I, along with every feminist, single person, recent divorcée, and anti-corporation hippie on the planet think Valentine’s Day is a load of bologna. Can anyone believe bologna is actually spelled that way? Gets me every time. I think Valentine’s Day is a weird pretty lame marketing tactic for every restaurant/Walgreens/lingerie store to go into hyperdrive selling things products that are pink and/or red and/or made of chocolate and/or heart shaped and/or slutty. That is not to say that I don’t like all of these things, because I do, I just disagree with buying into it JUST because it happens to be half way through February and we are all cold and have nothing better to do but imagine ourselves with burgeoning sex lives.
That being said, I hate February. Maybe the rant’s not over? February’s cold and bleak and seems to never. end. So maybe tomorrow should not be considered a romantic holiday or necessitate spending a lot of fat stacks on dinner or wallowing with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s, spooning your cat, and watching The Notebook. Maybe it should be International February is Half Over Day (IFHOD). That’s a holiday I can friggin’ get behind.
When I was a kid my mom always got me Valentine’s (err, IFHOD) presents. I loved them because they were always covered in hearts and from my momlady, which made them extra special. They were usually things I needed anyway, like a lunchbox or a pair of pajama pants, but better because they were an uplifting reminder in the middle of the neverending winter that it DOES end and a little love from anywhere (your mom, your pet, your coworker, your British GPS) goes a long way.
Thats where these heart-shaped chunks of love come in. Yeah, they’re cheesy. But they taste like Reese’s Puff Cereal and can be mass consumed essentially guilt-free. Whip a batch of them up (and don’t bother making them heart-shaped if you don’t want to), because, hey, February’s half over.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea cookie sandwiches
Makes about 1 dozen cookies
- 1 1/4 cups chickpeas (just less than one can), rinsed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (buy chocolatey stuff if you can find it, otherwise add 2 Tbs cocoa powder)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350*
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth (it’s delicious like this, chocolatey hummus!). Scoop out spoonful-sized balls, flatted out a bit on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until slightly browned.
2. The cookies can be eaten as they are (super yum), but to make them even better: Take two cookies and spread about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on one. Take a second and sandwich it in. Gooey, chocolatey cookie perfection.