Chocolate-White Chocolate Coconut-Cherry-Pistachio Cookies!

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Last night, as I finally got the chance to watch Julie and Julia, I was brought back to the exact moment when I realized that I would have a lifelong love affair with food. I was six. Saturday morning cartoons were over, and Saturday morning turned to Saturday afternoon. After the Joy of Painting, The French Chef came on. I was immediately hooked and from that moment on, watched cooking shows every chance I got. While I loved The Smurfs and Jem and the Holograms just like the next kid, the creative process of cooking completely enthralled me. My friends would ask, “How can you just watch food?!?” (This was pre-the TV Food Network!). But for me, watching Julia Child (and Jacques Pepin and Martin Yan and Mary Ann Esposito and Jeff Smith) was like watching a play or a football game or a concert. Anyway, this has little to do with the cookie recipe below, but I wanted to share … and to ask, if you too have a love affair with culinary expression, when did you know that food was ‘the one?’

Chocolate-White Chocolate Coconut-Cherry-Pistachio Cookies

1 cup earth balance softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/3 cup baking powder
2 tablespoons almond milk
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dried cherries
1 cup chopped salted and roasted pistachios
2 bars of white chocolate-coconut Lindt bars-chopped

*Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
*Cream earth balance, sugars, and vanilla. Beat in egg, milk, and cocoa powder. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry to creamed mixture and stir.

*Chop dried cherries, pistachios, and chocolate bars. Add to cookie dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

*Drop cookie dough onto cookie sheet, leaving space in between for spreading. Bake 8-12 minutes.

P.S… This cookie is great, but the name is waaaaaaaaaay too long. If you can think of a shorter suggestion, please leave a comment! :)

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. I just had a flash back to Bob Ross painting happy little trees! Those shows were the best.
    These cookies sound amazing, totally worth taking the time to say the long name!

  2. The title alone makes me want one of the!! What a great job!

  3. When our youngest daughter (who is now 28) was 2 she was hit by a car right in front of our house. Talk about horrifying! Her leg was broken and she was in a cast for 6 wks. I took leave from my job and during that time I took a cake decorating clas. From the first class I was hooked. That exzperience turned into a catering business, but the sweet side was my passion.

    I went through a three year period where I renounced baking; on the outside. In my spirit it remained. Now as a fitness professional I even tried to convince myself that my love of sweets and attention to wellness couldn't co-exist. So much for that. All things in moderation! I'm totally, undeniably and passionately hooked on baking. Thank goodness for my other passion, fitness.

    And by the way; your cookies look awesome!

  4. Wow, the name of these cookies says it all. Could you pack more goodness into these??? YUM! I knew I loved to baked when as a kid, I would rifle through the cupboards and start throwing ingredients together to make sweets and desserts, before I even knew how to use the stove!

  5. Gosh, ALL my favorite ingredients in one cookie! I hear ya about the name…done the same thing myself! Maybe just Chocolate Coconut Chunk cookies?

  6. I'm totally making these, there's too many of my favorite foods packed into these! Well done!

  7. Wow!! What an amazing group of flavors! These look yummy!

  8. Thanks for all of the positive feedback re: the cookies!

    I made them again with the teens at SEEDS this weekend and they got the stamp of approval. We also thought of a new name … "MOSAIC" cookie! I love it!

    Thanks Sharon and Carolyn for sharing your stories! Sandra, I couldn't agree more… one can love food AND fitness! Carolyn, whoever said you cannot be improvisational in baking was wrong! :)

    Food is such a glorious thing! 😀

  9. this cookie is just what i need right now! i love it:) thanks for sharing this.

  10. Oh… these are sinfully delicious!

  11. wow, just looking at your ingredients i'm already salivating. must have been a delicious cookie!

  12. Thanks to all! :)