Chocolate Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies

As I mentioned in a previous post, I checked out some recipe books that I was excited about digging into this week.  I wasted no time, Madelyn and I whipped up some delicious cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (pictured above).  The recipe is at the bottom.  Try them, they won’t disappoint.

Chocolate Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

Ingredients:

2 cups quick-cooking oats (I used regular rolled oats)

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

2/3 cup nondairy milk ( I used soymilk)

2/3 canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1 cup dried cherries, chopped, or raisins (optional, I didn’t)

Directions:

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

2.  In a medium-size bowl, stir together oats, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl, beat together sugar, flax seeds, and nondairy milk until smooth.  Add the oil and the vanilla and almond extracts and beat until well mixed.  Fold in half of the flour mixture to moisten, then fold in the remaining half.  Just before the mixture is completely combined, fold in the chocolate chips and dried cherries or raisins, if desired.

4.  For each cookie drop 2 generous tablespoons of dough onto the cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie.  If desired, flatten slightly with moistened fingers or the moistened back of a measuring cup.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until cookies are firm and risen.  Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to complete cooling.  Store in a tightly covered container.

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