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Just Can’t Beat ‘Em

November 21, 2010

There’s just something about a classic chocolate chip cookie that can’t be beat.  I love experimenting with different types of cookies, but when it comes down to it, chocolate chip is always number one in my book.

Now that I’m feeling a little more comfortable with vegan baking, I decided to roll up my sleeves and tackle the classic…with a twist. ;-)

Sea-Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup softened Earth Balance (or butter for non-vegan cookies)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tbsp. egg replacer mixed with 3 tbsp. water

1/2 cup spelt flour

1/2 cup unbleached white flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chunks (I used Scharffen Berger)

Fleur de Sel for topping (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300.

In a mixing bowl, cream together Earth Balance, sugars, and vanilla until smooth.  Add egg replacer and beat for another minute.

In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Wisk to combine.

While mixing, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula until the dough is combined. Add the dark-chocolate chunks and mix for another minute until well-incorporated into the dough.

Drop dough by the teaspoonful onto lined baking sheets.

Cook for 10-12 minutes, and top with fleur de sel immediately upon pulling out of the oven (optional).

Here are some pictures from the process:

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Yum!

These cookies aren’t “hearty” chocolate chip cookies—they’re kind of thin and delicate, with crispy edges and chewy centers.

Topping the cookies with the fleur de sel is optional, but it really takes them over the top in terms of flavor.  I love that salty-sweet combination!

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My sister volunteers at a pet shelter every Sunday, and today I get to go with her!!! I’m so excited….I hope I don’t come home with any new children.  :-)

Have a great Sunday!

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  1. November 21, 2010 7:01 pm

    i do really love the combo of salt and sweet. I haven’t attempted a vegan chocolate chip cookie yet. These look delicious though!

  2. November 21, 2010 7:42 pm

    Yummm. I love a teensy bit of salt in my sweets. Have you ever tried the Salazon sea salt dark chocolate bars? Absolutely amazing!!

  3. November 21, 2010 9:22 pm

    These cookies look amazing!!!!!!!!! Vegan baking can be so tricky but you rocked it!

    And scharfen B choco is…divine!

    Congrats on your half…well done!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. November 21, 2010 9:45 pm

    Nothing beats a good chocolate chip cookie! Have fun with your sis today!

  5. November 21, 2010 10:05 pm

    oh girl, chocolate chip cookies own my heart right now! I swear they are the only cookies I turn to always :) They fuel me!

    Great looking batch!

    Did you get any puppies today?

    xxoo

  6. November 21, 2010 10:36 pm

    Agreed. You can’t beat a classic choc chip cookie. :D

  7. November 21, 2010 11:14 pm

    Salt and sweet is the best flavor combo. These sound great!

  8. greensandjeans permalink
    November 22, 2010 1:32 am

    I had a friend in college whose last name was Scharffen and we always called him Scharffen B. Also, I’ll take a dozen cookies please

  9. November 22, 2010 4:09 am

    I bet sea salt is an awesome addition to chocolate chip cookies…I love the sweet and salty combination! These look awesome :)

  10. November 22, 2010 5:48 am

    Agreed, these do look amazing and I think you’re getting the hang of vegan baking. :-) Wonderful idea with sea salt, it looks like a great recipe to try over the holidays. Thanks!

  11. November 22, 2010 5:59 am

    Wow, you really use prime ingredients! I love your addition of coarse sea salt…it makes so much difference! :D

  12. November 22, 2010 11:16 am

    Salt makes everything chocolate taste better!
    Oh, congrats on the 1/2!!! Great job :)

    jen

  13. November 22, 2010 12:38 pm

    I love salt + chocolate + cookies. Awesome job!

  14. November 22, 2010 12:51 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are the best, in my opinion.

  15. November 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    I love how you topped these suckers off. Brilliant.

    p.s. Who knew Earth Balance had sticks??

    • November 22, 2010 1:09 pm

      I know!!! I’ve never seen them before, but they had them at the health food store down here! I was so excited, because I’ve been thinking to myself for MONTHS now, “WHY doesn’t Earth Balance come in baking sticks?!?”

  16. November 22, 2010 1:35 pm

    These look awesome! I love all that salt on top! And you’re right… nothing can beat a chocolate chip cookie!

  17. Emo permalink
    November 22, 2010 1:35 pm

    Schaffen Bergen chocolate — oh la la! Those cookies look delish! Your sister rocks — running a half marathon, volunteering, raising a daughter — whew!

  18. November 22, 2010 1:41 pm

    I’ve been a bit leery of vegan baking. The only egg replacer I’ve tried has been using flax “eggs.” I know there are many options, but with baking, it’s just so hard to believe that it’s an easy swap.

  19. November 22, 2010 2:04 pm

    Love chocolate and sea salt combo!!! And now with chocolate chip cookies, YUM!!

    ~
    Michelle

  20. November 22, 2010 2:26 pm

    Those cookies look spectacular. I love salty/sweet anything.

  21. November 22, 2010 2:45 pm

    SO many people swear by topping the cookies off with sea salt. I’ve never done it, but I can imagine the sweet/salty combo is killer!

  22. Ginger permalink
    November 22, 2010 10:33 pm

    Yes, I’d like to second the notion that sea salt on sweet cookies makes them even more delicious!

  23. JenATX permalink
    November 23, 2010 2:08 am

    you are so right about the sweet-salty thing. I had a sea salt chocolate caramel the other day.. just divine! It bought it from a local candy shop & immediately regretted not getting more :-/

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