Tis the season for baking. No matter how much you hate it or try to avoid it, chances are that for some event or another, you need to pop at least one batch of cookies into the oven. But here’s the problem- not all your friends share the same animal friendly practices that you do, so you don’t want to scare them with the new tofu and wheat grass cookie you’ve been meaning to test out. Never fear, I have the solution for you. Believe it or not, there are some baked goods that taste delicious without using animal by products. Your friends won’t even know the difference. The main issue is replacing the butter and eggs in your favorite recipe. A good egg replacement can be manufactured by using 1 tablespoon of golden flax meal and mixing that with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes until it becomes thick. When it comes to the butter, Earth Balance Buttery Sticks are your best bet for producing tasty treats. Be sure to use an aluminum baking sheet because vegan desserts are more prone to getting burnt on the bottom. Use these tricks in your grandma’s secret recipe that she brought over from the old country or start a new baking tradition of your own. Here is a great vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that is the perfect choice to bring to your next holiday party:
2 cups Earth Balance Non-Hydrogenated Spread
1 ½ cup turbinado sugar
1 ½ cup Yellow D Brown Sugar (a vegan “brown sugar”)
2 tablespoons Ener G Egg Replacer
8 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ -3 cups vegan chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine egg replacer and water, mix until “puffy” and frothy. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream Earth Balance and sugars. Add egg replacer/water mixture and vanilla, blend well. Next, sift in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stirring after each one or two cups of flour. Once all flour is mixed in, slowly add chocolate chips and stir until evenly distributed. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
So have fun baking this holiday season kids and be sure to get out of the kitchen and actually ENJOY the tasty treats that you cook!