Tuesday, October 28, 2008

easy vegan chocolate chip cookies

i'm glad that everyone gobbled up the cookies during last night's meeting. here is the (incredibly easy) recipe, for anyone to use and share:

2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
chocolate or carob chips (i used sunspire); use as many as you like (i used a ton)
1 cup raw sugar (get it from the co-op in bulk! 365 vegan cane sugar works well too.)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
cinnamon to taste

preheat oven to 350 degrees. in a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if desired). add chips. make a well in the center of the dry mixture and set aside.
in a medium size bowl, mix sugar and oil. mix thoroughly. add the vanilla and water. mix thoroughly. add the wet ingredients into the dry, pouring wet into the center well. mix ingredients thoroughly but be careful not to overwork mixture.
use hands to mold dough into small balls. the dough may be a touch crumbly, but this is not a concern. just make sure that you make fairly tight dough balls. if too crumbly to mold, add a splash more oil. place dough balls onto ungreased cookie sheets (2 sheets are preferable).
put in oven for 5 minutes, and then rotate sheets 180 degrees. bake for another six minutes and then check their consistency. they should be fairly soft (appear under-done), but firm to the touch. bottoms should be slightly browned and easily removed from sheet. if too soft, bake for another two minutes.
let cool for ten minutes. cookies should firm while cooling, but remain tender and delicious.
serves roughly two-dozen.