Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night, The Husband and I were watching American Idol (shut up, it's one of our guilty pleasures) and I got the munchies.

"I wish we had some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies right now," I said to him after Ramiel Malubay opened the show.

Ever the enabler, he said, "Mmmmm ... yeah!"

So we paused the TV and started rummaging around the kitchen for the ingredients. My three-year-old even got in on the action, helping stir and stealing chocolate chips and hunks of dough when he could.

Very cool thing about being vegan: vegan cookie dough can't give you salmonella.

About 20 minutes later, we were happily munching on warm Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) Earth Balance Natural Buttery Sticks, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • Egg Replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we used pecans)
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate or carob chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the "butter", brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in egg replacer, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the oats, nuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


As far as American Idol is concerned, I am rooting for our local offering (of-course) - Carly Smithson. She's extraordinarily talented and highly inked. (Go girls with tatts!) But David Cook is a genius and he kicked some serious ass last night. I'd like to pinch David Archuletta's cheeks, he's so cute! I'm not saying what I'd like to do to Jason Castro. Brook White is like a young Carly Simon and Michael Johns is quite entertaining as well.

Those are my favs.

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