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Friday, March 22, 2013

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares

 
It's hard to believe, but Passover starts Monday night!  So here begins this year's collection of recipes and I'm starting with an oldie but goodie.

I haven't made these in a few years because each Passover I end up experimenting with new recipes, but this one is Adam's favorite and he's been disappointed when I didn't whip them up the last couple of Pesachs.  So I decided to indulge him.  And you will want to indulge too.  Sweet, chewy and chocolatey.  This recipe isn't so healthy because of all the sugar, but my attempts to healthify them have failed.  At least they are a once a year treat.  These really do taste like ooey, gooey, chewy chocolate chip cookies, but are made with only matzo meal (100% whole wheat, of course).  Hey, even if you don't celebrate Passover you might want to give them a try because they are so darn easy to make and yummy. 

Just note that the ones in the photo above were still hot when I took them out of the pan, which you should NOT do, which is why they are falling apart.  Have more patience than I did and let them cool completely first!

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares

1.5 cups whole wheat matzo meal
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 egg whites or 2 whole eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)

Whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla and salt.  Stir in matzo meal and chocolate chips.  Scrape batter into a 9x9 square pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake at 350F for about 30-35 minutes, until edges turn golden and centre is firm to the touch.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Take a sharp knife and cut into squares.  Makes 32 squares.

So once again no stellar random acts of kindness to report this week.  For some reason each day it just felt like time was slipping through my fingers like sand.  My mindfulness/meditation practice has hit some snags.  Theoretically I love the concept, but putting it all into practice - for me - is pretty challenging.  I've also been feeling pretty down-in-the-dumps.  My resilience to winter has finally collapsed and my annual end-of-winter depression has begun.  I don't know what depresses me more, this cold, grey, snowy weather or the fact that we will likely only get a few days of real spring before we move into the stupid heat and humidity of summer.  I'm trying to turn around my sullen mood by being grateful that we don't experience many natural disasters around here.  Glass half full, glass half full...

Anyways, I did discover a cool website called www.change.org.  It's where you can create a petition to try to stimulate social change on an issue that matters to you, or by signing a petition someone else has already created.  I found a couple there and signed them to show my support.  How about you, what are you going to do?

If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go.  When you stop believing in your heart, you are but a sterile vessel wndering in the wilderness.
- Francis Hegmeyer