25 August 2011

chocolate chip cookies

am i the only one who is seaching for thier perfect chocolate chip cookie?  i've been trying to create the perfect recipe for a cookie that rival the cookies my mom used to bake.  i have her version of the recipe and i could try to veganize it, but that would be too simple, now wouldn't it?  instead, i keep trying new recipes. 

some are great and some are only okay.  the batch i made last night i would have classified as "good", but not great.  m, however, went gaga for them.  apparently the perfect cookie is in the eye mouth of the beholder.  these cookies might just be "the best cookies i've ever made".  or so m says. {i think he just likes to pay my baking lots of compliments to encourage me to keep the treats coming.}

{m's perfect cookie}

but on the off chance that he's not alone in his taste, i figured i would share them.  a word of caution: these do not taste healthy in any way and they are far from fluffy; rather they are a little bit crunchy, a little bit chewy, and thin caramelized  little things.

{cookies, stacked}

chocolate chip cookies
makes 24 cookies
1/2 cup cold earth balance margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 flax egg {1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp hot water}
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup organic all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

preheat your oven to 350.  cream together the earth balance & both sugars in a large bowl.  add the flax egg, molasses & vanilla and mix to combine.  in a seperate bowl mix together the flours, baking soda, salt & cinnamon.  add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix to combine.  stir in the chocolate chips. 

the cookie dough will be a bit wet, so place it in the fridge for 30 minutes to make it easier to work with.  form the cookie dough into balls, rolling them in your hands {about 1 tablespoons worth} and place on a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet.  don't flatten them because they spread like crazy on their own!  bake for 18-20 minutes.  when you remove them from the oven they should still look a bit soft - they'll firm up a bit within 5 minutes at which point you can transfer them to a cooling rack.

{a little crispy, a little chewy}

{definitely 'okay'}

{hint of cinnamon}

i must admit they were pretty good warm from the oven and i think they'll make excellent ice cream sandwiches.  what i do really like about them is the subtle little hint of cinnamon... mmmm...

but the search continues....


  1. it's hard to make a perfect chocolate chip cookie! my husband only likes cookies that are super soft, so any slightly crispy or crunchy cookie i make he poo-poos ;(

    that's great that your husband enjoyed them- hopefully you'll figure out your perfect cookie soon, though ;)

  2. Love the idea of cinnamon in choco chip cookies! Although, I'll go for cinnamon in most anything. And I'm always on the search for the perfect cookie, too. Thought I had choco chip nailed down, but the recipe only hits every other time or so.

  3. I like my cookies crunchy-chewy, so this sounds pretty good to me!

  4. caitlin, to be totally honest, i don't even mind all the trial & error - makes for interesting times in the kitchen! :)

    cinnamon is great in most everything, isn't it forgotten?

    and foodfeud, if you try them out, do let me know how you like them!