Saturday, April 16, 2011

not-so-vegan chocolate cookies

Here's how those late night cookies turned out early this morning. Considering my rather ad- hoc approach to them, altering all kinds of ingredients, they turned out pretty well.

There's something very satisfying about adapting a recipe & finding that your ideas worked. If John had been here, I think he'd have been proud of how much I mixed things up & didn't do proper weighing. But, had he been here instead of China, I probably wouldn't have been having this late night baking adventure.

The not-so-vegan chocolate cookie
2.5 cups / 650g plain flour
1/2 cup / 125g cocoa
1/2 cup / 125ml applesauce
1/4 cup / 60ml sunflower oil
1 cup / 250g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp bi-carbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg 

1) In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cocoa, bi-carb and salt
2) In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, egg, apple sauce, oil & vanilla extract
3) Combine the wet & dry ingredients together, mixing well
4) Stir in your chocolate chips of choice
5) Wrap the dough in cling film or baking paper, and chill in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight
6) When you're ready, preheat the oven to 170C/ gas mark 4-5 & grease 3 baking trays
7) Take large balls of dough, roll them in granulated sugar, pop them on the tray & flatten slightly. They don't really spread so you don't need to leave too much space.
8) Bake for 8 - 10 mins. When they're done, the tops will be cracked and the centre still slightly soft.
9) Enjoy!

{If you'd like to see the original recipe, it's over here at joy the baker's blog.}

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