Yummy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

Vegan_Chocolate-Chip_Cranberry_Cookies_FinalInstead of knitting or doing yoga to calm down, I usually head in the kitchen for a baking session. I find the baking process very meditative and ultra relaxing. While baking, any negative thoughts that I may have fade away and I become completely zen. Om!

As the holidays tend to be a stressful time period, I have a baking session practically every day. My baking session rewards me with a two-fold return (yup, I was an econ major). The sessions not only quiet the mind, but also result in the creation of delicious treats that make great gifts for anyone. Awesome!

I recently made these cookies with my sister for friends and family. They were an absolute hit. I can’t tell how many times I have been asked for the recipe. These aren’t ordinary vegan chocolate chip cookies. These beauties contain cranberries and hazelnut brittle, which skyrocket the cookies’ flavor to new heights. One word: yummy!

Instructions

Servings: approx. 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 100 g vegan non-dairy margarine
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 175 g spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150 g vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 50 g dried cranberries
  • 50 g hazelnut brittle (homemade or store-bought) or chopped unsalted peanuts

Instructions

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 180 ºC. 
  2. Place parchment paper on a baking tray.
  3. Mix butter and sugars in a large bowl until well-combined.
  4. Add banana and vanilla extract; and then mix again.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
  6. Add combo to the wet mixture and then mix all ingredients until well-combined.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips (100 g) and hazelnut brittle.
  8. Add teaspoon-sized cookie dough scoops to baking tray.
  9. Bake until golden-brown, i.e. approximately 10-12 minutes.
  10. Remove tray from oven and then let cookies cool-off on baking tray for roughly 5 minutes.
  11. Remove cookies from tray and let them cool-off completely (approximately 1 hour).

Dark Chocolate Glaze

  1. Melt chocolate chips (50 g) in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Use immediately.

Grand Finale

  1. Place cookies on parchment paper.
  2. Drizzle each cookies with chocolate glaze – “Pollock-Style”
  3. Let glaze set.
  4. Enjoy!

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