Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies, it’s been a staple at our house ever since I can remember.  Of course everyone has their favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  I have to admit I’ve gone thru several over the years.  But in recent years we’ve had to tweak our favorite recipe for my grandson Jett who is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts; all ingredients of the ever popular chocolate chip cookie.  Of course the nut thing is the easiest one to deal with, just don’t add them to the cookie dough; the dairy and egg part proved a bit more challenging.  After some trial and error and lots of reading, we finally came up with a recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  One that everyone can enjoy!

Most people think, myself included, think that it’s easy to convert favorite recipes into vegan recipes by simple substituting the allergens with vegan products or omitting those that you don’t have a substitute for.  This usually works out well so long as you know exactly which items to omit or substitute; you have to remember some ingredients have hidden allergens meaning unless you’re super vigilant you might miss.  In this case the chocolate chips, it has milk a dairy product!

So what exactly do you substitute or omit to make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies?  In our case since Jett’s allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts we must omit the nuts, that’s easy.  Then we must substitute the diary (butter) and chocolate chips, then deal with the egg issue.  Thankfully there are lots of vegan products that will work.  We use Earth Balance Buttery Spread instead of butter and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips instead of the regular chocolate chips like Nestles.

As for the egg we decided to simply just omit it, it works fine.  (If you feel like you must substitute the eggs you could try using 1/4 cup applesauce per egg or 1 Tbl ground fllax seed dissolved in 3 Tbs Water per egg.)  But honestly for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies you can just omit the eggs, it works just fine.

So here is what you need for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Vegan Butter like Earth Balance Buttery Spread
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment or silicone mat covered cookie sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yummy Homemade Valentine Treats – Cakes, cookies, chocolates, and more!

Yummy Homemade Valentine Treats – Cakes, cookies, chocolates, and more!

Heart shaped boxes of chocolates and Conversation Heart are the tried and true Valentine’s Day gifts we give and receive every year.  This year step out of the box and try making something different. Homemade Valentine treats will be a refreshing change for your friends and family.

 Here’s some cute Valentine’s  treats I found around the web, most of them are easy to make, and all of them look definitely yummy!

Valentine Treats
Image from Crazy for Crust

These candy buttons by Crazy for Crust will bring back memories trips to the amusement park’s candy store.
Make some for the kids, it’s easy!

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from the Miniature Moose

The Miniature Moose shows you how to make these heart shape cookies the easy way.

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Averie Cooks

Averie Cooks uses Valentine M&M on the chocolate chip cookies.

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Lauren Conrad

Valentine cupcakes from Lauren Conrad have a baked in surprise.

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Debbie Sweets

Hershey Kiss cookies from Debbie Sweets

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from the Busy Beesia

The Busy Beesia will show you how to make this heart cake.

Click here for recipe

 Spiral  Cookies from Sparkle Bales
Valentine Treats
Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats 
Image from Catch My Party

Dipped Oreo Pops

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Valentine Treats
Image from Hungry Happenings

Cheesecake stuffed brownies from Hungry Happenings 

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Parents.com

These heart shaped fruit and dip from Parents.com is a healthy alternative

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Naptime Journal

Chocolate dipped marshmallows from Naptime Journal

Click here for instructions

Valentine Treats
Image from Bird on A Cake

Mini Funnel Cake Hearts from Bird on A Cake

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from A Crafty Cook

Chocolate Truffle Hearts by A Crafty Cook

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from The Royal Cook

Cake Batter Truffles from The Royal Cook

Click here for recipe

Valentine Treats
Image from Bubbly Nature Creations

Smarties Mini Parfaits from Bubbly Nature Creations

Click here for recipe

Follow my Valentine Pinterest board for more Valentine recipes and crafts

Last Minute Gifts – 6 Easy & Inexpensive Mixes in a Jar Gifts – And Free Printables Too!

Last Minute Gifts – 6 Easy & Inexpensive Mixes in a Jar Gifts – And Free Printables Too!

 OMG!  Christmas is in 3 days and you forgot to get gifts for co-workers, neighbors, or whoever!  No worries, deep breathe and relax!  Here are 6 last minute gifts that are easy and inexpensive to make.  Best of all they’re yummy!

Cookie Mix in a Jar Gifts

 Here are 6 easy and inexpensive cookie mixes in a mason jar that can be put together in 5 minutes!

They will make great gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers, and the other folks on your list.  Each jar costs about $5 to make, you can make extras for unexpected guests, they won’t go to waste you can always mix them up and bake some yummy cookies for yourself!

You can make the jars look more festive with colorful ribbon and tags.  Add on a Christmas cookie cutter, red mini spatula, wire whisk, or other cookie making gadget.

To make them extra festive I used Christmas themed cupcake wrappers as lid covers.  Or if you want something more special and homemade make some of my crocheted mason jar lids.  Click here for the free pattern!
There are even free printable instruction tags for you to use!

Cookie Mix in a Jar Gifts

Lemon Chip Cookies

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Cookie Mix in a Jar Gifts

Triple Chocolate Cookies

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Cookie Mix in a Jar Gifts

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

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Cookie Mix in a Jar Gifts

Caramel Spice Cookies

Click here for recipe and free printable recipe tag!

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Cookie Mix in a Jar GiftsChocolate M&M Cookies

Click here for recipe and free printable recipe tag!

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Cookie Mix in a Jar GiftsPeppermint M&M Cookies

For more ideas follow me on Pinterest!
Host a Cookie Exchange! Free Cookie Recipes!

Host a Cookie Exchange! Free Cookie Recipes!

Cookie ExchangeThe holidays aren’t complete without cookies!  Lots, and lots of cookies!

Cookies are not one of my favorite things to make, but every year at this time I get out my cookie sheets and make several types of cookies.  It’s a lot of work!

To cut down on some work and still get a variety of cookies it’s a great idea to have a cookie exchange.  Invite friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers for a couple of fun filled hours to get together and exchange their favorite cookies that they make each year.

Decide on a date, time, and place where you want this event.  You can host it at your home or one of your friends can host at their home.  It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, just ask each participant to bring 1-2 types of cookies.  You can also ask each guest to bring a part of the packaging like containers, tissue paper, cup cake holders, etc.  Or better yet each guest can share the cost of the packaging products by chipping in a set amount of dollars and the host can pick them up before the exchange.  This way you all can take advantage of bulk prices on boxes, ribbons, tags, etc. and no one has to store leftover packaging til next year.

For more tips and ideas for your Cookie Exchange click here!

Here’s one thing to remember to make cookie baking easier!  Take a page from professional bakers and bakeries, you can turn 1 cookie recipe into different types of cookies by changing the shapes, toppings, and mix ins!

For instance take your basic shortbread or sugar cookie recipe and do this:

1.  Bake in a sheet, cut into rectangles and leave as is.
2.  Take rectangles and dip in chocolate ( you can also dip in white chocolate, roll in nuts, etc.)
3.  Add chips and/or nuts to the cookie dough before baking.
4.  Make different shapes using cookie cutters or a cookie press.
5.  Roll warm cookies in powder sugar or cocoa powder or sprinkle with colored sugars.
6.  Press into a mini cup cake tin and bake, garnish with frosting of you choice when cooled.

See 1 recipe and at least 6 types of cookies!  Easy Peasy!

Cookie Exchange

Here’s a family favorite, Ganache Filled Brown Sugar Cookies.  They are super yummy!

Click here for recipe!

Pressed for time?  Here’s a cute idea from Pillsbury!  (These are Halloween, but they have Christmas cookie dough too!)

Click here for directions!

Cookie Exchange

If you’re really pressed for time or don’t like baking, here’s a very easy cookie recipe.  No baking involved!

Click here for directions!

Cookie Exchange

Love chocolate?  I do!  Try my Triple Chocolate Cookies!

Click here for recipe!

Cookie Exchange

Nuts for Macadamia Nuts?  Here’s my White Chocolate Mac Nut Cookies!

Click here for recipe!

Cookie Exchange

If you’re looking for a refreshing drink to serve during your exchange how about some yummy Brazilian Lemonade?  Click here for my recipe!

Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday is on February 5.  Just about everyone I know is looking forward to the big day.  The Game of course is the main event, but many of us are waiting for the half-time show and the commercials.  Whether sport fan or not I think we can all agree that a big part of that Sunday revolves around the Super Bowl Snacks we will all be munching on during the game.

Here are some great snack ideas and recipes for Super Bowl Snacks, most can be made ahead of time so you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy the game with friends and family.

 

Scampi dip

Add some sophistication to your Super Bowl Snacks menu with this Awesome Shrimp Scampi Dip!  Make plenty it’s delicious!

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super bowl snacksHere’s a twist on a Super Bowl favorite, Spinach & Artichoke Bites.

It’s less messy than the traditional dip version and looks good on the buffet table too!

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super bowl snacksBut if you’re a traditionalist and must have your dip, here’s a Baked Spinach Dip for you!

It’s one of the easier Super Bowl Snacks, you can prep it ahead of time, store in the fridge, and pop it in the oven when you’re ready to serve!

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ShrimpFor those who don’t mind getting their fingers dirty here’s a yummy shrimp dish.

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Dips

If you like cheese dip you’ll love this White Pizza Dip!

I like to dip pita chip, the garlic flavored ones!

White Pizza Dip from Howsweeteats.com

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CrackersThe kids will love these Football Bites by Gimme Some Oven.

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Another twist on an old time fave Mini Mexican Chili Bites from Picturetherecipe.com.

Recipe here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeling creative?  Try this Watermelon Football Helmet by Fruitcarving.net.  It’s sure to WOW your guests!

Instructions here!

How to video here!

 

 

 

 

Deviled eggs

Sweet-Spicy Deviled Eggs from myrecipes.com

Recipe here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rice cakes

Football shaped asiago & prosciutto rice cake from hungryhappenings.com

Recipe here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truffles

Nutella Chocolate Football Truffle from Justataste.com

Recipe here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Football Cupcakes from The Baker Chick.

Recipe here!

For more Super Bowl Party ideas and recipes follow my Super Bowl Party board on Pinterest.

 

 

 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever!

Chocolate ChipEvery time we shop at Neiman Marcus we never leave without buying a couple of their awesome chocolate chip cookies from the cafe.  At $5 a cookie this gets pretty pricey even though the cookie is quite big and takes me a couple of days to finish. My grandsons scarf them up before the valet brings our car around!

Last week my daughter sent me this recipe via Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen who calls it an Urban Legend: The Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe.

Mystery author Cleo Coyle writes about this urban legend and how the cookie got its name on Mystery Lover’s Kitchen.  The recipe is courtesy of Neiman’s who was nice enough to share it because the urban legend was just too popular!

The cookies are delish!  To read more about the legend and for the recipe click here!

One of Cleo’s tips at the bottom of the post is to hydrate the cookies for better flavor.  I tried it and it works great!

CookiesI rolled the dough into a big ball, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and refrigerated it overnight.

 

I hand rolled the dough into 1″ balls and baked them on a parchment covered cookie sheet as directed.

cookieI ended up with cookies that fit nicely in pint size Mason jars, ready for gifting!

Thanks Cleo Coyle for this awesome recipe!