October 2, 2012

The *NEW* Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie!


Anybody remember this post from a year ago? The one where I touted a certain chocolate chip cookie as being "the best?" Yeah, well that was a good cookie - don't get me wrong - but it has now been replaced by these! This is the "Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe from Dreena Burton's cookbook, Vive le Vegan!(published by Arsenal Pulp Press).

If you don't already own this cookbook, you should get it, especially if you're the parent of a young child - it's chock full of kid-friendly recipes and tips. I pull this one down off the shelf at least twice a week. And I have owned this cookbook for well over a year, but I never tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe until yesterday.

I am seriously lamenting all the months I spent not knowing how fabulous these cookies are. These are easily the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. I just had to share this recipe! The problem with most vegan cookie recipes is that they are too cakey, not like their omnivorous counterparts whose massive infusions of butter make them so ooey-gooey soft on the inside and crispity-crunchy on the outside. I don't know how Dreena Burton did it, but she came up with a magical combination of ingredients that makes these cookies seem like they're baked with two sticks of butter. And she keeps the refined sugar to a minimum as well. Thank you, Dreena Burton. You are my new hero!

Be sure to follow the directions exactly as they are written. If you don't, your cookies may not turn out right. I know this because my first attempt at this recipe failed miserably when I went my own way with the mixing method.

Oh, and just a warning - you might want to put a lock on your cookie jar. My four-year-old loved these cookies so much she kept traveling back and forth to our Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar. I know this because the jar makes a sound every time it's opened and I heard that sound a lot yesterday!

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (or 1 1/4 cup spelt flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unrefined sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil (a little generous)
1/3 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • In a bowl, sift in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the sugar and salt, and stir until well combined. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup with the molasses and vanilla, then stir in the oil until well combined. 
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry, along with the chocolate chips, and stir through until just well combined (do not overmix).
  • Place large spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten a little.
  • Bake for 11 minutes, until just golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out). 
  • Let cool on the sheet for no more than 1 minute (again, to prevent drying), then transfer to a cooling rack.
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15 comments:

Joey said...

Those cookies do look gorgeous. And keeping them in a Tardis cookie jar just tops them off!

Courtney Fos said...

these looks amazing!

GiGi said...

First time here at your blog, lovet the kitshy page and cost effective title ;) Great recipe and cookie jar. Thank you for posting. Happy MoFo!

Dreena said...

Hi Jen, thanks SO much, delighted you love my recipe.

And, I quite love being a cookie hero!!! I want a cape. ;)

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

The cookies look awesome! Although I've never really met a cookie I didn't like, those look particularly delicious!

Dawn said...

Oh, horray! I've been wanting to try Dreena's famous chippers, but I didn't have that book! I have LTEV and ED&BV, but not the one with this recipe in it, so thanks!

This is the second new choco chip recipe I want to try--as soon as it's not 83 degrees and humid here in NJ!

XO
Dawn
Vegan Fazool Blog
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erin32mc said...

They truly are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ever! I have non-vegan friends who think they are the best chocolate chip cookie they have ever tasted.

Carlos from Philly said...

The recipe states:
"1/4 canola oil (a little generous)"

I'm assuming that's 1/4 cup?

Greg said...

These cookies are the bomb! Awesome recipe!! These are the best and they don't even have palm, coconut oil, or earth balance. I generally try to stay away from the saturated oils. Well, I like to stay away from all oils except for special occasisons when I'm making something for non-vegans. I put a little bit more than a 1/3 a cup of chocolate chips because I like to load them up.

kellyfever said...

WOW!! Just made these and they really are the best chocolate chip cookies ever and they are so easy to make!! I sprinkled a little bit of coarse salt on top of each one after I took them out of the oven. I can't wait to make these again very soon! :)

Alison Willard said...

I have made this recipe a few times now.. and it holds true to its title! I add walnuts and more salt to make my tastebuds even happier :)

Alison Willard said...

I have made this recipe a few times now, and let me tell ya, it really holds true to its name! I add walnuts and more sea salt to make my tastebuds even happier :)

bmorehousehoney said...

I made this recipe a few times, and it's easy, tasty, and the cookies look really nice, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

zimt said...

Jennifer! I put your photo of these cookies on my blog and have given you credit- they look amazing. I have made Dreena's famous Chocolate Chip Cookies many a time and they never cease to amaze me!

Anyway- thought you might want to check it out: http://zimt.ca/happens-bake-zimt-cookie-dough-cup/
And if you would like me to remove it please do let me know! It just looked AWESOME!!!!

zimt said...

Jennifer! I put your photo of these cookies on my blog and have given you credit- they look amazing. I have made Dreena's famous Chocolate Chip Cookies many a time and they never cease to amaze me!

Anyway- thought you might want to check it out: http://zimt.ca/happens-bake-zimt-cookie-dough-cup/
And if you would like me to remove it please do let me know! It just looked AWESOME!!!!