The Best Cookies Ever, Period.

The Best Cookies Ever, Period.

Stop and appreciate this for a moment.

This is the image of the perfect cookie. These are the best cookies ever. Period. Full stop. I’m saying it with confidence and am willing to take full responsibility for my actions, whatever the repercussions may be.

I’d say that in general, people have a fairly high tolerance for truly terrible cookies. Not all cookies are going to be good, that’s the reality of life. Just because someone went out of their way to bake them for the office and came by your desk to offer you one doesn’t mean you have to fawn over it. It’s a cookie, but that doesn’t make it a great cookie, or even a remotely mediocre cookie. I’d estimate that 99% of the cookies that we eat suck. We’re just too nice to admit it.

I on the other hand, am a terrible person who has zero tolerance for bad cookies. Life is too short to eat crappy cookies. That’s my motto. So make these, the best cookies ever, and share with your friends. Or don’t. Your call. You never know, it might just encourage them to up their cookie game in future. And hey, the more truly excellent cookies we have in the world, the better.

The Best Cookies Ever, Period.
 
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Serves: Makes 7 fairly massive cookies
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup (280g) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cup (240g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. (225g) white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. (10ml) vanilla
  • 1¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 3½ cups plus 2 tbsp. (445g) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ lb. (565g) dark chocolate, roughly chopped (you want the chunks to be pretty large so they melt into giant pools of chocolate)
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter and both sugars.
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla, stirring until combined.
  3. Add the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well incorporated.
  4. Add the flour and stir. Once it is almost incorporated, add in the chocolate. Stir until just combined but don't overwork it.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24h (it holds well for up to 5 days).
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Portion dough into 120g balls and place on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden. You want the cookies to be nicely browned around the edges but still underbaked and doughy in the centre.
  9. Cool for about 10 minutes before shoving in your face hole (seriously, do this, otherwise you will burn your mouth on scalding hot chocolate. Trust me, I speak from experience).

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Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

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Ask anyone and they will tell you I’m not a huge fan of mint chocolate. More often than not it ends up tasting like cheap chocolate mixed with toothpaste, and I just can’t endorse that. However, I do like cookies. Especially chewy double chocolate cookies laden with an almost overwhelming amount of chocolate chunks. And if said chocolate chunks happen to have a subtle, natural (read: non-toothpastey) mint flavour, then I can be ok with that. Green & Black’s Organic Mint Dark Chocolate is ideal in this situation. It has just a hint of real peppermint oil so that the chocolate doesn’t get lost in the mix. Plus, if you’re ok with the fact that it *may contain* dairy, but milk isn’t listed as one of the ingredients, then these double chocolate mint cookies are totally vegan as well. I’m not sure you can call me a convert quite yet but these cookies make a convincing case for the viability of GOOD mint chocolate.

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
 
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Serves: 9-12 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 bar Green & Black's Organic Mint Dark Chocolate, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. water, as needed
Instructions
  1. Cream together the brown sugar and coconut oil until smooth.
  2. Add in the flour, cocoa power, salt, and baking powder. Mix to combine. If the dough is too dry and doesn't hold together when you squeeze a clump of it in your hands, add water to reach the desired consistency.
  3. Lastly, mix in the Green & Black's Organic Mint Dark Chocolate.
  4. Portion onto a parchment or Silpat lined sheet tray and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. The tops of the cookies will lose their sheen once cooked.
  5. Cool and enjoy.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes and a birthday dedication

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I’m a planner. If I could pencil in where I’m going to be this afternoon, tomorrow, the day after that, 5 years from now, I would probably do it. I live my life by setting goals and accomplishing them, sometimes at the expense of neglecting to see opportunities that are staring me right in the face, or realizing that the path I’ve set out on isn’t even what I want. Over time I’ve gotten better at adapting to the unknowns that life throws at you, but “going with the flow” is still something I will always have to work on. It’s an ongoing process but I’ve figured out how to balance my “J” qualities with a little bit of “P”, such that I can survive when things don’t work out quite as planned.

After all, sometimes the best things in life are the ones that happen to be the most unexpected. Like reconnecting with someone you haven’t seen in a long time who also happens to reside a world away. Someone who was the most important person in my life for the better part of a year and then gone. Having disappeared as quickly as it fell into my lap, I spent awhile trying to reconcile the fact that maybe fate put him there for a reason, in that place, at that time, but that was all it was ever going to be. It was a reality I tried to accept, and for the most part, succeeded in doing so. But every now and then I would have a random dream, thought, intuition that there was more. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that if your gut is telling you something, it’s probably right. And thankfully, it was.

I’m still as much of a planner as ever, but when life hands you beautiful brown eyes and a smile belonging to someone who is smart, witty, caring, and a continuation of adjectives that will never do the real person justice, you embrace the welcome detour that takes you from Point A, to B, to C, rather than the original journey from Point A to C, and never look back. And when cette individual’s favourite cake is carrot cake, and it just so happens to be his birthday, you dedicate your carrot cake recipe to him. Because what else would you do?

J, whatever serendipitous stroke of luck, fate, or kismet brought you back into the centre of my universe, I thank it every day. You challenge me and make me want to be a better person day in and day out, for you, for me, and for us. You’re right, there’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going, but there are 360 degrees of possibility from whatever angle I look at it. I couldn’t have planned it better even if I tried. Happy birthday.

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Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
 
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tbsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 bar Green & Black's Organic Ginger Chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups grated carrots
Instructions
  1. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners and heat your oven to 325F.
  2. Mix together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the chocolate.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, whisking or stirring to blend.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  5. Portion the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake at 325F for 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool and top with the frosting of your choice (or just eat as-is).

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Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Even when you don’t really have time to bake, you can find a way to make time for these chocolate coconut oatmeal cookies. They take mere minutes to put together and are virtually impossible to screw up. Adding applesauce to the dough makes them moist and very forgiving (even if you overcook them a tad they won’t turn rock hard and thus inedible on you). Plus you can make a massive batch and freeze half so you have them at the ready even if you don’t have time to turn on the oven. I don’t see any downsides, do you?

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
 
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Serves: 40 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Blend together the coconut oil and brown sugar to form a smooth paste.
  2. Stir in the eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Beat until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  4. Spoon the dough onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 350F for about 10 minutes per batch (it will take a couple of batches to cook them all).
  5. Cool and enjoy!
Notes
**To make cranberry white chocolate pumpkin cookies:
- substitute peanut butter for the coconut oil
- swap out the applesauce for pumpkin puree
- omit the shredded coconut
- add ¾ each white chocolate chips and dried cranberries, instead of the chocolate chips
Enjoy!

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Blackberry Sour Cream Cake – A Guest Post from gotta get baked

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I figured since I’m off gallivanting in Europe for a few weeks, it would be a good time to feature some guest bloggers here on Because I Like Chocolate. I’ve got three amazing ladies lined up to share some delicious eats with you, kicking things off with Nancy from gotta get baked. I have never met Nancy in person but I can say without question that she is one of the most honest, blunt, tell-it-like-it-is people on the face of the planet. She’s a realist, that’s for sure, and she never fails to make me laugh – in that really unattractive, “oh my god I just snorted, I am so sorry” kind of way. Seriously, you have to check out one (or all) of her random crap posts, stat. If she doesn’t succeed as a blogger, Nancy could definitely make it as a comedian. Now over to Nancy!

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Hi everyone! I’m Nancy of gotta get baked. I live on the West coast of Canada (born ‘n raised) and I blog mainly about desserts ‘n sweets ‘n anything made with copious amounts of butter and sugar. In other words, it’s a (mental) health blog.

I don’t know when Mal and I started following each other’s blogs, commenting and becoming friends, but I’m glad we did. The girl’s blog is called Because I Like Chocolate. It’s like our relationship was meant to be!

To say I’m a chocoholic is a huuuuuuuuge understatement. I crave it, need it, want it all the time. I eat so much it’s probably running in my veins instead of blood. When my 9th grade English teacher had us write a report on any subject we wanted, I researched the history of chocolate and wrote 20 pages about it. During the process, I found out that there’s a Hershey chocolate town and it was my dream to go there (and live there). Some of my favourite books as a kid featured chocolate prominently (The Chocolate Touch and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Delicious classics!).

That’s why it’s super odd that I’m guest posting for Mallory two times this month but neither of my recipes feature chocolate. What’s wrong with me, right?! Well, because it’s summer, I wanted to make something fresh and seasonal, thus the blackberry sour cream cake featured in today’s post. The cake is super moist and lightly spiced, studded with sweet local B.C. blackberries. Perfect for breakfast or an any-time-snack.

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 cups of fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and butter the sides of the pan.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, sour cream, vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the batter into the cake pan. The batter will be thick.
  4. Top the batter with the blackberries. You can sprinkle the top of the cake with sugar if you want – that’s totally optional.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Depending on your oven, you may want to start checking the cake around the 30 or 35 minute mark. I left my cake in the oven a bit longer than necessary (such a rookie mistake!) and it was a bit darker than I wanted. Thankfully it didn’t negatively affect the texture too much.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the side of the pan to loosen the cake, then move it onto a cooling rack to continue cooling. Enjoy as is or with ice cream or whipping cream. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for two days. Any longer and I’d put it in the fridge.

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Stay tuned for another post from Nancy in the coming weeks. I won’t give it away completely but let’s just say it involves peanut butter. Cannot go wrong with that, can you?