Are you bored of me talking about getting off of my medications? You must be because I sure am! I was so focused on it for a time because I had to be, but things have changed for the better. So let's change it up.
I am a bit of a chocoholic. I love chocolate and chocolate chip cookies are one of my many chocolate weaknesses. I found this great recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies that just happen to be vegan. I've made them several times and they are quite easy and very quick to make.
I change up the ingredients from time to time. I've made them with margarine and also with oil. The oil was a little easier to mix, but that's about the only difference I noticed. For baking, I use an oil that is part canola oil, part olive oil. I don't like to bake with olive oil, even though it's healthy because who wants olive flavoured chocolate chip cookies?
The last time I made the cookies, I used agave instead of sugar. I bought some agave on a whim the last time I was at the bulk food store. I'd seen agave as an ingredient for vegan baking and I thought I'd give it a try. Agave looks like honey in the bottle. It's sweet without being too sweet. Agave can be used in place of sugar. I went with less agave than sugar required and I didn't fiddle with the liquid measurements although the article I read said that you should. It didn't matter, the cookies came out just as good as ever.
I think the secret to this recipe is the cinnamon. I made them without cinnamon the last time I baked because I'd run right out of it. Too bad, because the cookies are good without the cinnamon, but they are great with it!
Now I'm a little more laid back than the recipe's author when it comes to baking. I pretty much throw the ingredients in the bowl, mix it up and bake. Sampling almost always occurs before the dough makes it to the oven. One tip: if you scroll to the bottom of the the first part of the recipe, there's a button to show the next step, don't use that one, use the one that gives you all the steps on one screen. It's much easier that way.
3 out of 4 in our house like these cookies. The 4th is my youngest who has decided she doesn't like chocolate lately. Not sure how I had a child who doesn't like chocolate! I may try them without chocolate next as it sounds like they might be pretty tasty.