Sunday, November 04, 2007

Vegan Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

Well, I guess I should have seen this one coming...

Ever since I purchased "The Joy of Vegan Baking" cookbook, I've had an indescribable desire to bake! As mentioned in a previous post, although I do enjoy something sweet now and then, I'm certainly not what you'd call a "dessert person." That's why it's even more crazy that cookies keep running through my head. (Chocolate chip, & peanut butter, & oatmeal, oh my!)

*Warning: clicking on this picture will encourage screen licking.

Basically, it appears that a previously latent compulsion is suddenly driving me to bake every recipe in this entire cookbook, without regard for the fact that my name is neither Cookie Monster, nor Martha Stewart.

So, what's a girl to do? How can I stop this madness? I clearly can't allow cookies/other baked goods to take over my already crowded apartment, can I? And I obviously can't devour everything myself, right? And it would certainly be unfair to force CH to eat 100s of delicious baked goods, wouldn't it?


((*crickets chirping*))

Well, wouldn't it?

Wait a minute...what's that you said? Oh yea, it's almost Thanksgiving! And Christmas, too, which means family gatherings, gift-giving, and tons of dessert. Ah yes, what a convenient excuse to exploit my newly acquired bake-aholic tendencies.

You heard it here first: I'm baking because of the holidays!

Yea, that's definitely why.

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies
(recipe borrowed from "The Joy of Vegan Baking")

1 1/2 tsp. Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 Tbsp. warm water
3/4 cup non-dairy butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In a small bowl, use a fork to whip the egg replacer powder & water together until it's thick & creamy. Set aside.
3.) Cream the butter & sugars together by hand or with an electric hand mixer at high speed. Beat in the egg replacer mixture & the vanilla & peppermint extracts.
4.) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, & salt. Add this to the butter mixture along with the chocolate chips. Stir until combined, but do not over-stir.
5.) Drop the cookie batter by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
6.) Bake the cookies for 10 -12 mins., or until the edges begin to harden. Although they might not appear completely done, the cookies will continue to cook after they're removed from the oven.
7.) After removing them from the oven, immediately take the cookies off of the cooking sheet & place them on a wire rack to cool.
8.) Repeat steps 5 - 7 for the remaining cookies.

Yields: 1 1/2 dozen cookies

10 comments:

  1. hi :) i'm glad to find your blog - those cookies look adorable!

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  2. Screen licking is right! Yumm!!!
    Speaking of Cookie Monster and Martha Stewart, have you ever seen the episode of Martha when Cookie Monster visits? Look for it on YouTube; it is hysterical.

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  3. Love mint and chocolate and cookies. Looks like I'd love those. Have you tried the chocolate mint melties from ed&bv (and the everyday dish dvd)? I'd bet you would like those as well!

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  4. You can also use cookies to torture people: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071106/ap_on_re_us/cookie_torture

    (I always appreciate it when my career in criminal law overlaps with my love of food)

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  5. Wow! I have tons of cookie-related investigations to conduct now - thanks everyone! (YouTube, ed&bv, and yahoo - who knew?)

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  6. Ahhhh, chocolate & mint is one of my all-time favorite combinations, right up there with chocolate & orange...

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  7. ha ha aw good for moms who are watching out for us ^_^

    Hm... I dunno how I feel about mint cookies that aren't bright green... hee!

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  8. I just got The Joy of Vegan Baking too! The pie chapter had me drooling.

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  9. Oooo yum! I LOVE cookies and peppermint choc chip sound devine! Definitely on my list of cookies to bake (plus there's nothing better than raw cookie dough while you are baking right?)

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  10. I have this book, but I've only made an icing so far. It sounds like I need to get to some other recipes!

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