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A post that’s actually about cookies (recipe)

It has come to my attention that some people were disappointed that when they clicked on my post about Old Navy giving me the coats to donate the post wasn’t actually about cookies. I chose a picture of cookies because I ate so many cookies while I was living with my parents for that month.

To make up for that inadvertent bait and switch, I’m going to give you a recipe for cookies. You all know that I went to culinary school, and was a recipe developer for a short time, right? I don’t do it much anymore, but usually when the weather gets colder I get the bug to mess around with developing recipes.

Last year I read a recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies that didn’t sound that great. But the idea intrigued me, so I worked up my own version, and tried them. They were, seriously, the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. Somehow they were crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside, with depth of flavor and a nice balanced sweetness. I have no idea how, because the chemistry doesn’t seem to add up to the crispy-chewy combo on paper, but it did in the oven somehow.

Without further ado, here are:

Magda’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon brown rice syrup (you could probably use  maple syrup, golden syrup, or any other liquid sweetener, but I didn’t test them)

Mix together, then add:

1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix again. Add:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix again. I used my hands at this point. Stir in:

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (If you want these to be vegan for real, you’ll need to buy the Sunspire or other brand dairy-free chocolate chips. Since I wasn’t feeding my cookies to any true vegans I just used super-dark chocolate chips.)

Drop or scoop onto a baking sheet (no need to pregrease since the cookies are all oil) and bake at 350 F until they start to get some nice color. How long it takes depends on how big you like your cookies and how crispy you like your cookies.

You can roll and freeze the dough and then slice into frozen discs and bake and they come out beautifully.

Are you skeptical? I was, too.

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