Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Double chocolate almond cookies aka Billie's favorite cookies

This recipe makes some of the best vegan cookies I've ever had (or made!).
It's pretty much straight out of Vive le Vegan! (which also has some other great dessert recipes that are worth trying).

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
3 T toasted almond pieces
3 T chocolate chips
1/4 cup unrefined sugar (a little scant)
1/4 t sea salt
1/3 cup maple syrup (a little generous)
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract (optional)
1/4 cup canola oil (a little generous)

1. preheat oven to 350 and oil a cookie sheet or cover it with parchment paper
2. in a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda
3. add the almond pieces, chocolate chips, sugar and salt and stir until well combined
4. in a different bowl, combine the maple syrup with the vanilla and almond extracts, then add in the oil and stir until well combined
5. add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until well combined but don't overmix
6. place large spoonfulls of the batter on the cookie sheet and press down on them a little bit
7. bake for 11 minutes, until golden - baking for much longer causes them to dry out
8. transfer from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack within a minute of taking them out of the oven (again because they'll dry out if on the hot cookie sheet too long)

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