Cookie Day 1: Chocolate 'Vegan' Brownie Cookies

Let's kick off our Holiday 12 Days of Cookies Countdown with chocolate! These Chocolate Vegan Brownie Cookies are pretty amazing. What surprised me the most was that they were vegan! My friend Melissa prepared these cookies and I fell in love with how chewy they were, just like a brownie. The rich chocolate comes through in every bite, studded with more chocolate if that weren't enough. If you love cookies and brownies, these are definitely for you...

The basis of this cookie is coconut oil. It's interesting how one ingredient is used in two different forms - melted and solid. This is key to achieve the right cookie texture. Another critical step is ensuring the dough is thoroughly chilled before baking. This helped the cookies hold its shape so it doesn't result in a puddle of chocolate in the oven. If the idea of a vegan cookie gives you doubt, this recipe will turn you into a believer. And you just might keep some coconut oil stocked in your pantry going forward!

Chocolate 'Vegan' Brownie Cookies
recipe from my friend, Melissa
makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
1 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine melted coconut oil with sugar. Add in vanilla extract and solid coconut oil.
In another bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and flour.

Slowly add the cocoa powder and flour mixture into the coconut oil mixture, one cup at a mine, mixing in between each addition until fully incorporated. 

Stir in the chocolate chips into the dough. 

Chill the dough in the freezer for about 45 minutes or until firm enough to scoop.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove the chilled dough from the freezer and roll into 1 inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet roughly 2 inches apart. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 10 minutes until slightly puffed. Be careful not to overbake so they come out chewy!

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Repeat process until all cookie dough has been baked.