This is one of the best choc chip cookie recipes I’ve made. Perhaps the best? Sweet but no sickly sweet. Soft but not too crumbly. How many choc chips you add is up to you. I used vegan ingredients, except for the choc chips. I used light soy milk instead of water. About 8 minutes cooking time was good for me, anything less and the sugar is still too gritty. I ate a few to test this theory of course. Take your cookies out of the oven while they are still a little soft as they will firm up as they cool.
Here is an interesting article about sugar in relation to a vegan diet.
A word about sugar…
– Refined sugar is avoided by some vegetarians/vegans because a filter bed composed of animal bone char may be used in the refining process. The bone char is prepared by incinerating animal bones at an extremely high temperature. This results in a physical change in the bones’ composition, leaving particles of pure carbon scattered throughout the porous calcium orthophosphate structure. The carbon particles remove colourant molecules from the sugar (by a physical process called “adsorption”) and thereby whiten it. No bone char remains within the
finished sugar product and it is therefore kosher suitable.
– While bone char filters are still used by some major sugar companies around the world, it is our understanding that they are no longer used in Australia. There are currently three sugar refineries in Australia and they have stated:
Sugar Australia Pty Ltd (details correct as at March 2007)
“Sugar Australia refines sugar in Melbourne and Mackay and markets the CSR brand of sugar. Both its refineries DO NOT USE bone char. Instead, the decolourising process uses granular activated carbon (made from coal). The use of bone charcoal in Sugar Australia (formerly CSR) refineries ceased in Australia about 1990. There are refineries in America that still use it, but not in Australia. The Sugar Australia refineries do not use any materials of animal origin in the refining process, so its products are suitable for a vegan diet.”
Bundaberg Sugar Ltd (details correct as at March 2007)
“Bundaberg Sugar has not used bone char in the refining process for many years now.”
Manildra Harwood Sugars
(Manildra Harwood Sugars have not responded to our enquiries.)
The recipe is from VegWeb.com
Recipe submitted by Denise (unedited)
Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsps baking powder
cinnamon to taste (optional)
vegan chocolate or carob chips – put in as many as you like
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado #1, sucanat works too but sucks up a lot of the moisture)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water
VERY IMPORTANT-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they’re not at room temp but it works MUCH better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if you choose). Add chips. Make a well in the center and set aside.
In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Mix it well. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets.(top to bottom,and 180 degree rotation) Bake another 4 minutes and check them.
The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in two minute increments from here untill they get to where I like them.
Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.
These cookies have come a long way, lots of time and tasting spent on getting them to where they are now. Vegans and non vegans LOVE them. In the words of my 6 year old son-Mom, you’re the greatest because you know how to make the best cookies. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions. Sweet travels.
Serves: almost two dozen
Preparation time: 15 mins?-10 to 12 cooking time