Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almost instant gratification vegan cookiesThese vegan cookies are on the crisp side and have a touch of maple syrup. I love that the recipe by Dreena Burton makes 10 big cookies — almost instant gratification for baking and very convenient. Cookies are still treats, even if they are vegan, but they have a more favorable nutritional profile than traditional chocolate chip cookies made with butter, eggs, and lots of sugar. These are just delicious.

Makes 10 large cookies. 1 tray. Homemade cookies in less than 30 minutes.

1 cup white whole-wheat flour (King Arthur)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 tsp kosher salt
1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup
1.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup (generous measure) olive oil
1⁄3 cup (60 g) non-dairy chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand)

Heat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until well combined.Beat in the maple syrup, vanilla, and oil until well combined. Lightly beat in the chocolate chips until just well combined (do not over mix). If the mixture is a little dry, add a bit of water.

Use a #30 scoop (about 2 oz) to place golf-ball sized domes of the dough onto prepared baking sheet and flatten a little.

Bake for 11 minutes, until just golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out). Let cool on the sheet for no more than 1 minute (again, to prevent drying), then transfer to a cooling rack.

Source: Adapted from an article in Elephant Journal.


Estimated nutritional information from My Fitness Pal: May vary depending on the brands you use. 1 cookie has 165 calories (53% carb, 42% fat, and 5% protein). 7.8 g fat, 22.1 g carbs (1.6 g fiber, 9.4 g sugar), and 2 g protein.