Friday, November 20, 2009

Month of Vegan Cookies: Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Continuing Giveaway)

2009.11.18 Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Do you, like me, often need a swift kick in the behind to jump start the morning? Now come on, be honest… Well if you do tend to be more zombie than human at the start of the day, the double jolt of caffeine in these cookies should fix you right up. In contrast to my last coffee-flavored creation, these babies -- which contain a whopping 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder -- make absolutely no effort at subtlety.

***A quick note for anyone tempted to substitute: the espresso powder called for is worth tracking down. The smoothness and intensity of flavor in these cookies is easily distinguishable from anything I’ve baked using instant coffee granules. For the same reason, though, I’d recommend the caffeine-sensitive among you to halve the espresso powder in this recipe.***

2009.11.18 Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Stimulating discussions about stimulants aside (I see you cringing =p), these espresso chocolate oatmeal cookies are quite the treat. Crispy edges hug a center that’s slightly soft but still chewy from the oats. Two forms of chocolate and (as I might’ve mentioned) all that espresso powder give each bite a wonderfully rich, roasted flavor and aroma. And their bittersweet edge is reined in by both white and brown sugars.

FLAVOR: 4.5/5
TEXTURE: 4/5
EASE OF PREPARATION: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

2009.11.18 Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Lastly, may I remind you that all this deliciousness is achieved without eggs or dairy? This is the second cookie I’ve tried from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and my favorite yet! I’ve been loving the simple ingredients and prep (no mixer required) called for by the recipes so far and can’t wait to test 2 more for my Vegan Month of Cookies series. Just a friendly reminder that if you'd like to win one of 3 copies of this book, simply leave a comment (including your e-mail) on this or any other post in this series. I'll pick the winners at random and let you know in my review post.

2009.11.18 Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies [Collage 2]


Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies
[Printable Recipe]
Reproduced with permission from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar with my comments/changes in brackets
Makes 2 dozen cookies

XIAOLU’S NOTES: I only had old-fashioned oats, not quick-cooking, so I went at 'em with my pastry blender and all was well! Also, my batter distribution wasn't "generous" enough in the first batch so the second batch was extra large (and thus extra delicious).

1/2 cup nondairy milk [I used soymilk]
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablepoons instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips

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

In a large bowl, mix together non-dairy milk, oil, flax seeds, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Sift in flour, cinnamon, espresso powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add quick-cooking oats and chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are moistened.

2009.11.18 Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Drop generous tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets [Please note this batter is very runny and I spread them out even more so they'd bake up flatter.]. Bake for 14 minutes [I needed to bake 2-3 minutes longer], until cookies are slightly puffed and the edges appear dry.

Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes [I let them sit for 10 minutes to ensure the bottoms were set.], then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Store in a loosely covered container.

MORSELS: Look for instant Italian espresso powder at gourmet markets in the coffee aisle or even in the baking aisles at fancy supermarkets. Instant espresso powder has a rich, concentrated flavor that’s magical in baked goods. If you can’t find it, it’s okay to substitute instant coffee granules; the flavor will just not be as intense.

PREVIOUSLY: Sweet Potato Blondies
NEXT UP IN THIS SERIES: Pignoli Almond Cookies

28 comments:

  1. Hmmmm I could really go for these right now... studying for midterms but dreaming of these cookies in my mouth :P

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  2. Chocolate...caffeine...what more could you ask for? I think this will forever be my favorite flavor combination :)

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  3. I would love to win a vegan cookbook! I love me some cookies!

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  4. these certainly look good! did they taste as good as non-vegan cookies?

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  5. I would love to win a vegan baking book.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    tamar at meser dot net

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  6. I have a surprising number of vegan friends who'd love me to serve them these treats. Nice photo of the red pans and cookies! :)

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  7. Hey, I have that book on my Amazon.com wishlist! But it sure would be awesome to win one! I bet the recipes in that book are amazing, based on my success with recipes from their cupcake book. Love the picture of the cookies in the red loaf pan; they look so even! My OCD thanks you :)

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  8. Oh wow, these look fantastic! I am not a coffee fan, but might make an exception for these cookies.

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  9. Great photos! I think I would have to pass though I don't like coffee. It is actually one of the only things I don't like.

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  10. Thanks, everyone!

    Michelle - Sounds like you could use the caffeine. G'luck with exams!

    Danielle - This is one of my fav pairings as well.

    onecaketwocake - Yes, these are in my opinion up there with my favorite non-vegan cookies! That being said, I've never made espresso oat cookies with eggs and dairy so a direct comparison is difficult. Please let me know what you think if you try them!

    Irina - Thanks - I love red and try to use it anywhere I can! The ranks of vegans and vegetarians sure do seem to be swelling these days.

    Dorothy - I definitely have OCD tendencies too. Thanks and you'll definitely be in the running for a copy.

    Alisa & Alicia - Sorry coffee isn't your thing. Hopefully the next 3 recipes I try will be more to your liking 8).

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  11. And here they are!!! Omgosh can't wait to try these. These looks great Xiaolu.

    Laura

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  12. I can't believe they let you print the recipes. Oh my. You have no idea how much I want this book. I have their cupcake book and even though I have to make them gluten and soy free they're still wonderful! It's so much easier making a GFSF cookie starting from a vegan base than having to use a regular recipe and take out the dairy and egg as well. Those cookies look marvelous and I have espresso powder at home. Yeah! laurel vanblarcum at sbcglobal dot net

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  13. Thanks so much for always rootin' for me! Your comments on my blog really brighten up my day! =)

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  14. I am an absolute coffee fiend. I can't get out of bed in the morning without a HUGE cup (we are talking Starbucks supersize here). Therefore, there is no such thing as too much coffee flavor in a recipe. These sound excellent!

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  15. Laura - Thanks!

    Laurel - I know, right! I just messaged Isa on FB and she said to go for it. I'm hoping people get interested and buy it though (except those who win it from me, of course). This book actually provides a GF mix that they say can be swapped in for most of the cookies.

    Judy - Of course I mean every word. Keep up the amazing baking/blogging!

    Joanne - YES! I'm glad there's more of us out there :).

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  16. Ooh. These look like heaven on a plate. I was just thinking about subbing in chocolate covered espresso beans for the chocolate chips. Mmmm.

    Keep 'em coming!

    And please add me to your contest list! Thanks!
    daizymae8@yahoo.com

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  17. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite kind!! I should make them myself some day! Yours look delicious!

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  18. I would love to wine a copy of the book! then i can gicve my "used copy" to my awesome friend!!

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  19. I would love to win this cookbook because I am on the look out for healthier (but still delicious) desserts and I LOVE V'Con so I know I'd love this! Those cookies look awesome, BTW. And my email is healthytwists @ gmail dot com

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  20. PLEASE do include me in the giveaway -- I adore my already well-worn copy of "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World", and would love nothing more than to give it good company on my bookshelf with it's sister "Vegan Cookies" cookbook...!

    Many thanks,

    Patience
    artofpatience @ ourprairie dot net

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  21. Oh wow! Those cookies look absolutely delicious. My daughter is Vegan and I am trying to find her some books for Christmas, so I would absolutely love to win this book for her. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  22. i'm so so getting this book for christmas.
    especially if i keep in mind that i have my exams coming up - which means caffeine-caffeine-caffeine all night long. and what better way to gobble it down than cookies.

    jul at kepyklapenki dot lt

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  23. Wow. Made these this afternoon and they were an instant hit! I think half the batch has been consumed already. I couldn't find my pastry blender and only had old-fashioned oats on hand as well, so I threw 'em in. Cookies puffed up a bit more and required a few more minutes in the oven, but based on the response, they were still excellent. Definitely a keeper!

    Kristin daizymae8@yahoo.com

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  24. Cheryl - That is very thoughtful of you and I bet your daughter would love it.

    julė - Good luck with your exams!

    Kristin - I'm so glad these turned out well and really appreciate you reporting back. I did bake a little longer and spread out the batter to get them flatter. Another trick is to bang the baking sheet against the counter right after they finish baking to deflate them.

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  25. I can't wait to get this book... winning it would be even better :D My son is anaphylactic (deathly allergic) to dairy products (he's 17 now) and I have been experimenting with non-dairy recipes since he was born. This would be a great addition to my repertoire which is limited as you can imagine.

    -bonsaifi4@gmail.com

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  26. These look so good! I've always used instant coffee instead of espresso but now I'm thinking I should go try to find instant espresso!

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  27. Jeanette - I'm sorry to hear about your son's allergies, but he's certainly lucky to have a wonderful mom like you to support him. I'm actually planning to review a dairy-free book, but unfortunately I won't have time until mid-Spring.

    emd - Thanks and I can't recommend espresso powdah enough now that I've tried it :).

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