So one of the items on my list of things to do is crossed off.
These cookies have been made and bundled up for my coworkers at LUSH. The alterations that I made for this batch (which was delicious btw):
-- Valrhona cocoa in lieu of black cocoa
-- no instant coffee
-- since I couldn't grind the cloves in my mortar/pestle, I used mace instead
-- almonds instead of walnuts
-- a bit of agave nectar and maple syrup instead of brown rice syrup
-- an extra 1/3 c. of molasses instead of brown sugar
-- applesauce instead of apple butter
Also, here's a list of useful substitutions for syrups.