I was scaredz. Super duper worried. I even began plotting a Plan B. There was just a very pessemsetic and morbid part of me that thought Gus and Marah had died.
Y'see, they've been gone for the past couple weeks, cavorting around Bali and running into semi-feral monkies. When I heard the news of the earthquake in Java, I was struck with fear that they may have been on the adjacent island during that day. And when Gus didn't e-mail me after the quake, to assure me that he and Marah and her family were all safe, I panicked. Java is only a ferry-ride away from Bali. I thought of the worse case scenario.
Imagine my relief when Gus finally e-mailed me from the Singapore airport, on their way back to the States. Actual confirmation that they were returning and not gone. The only appropriate thing I could think to do was to welcome them home with some yummy treats: the Holy Shit! cookies.
Holy Shit! cookies are for that special occasion, like “Holy Shit, Taylor Hicks is the New American Idol! cookies” or “Holy Shit, Did Bush Just Admit That His Tough-Talking Rhetoric Was Uncalled For?! cookies.” In this case, these were the “Holy Shit, Ya'll Are Alive! cookies”
A Recipe for Celebration
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup of canola oil
2 tablespoons of soy milk
1 cup of sugar
1 medium sized banana
1 1/2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of quick cooking oatmeal
1 1/3 cups of chips (I split them between chocohips, white chocochips and the secret ingredient of butterscotch chips!)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, baking soda and salt together in a smaller bowl. Set aside.
Mix the oil and sugar until creamy in a larger bowl.
Mash the banana thoroughly so that there are little to no clumps.
Place the mashed banana into the oil/sugar mixture slowly. Add about a third of the bananas at a time, stirring before adding the rest.
Add soy milk and vanilla, stirring this mixture until it is uniform in color.
slowly stir in the flour mixture until evenly mixed.
Stir in oatmeal and chocolate chips.
Place large tablespoon full of batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet. You can place them less than an inch apart because these cookies won't melt down as much as non-vegan batters. Bake for about 11-12 minutes. You can check to see if they're ready by using a spoon or fork to open up the center of one cookie to see that if it looks moist, but not wet, then it is probably done. These cookies will not get very dark, but will have a slightly more golden sheen at the edges.
Remove from oven and let them cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes because they are very fragile. Then you can put them on a wire rack to let them cool. When they have cooled, they will retain their shape better and become super soft and yummy cookies that no one will believe came from a vegan batter (with non-vegan chips!).
Holy Shit, They're Awesome cookies!
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