Monday, July 12, 2010

Meditations on Chocolate Chip Cookies

There were geese hanging out in the dam that is visible from Phoenixville's so-called Low Bridge, which I walk over every day.  I never saw geese playing in the dam before!  In fact, I've never seen any geese in Phoenixville at all.  But there they were, just hanging out, playing.  Cute.

I finally made the plain old Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.  Now, I gotta admit, I've been hesitant to make vegan chocolate chip cookies because I grew up on the tastiest CC cookies recipe that exists: the one on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse bag of chips.  That one calls for TWO (!!!) sticks of butter and two eggs.  I'm curious to try adjusting the recipe by simply using Earth Balance margarine and Ener-G Egg Replacer, just to see how it turns out.  But knowing how expensive two sticks of Earth Balance is, and knowing how rarely I use egg replacer, I thought I should just try a legitimate recipe.  But I really struggled to decide which Moscowitz recipe to use: the one she put in Vegan with a Vengeance or the one she and Romero put in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.  I have a feeling that the VwaV recipe is a bit more decadent.  As time went on, I think Moscowitz/Romero became more concerned with having things be less over-the-top unhealthy.  The original recipe had shortening in it, the new one just has 2/3 cup of canola oil.

Anyway, they were quite good!  I wouldn't say they were Nestle Tollhouse good, but they were soft and chewy, with a bit of crispiness on the bottom.  I fed them to a party of drunk folks, and I gotta say, when it comes to cookies, no one is looking to be very judgmental.  People are happy to just enjoy a cookie.  Also, although these may not be as good as the very most unhealthy non-vegan chocolate chip cookies, they're far better than the AVERAGE chocolate chip cookies.

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