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April 21, 2006

Cardamom Pear Cookies

When I made these, I had a potluck at work to go to the next day, to which most people brought leftovers from their church potluck. Mind you, the next day was Friday. Who knows how old that food was. Anyway, it was chock full of cheese and mayo, so I kept to my cookies.

Pear goes good with cardamom. If you're bringing some to your elderly grandmother, you might want to try adding a bit of lavender, too.

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 pears (ripe)
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1 banana (ripe)
3 tablespoons vegan margarine
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
















Mix flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt in a medium size bowl.















Now get your flaxseed meal ready by mixing it in a little bowl or mug with 5 tablespoons of water. Let it set, soaking for 10 minutes or so.















Mush the banana and the margarine into the flour with a pastry cutter (or a potato masher, like I'm using).















Mix everything together until crumbly.















Peel, core, and dice the pears.















By now, the flaxseed meal shoudl be done. Add the pears, flaxseed meal, and vanilla.















Mix it all very well. Don't be afraid to use your hands (wash them first).















Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto greased cookie trays, placing them 1 to 2 inches apart. They won't spread out that much during baking, but you don't want to risk getting one large mass of cookie, instead of the small ones you intended on baking, portable as well as delicious.















Bake the cookies for 25-30 minutes at 350. When they come out, take them off the trays and set them out to cool.















Variations:
The first time I made cookies like these, they came out all doughy and chewing them was a real task. I'm not about to fiddle with cookie recipes anymore, just so that doesn't happen. You could sustitute 2 cups cranberries, raisins, or apples for the pears, but not just any fruit works with cardamom. Make sure you do a little research first before you wind up with 24 cute little dough bombs.

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