Embarassingly out of cocoa powder? Grind up some Chick O Sticks!
My friend Katie Jayne was in town this past weekend for some vegan pub crawl shenanigans. Since it was her birthday the weekend before, I decided to bake her a little something special. While I was at Fred Meyer on an errand, I thought "What can I put in her cookies to make them awesome, since she's so awesome"?????
Walking past the candy aisle, inspiration hit. Later that night, Ms. Strawberryrock got to stirring, I got to throwing things in the bowl, and Chick O Stick chocolate chip cookies were born.
If you haven't had this candy before (I hadn't before moving to Portland) - think vegan, think the inside of a freaking Butterfinger bar, think coconut, think picking it out of your teeth but it's still worth it, good. Both Voodoo and Sweetpea feature treats made with this candy - check out glorious Sweetpea layer cake Kt from Sweetpea made for my birthday last year!
The birth process:
Chick O'Fucking Stick Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from the holy Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romero
2.5-3 cups flour
2/3 cup ground Chick-O-Stick candies (approximately two whole sticks, I ground them in my Magic Bullet)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups canola oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons ground flax seeds
1 spoonful creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup soy milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup to 3/4 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate large bowl mix together oil and sugar. Add the flax, peanut butter, soy milk and vanilla and mix well.
Fold in the dry ingredients in batches. Use a wooden spoon or your mixer to incorporate the ground Chick o Sticks. Add more flavor if needed. Add the chocolate chips gently.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and flatten into a disc that's about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about an inch apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then set them on a wire rack to cool completely.
**In reality we should have added a little more flour - so just add more till the dough looks right, duh.**
The proud mixer
Me and Katie Jayne!
Sure, the cookies have melted down candy in them, but that makes them awesome!