Freshly baked, homemade chocolate chip cookies take me back to my fondest childhood memories. They are like a cool breeze on a sunny day with your favorite song playing on the radio. I like them crisp on the edges but soft and chewy in the center. I like them while wearing no shoes, swinging on the swing set with my head way back so my hair can touch the ground. I like how the chips don’t quite melt in the 350 degree oven but in my mouth they dissolve into a creamy chocolate soup that I don’t want to ever go away.
Chocolate Chip Cookies are my food kryptonite.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do…
1 cup of vegan margarine (I use soy free Earth Balance)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 ripe banana mashed (the riper the better)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 cup flour (I use white wheat)
1 12oz package of vegan chocolate chips (I usually use Sunspire Organic, fair trade, semi-sweet chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl) cream the margarine, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.
Stir in the mashed banana (a great job for the kiddos, should mash easily with a fork). The banana is an egg substitute and adds sweetness to the cookie. It’s likely that you will taste the banana in the dough but not once it’s baked.
Add the baking soda and salt and give it a little whirl.
Stir in the flour about a 1/2 cup at a time.
Finally, eat the chocolate chips. OOPS – I meant ADD the chocolate chips, we’ve all made this mistake, right?
On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange small scoops of cookie dough. This scoop is only one tablespoon. For best results, know your oven. If it has any hot spots (food cooks faster in one location), turn the baking sheet or change racks midway through baking.
Bake 8-11 minutes and enjoy!
These little sweet circles of goodness keep for days in an airtight container (though they are rarely given a chance at my house). Also, the uncooked dough keeps in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks and because there are no eggs you can enjoy the dough.
What is your favorite cookie?