Double-Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies from Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton
I’ve been very curious to make these, as the cookbook’s description promises that these cookies will have vegan cookie critics “eating their words, and the cookies.” I figured they must be great!
Mmmmmm toasty chocolatey heaven!
Tomorrow is my last day at work so I wanted to make cookies (because any excuse to bake is a good one!). I didn’t have a ton of time so last night I toasted the almonds and sifted out the dry ingredients ahead of time, then this morning I mixed the wet ingredients in and baked up the cookies. I baked them in two batches. While the first batch were baking I had to go over to my neighbor’s house to take care of their pets (because they are away, obviously). I had set the timer and when I got back they still had 45 seconds so of course I was thinking “Wow good timing! Go me.” Of course, then Mom says “Oh the timer went off before, but the cookies still looked raw and the chocolate chips weren’t melted or anything, so I put them on another three minutes.” Nooooo! I always heed Dreena’s warnings about overbaking and I was pretty sure these would be all dried out. They are a little dry but they turned out okay I guess (good thing our oven sucks and doesn’t get that hot anyway…you may have noticed that I never bake cakes or breads and that is why). The second batch I guarded more closely and I am proud to say they turned out perfectly 🙂 Not one but two of the coworkers with whom I shared these little nuggets of joy asked for seconds!
Here are some members of the first (dry) batch sitting out to cool:
And here is the second (delish) batch getting ready for transport to the office:
I am definitely making these again!!!