That’s all I can say right now. Why? Because my mouth is completely engulfed in hot chocolatey-wonderfullness. I want to go run and hug every single animal I can find because I FINALLY—for the first time ever—–baked a vegan dessert! And, the best part is, it’s actually GOOD! No, great! No, fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t know why the v-word scares me so much. I have always felt proud telling people I was a vegetarian…but still, “vegan” has some unknown scariness to it for some reason! I don’t know if I had some weird image in my mind of dreadlocks and unshaven legs or what, but if vegans can eat these cookies, then being a vegan can’t be that hard…or that bad! Granted, I am not a vegan and I don’t profess to instantly be one by cooking vegan chocolate chip cookies. But…I am trying to cut down on my dairy intake and a nice, hot, gooey chocolate chip cookie coupled with an ice cold glass of vanilla hempmilk really did it for me tonight.
You know the really funny thing? I’m going to school to be a pastry chef. Every night I will be creating new buttery, eggy, milky sweets that have cows crying everywhere. But you know what I think? I can use these next 8 months or so to really understand the concepts of baking, and therefore, be able to explore new, cruelty-free ideas. You have to know the background of the subject before you can make changes and in a week I start my first class: “Baking Principles”, so I’m hoping I will learn enough to help me recreate new sweets at home. Seriously guys, these cookies tonight changed my whooooole opinion on scary vegan baking. It’s wonderful! And easy! No messy eggs and soft butter to deal with…and I could lick the spoon to my little heart’s delight.
Of course now you all are wondering where in the world I found this recipe. I actually was craving chocolate tonight (you girls know what I’m talking about here) and on a whim, googled “vegan chocolate chip cookies”. I used a recipe I found called “Dreena’s Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies”. They are from her cookbook, “Vive le Vegan!”. I am def. going to look for this cookbook next time I have money and am at the bookstore. If the rest of her recipes are THIS good……I’m in trouble.
Seriously, make these tonight!!!!