Earth Friendly Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients (Use Vegan!)

2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
cinnamon, to taste, optional
handful vegan chocolate or carob chips
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado; sucanat works too, but sucks up a lot of the moisture)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water

Directions

1. Very important-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they’re not at room temp but it works much better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chips. Make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium size bowl, add together sugar and oil; mix well.

3. Add the vanilla and then add the water; mix well.  Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it.  Add more chips if you need to.

4. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Put them in the oven.  Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets (top to bottom and 180 degree rotation). Bake another 4 minutes and check them. The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in 2 minute increments from here until they get to where I like them.

5. Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.

Serves: almost 2 dozen; Preparation Time: 10 minutes; Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes

 

Eco Friendly Baking for Earth Day

5 Earth Friendly Baking Tips!

  1. Buying organic, or at least local produce. Using your reusable shopping bags!
  2. Seventh Generation makes great recyclable paper towels. Or you can even use eco friendly towels by Skoy. You can use them over and over, and when they’re gross toss em, cause they’re biodegradable.
  3. Investing in a silicone baking mats are also great, they’re easier to clean and it protects the integrity of your cookie sheets to wash them less. While your on the silicone wagon, try silicone baking cups, great if the cupcakes aren’t traveling!
  4. Unbleached cupcake cups, not pretty to look at but if your worried about gifting cupcakes with these cups remember its a gift to mother earth too!
  5. Okay…it’s gross! But…..Compost unused ingredients: egg shells, apple cores, carrot skins.  Composting fruit and veggie scraps is a great way to keep these items out of the land fill while making some beautiful soil!

Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Cupcakes!

Calling all Horror buffs! Its the greatest day of the year! 2012 still has two Friday the 13th’s coming up! This Friday and one more in July. Celebrate with Jason Voorhees cupcakes! Spooooky!

 

 

Try Red Velvet cake, or yellow cake with red food coloring. Butter cream icing is perfect given it’s off white color. Easy to make with red and black lines and M&M eyes.