bakery hack: smart cookies

One of my favorite cookies is the Power Cookie sold at Capers Markets around town. It’s freaking delicious and it’s filled with all kinds of nuts and seeds and other good things. After devouring one quickly on the street, I decided to head home and see if I could recreate the cookie on my own. It turned out I did a pretty good job hacking out what I thought went into each bite. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo, as I made these cookies as a gift and mailed them out before I had a chance to start snapping. I hope my drawing of these 100% vegan treats will convince you that this recipe really is fantastic!

The cookies are filling and with all of that good stuff crammed in, I certainly wouldn’t be adverse to calling these a breakfast cookie! While the ingredient list is long, these are simple to put together and they bake up really well too. If you don’t have applesauce on hand, but you do have an apple, just make your own sauce. One large apple should do it.

These cookies aren’t cakey or crisp but they are definitely chewy and hearty. Don’t worry about the chocolate messing up your healthy eating plans, cuz after all, isn’t chocolate good for you? I think so.

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44 comments to “bakery hack: smart cookies”

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    Rachel   March 20, 2008 at 4:01 am

    I think these look like cookies one could eat for breakfast! Yum!

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    Rachael M.   March 20, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Those sound divine!!! Thanks for what could end up being my friends’ Easter treats!

    PS – Your drawing? HELLO! Adorable!

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    Mari   March 20, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Love the drawing, it’s the cutest!

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    Patricia Scarpin   March 20, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Those cookies sound delish. And the drawing is the cutest thing ever, Kickpleat!

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    anna/village vegan   March 20, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Mmm, those look really good. Cute drawing, too!

    One question: did you use ground flaxseeds or whole?

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    Maven   March 20, 2008 at 9:37 am

    OH yay yay yay! I was going to ask you to post this recipe a few days ago and you read my mind.

    As the recipient of said power cookies, I can attest that they are delicious and that I ate them for every meal until they were gone.

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    kickpleat   March 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

    rachel, these could be eaten anytime!

    rachael, aw shucks about my drawing! and yes, these would make great easter treats!

    thanks mevrouw!

    they are patricia, and thank you!

    anna, i used whole flax seeds (not ground).

    maven, glad you loved the cookies and thanks for the testimonial!!

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    courtney   March 20, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Oh I love cookies that are barely held together with the tiniest bit of flour. We have a place that has a cookie that is about 70% coconut and 20% chocolate and nuts. It is so good. Will have to try your version.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   March 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, those cookies are just packed with good stuff! I hope your friend loved them.

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    Wheeler's Frozen Dessert   March 20, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Ooh, those sound good. I definitely need to whip up a batch soon! :)

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    Lydia   March 20, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I love those cookies and that recipe sounds great! I will try it asap. You should try to hack their Coco Orbs or NRG Orbs or whatever they call them.

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    erin   March 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    These sound great! I love when things that should be bad can be healthy.
    I also love the drawing!

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    Fiber   March 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Sounds absolutely delicious! And the drawing is quite darling.

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    lmnop   March 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I agree that those Capers Power Cookies are amazing! I was in there today actually! Also, like the drawing you posted! Way to go with the say milk. Too cute.

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    lmnop   March 20, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Oops. “soy”.

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    Jen   March 21, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Adorable drawing! (And the cookies sound delightful, too—what a lucky friend to be getting such a package!)

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    Bijoux   March 21, 2008 at 7:09 am

    I have been experiencing temporary amnesia and could not remember my password to leave a post…LOL

    Okay, here goes again for the upteenth time…

    These cookies sound great and just what my husband likes to eat as he is both a fan of the Capers Market and of healthier food choices.

    Capers also has a power muffin which apparently ‘rocks’ according to hubby!

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    michelle @ TNS   March 21, 2008 at 8:35 am

    breakfast cookie = best idea ever.

    and i would totally frame that drawing and hang it in my kitchen.

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    kickpleat   March 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    lydia, i’ve never had those orbs but i’ll put them on my must-try list! thanks!

    courtney, this version is pretty delicious and not a whole lot of flour!

    thanks fiber!

    lynn, i think she did!

    thanks wheeler, they are delicious!

    ventures with veggies, indeed! these cookies are delicious and kinda good for you!

    haha, whaling station! don’t worry, my handwriting isn’t that great!

    veg, these were my way of saying thanks and saying thanks with cookies is pretty great :)

    hilarious, bijoux! i’ve done that before, so don’t feel too badly. i’ve never had their power muffins, so maybe i’ll hack that one next!

    michelle, i know, breakfast cookies…amazing!! and thanks about my drawing…who knows, you might just see it appear on my etsy shop some day!

    aw shucks, thanks s!

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    robina   March 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    can’t wait to try these. how do you think they’d be with dried cherries?? i am making a care pack for a friend who loves dried cherries in everything…

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    kickpleat   March 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    robina go with dried cherries, i think it would be fab!

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    Steph   March 21, 2008 at 9:53 am

    I totally just stumbled on your blog. I love it!

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    jenn   March 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    The drawing is super cute! They sound awesome too! hmmm

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    LyB   March 21, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    This is a fantastic recipe! I’m always looking for healthy treats for my daughter to get her to eat breakfast before going to school, this sounds perfect. I can’t wait to try them, thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Maven   March 21, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I’m making these tonight with dried APRICOTS. I am so excited. Will let you know how they turn out.

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    robin joanne   March 21, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, love your blog. I was hungry so I came around searching and decided to definitely make these, and I am chewing on one as I type this. They are YUMMY. The fact that they’re vegan makes them all the more fantastic.

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    Aimée   March 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    These sound like they would be the perfect camping trip cookie. Almost a meal replacement. Delicious!

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    Bijoux   March 22, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I made these cookies tonight and they turned out even better than I anticipated. They are still warm from the oven and the chocolate is all melty. I was a bit worried at first while I was making my cookies…err…patties because I thought to myself there is no way that these will hold together in the oven, but they did(!) and even when I removed them from the baking sheet with the spatula they remained intact…perfect through and through. Excuse me now while I go to the kitchen for another “cookie patty” LOL

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    Jennie   March 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Just made these, and had to say thanks for yet another great vegan recipe! (even though am not even mildly a vegetarian, I love the idea of baking without needing animal products) I used sour cherries instead of applesauce (inspired by your post-Europe posts), totally forgot the vanilla, and added a little ground ginger. Yum!
    And although this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever- they were a tad on the sweet side for me. Will try with half as much brown sugar next time.

    Must go while the cookies are still warm and the milk is still cold!

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    Katie   March 23, 2008 at 1:25 am

    These sound wonderful and the perfect thing to munch on in an afternoon.

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    kickpleat   March 23, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    thanks jenn, and yes, these cookies are awesome :)

    lyb, i’d be a pretty happy kid if i ate these for breakfast!

    yay maven! i can’t wait to see how they turn out.

    awesome robin! glad you love them too!

    aimee, now you’ve got me thinking of summer! they’d be a perfect camping cookie (tho i’d venture that all cookies are perfect for camping!)

    jennie, sounds like your tweaks were great!

    wow, bijoux, glad you made these! they are pretty fantastic and they do hold together surprisingly well.

    katie, they are…anytime of day, really!

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    eatme_delicious   March 27, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Love the drawing! I’ve never tried the power cookies before (now I definitely will though). Sounds like they’d be delicious! Saving the recipe.

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    zora*rose   April 11, 2008 at 8:41 am

    WOW. I made these cookies last night and they turned out so awesome and delicious. I really like the intriguing dimension of flavor that the sesame seeds give them. I just ate two with my morning coffee– divine! Thank you SO much for posting this recipe- I’ll be making them again and again. :)

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    Ashley   April 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    These sound delicious, and the drawing is adorable. I’ll be making these soon, and I’m going to share this on my blog. The cookies sound so good!

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    Christine   January 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Does anyone know the weight and nutritional facts of the Power Cookie from Capers?

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    Anonymous   April 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I entered the recipe in a program to get the nutrition facts… I estimated the recipe to make 13 servings (basically, if you want to know the information for the whole batch multiply the numbers below by 13).

    Nutrition Facts
    Power Cookies
    Serving Size: 1 serving
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 303
    Total Fat 11.5g
    Saturated Fat 3.5g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 60mg
    Carbohydrate 47.6g
    Dietary Fiber 6.1g
    Sugars 27.3g
    Protein 6.4g
    Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 5% Iron 14%

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    Tyler   June 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Just made these and they are very good! However, i made half the batch as granola bars b/c because the taste and texture reminded me of a bar rather than a cookie. Great recipe!

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    Lisa   September 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    yay! so excited. I just found your blog by searching for a recipe for caper's market power cookies. i had them for the first time last weekend on a visit to vancouver and fell in love. so excited to make my own!!

    thank you!

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    JulieAnnD   October 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I love these. I was hoping that based on the ingredient list they would be much like the whole foods deli power cookies…and they are!

    I made a few alterations:
    I used agave instead of maple syrup.
    I used half cherries and half raisins
    I used half sesame and half pumpkin seeds (based on the fact that the whole foods version that I love has visible pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
    I threw in an egg because the pre-baking consistency totally freaked me out. After reading other feedback, I should have resisted the urge, but they turned out great, still.

    I ate two, my two year old LOVES them, and I am taking them to my boyfriend's rugby game for the boys…we'll see how they go over! Just a sidenote, these were WAY fun to make with my son, since there are SO many things to measure and pour. Thanks, oh and like everyone else on here, love the adorable drawing.

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    Delishhh   February 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Just came across your site and read about this cookie for the first time. Also just learned you can find it in Whole Foods in the US. So i am going to try it there. Love your blog!

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    MIA   June 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Just stumbled upon this recipe looking for a Whole Foods Coco Orb recipe, and decided to make these instead. I distributed them amongst my friends and everyone loved them. The only adjustment I made was subbing sunflower & pumpkin seeds for the raisins, but I would say they’re even better than the original power cookies. I can’t wait to do some experimenting with this recipe, next up will be a banana peanut butter version :)

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    Linda   May 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Cant wait to make these.
    Have you had any luck making power muffins that turn out like the whole foods versions? I
    sure would like to make some of those as well. Thanks

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    kickpleat   May 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hi Linda, I’ve never had those muffins at WF, next time I’m there I’ll pick up one :)

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