Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vegan Valentine's Goodies: Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

Chocolate and raspberry is apparently a classic flavour combination but it isn't one I normally think of. It could have something to do with the fact that I prefer if fruits stay far away from my desserts, but I don't think that's it, entirely. Anyway, thanks to these cookies it'll be a combo I'll remember. 

A Combo to Remember. (sounds like a really bad romantic drama)

These cookies are wonderfully flavourful. Great chocolate flavour plus great raspberry flavour. The texture is the thing that really gets me, though. THESE are chewy cookies. We've tried a good many recipe that has claimed to produce chewy cookies but these cookies truly deliver. 

As much as I love the chewy texture and awesome flavour of these cookies, there's something lacking. I need something more. Like a chocolate chip or nut, perhaps? Hazelnuts? A few chopped hazelnuts might do the trick. Or dipping half of each cookie in melted chocolate and then in the chopped hazelnuts. Ahh that's it!

These cookies shout Valentine's Day to me, especially if you dressed 'em up all fancy-like. 

Chocolate Raspberry Cookies
1/2 cup raspberry jam
1 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla 
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder or regular is fine
1 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
Mix jam, sugar, oil, and extracts together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the dry to the wet in 3 batches, mixing in between. Use your hands for the third batch. Roll tbsps of dough into balls then flatten between palms. They don't really spread so no need to place them too far apart. Bake for 10 mins. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 mins then transfer to cookie rack. 

Here's a non-mushy song about love that's great to dance along to or eat chocolate raspberry cookies to:

Fall in Love by Phantogram.

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