Tuesday, May 03, 2011

THE BASICS | Chocolate Chip Cookies



Every home baker needs the perfect go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe — this will be yours, whether you're vegan, vegetarian or none of the above. Moist and chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside; these cookies are simply some of the best I've ever tasted (or made)! I added chopped pecans to mine, but the sky's the limit when it comes to add-ins for these babies.

BASIC CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:
1 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
5 tablespoons golden flax meal
6 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 bag semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

To start: Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 cookie sheets with tin foil, and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the flax meal and 6 tablespoons of water until mixture thickens and reaches a consistency similar to egg whites; set aside (this is your egg replacer).

Prepare the dough: Cream together the Earth Balance, sugar, and brown sugar with a handheld mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in the flax meal mixture 1/2 at a time, then stir in the vanilla.

In another small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 2 teaspoons hot water. Add mixture to batter along with salt.

Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time. You may want to put in some elbow grease and use your hands to knead and mix the dough once it becomes too thick to mix with a wooden spoon or spatula. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake the cookies: Drop dough by large spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, being careful not to overbake.

Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheets for a minute or two, then use a spatula to move them to a wire rack or countertop to cool thoroughly before enjoying.


2 comments:

  1. Hi Alyssa, thanks for this recipe, it will absolutely be my go-to recipe from now. After a few previous cookie-disasters I was put off but I tried your recipe this afternoon for the first time and they were very easy to make and turned out great, the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. The cookie-loving boyfriend was very impressed, especially when he found out they were vegan (I only told him afterwards, clever). I used just chocolate chips but think it would be a good base recipe to add lots of different things. I think the 'basics' recipes idea is really good, thanks.

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  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, Yona. I'm so glad the cookies turned out well for you and impressed your BF. I love waiting to tell people that the food I've served them is vegan until after they've finished it all and asked for seconds!

    It's definitely a great base recipe to change up with other add-ins. I'm really glad you liked it.

    Alyssa

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