Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins
"These are brownie-like and chewy. Be careful not to overbake them, they may seem like they aren't done after 10 minutes but they are! See the variations for Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut (or almond or walnut or whatever) Cookies at the bottom of the directions." Recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen (www.thePPK.com) and accredited to Isa.
- 3⁄4 cup canola oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoon flax seed, plus
- 1 teaspoon flax seed
- 1⁄2 cup soymilk
- 2 cups flour
- 3⁄4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups semisweet vegan chocolate chips (obviously, vegan chocolate chips if you want these to be vegan)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grind flax seeds in a blender until they become a fine powder, then add the soy milk and blend for about 30 seconds more and set aside.
- In a large bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt.
- Cream the sugar and oil in a separate large bowl.
- Add the flax/soy milk mixture and mix well.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients (the original recipe does not call for a mixer, but you may want to use yours.).
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into 1" balls and flatten into disks about 1 1/2" in diameter.
- Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1" apart and bake for 10 minutes.
- Let rest on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then remove with a spatula to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- **For chocolate chocolate chip cherry cookies, replace 1 teaspoon of the vanilla with almond extract, and use 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup chopped cherries.
- ***For chocolate nut cookies, replace 1 teaspoon of the vanilla with a nut extract (almond, walnut, etc) and replace the chocolate chips with 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts of your choice.
I made these after reading several of the reviews. I wanted to add 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 nuts, so I followed a suggestion of only using 1 1/2 cups sugar, which was fine. Some people said the cookies spread a lot, so I did not use my electric mixer for adding the dry ingredients. From past experience with chocolate chip cookies, using the electric mixer results in a large flat cookie. I baked mine on silicone baking sheets and they were fine...didn't spread and came off easily. The one batch I made on stoneware (which I had oiled well) did spread more than the others but came off easily. Good cookies; I will make again! (Oh, i used almond milk instead of soy since that's what I had.)
These came out wonderfully! The texture was perfect- a chewy on the outside, but still soft in the middle. I didn't have any issues with them sticking to the pan, and mine didn't spread out like some of the reviews said. They are a little on the sweet side for me, but that's it!
Delicious Vegan Cookies! High Recommendations: -Use a cookie sheet that has double insulated walls for best results. (This is a good tip for most vegan, and some non-vegan, cookies.) The cookies will not burn and not flatten as much due to the air circulation between pan layers. My cookies are NOT flat at all using this type of pan. -There is absolutely no reason why anyone should be having a hard time with pan prep for these cookies. They are not any more time consuming than regular cookies. Your hands don't need to touch the mix. Simply use your tablespoon measure. Scoop the batter into it, scrape excess from the sides with a spoon, and place on sheet using the same spoon to lightly pull the mix out of the now upside down tablespoon measure. Nice round tops, thick cookies that bake up beautifully. Tips: I chose hazelnuts instead of chocolate chips. They incorporated into the mixture great and added a very nice balance to the sweetness. I used an additional teaspoon of baking powder (I used powder in the recipe, not soda) and an additional teaspoon of flax seed which added volume to the appearance of the cookies as well enhanced chewy texture. The above tips in the end yield more than 40 nice sized cookies. My results do not appear as flat or "crackly" as the pictured examples, although they all look yummy! Mine just appear more rounded and cohesive. I don't think any examples here are pictured with nuts so maybe the use of nuts may have an affect on my final results, along with the other tips I mentioned. They taste great! Good luck and happy baking! =)