NOVEMBER 26, 2015
This year I decided to take in the Farm Women’s Conference in Winkler; just 35 minutes from our home. The speakers and workshops were excellent, the food was great and the fellowship with other rural women was refreshing and encouraging.

I signed up for a “Twitter” workshop, not knowing what it would be about because they didn’t say the word twitter. I was thinking it could be something on speaking. Was I surprised! Twittering certainly seems like a quick way of communicating. In about a half hour we went from one short message and ended up with 34,000. I really enjoyed it and figured this may be something I will get into in the new year.

The speakers gave plenty of food for thought and I came home inspired to work on my website. So this afternoon I decided to put down working on our farm books to do something fun like writing a short post.

I came home from the conference with a cookie recipe that I changed somewhat to make it a little bit healthier. I made the recipe this week for Melvin to take to men’s coffee time, then I made a second batch for a sports supper that we helped serve and tomorrow the grade 1 to 6 children will be enjoying the third batch at Sunday School. Of course we have been enjoying them as well.

I decided to add pumpkin seeds as well as some nuts. Then in the last batch I added some chocolate chips as well. Next week I plan to use part honey instead of sugar and maybe some freshly milled grain flour. If they turn out, I will share the recipe.
The first time I made them I rolled the dough balls in icing sugar and the next 2 times I rolled them in sprinkles. I figured they are less messy.

1 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup Avocado oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup icing sugar or sprinkles

Combine all of the ingredients except the pumpkin seeds, nuts, chocolate chips, icing sugar or sprinkles and mix together well. Add the seeds, nuts and chocolate chips. Chill several hours.

Make small balls of dough, roll in sugar or sprinkles and place on lightly oiled cookie sheets. Bake at 350 °F for 10 minutes or until cookies crack and still look slightly moist in the centre.
Remove from pan while hot and allow to cool.

These cookies will be part of our Christmas baking. I am always looking for ways to use less sugar so this recipe will replace the fudge cake that is covered with chocolate icing that I sometimes make.
Hope you too enjoy this recipe when you want a chocolate fix. IMG_2454