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When I was born we lived in a trailer park called Cadillac Estates that is mostly burned down now.  Today I am a vegetarian living in Los Angeles learning how to love vegetables.  

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


I took these Chocolate Chip Cookies to the Memorial Day Cookout that I was invited to yesterday. It seemed perfect timing to post this recipe on the blog.


This was the first vegan recipe that I ever tried to make. I of course made it to try to impress a girl and I must say it worked! This was back in the 90's before you could just look up any recipe online and watch a video of a seven year old on youtube who knows way more than you ever will explain just about anything.


The girl I was trying to impress had a vegan 'zine and I tried the recipe for her and it turned out really well. I began to tinker with the recipe to perfect it and then continued to try to turn other recipes vegan with a degree of success. In pastry school the chefs were always happy to help me experiment further.


This recipe always gets high praise and I'm pretty sure is the only reason I ever get invited to parties. I have made these cookies for my first day at every job I've ever had and it has always helped me start conversations on a good note!


I hope it goes well for you!


Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, firm pack

1/2 cup margarine (i like Earth Balance) softened

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

2 tbls + 1 1/2 tsp water

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/3 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

12 oz chocolate chips (I like Guittard for vegan choc chips)


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F


2. Sift Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside


3. In a larger mixing bowl stir together sugar, brown sugar, margarine, shortening, vanilla extract and water by hand with a wooden spoon.


4. In two to three additions add in the flour mixture. Add chocolate chips until just combined. Do not over mix.


5. Use a cookie scoop to portion out 12 cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.


6. Bake for 9-12 minutes depending on size of cookies.


7. Remove from baking sheet to cool after 2-4 minutes.



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