cookie conundrum ⋅ [DEFINITION]: a perplexing problem related to the preparation, baking, or consumption of cookies.
I found myself in a cookie conundrum a few days ago. I planned to bake green tea biscuits with chocolate chips for this month’s Leftovers Club exchange. But in order for these plans to come to fruition, I should actually stock my pantry with the appropriate ingredients before cooking.
I was all ready to get going—baking sheets were lined; mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons were all out; the oven was preheated—until I realized that I had no eggs, butter, or all-purpose flour around the apartment. Undeterred by my lack of preparation, I dug around the cupboards and shelves and found enough ingredients to make gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookies. I was not entirely convinced that I could pull it off, but I told myself that I would bake another batch of cookies if these turned out awful.
When the cookies came out of the oven, I was pleasantly surprised. The chocolate chips were still melted, the dough was soft, and the cookies retained a lot of the vibrant color of the green tea matcha powder. As the cookies tasted delicious, I decided to stick with that batch.
My partner for this month’s Leftovers Club is Ashley from Spoonful of Flavor. She has a ton of scrumptious and colorful recipes on her blog, and I am particularly fond of her recipes for baked goods. Just take a look at these German chocolate cupcakes and triple berry lemon cookie cups. How can you refuse one of those?
Green Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 TBS golden flaxseed meal, substitute the flaxseed meal and water for one large egg if not vegan
- 3 TBS water
- 2 cups brown rice flour or all-purpose flour if not gluten-free
- 2 1/2 TBS green tea matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup + 1 TBS sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 5 TBS unsalted vegan butter spread or regular unsalted butter if not vegan
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375ºF (~190ºC). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Make a flax egg. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of golden flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water. Once it is mixed well, set it aside for about 10 minutes. The flax egg will turn into a gooey texture. If you are not making vegan cookies, just whisk a large egg.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the brown rice flour, green tea matcha powder, baking powder, and salt together.
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar, butter spread, applesauce, and flax egg until well incorporated. Gradually add the flour mixture with the wet ingredients. I usually add the flour in three batches, mixing the ingredients in between batches.
- Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Freeze the cookie dough for 30 minutes so that it is easier to handle and shape on top of the baking sheets.
- Shape a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball, and flatten it into a circular shape on the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
- Bake the cookies for about 14-16 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies start to brown.
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before eating.
- Store the cookies in an air-tight container. If there are still any leftovers after two days, I suggest microwaving the cookies for about 10 to 15 seconds before eating. This softens the cookie and melts the chocolate chips again.
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