Salt-Kissed Chunky Peanut Butter Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Good evening!

Our friend Dan’s birthday get together is tomorrow night and I got this great idea to make Dan healthier vegan chocolate chip cookies. You see, Dan is a great guy and he deserves only the best on his birthday. He also loves my vegan baked goods.

Little did I know that my quest to bake a delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie would take 5 trials! Oye. However, I do not go down without a fight. If it takes 5 trials of taste testing cookies, I will roll up my sleeves and dig in. Someone’s gotta do it.

I started with a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that one of my family members gave me years ago. I decided it was time to veganize this baby! Out went 1 egg, 1/2 cup butter, and a cup of sugar.

See ya, won’t miss ya, I said.

For some reason, I decided I would also turn this recipe into a s’more cookie. I was feeling a bit crazy and delirious, clearly…

Trial 1:

The S’more sandwich.

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Hrmm.

It tasted good, but it was nothing to write home about.

Back to the drawing board!

Trial 2:

The S’more Cookie

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Oozing with vegan marshmallows, it was good, but not great. Nor amazing.

Next!

Trial 3:

Vegan Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Whoops. It got a little crowded in there! ;)

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I was sick of the s’more cookies and decided to go back to the classic chocolate chip cookie with a nut butter twist. This version tasted phenomenal, but the cookie was a bit thin for my liking.

I was now on a quest to plump it up!

Trial 4:

The thicker chocolate chip cookie

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Too thick and cake like. :(

I am now weak. It feels like I have been in the kitchen for days on end. My throat is dry.

This is what happened when I added a chia egg (1 T ground chia + 3 T water) and a bit more flour. Interesting, but much too muffin like in texture and not crispy at all.

I need the crisp factor!

Scratch.

Trial 5:

The Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie…with a twist!

I said a little prayer for this batch. My golden hairs were turning grey. Something had to give….

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[This recipe is BACK after popular request!! Sorry for the inconvenience guys!]

Salt-Kissed Chunky Peanut Butter Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 + 1/4 cup whole grain spelt flour* (see note below)
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 tsp fleur de sel (or reg. salt)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cacao nibs (optional, but they add crunch!)
  • 3-4 tsp non-dairy dark chocolate chips
  • 1.5 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3.5 tbsp canola oil
  • Fleur de sel, for garnish
  • Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray  with oil. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (spelt flour, baking  soda, baking powder, fleur de sel, sugar).
  2. Whisk together. In a medium  sized bowl mix all wet ingredients (peanut butter, maple syrup, oil.  vanilla). Mix well making sure the PB is thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Now add  wet to dry and stir. Mix with hands if necessary until fully  incorporated. Stir in cacao nibs and chocolate chips. Wet hands and  shape small cookies about 1.5 inches in diameter and place on baking  sheet.
  4. Bake for just 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling  rack after a couple minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Makes 14 medium sized  cookies.

See this post for my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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Happy Birthday Dan. If we eat all of them before tomorrow night, this post is proof that the thought was there anyways. ;)

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010

You can send those “bad” cookies to me! :)

Happy Birthday Dan. If I baked those cookies for you they would be long gone by tomorrow!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2010

Angela, you’re genius. Pure genius. I love all your recipes and this one’s no different. PB..chocolate..cookies?! Heck yes please!! :D

And happy birthday, Dan!

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Meredith September 2, 2010

Mmm those look delish! The “flops” don’t look half bad either:)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010

Oh, how I miss the rain. It’s high 90′s today! Enjoy : )

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OSGMOM September 2, 2010

Holy Yum! I wish I was there to have one or two or three :)

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MoniMeals September 2, 2010

THey Look Great! You had me on the the first one…a smore sandwich…sold! but then the chunky peanut butter chocolate chip cookie… I am sold as well! You needed a litttle taste tester! :) I wish I could reach in and have one. :) Looks perfect to have with the little rain (drizzle) and some warm almond milk or tea, I agree. Great touch with the turbinado sugar

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010

Peanut butter and chocolate… you can’t go wrong there!

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Tasha - the clean eating mama September 2, 2010

Fantastic as always! I am always on the hunt for vegan cookies!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 2, 2010

I think this must be the reason your recipes are always SO good!! I would have given up way before you did!! And now you have all those dangerous cookies lurking in your kitchen.

Good perseverance Ang!! teehee!!

They look amazing!

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Emily September 2, 2010

Those look amazing!! I have been looking for a vegan recipe for chocolate chip cookies lately and I think I may have found the one :) Thanks so much for all your hard work and trials !!

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Maissa September 2, 2010

This guy is getting bookmarked. Now I know what I’m making the next time I want to bake. I love that it doesn’t ask for any complicated ingredients. Built to be vegan from the ground up with no replacements.
Thanks for sharing these!

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Cara September 2, 2010

I am sure all the trails were worth it, those look fabulous.
If only I could bite into one right now!

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Rachael September 2, 2010

Fleur de sel is one of the most amazing baking additions I’ve come across – I love the bit of salt with the sweet, and it makes for excellent lemon-tinged sugar cookies!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 2, 2010

Wow… these are dreamy. Love salt + sweet.

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Jen September 2, 2010

Those all look delish! And I swear, Hamilton is the only place in Southern Ont. that didn’t get rain today…I’d like a break from this humidity; please send rain stat!

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Kristina @ spabettie September 2, 2010

I love topping my brownies and cookies with a little sea salt… YUM

You have my address, right?? I’ll take those s’more cookies off your hands – I’m generous like that :)

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 2, 2010

Omigosh those look to die for! I just tried out your mushroom pizza today by the way. It was phenomenal. Here’s the link: http://givemethealmondbutter.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/messes/

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 2, 2010

You my dear a fabulous and true baker!!! Five trials..impressive! ;) and they look delish!

Those will be on my upcoming treat for a rant day

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Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 2, 2010

Angela- you are UNSTOPPABLE!
I am making these tomorrow. I would make them tonight but I don’t have chocolate chips and I have had too much wine. The cookies must wait.
PS- Thank you so much for your mushroom post!! Mushrooms have been the one food I do not like for such a long time. I have recently (as in last month) started warming up to them, and I love what you did!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010

I used to HATE Portabellas! Now I love all mushrooms.

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Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 2, 2010

I love cookies with a little bit of saltyness! These look great – I don’t know how you made it through 5 trials, I would have called it a day after just two!

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Julie @SavvyEats September 2, 2010

This recipe looks perfect. I need to make these soon!

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Stefanie September 2, 2010

Dan is one lucky guy to have a friend like you. Those cookies look yummy. :) I would have never thought to add cocao nibs to add crunch.

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The Wife of a Dairyman September 2, 2010

Looks good! ….I would probably substitute butter in mine ;)

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Mimi September 2, 2010

A little bit of salt on something sweet makes all the difference. Everyone always asks me what my “trick” is!

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Tina September 2, 2010

I don’t think you can get better than fresh baked goods for a gift. Especially for a guy! Great idea.

And I hope you got to enjoy one yourself with a glass of almond milk and relaxing, just listening to the rain. :)

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Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 2, 2010

Dan is one lucky guy. And so is whoever gets to eat all the “duds”.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010

i’ll pawn the duds off on friends…hahah

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 2, 2010

1. I love how dedicated you are to making the best cookie, no matter how many trials.
2. The final product sounds & looks delicious!

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Devyn September 2, 2010

OMG. This post made me crave a cookie so bad and I never really crazy cookies or desserts. I HAD to get a spoon of salty peanut butter haha, but the craving was not resolved! I may have to bake…

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Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 2, 2010

What a sweet friend you are! The cookies look great- I love salty and sweet. Example: I would love to make a cocoa-based cookie with pretzel bits :D

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Maddie September 2, 2010

Wow those look delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I have to bake a dessert for a cross country running party tomorrow and was looking for something new. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate chips?

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MJ September 2, 2010

They look delish! Though I wouldn’t mind the recipe for the s’more cookies. please.

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Bridget September 2, 2010

Mmmm cookies! This recipe looks fabulous! I’m guessing that I could use coconut oil in place of canola oil. Think that would work?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010

I thought about that too…Im not sure how it would change the cookie but might be worth a shot!

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Wei-Wei September 2, 2010

What happened to Trials 1-4?! Are you going to eat all of them? Heh. Awesome. I think I’ll try this recipe, but I don’t have any chocolate chips… maybe I’ll just add some walnuts for crunch! Thanks for sharing! (I love your resolve. I think I get mine from you. :D)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010

Will be bringing them to the party

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betsy September 2, 2010

Hi Angela. Those cookies look awesome. I have a question for you about Green Monsters. I have finally gotten hooked on Green Monsters, so much that I drink one EVERY day. I love them!!! I put 2 huge handfuls of spinach in with some other ingredients. What I am wondering is if you can eat(drink) too much spinach. I have read conflicting things about the absorption of Iron and Calcium when too much spinach is consumed. What do you know about this and what do you think. I feel like my skin is so much softer and less dry. My hair and nails have improved. My energy is up. These things are amazing. I just want to make sure they are ok to drink daily.
Thanks for introducing me to these and all the great recipes you blog about .
:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010

I have read that it is a good idea to mix up and ‘rotate’ your greens. Like any other veggie, this is a good idea. I try to mix up the greens in my smoothies whenever I can…sometimes I use kale, spinach, chard (ew), or other random greens I find in my CSA. I think it is always a good idea to not reply too heavily on one type of vegetable because that might mean we are missing out on other nutrients. :)

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MarathonVal September 2, 2010

Those first two trials look good to me… I made s’mores bars this week, I love that flavor!

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Andrea September 2, 2010

Beautiful cookies! I can’t believe you persevered through all the trials, but at least you had some good cookie-fuel for all that time slaving in the kitchen! :)

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Gina September 2, 2010

Those look awesome! Thanks for doing all of the trial work for us so we don’t have to ;)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010

i love vegan cookies for the sole fact that i can eat it all before it’s baked. what’s better than that?! besides these cookies anyway :)

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Kristy September 2, 2010

Those cookies look amazing!! They def wouldn’t last long in my house! :)

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Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 2, 2010

I have a feeling I would be pretty happy if my cookies turned out half as good as your “bad” cookies! They all look delish and I’m sure would have no problem being devoured ;)

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