Sunday, November 20, 2011

healthy cookie series: part 2!

i'll take a moment to respond to a few commonly asked questions:  
1) yes, cookies are still healthy. please stop asking. 
2) you're right - i haven't posted any pumpkin recipes yet this fall. 
3) again, you're right - i should be and i am ashamed of myself. (in the mean time, can i interest you in this pumpkin bread from last year?!)  

in case there's any doubt, i fully understand just what kind of egregious cooking blog faux paux i've committed by failing to celebrate one of the grandest seasonal ingredients around. consider today's post a meager, belated attempt to right that wrong. and help you make delicious cookies! 

this recipe is part deux in a three-part series highlighting cookies to accommodate specific diets. these vegan pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are the perfect fall flavor sweet tooth fix. they are also an excellent dough to make and store in your freezer (vegan dough never goes bad!).
this recipe makes a lot of cookies. mind you, it's not too many - because, of course, there's no such thing as too many - but enough to keep you running back and forth from the oven all afternoon trying to stop it from overflowing with cookie dough. i only have one baking sheet, so i decided to use half the dough to make cookies in september and the rest just this past week. both times, the dough (a lot of which i obviously did not eat directly from the bowl) was divine. and the cookie reviews just as rave.

vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

adapted from post punk kitchen 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 2/3 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350. grease a baking sheet.
combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium sized bowl.
in another bowl, throw together sugar, oil, maple syrup, pumpkin and vanilla. stir until very well combined. add dry ingredients to wet bit by bit, folding to combine. fold in the chocolate chips! 
mold the little cookies into balls and drop onto the greased cookie sheet. they don't expand too much so an inch apart should do it. this batch makes a ton of cookies, so if you have more than one cookies sheet at your disposal, use it. bake for about 15-18 minutes. 
remove from oven and leave to cool. eat with friends.