Sunday, February 1, 2009

Everything Cookies!

There's the everything bagel, pizza with the works (veggie of course), why not an everything cookie? Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Walnut Cookies

2 Tbs flax seeds (ground)
6 Tbs water
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Earth Balance margarine (1/2 tub)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup semi sweet vegan chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped or ground walnuts


Preheat oven to 350

Whisk ground flax seeds together with water and set aside. This will get sticky after a few minutes. This makes 1/2 cup flax "eggs" and is the equivalent of 2 eggs.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine and sugar together, then add flax mixture and vanilla. Add the flour mixture about 1/3 at a time and combine well.

Stir in oats, raisins, choc chips, cranberries, and walnuts and make sure they are relatively evenly distributed in the dough.

Drop tablespoon size mounds onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 10 minutes until golden brown. Leave on the cookie sheet for a minute to firm up, then transfer immediately to a cooling rack.

Notes: This recipe is fairly adaptable as long as you use the basic components.

Sugar:
This time I used 1 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup granular sugar. I have used all "sugar in the raw" and 3/4 cup brown & 3/4 granular combo also. You could probably use less sugar, because the add ins are all pretty sweet, but I haven't tried it with less sugar. It's a cookie. It's supposed to be sweet.

"Eggs:"
I used all flax for the "eggs" this time. I have also used 1/4 cup flax mixture and 1/4 cup applesauce.

Flour:
I used all purpose today, but I've made it with whole wheat before. All purpose, regular whole wheat, white whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour, whatever you've got on hand.

"Butter:"
I've been using the 1/2 tub earth balance. I imagine you could use shortening or vegetable oil, but I haven't really messed with it. Whatever you do, do not use olive oil. Just trust me.

Add ins:
Once you get past the oats, additions are all optional. Or if you don't even want the oats, just add another 3/4 cup flour. I wouldn't go much past 4 cups of added stuff or else they might start to fall apart easily and you won't have much cookie in your cookie. You could use seeds, other nuts, other chips, vegan m&ms (does anyone make them?) other dried fruit, whatever you've got that you might want in a cookie.

8 comments:

HayMarket8 said...

These cookies look to good to pass up!

aredcardigan said...

oh my gimme gimme some of that!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Oh man!
I could dunk one of those in my cuppa tea right now!

Tara said...

Ooh, I want some!

Joanna said...

jenn, i think you should make "everything" food from now on... like everything meatloaf, everything pasta, everything chocolate bark, etc. i would die (and be terrified) to see what you'd come up with... haha

Emily said...

Those look really good!!

River said...

WOW!! Those cookies are seriously loaded with goodies! Are these the kind of cookies you're bringing me on the road? :)

Sal said...

yum they look awesome!