16 Nov 2011

sometimes ya just need a fresh baked cookie


Today was long, tiring, wet and cold. I'm exhausted, and looking forward to collapsing into my bed in a few hours.
When I finally got home from class and the library, finished all my other house work and homework, sent some emails and made weekend plans; all I wanted was a cookie. Not a wonderfully healthy, sprouted nut and raw honey based cookie - a terrible, ewwy-gooey, flour and sugar cookie from the killer oven!

I had found a cookie recipe that I wanted to bake for X-mas for the fam a little while ago, and it's all I could think about when I got home. I follow what my mind and body tell me - which 99% of the time is "YAY ORGANIC FRUIT AND GREENS!", but I won't lie: I love some cooked foods.

Maybe for emotional reasons, "addictive" reasons, or just 'cause IT'S OKAY TO EAT COOKED FOOD (for all you hard-core raw fooders out there who kick yourself every time you eat something cooked), I enjoy cooked meals every now and again. Usually with friends and family, for special occasions, or simply when the dish is too amazing to resist. An example is eggplant. Oh. My. God. Just slice it and bake it until it's soft. Same goes for garlic and onions.

@#$*%&$%#! Food is such a beautiful thing. Cooked OR raw.

I'm also not gonna sit here and say I don't feel guilty after eating cooked food sometimes. I'm really trying to work on getting over this. My mind knows it's okay and that we've been cooking our food for thousands of years; yet another part of me thinks it makes me weak, or selfish for not putting my body's needs first. For now, I've just gotta get over it and figure out what works best for me.

It scares me a little when I become so fixated on my diet, it's not healthy, even if being healthy is my goal. I have this link at the bottom of my blog for this reason; sometimes I DO become too idealistic and almost dogmatic about my diet, something I don't like at all. So in a way eating cooked food helps me stay realistic, if that makes sense.

*For those cooked foodists out there, this is probably sounding very strange, for raw foodists, you probably know what I'm talking about =)

Right now the bottom line is that I listen to my body and occasionally my body wants cooked food - so I will eat it. Simple as that.

So as I was saying... I decided to make these cookies. They turned out perfectly divine and delicious. I got the recipe online, and it said it was from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. My dad and mom LOVE them (especially my dad, I get the von Euw sweet tooth from him).


Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles: makes 20 or so

1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons almond milk (Or your preferred non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon chocolate extract (or more vanilla extract if you have no chocolate)
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the topping ingredients together on a flat plate. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together oil,  sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix in extracts.

Sift in remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added mix until you’ve got a pliable dough.
Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Pat into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2 inch discs. 
Transfer to baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread). This should be easy as the the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, they should be a bit spread and crackly on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

26 comments:

  1. I'm going to make these today :)

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  2. Hurray! I hope they turned out =)

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  3. Just found your blog, I'm hooked!
    I'm a 19 year old vegan, brand new culinary student, and have a similar obsession with earth-sheltered, self-sustaining tiny homes (noticed your tumbleweed link =P)
    So Its cool to stumble across like-minded gals once in a while,

    Oh, and I guess I should add that my lil sis and I just made these,
    they're marvelous

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    1. Hey Lauren. That's so cool! We sound like twins =) Glad you liked the cookies. Email me whenever and we can keep in touch!

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  4. do you think sunflower oil or olive oil will work in place of the canola (I'm not even sure what that is!) Thanks!

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    1. also - did you just use white sugar? I have caster, light brown and dark brown! As you can probably guess, I am new to baking so have no idea if these types of things make a difference!

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    2. I used raw cane sugar. You could use the light brown sugar... =) And yes - use olive oil.

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    3. Amazing, thank you!

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  5. AnonymousMay 11, 2013

    Is there anyway I could use whole wheat flour or pastry flour? How much would you think works best?

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    1. yeah whole wheat would be perfect - the same amount :)

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  6. AnonymousJuly 23, 2013

    wow these look fantastic! Just found your blog and I`m now obsessed! Im 15 and really really want to go vegan, It`s just so hard! Any tips for starters!? These recipes look completely yummy though... Will try tonight! :)

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    1. Thanks! Check out my "resources" tab for all the information sources you will ever need :)

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  7. I know exactly what you mean! We are just finishing a month-long detox eating 100% raw, and when we go back to our usual 60-75% raw, it's not going to be easy to refrain from feeling guilty about eating cooked food. However, we're a family of six [usually extended by guests] and raw food takes more prep time and gets very expensive for so many. If I could, I'd happily go 100% all the time. I'm going to be making these cookies ASAP... I love anything spicy with chocolate. :)

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  8. I made these with gluten free flour and they were amazing. I did need to add an extra 1/4 cup of gluten free flour at the end, though, to get the proper consistency.

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  9. YUMMMM! Thanks for the recipe <3

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  10. I just wanted to say I just made these and they turned out amazing :) Thanks so much for the recipe! I subbed chocolate almond milk for the regular + chocolate extract, everything worked well. I can't wait to share these with my co workers at the potluck tomorrow!

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  11. Hey thanks for this awasome recipe, I just finished making them and theyre so good, I made some changes tho,insted of refined sugar I used half brown sugar half bee's honney, instead of canola oil I used extravirgin avocado oil "itzihealth" is really good, and used gluten free flour instead of wheat flour, they are really good, my husband loved it, they ask nothig to other cookies, taste is great the cayene pepper gives it a nice kick they just awasome!! :D

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  12. Hey thanks for this awasome recipe, I just finished making them and theyre so good, I made some changes tho,insted of refined sugar I used half brown sugar half bee's honney, instead of canola oil I used extravirgin avocado oil "itzihealth" is really good, and used gluten free flour instead of wheat flour, they are really good, my husband loved it, they ask nothig to other cookies, taste is great the cayene pepper gives it a nice kick they just awasome!! :D

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  13. Hey thanks for this awasome recipe, I just finished making them and theyre so good, I made some changes tho,insted of refined sugar I used half brown sugar half bee's honney, instead of canola oil I used extravirgin avocado oil "itzihealth" is really good, and used gluten free flour instead of wheat flour, they are really good, my husband loved it, they ask nothig to other cookies, taste is great the cayene pepper gives it a nice kick they just awasome!! :D

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  14. I made these cookies today and they turned out flat and burnt. They didn't rise at all. What did I do wrong? I put in 1 tsp baking soda...

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  15. I can't wait to make these in the winter! Yes, I probably shouldn't be thinking about winter in August. But these are just toooo perfect!

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  16. Hello,
    would like to make those for Christmas, do you think I can freeze them? if not how many days in advance can I make them?
    thanks!

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  17. I just made (snow day here). Fabulous! Followed recipe to a tee!!!! Love the cayenne bite afterwards!

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    1. Mm that sounds so cozy <3 Thank you!

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  18. Just made and they are delicious -- followed exact recipe. Perfect!

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