These cookies are foundation, fundamental to a world of delicious vegan and gluten-free "vanilla dough and stuff" cookies, not base as in immoral.
This is now my go-to cookie recipe when TC asks for cookies. I figured out how to modify it tastily for high altitude, lower fat, and non-cane sugar purposes. Mix-ins can be anything from the standard chocolate chips, dried fruit, or sliced almonds to hempseeds, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, or other small crunchy bits.
Modified from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons coconut flour (or tapioca starch or similar)
3/4 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3-5 tablespoons non-dairy milk (depends on your flours)
3/4 cup chunks: chocolate chips, hempseeds, shredded coconut, let your mind wander...
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment or Silpats.
In a large measuring cup, whisk together the oil, sugar, and vanilla until combined in a goopy mass.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
Add wet to dry and mix well, then add in the non-dairy milk, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough coheres. I've found different flour mixes require different amounts of moisture, so it's best to add non-dairy milk in increments, mixing until the dough comes together.
Stir in the chunks.
Transfer the dough to the prepared cookie sheets, in 2-tablespoon mounds with about two inches between them. If you want thinner cookies, flatten them a little with a fork.
Bake for 8-10 minutes (err on the lower side) or until cookies are browned on the edges.
Let cool completely on the pans.
Chocolate chip variety:
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Is it writing time yet? Is it writing time yet? I baked cookies for camping, and I still have to pack. But I want to write! Last night, I had a dream about the theatre where I used to volunteer as a stagehand, somewhat based on the magic of theatre and somewhat based on two fictional short stories I wrote/outlined about the theatre. When I was re-reading the second story, it reads as a hyper (just hyper! Lots of interjections and exclamations!) and prototype to "the" vampire novel I've been writing. According to some literary critics, Louisa May Alcott's The Inheritance was a prototype for Little Women. Having read both of those works, I agree with that theory, and it supports the idea that to improve one's writing, you need to just write.