21 June 2011

vegan peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies

I am suffering from a spring cold. Even though it's not very warm outside, I still like to think it's unfair to feel snotty and sore throat-y when I could be having fun at the beach. If I lived in California. I even stayed home for a bit the other day, and attempted to nap or relax or watch a movie to get better. Instead, what did I do? I baked cookies.

Being out of eggs, I had to get creative. Forced veganism. Which isn't so bad, right? Lots of people don't eat animal products by choice, even lots of people I know. It's all the rage in this corner of the universe. And just because I love a juicy burger every now and then doesn't need I need butter and eggs in ALL my baked goods.

So here you go: truly vegan, and truly delicious, simple peanut butter cookies with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. They stay a lovely crisp texture on the outside with the beloved soft center of a good coffee shop cookie. I hope you make them; I know you'll love them... even if you're a carnivore like me. Which I intend to stay, even though cookies like this exist in the world.

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.

Cream together:
1 cup all-vegetable shortening
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup "buttermilk": soy, almond or rice milk with a teaspoon of lemon juice stirred in, allowed to sit until thickened

Mix in:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Stir in:
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (make sure the chocolate is dairy free, if you are really going for the vegan thing)

Scoop overflowing tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Flatten each ball slightly with a fork, making the signature criss-cross pattern. Bake 10-12 minutes, one sheet at a time, until set. Allow to cool for a few minutes on cookie sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack. Keep in an airtight container until you can't stand it any more and they have all been gobbled up.


John said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

Ashley said...

Ahhhh! you are so cute! and your site is so professional! (unlike mine, working on that...) its almost creepy how alike we are though (in terms of food) Looooove you! and miss you!

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