Healthy even healthier

So I made the batch of the “healthy cookies” that my sister loves, as do I, my niece not so much. And while they are good, I thought I’d dump these into molten chocolate like I did with the meringues. I mean, good is fine, chocolate coated good is better. After all dark chocolate has life affirming, if not saving benefits too. I read that all over the place. OK, I have never actually read it. I saw a headline or two to that effect somewhere.

These were amazing. And so good for you.

Chocolate tarts, yet again

I made a batch of my sister’s healthy cookies because in the process of cleaning out (sorta) my spice cabinet-from-hell I found a good 3 pounds of dried fruits and a couple bags of errant nuts. I do like these cookies, even if my niece, Mary K’s daughter, does not. I used apricots, dates, cherries and blueberries, and cashews, hazelnuts and pecans (2 cups of each, 2 cups of coconut and a can of sweetened condensed milk). When I had 2 baking sheets filled with unbaked cookies I still had a baseball sized amount of the dough leftover which was not enough to wait until these were baked and make another half pan.

I thought I could use it to make a crust for a chocolate tart (for my friend Jason, a Milwaukee cop, and his girlfriend, a dietician). The stuff tastes very coconut-y and with the addition of some chocolate could be very Almond Joy-y.

I used a baking ring to make the small crust, blind baked it and then filled it with some filling that the recipe described as “truffle-like” and then, once it was out of the pastry ring, I was to glaze it with some other shiny chocolate crap. The fun part was getting the fucking thing out of the pastry ring. I am not clever enough to have realized I needed to grease the damn thing. I hate baking.

And apparently am a glutton for punishment because I do it all the freaking time.

I will have to rely on their opinion of it since it’s the Month of Pain.

Healthy cookies. Sorta.

My sister called me excitedly gushing with news of this brilliant new cookie recipe. On the surface it seems sort of healthy. But in fact it’s pretty sugary. Not that I am worrying about whether or not it’s healthy. They are delicious and utterly simple.

She also told me how much my niece loved them so when my niece was coming over for dinner I made them. When Maureen (niece) saw them she said “Are these the ones my mother makes?” And she made a face. Well my niece may not like them but I do. I took some liberties with the original recipe, Mary K (sister) won’t like that but hey, it’s my blog.

Recipe follows

Mary K’s utterly simple sorta healthy cookies

Preheat over to 350

2 cups chopped nuts,

I used pecans, walnuts and almonds

2 cups chopped dried fruit

I used dates, raisins, cherries, apricots and I don’t recall what all

2 cups sweetened coconut

1/2 tsp salt

1 TBL unsweetened cocoa powder

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix that all up and drop spoonfuls on a cookie sheet

20 minutes at 350, or until they brown lightly.