I baked these cookies for the memorial ceremony for my beloved friend and chosen-family member, Bean. I wanted to do something with beans to honor my friend, but trialing a recipe with a bean-based batter at a memorial ceremony with 100+ guests seemed like a bad move, so…cacao beans. 3 batches of these yielded 75 cookies, which I set out on the food table at the event when I arrived. Luckily I had taste-tested one the night before, because by the time I got back to the table, they had all been eaten.
1/2 cup softened soy butter or coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar OR 1 cup white sugar + 1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 heaping Tbsp applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt (you can omit this if using salted butter or if you just don’t want to use it)
1 heaping Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 375F. Beat the butter/oil and sugar/syrup together using a mixer or sturdy spoon, until smooth. Add applesauce and vanilla and mix those in. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together, then add the oats, chips, and nibs. Scoop dough into balls (I think I did large teaspoon scoops and got about 2 dozen cookies per batch) and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes (13 was our sweet spot).