Consolation cookies

Now that I can eat normal food again, my husband very kindly made chocolate chip cookies for me. Isn't that sweet? Hah - pun intended, I guess. As an American in the UK, I really value a good, chewy chocolate chip cookie. As someone who doesn't eat butter (or any cow's milk product) or eggs, a truly good chocolate chip cookie can be hard to come by. Until I bought this totally unassuming little cookbook, The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek. Thin, no frills, no photos, and not much design to speak of, this book doesn't seem very promising on the outside. But the recipes are fantastic. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is a taster:

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies (I always leave out the pecans)


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup vegan margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp non dairy milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use a dark chocolate bar broken into smaller pieces)
1/2 cup pecans (as mentioned above, I just leave these out)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (177 celcius). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together sugar, brown sugar and margarine. Dissolve cornstarch in milk and add to sugar mixture along with vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture in batches, then stir in chocolate chips and pecans.

Using a cookie dropper or tablespoon, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. If you are baking more than one sheet at a time, rotate the sheets about halfway through the baking time. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.


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