I have a lot of experience making cookies, but not so much experience with political activism. My safe estimate is over 100, 000 cookies baked, and probably 30ish rallies and protests.
In this era of shocking political power plays, my need to show up as an activist is feeling urgent. In the last several months I’ve gone to countless meetings and trainings, learning about the impact of letters and phone calls to our political leaders, and being educated on tactics to encourage representatives to represent my values, or at least listen.
Often I leave these trainings wanting to do more, but feeling like I lack the skills to engage in serious political debate. So when the idea of turning politician’s heads with a plate of cookies was presented as a tactic at a recent meeting, I volunteered. I’ve got skills in that department.
It makes so much sense! Cookies win people over, they disarm the defensive. When shaking signs in the face of tyranny doesn’t seem to be working why not try some milk and chocolaty cookies? With defenses down maybe stubborn elected officials will listen to reason.
So when a group of women went to Senator Tom Tillis’s office to ask him to represent women’s right to healthcare and the freedom to make their own choices I sent these cookies along. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy and nut-free, because hopefully all that freedom inside the cookies will inspire freedom for all!
Free Cookies – makes 3 ½ dozen cookies
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups oat flour (or finely ground rolled oats)
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 Tablespoons potato flour
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely grated coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped dates or other dried fruit
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients.
- Combine dry, wet, delicious bits, and mix together well.
- Using a scoop or a spoon, put about 2 Tablespoonful scoops onto a parchment lined, or lightly oiled sheet pan. Leave about 2 inches between cookies. Flatten scoops slightly.
- Bake for about 12 minutes until cookies are golden brown. Allow to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.