Chocolate Chip dump Cookies

I really have no words for these cookies.  They are so amazing.  Chewy, sweet, salty, full of good for you ingredients, like dates, and dried cherries, and granola, every bite is a surprise!

IMG_9499My favorite cookie in all of Grand Rapids is from a surprisingly little known vegan/vegetarian restaurant.  The Gaia House has been around forever (25 years?) and they make the most amazing cookies that I have ever tasted anywhere! (And believe me I have had more than my share of cookies around the world.)  There is really no duplicating them but these come pretty darn close.  Thanks to Shauna Niequist for also loving these cookies and making her own version of them and sharing the recipe in her book Bread & Wine.  I subsequently had to tweak them and made them somewhat my own, they are now a favorite of my families, my husbands partners, and office staff, and really anyone who ever partakes of them!  I have made these cookies so many times I barely even look at the recipe anymore.  Maybe I should have re-named them Damn Good Cookies!!


I think I make them so often because I feel like they are healthier for my kids than just your basic chocolate chip cookie.  As you can see they are chocked full of goodies!  My kids love them…they “call them”.   Do you know what “calling” is?  If not, I’ll try to explain.  If there is something yummy at our house, and there are only a few of whatever it is that’s yummy left, the kids “call it”, it’s like putting your name on it, your claim to it; and let me tell you if someone has claimed one of these cookies and someone else eats it….you better be sure there will be somthin’ goin down round hee-ah!  And it won’t be purdy.


IMG_9498The ingredient list is long, but believe me these cookies are worth every penny!  I do have to tell you that if you are thinking about leaving the dates out of these cookies….THINK AGAIN!  The dates make these cookies rich and chewy.  They really are what sets them apart from any other cookie!



What goodies do you make that your family fights over?

Hope your week is off to a good start!
XOX, Sheila

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  1. 1

    I can’t wait to try these when you bring me a platter Friday!! 😛 Just teasing. xoxo
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted..Steamed Pork DumplingsMy Profile

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    LOVE the looks of these (and the name)! I remember stopping in that little restaurant with you last October at Taste of Michigan. Hope your week is off to a great start, Sheila!
    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos recently posted..Apple Cider Ice CreamMy Profile

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    Oh my goodness! These look heavenly! Going to make these later this month when the DD, SIL, and the two darling granddaughters are here. Thank you for another awesome recipe, Sheila!

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      Sheila :

      How fun that your family is coming to visit! I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do!

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    Janey :

    Yummy!!! Can’t wait to bake these cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Also – thanks for sharing info about the restaurant in Grand Rapids – worth a visit on our next visit.

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    It’s like granola + chocolate in cookie form. Love it! Going to try a gluten-free version…
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      Sheila :

      Brandi, I would love to know how that turns out. Shauna’s husband is actually gluten free so I am sure she would love to know your gluten free version too! thanks for stopping by! Sheila

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    I agree, the name should be damn good cookies 🙂
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    Des :

    One of the things that I always find constraining about baking is that it feels that you have to follow the recipe so strictly. I like that with this recipe you at least get a little freedom and can add in whatever goodies you want!
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    These sound like a great cookie to make in the Fall. Pinning to make as a treat next week! My family LOVES chocolate chip cookies so I’m anxious to mix it up a bit! 🙂
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    SaraJ :

    I pinned this recipe a while back and finally made them today, I used dried blueberries and white chocolate chips (because that’s what I had). Best. Cookies. Ever!!! These are amazing I can’t wait to try them with dried cherries and chocolate chips.

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      Sheila :

      Oh my goodness that sounds amazing! So glad you finally tried them, thanks for letting me know and stop by again soon!!! xox Sheila


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