I told you in my self-love post that one of my favorite things to do to feel good about myself is find ways to give back to the community, or generally make people smile. When I can, I like to make this coincide with my love of all things food.
Enter CHAM. Cham is the “Community Homeless Alliance Ministry” that puts on a church service for homeless people in my area every Sunday, then provides them with a hot meal afterwards. We help out by buying some of the food, doing some of the cooking, and doing most of the serving and clean-up.
Plates of food
It’s an incredibly rewarding experience all on its own, but this week I decided to share a little extra V-Day love… So, obviously, I baked them cookies.
There were three kinds… (Yes, I baked ~75 cookies in my dingy dorm kitchen. I’m dedicated. And/or insane.)
1) My signature Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies… Recipe here.
Um, not to toot my own horn (especially since the recipe isn’t mine!) but these are perfect in every way. I love them. You should, too.
These are wonderful… The first time I made them I cut back on the oil and I think they were a little flat… This time I used Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer instead of the tapioca flour and the full amount of oil, and the dough was kind of grossly oily but they were easy and delicious! Everyone loved them… They didn’t have *quite* the crisp edges of their buttery counterparts but were an easy dorm-baked-good.
3) Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (adapted from here)
These were a little too sweet for me even with my modifications but super easy and the texture was nice and chewy! Here’s the modified recipe I made…
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Makes about 24
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 scant teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins, plumped and patted dry
1-2 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly spray two cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate medium bowl, mix oil and sugars until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in oats and raisins. If the dough is still too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
Scoop by half-tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes, or until edges are just lightly browned (less for a softer cookie, more for a crunchier cookie). Let cool on sheet for about 10 minutes so they don’t crumble. Share and enjoy!
Yes, they were all vegan… I was taking part in vegan week after all! (Which I never recapped, but I think I want to do a more thorough version involving actually COOKING in a few weeks so we’ll see!)
I love to bake, and seeing my baked goods make other people happy is 90% of the reason for that. Knowing that I managed to give these cookies to people who probably weren’t going to have home-baked goods in the near future made me feel allll warm and fuzzy inside. I don’t know if I can feasibly do that every week, but it’s definitely fun once in awhile!
What is your favorite way to volunteer?