Google, and found a recipe for Cosmic Cookies from none other than Planet Organic itself.  

Upload from July 29, 2011And, wouldn’t you know, it’s beyond easy: mix, whisk, mix, squish, bake. To be fair, it’s a bit messy - gloopy, even - but it’s so worth it. Because the homemade versions are just as a good as the originals - moist and just-right sweet, with more extras than dough and the satisfying bite of blackstrap molasses - but they don’t run you $2 per cookie. 

Which means you won’t be worrying about a black hole in your wallet. Now your mouth, on the other hand: I make no guarantees. 
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Cosmic Cookies
Adapted from Planet Organic
Makes tons - 24 hefty cookies if made as directed and lots of littler ones if you stray from the directions

Ingredients
2¼ cups quick cooking oats
2 cups spelt flour
1¾ cups chocolate chips
1¼ cups raisins
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup + 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup flax seeds
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2¼ tsp salt (preferably sea salt)
1 cup milk (or soy milk)
¾ cup canola oil
¼ cup blackstrap molasses*
¼ cup water 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine first 11 ingredients (oats through salt) in an extra-large bowl and stir to distribute everything evenly. Combine milk, canola oil, molasses and water in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into well. Stir until just combined.
 
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2. Portion dough onto cookie sheets using a 1/3 cup measuring cup or a medium-sized ice cream scoop (I went for the latter), leaving an inch between cookies.** Flatten cookies slightly. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until cookies are firm on top and lightly brown on the bottom.*** Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool. 
 
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*Molasses is made by boiling the juice of sugar cane. Blackstrap molasses - the result of three rounds of boiling - has the strongest flavour, lowest sugar content and highest vitamin content of the commercial molasseses. Worth the (relatively minor) investment, I’d say! 
**You can also make smaller cookies by using a smaller scoop or spoon (hands are messy), flattening the balls slightly, and adjusting the baking time downwards. I made some smaller cookies that were roughly the size of a walnut before flattening and baked them for 12-13 minutes.
***It’ll be hard to tell if the tops are browning as the dough starts off a golden-ish colour, so your best bet is to check the bottoms for browning and lightly press the tops of the cookies to see if they’re firming up. 

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