Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies: So Horrifyingly, Frighteningly Delicious it's Spooooooky

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

I once broke up with a guy because he wouldn't carve a pumpkin with me. True story. He said it was "too messy" and he wanted no part of it. I took it as a sign that he was severely lacking in the whimsy department. And really, even if you are not interested in being whimsical, the least you can do is spend half an hour carving a pumpkin if that's something that the person you're seeing wants to do. He also hated dogs and children, so our relationship was ultimately doomed, but it makes a better story if I tell you I dumped him because he wouldn't carve a pumpkin with me.

In case it wasn't readily apparent, I really like pumpkins. And, despite being easily scared, I quite enjoy Halloween. I like coming up with cool costumes to wear and I like parties and mischief and treats. So, with that in mind I spent the afternoon coming up with some pumpkiny Halloween treats of my very own.

I was a bit skeptical as to how these would turn out. They certainly don't look very pretty. But it literally only took one bite for me to be completely won over. The spelt flour works really well in a cookie with a cakey texture. These are puffy and light, with the chocolate chips providing a great variation of texture. I am sold. I'm glad the recipe makes tons.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

2 cups white spelt flour
3/4 cup whole grain spelt flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
pinch of ground cloves
2 tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 6 tbsp water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup safflower oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup chocolate chips (I used mini ones, but any size will do)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In one bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Grate in the ginger and mix.

In another bowl, combine the flax and water with the sugar and mix well, then add the oil, lemon juice, and pumpkin. Mix well.

Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until smoothly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoons full of batter onto prepared baking sheets and press down gently with a fork. The batter will be quite wet, more like cake batter than cookie dough.

Bake for fifteen minutes then let cool on a wire rack.

Makes approximately three dozen cookies. Plenty to share with your friends.

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Some Notes:

-I bet you're wondering what I'm going to be for Halloween this year! Well, tough luck kiddos, because I'm not revealing that just yet. Next week, when the partying is all over I will post some photos. The only hint I'll give you this this: it's really freakin' scary.

-I made these cookies with spelt flour so I could give some to my friend Megan, who is having an annoying way-too-busy life right now and needs treats.

-Four years ago I forgot to vote in the municipal election. Forgot! I was deeply ashamed of myself. I actually remembered before the polls closed, but talked myself out of leaving the house to go vote, thinking that Alex Munter had the election in the bag. But he didn't! And we got the worst mayor ever. It was the first time I'd skipped voting and it will be the last. If you live in Ottawa, please go vote tomorrow. Preferably not for Lex Luther Lookalike Larry.


This Time Last Year: Nice Buns


Kiersten said...

I don't blame you for breaking up with that guy. He sounds like NO FUN. Your cookies sound delicious. Pumpkin and chocolate are always a winning combination.

Anonymous said...

Dude. But there are no chocolate chips in the recipe!?

Add a cup or so?

Asteroidea Press said...

It's true, I *do* need treats! I am stressed out enough that I got all teary when I read this. You're so nice!

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Kiersten: Glad you concur! :)

Anon: Whoops! Thanks. That what I get for blogging before bed. I'll fix it immediately.

MB: If you are home tonight I will be your treat delivery service.

Pauline said...

Boo on Larry and boo on anyone who hates dogs!

Those cookies look great! I'm still trying to get the hang of whipping up ground flaxseeds and water in lieu of eggs.

I LOVE your Velma costume! Too cute!

P.S. It was great seeing you at the concert the other night! :)

Selina said...

It is obviously pumpkin season because I have 3 different pumpkiny/chocolatey recipes I am baking this coming weekend.

I would totally break up with a guy if he wouldn't carve a pumpking with me because it was "too messy."


Amanda said...

I think I can convince myself these cookies are healthful since they contain pumpkin and spelt. Yeah, I'm going with that. A "cakey" cookie sounds tasty right about now.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Pauline: It was good to see you, too! We'll have our dog walk one of these days!

Selina: Good luck with your pumpkin baking! I love that pumpkin is one food whose seasonality still seems to be respected! It makes it even more of a treat.

Amanda: They really are accidentally healthy. Spelt, pumpkin, flax... Totally healthy. Good for breakfast, even!

Pearl said...

spooooky lettering on your new header.

those cookies look good.

glad you voted this time around. it worked!

vegmers said...

These are so tasty! I look forward to making them again, and we've barely made a dent in the current batch. :)

Melody Wey said...

Your cookies look amazing, thanks for sharing! I love the addition of spelt flour and fresh ginger.

I made a big batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday (using butter! sorry) and love the texture of a combination of whole wheat and spelt flour.

The Edgy Vedgy said...

these look amazing...i still have yet to indulge in mixing chocolate with pumpkin, but I defiantly think this recipe will be my first trial.

i love reading your blog! your food is so amazing!

Brittany Boersma said...

These look crazy delicious

Kathryn Lorusso said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting a recipe for vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies without so much sugar! Every other recipe I've seen requires two cups and SO MUCH OIL. Your recipe is by far the "cleanest"....and extremely yummy. These are so light and guilt free, I make them all the time. Slightly addicted but not caring at this point! You ROCK!!