Thursday, April 25, 2013

On My Hearth: Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

They say that most people are either good cooks, or good bakers - not both.  For the most part, I fall into the former.  While I enjoy baking, I usually leave it to more talented folks.  For most of my life, that was my Mom.

Mom's graduation
In addition to being a wonderful mother, doting grandma and successful career woman (who at 41 years old went back to college and got her degree) she was notorious for her home-baked cookies, muffins, etc. She made a Brownie Chip Cookie that was the highlight of every bridal & baby shower, family bbq & holiday party throughout the years. Everyone asked for the recipe, and she was always happy to share.

When I met and married into Glenn's family, I was blessed to have his sister Ursula who made such delicious, beautiful cakes, no bakery could compare!  

My 21st Birthday
Now, there's my daughter Lindsey.  Among other sweet treats, her Key Lime pie is to die for (We're working on vegan-izing it). She's so comfortable (and adorable) in the kitchen, I think she takes after Mom!

Lindsey baking a pie

The rest of the us can and do bake, but it's just not our passion.  I'd rather make dinner than dessert, especially since I am trying to eat more healthfully. However, there comes a time when a girl simply needs chocolate, preferably in the form of cookies, warm and fresh out of the oven. Yesterday was one of those days. Since I'm the only baker in the Ormond house, I had to break down and do it myself. Out come the cookie sheets, on goes the Kitchen-aid mixer, let's see what we can do!

Have you heard of the cooking magazine, Taste of Home? Wonderful publication, I credit it with literally teaching me to how to cook! As a busy young wife & mother, I didn't have time or energy for complicated recipes and fancy ingredients, I just wanted a good, healthy meal for my family, something besides the basic kid-friendly dishes I'd been serving.  Taste of Home gave me just that, and I'm forever grateful to them for expanding my cooking horizons.  However, the recipes tend to be heavy on the animal products, so I was shocked when a vegan recipe popped up in my search results! Since ToH has never let me down, I needed to search no further.

Note: I happened to have a bag of vegan chocolate chunks on hand, but if you prefer to use regular chocolate chips, that's just fine! Below is my version, you can find the original here.

cookies in progress

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons non-dairy milk of your choice (I use Almond Breeze)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chunks (such as Enjoy Life brand)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients (sugars, oil, milk, applesauce & vanilla) until well blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt);  gradually add to sugar mixture and blend well.
  3. Gently stir in chocolate chips and nuts; cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined sheets, about 2" apart.
  6. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Middle of cookies will still be soft, so be careful not to overcook.
  7. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. (Yields about 3 dozen, depending upon size)

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is my first time baking vegan cookies, am rather pleased with the outcome! I'm happy to have found a go-to recipe for my next chocolate fix, but I don't want or need zillions of cookies in the house, so I packed up the majority and sent along with Chip to share with his workmates. Hope they (and you!) enjoy them as much as we did!

Now, back to healthy eating..tonight I'll be making a Tex-Mex version of Shepherd's Pie, hope you'll pop by later to see the results!


  1. First husband got good cookies, and Chip got those ? Poor bastid...

  2. Ha, ha, Allan! First husband only kept me for 3 years. This one's going on 10. Maybe because he eats the healthy cookies? ;)

  3. I'm definitely a better cook than baker, but I do like to experiment with desserts every once in a while. Your cookies look good! I don't use any oil so if I get a craving for chocolate chip cookies I use the recipes from either Peas and Thank You, Engine 2 Diet, or Happy Herbivore. Have you tried any of those?

  4. Laura, you must have read my mind! I'm slowly making my way to a more oil-free diet; this past year has been all about transitioning to vegan, and helping to spur hubby's interest in the same. I'm working on a post about this right now, stay tuned. :)