eva (faerycake) wrote in vegancooking,
eva
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2 types of chewy cookies: chocolate chip & cranberry and date & chocolate.

It's a beautiful clear, crisp day in Edinburgh and I was feeling Christmassy this morning, so I decided to invent some special Christmas cookies for my flatmate...


Ingredients
200g self raising flour
100g dark brown sugar
2 tsps baking powder
4 dsps golden syrup
approx 5 tbsps vegetable oil
50g dried cranberries (I used Crazy Jack organic ones)
50g plain chocolate chips

1) Pre-heat oven to gas mark 4
2) Grease a baking sheet
3) Boil the kettle then pour boiling water over cranberries.
4) Mix together the flour, baking powder and sugar.
5) Add the golden syrup and vegetable oil then mix together until it forms a dough. You can use either a wooden spoon or your hands - the latter's much easier but messier :P NOTE - you may need to add extra flour or oil depending on how sticky or dry the mixture is.
6) add the chocolate chips then knead them into the dough.
7) Drain the cranberries (they should be nicely plumped up by now) then knead them into the dough as well: at this point the moisture from the cranberries might make the dough a bit sticky, so add a bit more flour until it's more dough like again, if necessary.
8) Roll out the dough onto a floured surface, cut into shapes then arrange on baking sheet.
9) Bake for around 15 minutes - they'll still feel soft and squishy when you take them out of the oven, but they really don't need much cooking time. Wait until they've cooled slightly before you put them on a cooling rack, as their squishyness means their shape will distort/they'll fall to bits if you move them too soon!



ingredients
100g dried chopped dates
100g drinking chocolate (I used green&blacks)
100g SR flour
2tsp baking powder
Most of a pack of Toffuti imitation cream cheese stuff

Pre heat oven to gas mark 4. Then basically you just mix all the dry ingredients together then add the Toffuti a bit at a time and mix it up until it's a cookie dough consistency, then cut it into cookie shapes and bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes. (Although I'm not too sure on the time thing so it'd be best to check them regularly.)

Oh yeah, and the other thing is, it might be an idea to stick to basic shapes when you're cutting them out. I attempted to cut them into stars...but unfortunately the baking powder and self raising flour, which are what makes them chewy, also makes them expand so much that they now look sort of mutated. They still taste good though!

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