Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe Veganised from Edd Kimber)
I’ve been stalking the instagram page of Edd Kimber (The Boy Who Bakes, winner of Season 1 of Bake Off) for a while now, looking for things to veganise. He’s incredibly talented, he made my wedding cake (we won’t talk about how he dropped it in transit - it was fine - I couldn’t even tell!) and is a suitable candidate for some serious SNV recipe hijacking!
His cookie recipe is legendary (or should I say, legen-DAIRY) and I’ve not been able to try them because he only published the recipe AFTER I went vegan! SO! I chose his cookies to veganise.
These are - hands down - the best cookies I’ve ever made. Edd has balanced the sweet and salty like a master! his idea of chopping some of the chocolate means you get the most indulgent texture inside with some beautiful big chunks throughout. DO NOT MISS THIS! Bake them!
Note: Psyllium Husk Powder, as you might have noticed, is my favourite thing ever these days. It’s such a great egg replacement and is so much more powerful and has so much less taste than flax seeds. However, if you’re not able to get hold of psyllium husk powder, just use flax or linseed like usual. Just exchange the tsp for tbsp and you’re all set!
225g vegan butter (I used Naturli “vegan block” because it browns beautifully but if you’re in the US use Miyokos)
350g plain white flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
100g soft, light brown sugar
100g soft, dark brown sugar
150g caster sugar
2 tsp psyllium husk powder + 8 tsp water
6 tbsp soy or oat milk
2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
340g dark chocolate chips or buttons (I used Callebaut “callets” (like big buttons, bought from amazon) remember, most chocolate over 65% cacao is usually vegan but double check the ingredients)
Flaky sea salt for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 160c.
In a small bowl, mix together the psyllium husk powder and the water. Set aside to thicken.
In a separate medium bowl, measure out the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Set aside around 2/3 of your chocolate chips/buttons. With the other 1/3, chop roughly. Set aside also.
In a small saucepan, place the butter and place over a medium/low heat. If you’re not using Naturli or Myokos you’ll find that your butter will not brown, however please follow this step anyway as you’ll want your butter at least melted. Stirring constantly, cook until the butter is fully melted, begins to foam and starts to develop light brown specks (around 3-4 minutes). Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly for around 5 minutes.
Pour the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the sugars and beat on a medium speed to combine. Add the thickened psyllium husk, the vanilla and the oat milk while the mixer is running. Beat until the psyllium husk “egg” is fully incorporated (it has a tendency to be quite lumpy if not beaten enough).
With a silicone spatula, stir in your dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix or you’ll end up with a tough cookie!
Add all the chocolate and stir to combine. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment and scoop out balls of cookie dough, a couple inches apart, making sure each one has a good amount of chocolate showing on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 16 minutes.
Once baked, allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Once cooled, ENJOY!