I don’t clean the house anymore when we have guests coming over. There’s nothing worse than walking into someone’s immaculate house, knowing that your house is a complete and total disaster.
It’s my way of showing solidarity. Obviously.
But one way that I do like to prepare for guests is to make fresh baked goods to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, as the kids enjoy themselves.
Recently, I was presented with a bit of a challenge when a vegan friend came over during a particularly hectic week and I didn’t have a chance to really experiment or even run out for a vegan dessert.
Luckily, these tofu chocolate chip cookies came out perfect the first time — and bonus, the kids had no idea!
Because the base of these cookies is mostly tofu, they are protein-packed. I usually go with an organic tofu based on the farming practices of conventionally-grown soybeans, but I do find that the organic tofu spoils faster. Do what works for you and your budget.
I didn’t stray too far from a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe or flavour profile, and as a result these cookies just taste like a chewier version of my brown butter chocolate chip cookies recipe.
These cookies are not overly sweet thanks to relying on molasses and cinnamon to help bring a natural sweetness to compliment the brown sugar. The Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips were chosen mostly because they are vegan, but it also helps balance the cookie’s sweetness. (And I almost exclusively use Ghiradelli chocolate chips in my baking.)
The coconut oil can be solid or melted, as long as it is cool. I keep one jar up high in a kitchen cupboard and one jar in a low cupboard so that I have both solid and liquid states available depending on my recipe. (We go through a lot of coconut oil in this house!)
You can alternatively use a vegan butter substitute in place of the coconut oil. I’ve used and like Earth Balance.
Remove these cookies from the oven once they reach a slightly golden colour but still seem a bit doughy in the center. Let them rest on your lined baking sheet for a moment, before transferring them to a cooling rack.
The coconut oil and brown sugar combine to create that beautiful golden exterior that gives a satisfying crunch as you bite into these melt-in-your-mouth tofu chocolate chip cookies, giving way to a soft and chewy interior.
I was really shocked at how good these cookies tasted, and how much the kids loved them! While the amount of brown sugar stops me from calling them a “healthy cookie,” these tofu chocolate chip cookies are definitely a bit healthier than a standard chocolate chip cookie.