Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan Style)

Is it strange to follow a semi-stressful eight hour baking shift up with coming home to make myself chocolate chip cookies?
Possibly.

To me, home baking/cooking is an entirely different world than production in a commercial kitchen. I'm not saying I prefer one over the other, but I am saying that there's something extraordinarily comforting about making something on your own time, with your own ingredients, for your own consumption. 

There's also something inviting called: Make the dough, put it in the oven, sit down, relax, and wait impatiently for the cookies to bake while the dish fairy does your dishes. 
I'm almost positive that my work-life will never turn out this way (if I want to be successful, that is). Therefore, I will continue to spend my off-hours doing something remotely similar, but not at all equivalent to "work."

Again, I ask, is it strange to follow a semi-stressful eight hour baking shift up with coming home to make myself chocolate chip cookies?
No way.
Negative.
Of course not.
(I say those rejections very positively)
Mini Vegan (Low fat, if you will) Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Yield: 16-18 mini cookies 
Recipe by: Veg Kitchen

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or regular whole wheat flour, sifted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (or sub. for a different oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (preferably mini chips, but the standard size will suffice)


Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and ground flax. Set aside. 
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the applesauce, melted coconut oil, and vanilla. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until a dough forms and the flour is fully incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  5. Scoop a heaping tablespoon on the dough onto the prepared sheet pan for each cookie and flatten with the palm of your hand to make each cookie about 1/4" thick. 
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are golden. 
  7. Eat the entire batch (because they're mini, so you can afford to have more than one, right?).


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