Sunday, December 08, 2013

Orange Agave Chocolate Chip Cookies, Plus Two More(All Gluten Free and Vegan)—Secret Recipe Club

Orange Agave Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie-Dec. SRC (11-21-13)

I get to share three different cookies with you today for Secret Recipe Club.  I only picked one recipe from my assigned blog, Love & Flour, but I liked this Orange Agave Chocolate Chip Cookie so much that I played around with it and made three different versions using the basics of this recipe.  Of course, I love that they are made with agave for the sweetener.   Then I just made them gluten free with an all purpose gluten free pastry flour.

I love the texture of these cookies, they are almost a little sandy shortbread-like.  Oh, they are also vegan, I like that, too.  People who eat vegan are on to something—you can safely eat all cookie dough!  Instead of using canola oil, which was called for in the recipe, I used coconut oil.  And I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips.  These are so easy to whip up in one bowl (without a mixer), especially since I halved Leandra’s recipe, that I decided to try a couple other versions of the cookie.  All three are really good to me!

Orange Agave Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies--Dec. SRC 11-21-13

Orange Agave Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free and Vegan), by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Love & Flour

1/3 cup agave nectar

5 tablespoons (70 grams) coconut oil

1/2 tablespoon ground flax

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon orange extract

zest of 1 mandarin orange (or 1-2 teaspoons orange zest)

1  1/2 cups gluten free pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Cream together in a bowl the agave and coconut oil until well combined.  Add the flax, extracts, and zest and stir together.  Then add the flour (you can use regular all purpose flour and not make these gluten free), xanthan gum, baking soda and salt.  Stir together until well mixed into a cookie dough.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Roll dough into 1-inch sized balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Makes 12-15 cookies.

Orange Agave Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 11-21-13

*Raspberry Version.  Leave out the orange extract and add 1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries.

Agave Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan)

See, you know you want to just eat the dough.  The second time I made them, I left out the orange extract and zest and just added some freeze dried raspberries to the dough.  Delicious!  I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate.

Agave Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF) 12-2-13

Then I had the thought yesterday to try the cookies with honey instead of agave and replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder—double chocolate.  I really couldn’t tell you which of these I like the most. Here’s the quick recipe for the double chocolate cookies, since I changed the recipe a bit.

Double Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Vegan Cookies, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!

1/3 cup raw honey

5 tablespoons (70 grams) coconut oil

1/2 tablespoon ground flax

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup gluten free pastry flour

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

5 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup organic semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Cream together in a bowl the honey and coconut oil until well combined.  Add the flax and vanilla and stir together.  Then add the flour (you can use regular all purpose flour and not make these gluten free, if you do, you don’t need the xanthan gum), xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir together until well mixed into a cookie dough.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Roll dough into 1-inch sized balls and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.  Makes 12-15 cookies.

Double Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Vegan Cookies

I think I liked the dough for these double chocolate cookies the best, at least I think I tasted it the most. ; )  I forgot to take a picture of the dough for these.

Double Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Vegan Cookies 2

I sure enjoyed “snooping around” Leandra’s blog, Love & Flour for Secret Recipe Club this month.  So many great recipes on all these wonderful blogs.  Really enjoying being a part of Secret Recipe Club.  Check out all the other good stuff people have made this month.

 

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21 comments:

Lisa said...

First I wanted the orange ones. Then, I saw the raspberry ones and liked those better. Then, I saw the chocolate ones and now, like you, I can't decide which are the best.

Micha @Cookin' Mimi said...

I love chocolate chip cookies and these look great Katrina

chitchatchomp@yahoo.com.au said...

I think the raspberry ones are the winner for me. I'm a sucker for those red beauties! :)

Jess said...

One bowl and no mixer required? What a great recipe, and I love your variations, Katrina!

Sara said...

YUM. These cookies all look so delicious! :)
Also, I had your blog this month! I made your butternut squash soup and LOVED it - thanks for introducing me to a great recipe!

Sawsan@chef indisguise said...

Oh these all look AMAZING!
Not sure which to choose, though the orange and chocolate ones are calling my name!

Granny Jacque said...

They all look delish! Love you...MOM

Lesa said...

Great cookies, Katrina! Can I ask where you buy the freeze-dried raspberries? I've been wanting to recreate Subway's raspberry cheesecake cookies, but have never seen the raspberries at the store.

Elizabeth said...

These all looks delicious- great SRC picks!

Sarah said...

these look so delicious! i especially love the raspberry version :)

Jane, The Heritage Cook said...

You caught my attention with these beautiful cookies and I am all over the choc/choc ones, LOL!! Great choice for SRC!

Lisa Ernst said...

These are all great looking cookies! I love the combos of chocolate/orange and chocolate/raspberry, not to mention chocolate/chocolate. This is generally how I always bake, so these cookies are right up my alley!

Jenny Hartin said...

They look great Katrina!

LeAndra said...

I love that you experimented with this recipe! Your raspberry and chocolate versions look delicious!

Pola M said...

Those cookies must be magic! Vegan and gluten free!

Camilla Mann said...

'Tis cookie season! Both of these look amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kirstin said...

Yummy!

Kate | Food Babbles said...

Whoa! You went crazy for cookies! I don't know which one I like best because all three variations are just so wonderful.

vanillasugarblog said...

I NEED to try the GF pastry flour already!!!
ACK!! I'm so behind on the GF baking!
These look so good!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Oh wow, these look so delicious! Loving all three :)

Valerie said...

Oh, I love all those combinations!!