Thursday, August 13, 2009

Perfect Cookie

I take my cookies pretty seriously. While it is hard to have a bad one, some are definitely better than others.

Well, I couldn’t sleep the other night, and without even looking for it, I stumbled upon the simplest vegan cookie recipe I have ever seen. No vegan substitutes, just regular ingredients, that somehow make my perfect cookie.

Now, I know that people have differing opinions on cookies. However, I like mine crunchy. If I wanted something cakey, I would eat cake. I like them light, airy, and crunchy on the outside, with just enough chewiness too. A tall order. To have such perfection come from such a stupidly simple recipe was amazing.

To give credit where credit is due, I didn’t come up with this recipe. You

can find the original here. I’ve read a lot of reviews on it though. Other people have said that theirs didn’t spread at all. Mine definitely did. I suspect because I didn't use raw sugar? I'm not quite s But I like a cookie that spreads. I had been trying to make a cookie spread like this all last weekend.

I only changed the recipe slightly, and made two different cookies.

First, I made some Snicker Doodles

1 cup spelt flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light oil (I used sunflower)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp sugar

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl mix the oil, vanilla, and sugar. Combine wet and dry.

For Snicker Doodles, I took a Tbsp of dough, rolled one side in a mix of 2 Tbsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp sugar, then flattened them to about 1/4 inch and slapped them on a baking mat. These have plenty of oil in them, so I don’t think you need a baking mat, or even a greased cookie sheet, but my regular baking sheet was in the freezer, and the thing I was using had holes in it...not ideal for cookies.

Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. It should make about 2 dozen cookies.

Cookie perfection, I’m telling you. Give them a minute to cool before taking them off and just be happy. If you’re as happy as me, maybe you’ll make some more.

I made some more. Second came Tropical Orange cookies. This time I used only spelt flour, used orange extract instead of vanilla, and rolled them in unsweetened coconut prior to flattening.

That’s really all I can say about these. Awesome. Perfect. Go eat some now. That’s all I’ve got. Enjoy.


  1. i've always thought the spreading had to do with the amount of butter (or in this case oil) but i could be wrong.

    ps. meant to say this a while back but forgot - just wanted to make sure you know this is julia vt - i moved my blogging from wounded chef to color me green. hope you'll stop by if you haven't yet!

  2. Yum! Cookies!!! I wish I didn't hate making them so much because I definitely love eating them! I've never made snickerdoodles. They look fantastic, I think I'll have to try them!

  3. Mmmm! I agree, I don't know if there can be a BAD cookie, some are just better than others ; )

  4. Snickerdoodles are the perfect cookie. Yours look TO DIE FOR! Way to get in that kitchen and take names!

  5. i have all these ingredients and these look incredible!!!

  6. Mm, I do love a good snickerdoodle... They're like sweet comfort food! I'll have to try your recipe next time I'm craving them. :)

  7. It's getting closer to that time of year when I start baking like a maniac. 1 more month. I'll put these in the baking lineup for sure!

  8. I love snickerdoodles - your recipe looks great! I feel the same way about cookies. They should be cookies and not little cakes.

  9. Yum, they both look great! I am due to send some cookies around to a few people, so I may just have to try out these recipes...

  10. Seriously, these are the best because you undoubtedly have everything in your kitchen and they take about 5 minutes to put together. Love it!!

  11. mmm those look so good, i think im making these for my vegan potluck :)

  12. Those snickerdoodles look awesome. 'Course the last time I made snickerdoodles I ate 10 in one sitting. That made for a not so happy stomach. Oopsies.

    But I totally agree with you, vegan baking that doesn't call for weird substitutions is the way to go. I will definitely try out that recipe asap!


  13. Both of those cookies look amazing!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipes!