Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies



This time of year, there's usually at least one event where you'd like to take a dish. For vegans, this also means you have the opportunity to showcase tasty vegan food to a non-vegan audience. While I enjoy exploring unfamiliar ingredients and techniques, my philosophy is not to get too adventurous with non-vegans, but keep it mainstream. You know those stereotypes about vegan food being weird, inferior, and perplexing. Let your food make the counter-arguments for you.

Which brings us to these Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies from Veganomicon. Thank you Isa and Terry! These cookies taste great and are so easy to make even I cooked up a batch with success and minimal cursing. (What is it about baking ingredients and me? I must have Baking Clutz Syndrome, as all those flours, powders, and sugars end up covering me and my kitchen.)

This recipe is such a nice introduction to vegan baking. Someone asks for the recipe? Cool. All the ingredients are familiar ones- raspberry preserves, cocoa powder, canola oil, etc. Nothing scary or bland around here.

Any favorite vegan desserts you like to wow them with? Share your secret weapons in a comment if you like.

Thanks to my co-worker, L., for bringing me a batch of these cookies a while back. Her vegan niece baked them and sent them to work for me!

22 comments:

  1. Now I will have to try the recipe...delish!

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  2. i honestly don't even remember these cookies from vcon. i feel like i've read that book so many times, too.

    they look soo damn good.
    are they filled with raspberry preserves or is it mixed in with the batter?

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  3. How could I have missed this in the book? Must go make some!

    My most "wow"-worthy desserts are my butterscotch blondie bars and brownies (recipes will be in my book--sorry to tease!). But the PB chocolate chip cookies I made for friends and the chocolate pate usually get rave reviews, too!

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  4. I totally get myself covered in flour and stuff when I bake too! Just the other day I spilled like a half cup of garbanzo flour on the carpet and have yet to clean it up! Whomp!

    Great lookin' cookies! I am so looking forward to next week when I don't have to work and I can bake all day.

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  5. Heh, I am a messy baker also. Looks like the cookies turned out awesome though, and thats what counts!!

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  6. Thanks for posting this. When I see this book at the store I always pass because it seems to difficult for me and with too many ingredients I'm not familiar with. But these cookies are kind of convincing me otherwise....I love chocolate anything!! And if it's easy, I'm there!!

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  7. These are some of our favourite cookies! Love them - I've made them with homemade strawberry & homemade apricot jam, too, and they were just as good!
    The lemon bars from Vcon usually work well for surprising omnis, and I've made a few layer cakes that omnis sometimes seem suspicious about, but I don't have any real show stoppers...yet.

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  8. why have i never tried this recipe! i think i need to! and yes - recipes that are familiar to everyone rock! :) how awesome of your coworker's niece to bake you some cookies. that's so awesome!

    i love making chocolate peanut butter balls. chocolate + peanut butter + graham crackers + sugar = mmmmmmmmmm! going to make a big batch this weekend and i cannot wait!

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  9. Chocolate and raspberry are such a great combo! We share the same kitchen problem, I always end up covered in flour! It doesn't help that I wear mostly black or dark clothes!

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  10. wow! i SO want to try out that recipe! thanks for sharing :)

    pretty picture!

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  11. those look so tasty. i love everything i've ever made from veganomicon, so much that i keep making the same 3 dishes over and over!

    i think i have a new motivation to try out the cookies now though.

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  12. I made these a while ago and wasn't as successful as you were... Maybe I should try again? because they look niiiiiiceeeeee

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  13. Good suggestions for feeding non-vegans. I will have to try this recipe! And score for you for getting cookies delivered to you from a fellow vegan. That is always a pleasant surprise.

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  14. Thanks for all the nice comments and great recipe suggestions!
    Joanna, the preserves are mixed in the batter.
    And Jessy, I hope you post that PB Balls recipe!!

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  15. I've made these and I wasn't struck because I think the almond extract was too prominent, but without it I think they'd be amazing!! Yours look so perfect though.

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  16. I haven't fully explored the dessert section in VCon yet, but I'm gonna have to get back there and check these out. They look delish.

    One my most successful "wow" dishes at a non-vegan potluck was a Three Bean Tofu Chili. People ate it and many commented that they'd never eaten tofu before. But I got multiple requests to bring it again...

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  17. yeah these are great and they are basically the easiest and quickest cookies you can make. Although I found the raspberry flavor wasn't as strong as I'd like it to be.

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  18. Looks great! I'm not much of a baker, but I want to try these.

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  19. The cookies look great - love that chocolate and raspberry combo. I hardly ever make cookies, but it looks like I should!

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  20. They look fantastic! Chocolate and rraspberry is such a great combination.

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