Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vegan Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wasn't expecting to like these cookies as much as I did. I really couldn't stop myself from eating them, they were that good! 

Truth be told, we never properly store our baked goods :s We basically just leave them out in the open until they're all gone. Things get a little stale but that's the result of laziness I suppose. Well, we didn't have to worry about these cookies going stale because seriously every time one of us walked by them on the counter we'd take one. They went so fast! 

They have the perfect amount of orange flavour and a wonderful texture. Kinda cake-y in the middle with a crisp edge, just like they're described in the book! Sometimes our desserts end up completely different than described by others, I never quite understand it.

On a side note, I watched a pretty good movie last night that I was also skeptical about initially. Teeth. A comedy horror about a girl with a vagina dentata (toothed vagina). The subject matter intrigued me because once I made a painting that included a vagina dentata. The scariest thing about the movie was the amount of sexual assault the protagonist Dawn experiences throughout the movie. Makes me want a vagina dentata myself. The ending was great. 

The movie is definitely a commentary on the effects of pollution (as two large smoke stacks overshadow the town) and abstinence-only education, as well. 

Back to those cookies. We halved the recipe because it makes two dozen large cookies which would've been dangerous to bake up! But if you need/want a lot of cookies you can easily double it.

Vegan Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 olive oil (or canola or vegetable)
2 tsp ground flax
¾ tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
¾ cup AP flour
½ cup soft whole wheat flour
¼ tsp + a sprinkle baking soda
Sprinkle of salt
½ cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. 

In large bowl whisk together agave to orange zest for 2 minutes. Sift in the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated then add the chocolate chips.

Scoop out heaping tablespoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet, 2 inch apart. Cook for 12-14 mins. Let em cool before you remove them from the sheet. Then place on cookie rack.  

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