Mylk N’ Cookies

by laury on September 2, 2010 · 36 comments

Happy Thirsty Thursday, My Pretty’s

Michael complains that I NEVER make him cookies anymore. He LOVES my baking, I don’t do it often…which is probably why he SUPER excited get when I finally do bake him something. These are MY cookies. I am working on making them vegan. However, as  Michael said to me:

“Don’t Mess with Success”

Whenever I try switching up a baking recipe that I want to try and make Vegan (my hopes to one day own possibly a Vegan Bakery attached to a fitness studio, lol… baking is my thang *MY DREAM*…but I have yet to perfect the animal-free aspect of it). **Please note, I do not consider myself a vegan, I just try and cook that way and eat that way as much as possible because it is kinder, and healthier! it’s not always practical, and I don’t freak out if there’s an egg in something, I have even considered going back to eating local organic eggs…but I haven’t yet. I also still eat fish occasionally.

All I did with this recipe was sub  Earth balance in place of the butter, I could of done a flax egg as well, but I was nervous about using a flax egg in cookies…especially these which were always PERFECT! He hasn’t had them in MONTHS, so I didn’t want them to be ruined just in case!

Before I baked I made a huge batch of Almond Milk (this was filled to the top!) By squeezing the HANK outta the Nut Milk Bag!

Then, time to indulge for once…

I baked some COOKIES :-)

Ooohy Goooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes About 18

1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened

1/4 cup Vegan Sugar

1/2 Cup Organic Brown Sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 TBSP hot water

1 Organic Egg (you can try using a flax egg if you like–1 TBS ground Flaxseed + 3 TBSP Water, let sit for few mins)

1 + 1/4 cup unbleached flour

3/4 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together earth balance, egg, sugars and vanilla. Add dissolved baking soda, then add flour and salt slowly as you mix it. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake for 8-12 minutes, I always “under-cook” a little, then let them sit on the pan for a couple minutes so they stay soft inside :-)


Seriously, you guys need to know how much I love you that I’m posting this recipe..I am usually greedy with my really really good ones. My apple cake is my prized possession..it’s been a while since I’ve made it..and it’s DEF not Vegan, so I am not sure if I want to mess with it….yet….perhaps in the future.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t really enjoy the cookies…so I only ate half of one (which is usually IMPOSSIBLE)…

That is because MY Thirsty Thursday will consist of downing a bunch of this stuff…

and some of my special tea made with this stuff:

while clearing my nasal passages with this thang:

Fall allergies have seemed to get to me, unfortunately. It’s SO annoying because I NEVER get sick, and in the Spring, I am the ONLY one not sneezing, totally breathin’ easy…but the fall, forget about it. Ragweed is not my friend. I went to the pool the other day, SNEEZING up a storm, couldn’t even enjoy myself. Now…I am congested, miserable, and feel a cold coming on…so I am taking ALL precautions necessary…because I am a freak and hate being sick! I used Michael toothbrush last winter, by accident, while he was REALLY sick, like green phlegm and all (NASTY, I know!)–I wanted to vomit after I realized it (don’t ask HOW I made the same mistake 2x)–but guess what…I NEVER got sick!! Neti pot, Cure-All Tea, and LOTS of green monsters ;-)

however…

Ragweed is my cryptonite

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Time for some 30 DSL-R:

30 Days of Self Love

Day 2 :-)

Nurturing Your True Self:

Sometimes, people feel they are being selfish if they think about their own needs. But being selfish is very different from being self-caring. Being selfish is looking after ones own needs to the exclusion of others. Being self-caring is understanding that you, too, have important needs that must be met; that you are worthy, and you have responsibility to yourself.

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So, I told you all yesterday that I will announce something BIG at the end of Tina’s 30 Days of Self-Love reflection. this is because, in some ways, it could be related…and I thought it was the perfect time to announce it. So, I decided to give one hint per week. What day would you like it?? I will start today, if you’re lucky, maybe you will get an extra one:

Hint: It may have something to do with a Blueberry…..

Check back tomorrow for the Friday 5 for The Blender Bottle Winner!

Giveaway entries close TONIGHT!! Any comments left AFTER 7pm Easter Standard Time will not be counted…that is when we will be picking the winner :-)

PPS–Alisa has been working SUPER hard to get her “back to school” E-book ready loaded with blogger’s healthy recipes! It looks AMAZING!! Download your copy HERE! It’s FREE, no strings attached!  A few of my goodies are in there too ;-)

xoxo


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1 Keri September 2, 2010 at 7:07 am

Ooh those cookies look good! Thanks for the hints :) Such a wonderful goal to open a vegan bakery and fitness studio! I would go ;)

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2 Kat September 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

I would LOVE to open a abkery one day, wanna be partners? haha. Baking is so much fun for me. My hubby also loves when I bake him cookies, although they usually dont last long!!

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3 laury September 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

lets DO it ;-)

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4 Vicky September 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

I have been “netti-potting” too this week! I thought I was getting a cold, but realized it must be allergies. I have also been taking GSE and Propolis and I am so much better. Hope you get better and enjoy those amazing looking cookies!

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5 laury September 2, 2010 at 9:50 am

thanks! yeah, the allergies are KILLER right now :(

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6 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010 at 9:55 am

Laury those cookies look so good!

I love my neti pot — such a strange sensation but it feels so good afterward. Sorry you are suffering!

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7 susan September 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

Oh no hope you don’t get sick, hope you’re feeling okay now?
Let me guess, you’re getting a recipe printed in a magazine- blueberry pie??? Just a guess, I’m probably way off the mark.

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8 Morgan September 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love those Vitamin C packs! OK, I guess I totally missed the deadline to help out with the kids healthy lunches. I had good intentions…I really did! :) haha. What a great project though, that is awesome and Im so glad its done for people.
Allergies are NOT fun! :( Sorry!!!
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9 kris | iheartwellness.com September 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

Ahhh yes, having a bakery of my own full of healthy good treats is a dream of mine as well. I will do it one day!! It is on the loooonnnggg “To Do” list!

Your cookies look so tasty! I think it is good to have some baking around the house on special days….it makes the men happy! Lol, Ryan complains it is never around either.

Have a beautiful day!

xxoo

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10 Lizzy September 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

awww so sorry to hear about your allergies! mine flair up with the change in seasons…so annoying! :(
THANK U for posting this recipe! your cookies look beyond delicious, especially paired with homemade almond milk!
I hope you are having a great week despite the uncomfortable sinus’!
xoxo!
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11 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com September 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

haha “MAKE ME COOKIES WOMAN” lol i can totally picture him complaining that he hasent had his cookie fix. but its a good excuse to make some huh!! i love how you make ur chocolate chip cookies, theyre really flexible when they bake lol.. if that makes sense.. theyre not those thick ones that are too filling, these are more like the ones u picture when u think of the old fashioned home baked kind.. the soft ones that are sinfully sweet <3

xoxo

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12 laury September 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

They are REALLY good!! So soft…they came out a little “flatter” when I used Earth Balance, they are usually a teeny bit thicker, but not too thick like you said. ALWAYS the best cookies I ever made!!! My husbands favorite chocolate chip cookies ever :-)

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13 Jennifer @ Evolving Well September 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I totally know what you are saying about playing with recipes that are already sooo good. I do that and Nick gets really mad that the tweaked ones aren’t like the the original.

Ah well…vegan stuff can be a bit different…then I have to go add into the mix that it must be gluten-free. At least Nick will give it a try…Bob’s Red Mill GF brownie mix comes out really good vegan, FYI.

I hope you are feeling better. Sometimes its a sign that you just need to rest! Catch up soon…
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14 laury September 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Jen, you inspired me to take a loooong nape today, thanks ;-)

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15 Madison September 2, 2010 at 12:37 pm

You have a Neti pot too! I use to use mine pretty regularly but it always freaks me out to be pouring water through my nose. I should take it out again and use it.

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16 laury September 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm

it freaks me out to…especially b/c it never “flows” smoothly, oye

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17 Allison September 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Owning a vegan bakery is a dream of mine too:):) I would always make healthy vegan stuff for the trainers at the gym i worked at and everyone wanted me to start selling it there…but it never happened:/
I like to use 1/2 banana in place of an egg since it gives a nice nutritional boost and since i was craving chocolate chip cookies I’ll have to try these:)
Feel better soon!!

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18 Melissa September 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hey hun! I like you more and more every time I read your posts:) You are so real and honest and I find that super refreshing!

Mmmm those cookies look amazing! Yum! Thank you for sharing your secret recipe. I haven’t baked in a long time either and the hubby has been begging for something out of the oven.
I love your dream of having a vegan bakery next to a fitness studio! You would be very busy LOL!
So sorry to hear that you are being attacked by fall allergies and getting sick! I think everything you are doing is great! I hate being sick too so all the best in getting better:)
Thank you for sharing the 30 days of self love and Alisa’s ebook!
Have a great day:)
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19 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Yay for hints! so exciting :D

Oh I wish I was a baker, your cookies look so good. I better not show a picture of them to my boyfriend or he will insist I bake for him :D
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20 Nicole@makinggoodchoices September 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I would love to open a healthy bakery one day without working the long hours :) I love making healthy treats and make them vegan sometimes too. I feel the same way you do.

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21 Alycia [Fit n Fresh] September 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Those cookies look good! I’m gonna have to try them out – I’m sorry to hear about your allergies girl. I hope they go away soon! :)
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22 melissa @ the delicate place September 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

neti pot!!! lol i always laugh at the youtube vids with people showing how to use those. i bet they work i’m just scared to try. hope you feel better soon!
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23 Tina September 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love your approach to eating. I think its best to do what works for you and not care if it fits with a label. I admire your eating style. And those cookies. Delicious!

I’m dying with the hints. A blueberry??? Hmmmm…..not a clue! LOL
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24 Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I love what you wrote about how you must really love us if you’re posting the super good recipes;) I feel the same way – I’m a notorious hoarder of recipes. So thank you for opening up! It does look like a great cookie recipe!
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25 Dana September 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Looks amazing as usual! Feel better :-) Check out sweet freedom in philly…its is a vegan bakery.

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26 Lori September 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Those cookies… oh my. Ooooh oh my. I would love to have one. Or two. Or a few. YUM! They look so good. And yes, don’t mess with success… as I am right there with you on wanting (SO badly) to open a vegan/raw bakery but alas, my vegan baking skill… suck. Raw “baking” skill are good though.

Anyway, blueberries… I have no idea. But I can’t wait to find out about your big news! And guess what? It’s almost Friday!!!!!!!!!

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27 Amy September 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm

The cookies look yummy!!! Hope ur feeling better. I hate allergies, no fun

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28 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka September 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

You make your own almond milk?? Can we say gangsta?!!! :)
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29 Leashieloo September 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Look at you little miss domesticated! Making your own almond milk? You put me to shame!
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30 Joanne @ mostlyfitmom September 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I can practically smell those cookies from here. Yum!

I get spring allergies – pollen, maybe? Not fun, anyway. It’s like having a cold, just for a really long time. Hang in there! :)
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31 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ll definitely have to give these a try..since you actually considered not sharing the recipe means they must be freakin incredible :D
I loved the Day 2 message. I have a lot of friends that get mad whenever I care for myself over making them happy. Like even something as petty as going home to sleep because I have a test the next day instead of staying out with them for a few more hours. They won’t hold it against me..but for the time being they might give me a hard time about it. That’s actually fairly selfish on their part, but self-caring on mine, you know? Oh well..some people just need to read your blog :)

Hope you get to feeling better!

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32 Penny Lane September 3, 2010 at 1:18 am

I think you have given me yet another reason I MUST buy a Vita- Mix;) I burned out my blender’s motor this summer making icecream and I am now saving up to get the holy grail of blenders :)

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33 Angela (the diet book junkie) September 3, 2010 at 4:08 am

i made my hubby chocolate chip cookies too. they came from a tube, but that still counts…right? :)

my mother in law is a die-hard when it comes to her neti-pot! she even bought my husband one, even though we live across the Pacific! guess it’s coming in the mail:) hope you get better real soon! start poppin’ that vitamin C!

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34 Lexie September 3, 2010 at 11:12 am

If you open a vegan bakery AND a fitness studio, I’m moving to Florida. The end. One day at work, my coworker and I were bored, so we looked up youtube videos of people using neti-pots. It was disturbing, but then again I must be disturbed for looking it up. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well boo boo.
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35 laury September 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

Philly, silly!!! you won’t even have to move too far, just a few hours from Pittsburgh!!!

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