Tuesday, May 18, 2010


(makes two dozen two inch cookies.)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. canola oil
1/4 c. nondairy milk
1 tablespoon tapioca flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all purpose flower
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teapsoon salt
3/4 c. chocolate chips (i used carob chips)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large light metal baking sheets.

Mix together sugars, oil, milk and tapioca flour in a mixing bowl. Use a strong fork and mix really well, for about 2 minutes, until it resembles smooth caramel. There is a chemical reaction when sugar and oil collide, so it’s important that you don’t get lazy about that step. Mix in the vanilla.
Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda and salt. Mix until well incorporated. Mix in the rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips.

For 3 inch cookies, roll the dough into about ping pong ball size balls. Flatten them out in your hands to about 2 1/2 inches. They will spread just a bit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 13 minutes until they are just a little browned around the edges. I usually get 16 out of these so I do two rounds of eight cookies. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.


fun fact: i'm horrible at baking. so when i found this recipe on tumblr my first thought was "hey i'm a horrible conventional baker, maybe i'll be a great vegan baker." turns out that this is only half true. i'm an alright vegan baker. the cookies were good, but a little greasy (i think next time i'll add more flour / less oil) and flat as pancakes. i don't blame the last part on the recipe, but on my absolute failure as a baker. this might be coming from cookie jealousy as my grandma makes the best most beautiful deliciously plump cookies on the planet. i was hoping that her skills would have skipped a generation, as my mom is no good at baking too, but alas i've seemed to have inherited my mothers bad baking genes instead. i think the next time i try these i'll either a) use an egg replacer combo vs. canola oil or b) change the oil/flour ratio and use self rising flour or my final option is to c) marry a baker.

p.s. anyone out there know a good cookie recipe? i'm open for suggestions.