I have a thing for culinary novels… and Josi Kilpack’s culinary mystery books are no exception to that rule. I love the main character’s abilities to soften almost anyone’s heart with food. I also thoroughly enjoy the recipes and the atmosphere of her books.
I finished reading Key Lime Pie last week (book number four of the series). The story line was outstanding and the recipes were amazing. I had fun modifying the “Kickin’ Craisin Cookie Recipe” and decided that Sadie Hoffmiller would be upset if I did not add this recipe to my “little black book” of recipes here on the web.
Josi Kilpack’s “Kickin’ Craisin Cookies”
1 cup earth balance or organic butter
2 cups sucanat
2 organic eggs or 2 chia seed egg replacements
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups spelt flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups Craisins (I prefer the Newman brand)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine earth balance/butter until creamy and smooth. Add eggs/chia seed egg replacement and vanilla. Mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine spelt flour, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Slowly combine both bowls. Add Craisins, chocolate chips, and nuts. Josi recommends using a wooden spoon – the dough will be too thick at this point for most mixers.
On a greased cookie sheet, create 1-inch dough balls with a tablespoon or Cookie Scoop about two inches apart. Bake 6 to 9 minutes or until just browned—do not overbake. Allow the cookies to cool on a pan for approximately 2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.