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Vegan Chocolate Walnut Cookies & Mass Produced Carnations

January 24, 2011

These cookies are what happened when my sweet boyfriend, who helped me build a light box (more on this in a coming post) yesterday and deserves whatever baked goods he desires, requested that I make cookies with chocolate and walnuts. I used the last of my eggs for lunch, and so faced the task of searching for a cookie that didn’t call for eggs. Many vegan cookie recipes online call for egg replacer, but this particular recipe did not. It looked interesting and unlike your typical chocolate cookie, so I decided to test them out. The molasses and maple syrup makes them a bit unusual and they probably won’t become my go-to cookie, but they turned out nicely. These pictures were taken in the aforementioned light box, which I hope to use more often since it is a great improvement from the poor lighting in my house.

Vegan Chocolate Walnut Cookies

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. raw sugar
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. molasses
1/2 c. canola oil
2/3 c. chocolate chips (at least!)
1/2 c. walnuts

1) Mix dry ingredients in bowl.
2) Mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
3) Combine all ingredients in one bowl.
4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
5) Form into balls and place on greased baking sheet with at least an inch between each ball.
6) Bake for 10 minutes and let cool for five after removing from the oven, if you have that much self-control.

While you’re here, think about readingĀ this Smithsonian article by John McQuaid and find out more about how the perfect-looking flowers you buy in the grocery store were grown. Most flowers you can purchase so cheaply in the U.S. now originate in Colombia, at the expense of poorly compensated workers and our fresh water supply (three gallons of water per single rose bloom). Conditions have improved over the last twenty years, but there is still a long way to go before we realize that our demand for inexpensive products yields a high hidden cost.

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