Oh yum! Who doesn’t like a homemade chocolate chip cookie? I know very few who would pass this up! Okay so this is not an original recipe. I love to cook and I really love to bake, but have not made the attempt to try and come up with an original cookie recipe as of yet, mainly because I have this nifty cookbook called Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and I could blissfully live out my days with the recipes in this book. I got it on Amazon….check it out if you think you will ever need to make some vegan cookies for that vegan in your life. Or if you’re vegan and you don’t have this one in your collection yet. Or maybe you have some other reason to want dairy-free. Recipes are simple and most with common ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or are very easy to find. Need a close up? Ok!
Don’t they look delicious?! Mouth watering yet? Mine is! That might have something to do with the fact that I just ate 4. It’s a very simple recipe and you can find it right here. Basically you mix your sugars, oil, non-dairy milk, vanilla…and 1 ingredient that was new to me but easy to find. Tapioca flour. I found it at my local grocery store and I store it in the freezer. This particular recipe only calls for 1 tablespoon and so you might be thinking exactly what I was thinking when I first attempted this recipe…”what’s 1 tablespoon of tapioca flour? I’ll just add another tablespoon of my all-purpose flour and forget it.” Don’t do it. Go get the tapioca flour. My cookies spread out so much they were as flat as can be. They tasted ok…but they weren’t real pretty. So I got the tapioca flour.
I always like to jazz up my recipes that call for chocolate chips by combining them with some other flavor(s). This time I used these. The Guittard brand I can get at my local grocery store. The King David brand I get off of Amazon. They also have butterscotch and vanilla, and chocolate too.
Ok so anyway…you mix your sugars and wet ingredients and tapioca flour and the recipe says to stir vigorously with a fork for about 2 minutes. I’m slightly impatient. Why would I stand there and stir with a fork for 2 minutes when my little handheld electric mixer can accomplish the same task in about 10 seconds? You blend until it’s a nice-looking caramel-like mixture. Then add your dry ingredients and blend again. Stir in your chocolate chips and throw in some nuts if you’d like. Pretty much your basic, easy chocolate chip cookie recipe. But vegan. The vegan in your life will love you for it.
Roll them into balls and though it says to flatten slightly, I didn’t need to do this because they kind of sink down a little and flatten slightly all on their own once I set them on the pan and am rolling the rest of the dough. And bake. Then enjoy!
Another thing I like about the recipes in this book is that it doesn’t make a gazillion cookies. I know I can half recipes, etc., if I don’t want a bunch…but it’s already done for you and I don’t have to do any math. Especially fractions. This recipe makes about 2 dozen, give or take, depending on how big you make them. And if I follow a recipe that makes 6 dozen, well then I feel like I need to eat 6 dozen cookies within a short amount of time. Who wouldn’t? This way the temptation isn’t so strong. At least that works best for me. We’ve tried several recipes in this book and all were winners!