It’s Cold Out

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Cookies

Last post from 2013’s /52weeksofcooking and hoping oh so much that I stay on track in 2014, and get everything finished in 2014.  The last challenge posed a bit of a question for me as I had done my “holiday tradition” cooking for Thanksgiving.  However Christmas Eve wound up giving me the perfect opportunity to continue what is fast becoming a holiday tradition – vegan cookies for my sister(s)-in-law.  The first few years I stuck to a vegan sugar cookie recipe I found online but this time I wanted to try something different, even though I knew that would increase the risks of something going wrong.  My biggest fear was hard cookies, so I took every precaution I could think of to insure soft fluffy cookies – and it worked!

It’s Cold Out

Serves: Yields approx 3 dozen cookies


1 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup soy butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 cup coffee, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup powder sugar


  1. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Set Aside
  2. Cream together the butter and white sugar for three minutes, then mix in the oil along with the coffee and salt. Once fully mixed add in the dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated - be careful to not over mix. Cover the dough and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Pour the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Remove the dough from the fridge and form in to walnut sized balls. Roll in the powdered sugar than place on a non-stick cookie sheet.
  5. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, then allow to sit on cookie sheet for an additional 3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

I’m not sure if it was the chilled dough or just dumb luck but the cookies were perfection.  The outsides were crisp with moist insides, almost brownie like – and the powdered sugar help cut down on the extreme chocolate taste.  These might not be the cookies I made with my family growing up, but I can easily see these being the cookies I make with my family going forward.

Now time to focus on 2014!  Fingers crossed I won’t fall so far behind this year 🙂