Lighten the Mood – chocolate chip cookie war

I need a post to get me outta this funk.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you, I have a funk.

Or I’m in a funk. whatever.  The funk is called five weeks of being ill. It stinks.

I’m a healthy person. Honest. Really healthy.  I’m so not that girl who catches a cold every time she goes out in chilly weather without socks. Definitely not that girl.  TOMS don’t need socks.  But yeah, point is, I do what I can to keep my immune system off-the-hook.  By that I mean as unsusceptible to viruses as my Macbook (That was a shout out Mr.Jobs, your awesomeness lives on).

Well lately, it hasn’t been so hot.

More like hot and bothered.

But more bothered than hot.

So I kinda got fed up.  I’ve been doing so darn good.  Eating as much wicked produce as possible.  Keepin all my macronutrients in check.  You know the deal.  Drinking water.  Just being good. I really am.  Which is why I’m even more bothered. Why don’t bacteria take the goodness of your soul and your awesome intentions into account when they decide whether or not to infest your sinuses? They should. Bunch of arses.

So to rebel against the evil head infection, I’m depriving the bacteria of sugar for the time being.  I heard they like sugar.  So they can’t have it.

Unfortunately, desugarification is kind of a bum.  So I figure now’s as good a time as any to relive my glory days. From a month ago.

When I had a vegan chocolate-chip cookie face-off.

With myself.

You see, two mad cool bloggers came up with two different vegan chocolate chip cookies recipes within days of eachother. I needed both.

Right-a-freakin-way.

One works it’s magic with a little bit o’ banana (right), that’s from Daily Garnish (who is super going to pop any day now, check her blog), the other (left), by Oh She Glows (who hangs in the same province that I currently inhabit) sneaks in some flax and molasses Whaaat?!

Yeah.

Flax and molasses.

Power couple if there ever was one.  Is that weird? That I put flax and molasses up there with Brangelina… ?

NO.

It’s how we roll in the not-so-average 20 somethin household.

Onward, the recipes.

Cookie Numero Uno

1 dozen via Daily Garnish (slight adaptations)

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance (or other vegan buttah4
  • 1/4 cup  sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet. Prepare for a sErious event.  Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Cream together butterishthing and sugars with whatever mixing device you have.  I had a wooden spoon.  Add the banana, vanilla, and milk, nd mix until fluffy.  Slowly add the dry to the wet and then fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop about 1 dozen cookies onto your sheet.  I got to use a cookie scoop, you could use a heaping Tbs.  Flatten them a bit. Bake for 10-ish mins or until the bottoms are a lil golden.  Cool and taste test.

Cookie Number Dos

via Oh She Glows

  • 7 tbsp Earth Balance + 1 tbsp  oil (or 1/2 cup Earth Balance if not worried about crisp edges)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 flax egg: (1 tbsp ground flaxed mixed with 3 tbsp warm water and left until gummy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used whole wheat, then white pastry flour)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp molasses (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet.  Mix your flax egg and leave er there.  In a bowl (or stand mixer, fancypants) cream the butterishness alone until fluffy, then mix in both sugars until creamed, then the flax egg.  Beat in all of the remaining ingredients and fold in the chocochips.  Scoop these out onto your sheet like the previous ones, though I think this made more than a dozen for me. Bake for 10-12 mins, don’t over do it!  Cool and taste test.

Findings:

Cookie Uno had some nice buttery banana-y flavour to it, and it felt lighter.. it’s also the mucho healthier option.  I was also surprised at how non-cakey it was given that it was made with a bananer.  HOWEVER, it didn’t have the “perfect chewy dense center type deal” that you can get with the best non vegan choco-chip cookies, I could still feel a lil cakiness. Just a lil

Cookie Dos was… super. Wouldn’t have thunk it was vegan.  It had the super chewy with crisp edges texture spot on. I want to make them again now. Riiight now. At 10:34 pm. Only my bum’s will to stay glued to the couch is stopping me.  I think we have a winner.

Ange, you did it again.  Keep rockin my kitchen with your vega-liciousness.  That was not suggestive. Please don’t think it was suggestive. Yikes.

Wish me luck with maintaining my desugarification while I still produce more snot than David Guetta does Remixes.

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6 responses to “Lighten the Mood – chocolate chip cookie war

  1. I am in need of a cookie fix right now….

  2. Mom

    I’m thinking words like: hot and bothered, chocolate chip cookies, Mr. Jobs and virus give you so many hits. Thoughts?

    I may actually try the winner (not being a huge banana fan). No promises.

  3. woah.. both looks awesome to me.. i thunk i am gonna try them both!

  4. Tanya

    Did you make the winning recipe with or without the oil?

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