Why are so many vegetarian cookbook authors bashful or apologetic about salads? Not me! I’m proud of my salads: I love serving them to others, and I enjoy eating them myself. Done right, salads are interesting, delicious, and nutritious. What’s to be afraid of?
This recipe is a variation on one of the most classic cookies, the legendary Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. The oats always make me believe I’m eating something more wholesome and it’s still a treat! The cranberries lend a fruity tartness and the mix of walnuts and ground hazelnut amplify the nut taste. You could replace the cranberries with more raisins, or the raisins with more cranberries, or both with more nuts, as you like. Add some ground flax or hemp seeds if you’re feeling extra earth-crunchy. Unlike most baking recipes, this one is fairly hard to mess up. Hmm… Maybe that’s why I like it so much.