Here’s why I usually don’t make cookies:
1) They are round and cute.
2) They are portable. (if you can resist not eating them while bringing them somewhere)
3) They could be finished in one huge bite or a smaller bite.
I am normally not a snickerdoodle fan, per se. If they are on a tray of Christmas cookies…that is the one cookie I won’t eat. But the cinnamon and chocolate in this cookie were meant to be a couple. I sometimes like desserts with a little surprise kick! The little bit of cayenne in the recipe is just right. The cookie texture is crisp and moist in the middle. That’s my kind of a cookie.
Vegan Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles
slightly adapted-recipe by Isa Chandra: The PPK
Makes 24 cookies
For the topping:
1/3 cup sugar (I used organic turbinado sugar)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the cookies:
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons rice milk (or any other milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used all-purpose flour instead)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (I made one batch w/cayenne and one w/out for the kids)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix the topping ingredients together on a large dinner plate. Set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together the oil, sugar, syrup, and milk. Mix in the extracts.
Sift in the remaining ingredients, stirring as you add them. Once all ingredients are added, mix until you’ve got a pliable dough.
Roll the dough into walnut-size balls. Pat the dough balls into the sugar topping to flatten into roughly 2-inch discs. Transfer the dough balls to a baking sheet, sugar side up, at least 2 inches apart (they do spread). This should be easy as the bottom of the cookies should just stick to your fingers so you can just flip them over onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes; they should be a bit spread and crackly on top. Remove the cookies from the oven, let them cool 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
Go ahead and try to eat just one!
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