Although the risk of salmonella poisoning never stops me from devouring regular cookie dough, I hold back nothing when it comes to consuming vegan cookie dough. Is there a 12-step program for dough-loving fools like myself? I fear I'll one day reach a point where I simply turn off the oven, grab a spoon, and call it quits on baking altogether.
Okay, probably not. But I'm close.
This weekend I made some vegan dough and (reluctantly) baked them into chewy, yummy Chocolate-Cherry-Almond Cookies. Think Black Forest Cake meets Sugar Cookie. I love taking the flavors of decadent desserts and baking them into bite-size cookie form.
These cookies are adapted from a recipe I found in my favorite dessert cookbook: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. This cookbook has taught me the basics of vegan baking, and I've learned that flaxseed and canola oil are truly the best friends of stellar vegan cookie.
And friends, this is one seriously stellar cookie.
Do you have any favorite vegan dessert recipes? Share your link below!
(recipe adapted from one found in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar)
For me, the essence of a good cookie is in its chewy-ness factor. Do NOT give me a cake-like cookie. A cake-like cookie is just what it is: a miniature cake that simply doesn't fit in the cookie category. These cookies are definitely rocking a perfect chewy factor.
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 6 TBSP vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 - 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup oat flour (whir one cup of oats in your food processor)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips (or a rockin' mixture of both!)
- 3/4 cup chopped, toasted almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugars, milk, flaxseed, and extracts until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flours, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the almonds, chocolate chips, and cherries.
3) Drop dough by spoonfuls onto the baking sheets and bake for 10 - 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Eat up!