If you know me, you know I love cookies. Like, more than most foods. You could sell me on a cookies nearly any time of the day or night, especially if they're homemade and most especially if they contain chocolate. I prefer homemade versions because they're always a little softer, gooey-er, and filled with love - which I swear tastes like extra vanilla extract! ☺️
This batch of bars whips up easily, and can be made into cookies themselves if you prefer. This week though, I wanted to go full bar status so that I could: a) eat 1 large bar instead of 4 regular cookies b) cook all the batter in one batch rather than baking trays and trays of cookies c) both answers are true (I'm lazy and okay with it)
What I'm saying is - RUN, don't walk, to your kitchen and preheat the oven! These bars are so worth it. They're a real sweet treat that deserves to be enjoyed and they only use 1 mixing bowl from start to finish. Rich, chocolatey, perfectly fluffy batter - let's go!
The batter whips up easily, and the best part? Once it's prepped, you can SAVE IT! Yup, you can package into plastic or glass and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks or save it in the fridge indefinitely. Pull it out whenever you want a single serve cookie or just a scoop of raw cookie dough - I won't tell if you don't! But I also won't be there to take you to the emergency room if you use real eggs and get e.coli so you know, be careful.
The coconut sugar in this batter replaces the normal addition of white and brown sugar perfectly - it adds a rich, sweet, slightly caramel flavor to the batter that comes out in the final bar, and uses about half the amount of sugar that a normal recipe might. Scroll down for the recipe, and let me know if you try them!
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup ghee (or butter, or coconut oil) 1 cup coconut sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs (sub vegan version, if you like. Flax eggs work well here!) 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used soy-free chocolate chunks from Enjoy Life)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line or grease a 9x9 inch baking pan and set aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat together the ghee, coconut sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Crack in the eggs, and beat again until the mixture becomes fluffy. Pour in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and beat until well combined.
Pour in the chocolate chips (or chunks!) and fold them into the dough.
Scoop the combined dough into your lined baking dish, and press it down so that the batter fills the corners completely. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top becomes golden and an inserted toothpick pulls mostly clean.
Remove, cool, and serve! Makes 9-12 bars, depending on the size. NOTES: To make individual cookies instead, scoop 1-2 in. balls of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes each.
Leftovers can be saved in an airtight container for a week.
White / Brown sugar (or a combo of the two) is an easy sub if you don't have any coconut sugar! The more brown sugar you substitute rather than white sugar, the richer the bars will be.
Did I include probably more pictures of these bars than you need for reference in this post? YES. Are they worth the bake time? YES. Have I head three bars in one hour today? YES. So get on my level - throw a batch of these babies in the oven and you could be three bars deep in an hour, just like me. Or you could share them! Up to you, babes. Either way, you're gonna want to make this batch! Leftovers last in a sealed container on the counter or fridge for up to 5 days, but of course I recommend eating at least one gooey bar fresh out of the oven. Enjoy!
This month has been INSANE. We've all seen the memes - January felt like it lasted 2018287324 days and let me be the first to say THANK GOD it's over. I feel like it was one things after another - things going wrong at work, won't weather, days just not being long enough to get everything - or seemingly anything - done. Luckily, amongst the chaos, I had a little bit of a plan: #BeYourBestBabe2019! I loved creating this challenge with Nathalie, my partner on the Real Good Podcast, and I loved participating in it even more! The challenge was broken down into 4 weeks, each week with a different focus, and each filled with simple and fun daily challenges designed to help the crazy month be as productive as possible. It was fun, and even though the month flew by, I feel like I can actually look back and realize I had a pretty successful month!
One thing I did several times this month, no checklist reminders needed? Made batches of homemade cookies! It's one of my favorite ways to decompress and satisfy a sweet tooth. And this past month? I made some REALLY great batches of cookies. And after posting about them on my IG, I got tons of requests for recipes! I'm still working on my super duper chocolate chunkers but I've damn near perfected these Healthier Jam Thumbprint Cookies and it was time to share. They're buttery, soft, and full of flavor, and then topped with your favorite jam! Even better? I made them nearly entirely sugar-free! You can always add more sweetness if you like, but I'm all about adding less sugar so I can eat more cookies - ya know what I mean?! Recipe below, babes!
INGREDIENTS: 2 1/4 cups AP flour 2 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter (vegan or regular, unsalted), softened to room temperature 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener (or you can always just use stevia or brown sugar here, instead! You've got options. 😊) 1 large egg yolk (or 2 tablespoons mashed banana, to keep 'em vegan) 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup jam or preserves of your choice (I like raspberry but could only find seedless for this batch)
DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch and salt.
In a larger mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add in the egg yolk or banana and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Begin to pour the dry ingredients into the larger, wet ingredient mixing bowl about a cup at a time, mixing consistently until a uniform dough forms. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
Scoop 1 inch balls of dough two-inches apart onto your cookie sheet and gently press your thumb into the center to make a small indent for the jam to sit comfortably inside of. Once your cookies have all been pressed, scoop your 1/3 cup of jam into a small bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften. Mix the jam after warming and gently scoop hefty teaspoon-sized amounts into the thumbprint in each cookie, filling to the brim.
Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-11 minutes, or until bottoms and edges are beginning to turn golden brown in color. Remove the cookies from the oven and place them onto a cooking rack. Once completely cooled, enjoy immediately or wrap and save for up to three days!
This recipe has quickly become a favorite in our house - which is funny, because jam-filled cookies were literally my least favorite for YEARS! I don't know if I'd just had too many fig newtons forced on me as a kid or if the jam my cookies were being topped with just wasn't as up to par, but I never liked them until now! These ones are soft, buttery, and topped with the perfect amount of sweet jam on top. I am super guilty of eating a half-batch in a day. Thank goodness they're HEALTHIER!
If you're interested in following along with the #BeYourBestBabe2019 challenge, head here and print out the challenge calendars. You can do them week by week or all at once - just enjoy the extra productivity and see if it makes you feel like you're being YOUR best babe this month!
I have always been the kind of person who LOVED birthdays. I would celebrate as long as possible - the whole month if you'd let me! If you listened to the latest episode of my podcast, you know that I'm a total PITTA and that fire in my belly keeps me craving attention, so it makes sense that I would love a day centered around celebrating ME! I've had a pretty great last few birthdays, but this year totally snuck up on me. I have been so insanely busy between the blog, podcast, and new promotion at the yoga studio (studio assistant what whatttt) that I literally didn't realize until just a few days ago when my husband reminded me that we needed to figure out how we were going to celebrate. YIKES! (I must be getting old guys - I'm already forgetting my OWN birthday! 🙈)
It's the Thursday before my Saturday birthday and I still don't know how I want to celebrate (taking suggestions!) but I DID know what I wanted to eat on my birthday. I love sweets but I'm all about that low-sugar life, so I created the birthday cookie cookie of my dreams - an Organic Funfetti Sugar Cookie that hold its shape when it bakes, so you can cookie cut them into whatever cute shapes you like! They're light, sweet, and the PERFECT cookie to splurge on for your birthday - because you can eat as many as you want without having to worry about your sugar intake! Also it's your damn birthday and SOMEONE better make you cake, so let these be your at home treat. I had 6 yesterday. No regrets - bring on 28!
Turning 28 isn't a huge milestone, but 27 was a pretty great year for me. I had a lot of great experiences, made new forever friends, found some workouts that have kept me sane + feeling confident about my health and my body, and did some serious traveling. I made so many great memories and proved to myself how much growth I could experience in a year. 26 was hard, 27 was great, and I expect 28 to be filled with even more opportunities and positive memories! These cookies totally fit for who I am now - obsessed with eating as many cookies as possible as healthfully as possible! A few years ago I would've made a huge, triple layer cake or fudge-filled brownies but these days I'm all about indulging in a guilt-free way - and these cookies rival any cookie with 3x the sugar, guaranteed. I didn't write any long words of wisdom about this birthday, but a few years ago I did come up with 25 Things I'd Learned at 25 and they still stand pretty true. Maybe I'll make another list at 30. For now - let's bake, babes!
INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cup organic all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup non-dairy butter 1 cup monk fruit sweetener (I used this brand, but you can always use sugar or your fave sub instead. If you choose to use stevia, I would recommend only subbing half the amount for taste.) 1 egg (or vegan egg substitute - a chia egg works great here!) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup sprinkles
DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate, larger mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar (or sweetener) together until fluffy. Add in the egg and the vanilla and beat until the mixture becomes fluffy again. Pour in the dry ingredient mixture, continuously mixing until a dough forms.
Pour in the sprinkles and use your hands to mix them evenly into the dough. Refrigerate the dough, covered, for 20-30 minutes. While the dough chills, lay out some parchment paper and grab a rolling pin. When your dough is ready, roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out your favorite shapes.
Place cut cookies onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before enjoying. Leftovers save well in a sealed container for up to a week - if they last that long!
My favorite way to celebrate any holiday is with FOOD, and this 4th of July I wanted to crack into some of that summer nostalgia from when I was a kid with one of my favorite summertime treats! I finally called Mom to get the recipe she always used to make for us when we were kids; She would always make a giant cookie layer base, slather it in frosting and cover it in fresh fruit. Usually a summertime snack for it's portability and use of that fresh, seasonal fruit I’ve been craving this Lemon Sugar Cookie Cake ever since I made it a few weeks ago! I simplified and slightly health-ified her original recipe and got something I think is even better. Sorry Mom!
I shared the simplified recipe on IG when I made it, but wanted to share an easier-to-read, printable version for all my regular readers here, too. It really is the perfect, easy, crowd pleasing summer dessert! Would love to hear your thoughts if you try it - and my Mama would, too! Scroll on down for the recipe and some notes before you bake, too. Enjoy, babes!
INGREDIENTS: COOKIE BASE RECIPE 2 1/4 cups AP flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (non-dairy) butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup monk fruit sweetener* 1 egg (vegan if you prefer) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tablespoons lemon juice Zest of 1 lemon Strawberries, blueberries + raspberries for topping
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING 8 oz. plain, non-dairy cream cheese 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice Zest of half a lemon 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Maple syrup and/or monkfruit sweetener to taste
DIRECTIONS: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a round pan (or baking sheet) with parchment paper.
In a large sized bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. In a smaller, separate bowl combine the sugars, egg, vanilla, lemon juice + lemon zest.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing completely. Once the dough has formed, roll it evenly into a round shape on the pan, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
Bake for 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown, then let cool completely. While the cookie layer cools, mix the frosting and chop up the fruit. Once cool, frost the cookie like a pizza and top with fruit. Enjoy babes!
NOTES: You can use real butter, eggs and milk here if you prefer. I adapted this recipe from my Mom's original which did in fact use the original versions with great success.
Leftovers last up to 2 days on the counter and up to 4 days in the fridge, but - like most things in life - is best enjoyed fresh.
*You can also sub the monk fruit sweetener for stevia or more real sugar.
With my new Homestyle Vegan cookbook hitting shelves November 1st, my first book signing event and the Holidays coming up, I've really been doing my best stay low stress and to avoid sugar. Not only do I have wedding I'm trying to look pretty great for, but sugar is just not my friend. It's the number one food that makes me gain weight and really screws with my face, causing breakouts. I really try not to eat much of it as part of my everyday diet. Besides foods with natural sugar like fresh fruit, of which I indulge plenty, I really don't eat it. Except when I'm menstruating - then all bets are off, friends. Then I will fight you for your french fries. Then I will eat an entire pint of ice cream with no regrets. Then I am unstoppable, and Alex knows it's best to just get out of my way and let me eat through the cramps and lower back pain. But since I can be kind of rage-binge-y at that time of the month, I've started combatting later, meaner, hungrier me with some seriously indulgent-tasting, nearly-sugar-free chocolate chip cookies!
They are soft, chewy, sweet, and taste like they should be packed with sugar - but NOPE! Just a couple of optional tablespoons in this recipe, and it doesn't even have to be refined. I've made these cookies maybe 30 times at this point and have gotten the recipe down to an exact science. They are the perfect dessert or sweet treat when you need one, and make a decent meal when you need more like 7. They're stuffed with chocolate chips, which I think helps to totally mask the flavor stevia in the recipe. This is actually the FIRST recipe on this site using stevia because I've always been so hesitant to bake with it. But I am experimenting with it and so far, so good. Even Alex says these cookies pass his 'no after-taste' test, which is good, because a lot of sugar-less sweeteners don't! These cookies taste heavenly and indulgent, but are lighter and way more guilt-free than you'd ever imagine. Plus, CHOCOLATE. So go ahead, have four. You know I'm going to!
INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon ground flax 3 tablespoons warm water 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or AP flour) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup softened coconut oil 2 tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener (optional) 3/4 teaspoon liquid vanilla stevia 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (double if using unflavored liquid stevia) 3/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the flax and water, set aside to gelatinize.
In a separate, larger mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Form a well in the center and set aside.
In the medium mixing bowl with the flax mixture add the coconut oil, sugar or maple syrup, stevia and vanilla. Whisk to combine completely, then pour the mixture into the well formed by the dry ingredients. Use electric mixers to beat the mixture together until well combined. If not using an electric mixer, mix with a wooden spoon until you can't anymore, then finish it off with your hands. Once combined, pour in the chocolate chips and mix 'em in.
Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop 1-inch balls onto a lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden. Remove from the oven and move the cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
NOTES Makes about 18 cookies.
Leftover cookies save well in a sealed container on the counter for up to a week.
I love cookies of all shapes and sizes - I'm not one to discriminate. That being said, there just aren't enough vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies around. At least not ready available for purchase...so I came up with my own recipe so I could have them whenever I got a craving. Instead of using a store-bought vegan white chocolate (which is REALLY hard to find. I have found it online, though) in these, I used chopped cacao butter. Cacao butter is the edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean and it both smells and tastes like chocolate. It's the perfect substitute and is PACKED with antioxidants to help give you healthy hair and skin - so they're basically a health food...right?! 😝 I used maple syrup instead of sugar in this recipe because I prefer the flavor of maple syrup, but substitution info is listed below if you're interested. These cookie bars are thin, a bit crispy on the edges, and packed with yummy, crunchy macadamia nuts. They're SO GOOD and make a taste pretty damn dipped in tall glass of almond milk. So what're you waiting for?! We've got cookies to eat!
INGREDIENTS 1 cup vegan butter OR vegetable shortening 2/3 cup maple syrup 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate or cacao butter, roughly chopped 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350°.
Using a hand held or stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy. Add in the flour. When it's fully incorporated, stir in the white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts.
Pour the cookie dough into a greased 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Press dough very firmly with plastic wrap or a spatula until the top is silky smooth and free of cracks or bubbles.
Bake for 23-28 minutes until slightly golden + crisp on the edges. An inserted toothpick should come out clean. Cool completely, then cut into triangles (or squares!) with a sharp knife. Scoop out the bars and enjoy!
NOTES Makes about 16 bars.
You can also sub 1 cup organic sugar for the maple syrup here. The cookie bars will be crispier if you do this.
For thicker bars you can also try baking in an 8x8 inch pan, but the cooking time may need to be adjusted.
The holidays are in full-swing, which means we're baking like maniacs over here! Between the parties with friends and family, gifts for co-workers, and recipe testing for the cookbook (out Fall 2016!), our oven have been getting plenty of use and my waistline is feeling a little larger than usual. But that's okay, because there are only a few weeks left and by then we'll be so sick of cookies and baked goods we won't want anything to do with them for months. But for now, I'm all about that perfect chewy cookie. And these, my friends, are two perfectly chewy, spiced cookies sandwiching a rich buttercream frosting...and they are DAMN good! Using fresh ginger and nutmeg in these cookies really make the flavors rich and bright, and the molasses help keep 'em chewy - and adds some iron and calcium so you can pretend they're a health food. That's how that works, right?
My favorite part of these cookies is that I like them. I mean it! For years, I have avoided ginger and molasses cookies. I never like the weird sticky-sweet flavor of them and though they tasted kind of bland or too molasses-y. But these cookies? These are mind-changing, crowd-pleasing, are packed with spicy ginger flavor and just enough sweet molasses to balance out the bite of the ginger. Wanna cut the sugar? Skip the buttercream frosting and just eat the cookies as is, they're pretty darn delicious on their own!
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid (OR sub vegan butter)
3 tablespoons ground flax
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
In a separate bowl or stand mixer cream together the brown sugar and coconut oil. Stir in the ground flax, molasses, ginger, and vanilla until completely combined.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet about a cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the cookie dough comes together.
Scoop 1-in balls of cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are firm. Move the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
While the cookies bake and cool, prepare the buttercream frosting by beating together the powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add in milk a bit at a time, until the desired frosting texture is achieved.
Spread the buttercream onto half of the cooled cookies, and move to the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes to firm the frosting before topping it with another cookie. Once the sandwiches have been assembled, grate fresh nutmeg over the sandwiches and gobble 'em up!
Makes 20 cookies, or 10 cookie sandwiches.
After the cookies cooled, we placed some of the frosting on top and then place them in the freezer for 10 minutes to set the frosting before placing the second cookie on top. Otherwise, the frosting tends to smoosh out the sides a bit. If you won;t be serving them immediately, I recommend keeping them in the fridge until just before serving.
I'm gonna get really real with you for a second: these are fucking delicious cookies, but they're packed with butter and sugar. Again, SERIOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS, but not seriously healthy. Just maybe don't eat 6 per sitting? I'm not even apologizing, just a warning for the haters. I usually eat a very healthy diet and rarely sugar splurge, but I'm on my period and I wanted chocolate and sugar and these cookies are heavenly and dreamy and amazing and you will love them. Everyone will! These are 'impress your mother-in-law' cookies. These are celebrating your birthday cookies. They're follow with a glass of champagne cookies. They're decadent and rich and insanely delicious. If you're on a diet, these are not for you. If you wanna have a fall-flavored mouthgasm, then these are definitely for you. Your choice. But let's be honest, with an intro like that, don't you wanna bake up a batch? We'll do it together, share the guilt. Let's eat!
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup coconut oil or vegan butter, melted
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
3 tablespoons ground flax
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
In a larger mixing bowl whisk melted coconut oil or butter, sugar, pumpkin purée, ground flax and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until completely combined, or process in a food processor with the dough blade.
Fold in the chocolate chips until they're evenly distributed in the dough, then use a spoon or cookie dough scoop to place 1-inch balls of dough onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies become golden. Let cool on a wire rack, then enjoy! Cookies last in the fridge about a week and in the freezer indefinitely. Makes about 36 2-inch cookies.
You can safely sub in 1/2 of the AP flour for whole wheat flour, if you prefer, but you will get a denser cookie.
Frozen cookies can be defrosted by being placed onto a plate and left on the counter for about 2 hours or microwaving for a few seconds at a time.
You could definitely sub in applesauce or a healthier replacement for some of the oil if you wanted, but I would recommend only subbing in about half the amount to maintain the cookies texture.
PUMPKIN SEASON HAS ARRIVED! I'm sure you've noticed, since everywhere you look there are pumpkin recipes, pumpkin-flavored foods, tiny pumpkins + gourds for sale, and of course, PSL's. I like pumpkin just as much as the next gal, but I prefer mine to be not SO sweet. Too much sweet pumpkin flavored crap before November and I'm burnt out. That's why it's become Mid-October and we're just now getting around to pumpkin-themed foods over here! These cookies are perfectly fluffy and moist, and have an almost muffin-like texture. They're soft, chewy, and packed with oats and pumpkin spice. Plus, we cut the sugar way down so you can eat like six instead of one. (That's how that works, right?) They're easy to whip up and perfect for serving at parties or just binge-eating while you watch Hocus Pocus. They're also about to become your new favorite oatmeal cookie. Let's bake!
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons warm water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl combine ground flax and warm water and stir to combine. Set aside to gelatinize.
In a large bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together pumpkin purée, melted coconut oil, sugar, brown sugar, water and vanilla. Add gelatinized flax mixture and stir to combine.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, using a wooden spoon to mix the two into a thick batter. Pour in the oats and mix together until dough forms. Use a cookie dough scoop or spoon to place 1 inch balls of dough onto a greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are golden and cookies are cooked through. Let cool, and enjoy! Makes about 24 cookies.
*Instead of 3/4 cup of AP and WW flours, you could try using 1 1/2 cups of either one. I haven't tried this recipe with GF flour.
*Your flax egg will come together faster with warmer water.
*We used a 1 in. cookie dough scoop to measure ours out and got about 24 cookies. For a smaller batch of larger cookies simply use more dough per cookie.
*Leftover cookies can be left on the counter in an airtight container about 3 days, in the fridge for about a week, and in the freezer indefinitely.
Alright, alright- I've been drinking my green morning juices, my lemon water, and my kale salads. I've been running damn near daily and am right back on the healthy motivation train that the New Year inevitably brings. NOW GIVE ME A DAMN COOKIE! Maybe even two. Or seven.
These cookies are a spin on my favorite chocolate cookie base, but are PACKED with scrumptious s'more goodness in every bite. The ooey-gooey marshmallows, the rich dark chocolate, and the crunch of buttery graham cracker...excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. But seriously, these are a crowd-pleasin', sweet tooth satisfying, chocolate-lover's dream cookie. They're perfect for sharing and giving as gifts...or hoarding. Plus, since I reduced the sugar by nearly half they're a little easier to recover from when you DO eat seven of them. Its guilt-free Thursday, haven't you heard? Let's EAT!
2 cups gluten-free flour mix (we used Bob's Red Mill 1:1 GF Baking Flour. Whole wheat works here, too!)
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon xantham gum (optional- only necessary if your GF flour mix has none.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dairy-free milk
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground flax
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup crushed vegan-friendly graham crackers
3/4 cup mini vegan marshmallows or reglular-sized marshmallows quartered
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, xantham gum (if using), and salt until well mixed. Set aside. In a mixer or with hand beaters cream together the softened coconut oil and maple syrup. Add ground flax, milk & vanilla extract and mix until totally combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture about a cup at a time, mixing them together until all of the dry ingredients are completely incorporated into the wet and a soft dough forms. Pour in chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, & marshmallows and use a wooden spoon or spatula to work them into the dough. Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to scoop 1 inch balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are crisp and 'mallows begin to brown. Remove from oven, move to a cooling rack, and let cool. Once cool they can be moved to a plastic bag or airtight container and stored for about a week. Frozen they'll be good for several months- then you can pull out just one at a time instead of having an entire batch at your disposal. I never get that far. This recipes makes a batch of 20 (ish) cookies.