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Forgive me for two cookie recipes in one week? I figured that it would be a non-issue, but just in case it is, the ones from Sunday were breakfast cookies and these are vegan chocolate cherry cookies, so that make them totally different! In all honesty, these were originally supposed to be muffins instead of cookies. I tried three times on attempting those muffins, wavering between flat tops, sunken bottoms and a bunch of things in between, with no respectable end result. I knew the same flavors would do just as well in a cookie, so cookies it is!
After finally nailing the cookie recipe (fist pumping success), I packed up all but a few and took them into work with me on Thursday. Figuring that my coworkers will appreciate the treats, I wasn’t expecting that they would RAVE about them. I knew they would good, but when you can get a whole room full of people to compliment your cookies all afternoon? I would call that a win. These vegan chocolate cherry cookies would best be described as a cookie meets brownie, with a lot of chocolate and a little surprise of dried cherries in the middle. I think I could have totally increased the amount of cherries in the recipe, but if you like your chocolate to outweigh your fruit (who doesn’t?), then stick with the original measurements. One of the things that I really loved in the recipe was swapping out my usual all purpose flour with One Degree Organics Sprouted Spelt Flour. The addition of spelt flour gives just a little more bite to the cookies, balancing out all the cocoa and chocolate that makes up the good majority of them. I also loved using a batch of dried cherries we brought back from a recent trip to Northern Wisconsin. Actually, we brought back ALL the cherry things, but dried cherries made for a perfectly balanced cookie, if you ask me.
Going to keep it short and sweet today my friends! I’ve had a less than productive week and am gearing up to make and photograph recipes all day tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting back to photography a little more consistently than I have been this summer. It’s been nice to take a mini break, but I miss posting to here twice a week. As soon as September rolls around, I’m back to the regular posting schedule! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE summer, but transitioning into fall is kind of my favorite. Also, if you are looking for a quick weekend read, I just finished this book and loved it. I think a mini spa day is in my plans for the weekend as well!
Vegan Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Perfectly chewy vegan chocolate cherry cookies, chock full of spelt flour, dried cherries, and chocolate!
- 1/2 One Degree Organics Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder salt and cornstarch. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar and maple syrup. Add the olive oil mixture to the dry mixture and stir with a spatula until no streaks remain (you can also use a stand mixer fitted with a paddle to combine the dough). Fold in the dried cherries and chocolate chips.
Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Scoop by the tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, until firm on top.