Sunday, October 24, 2010
Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies: So Horrifyingly, Frighteningly Delicious it's Spooooooky
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.
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.
-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.
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