Smash Cookies

Everyone has an ideal chocolate chip cookie. My mom likes a crunchy cookie, I like my cookies underdone, my Nana loved a crumbly cookie, and my friend Veronica likes a chocolate loaded cookie. My friends Alexia and Amanda like any cookie of any type at any time. So, I got creative for them and made these extra special Chocolate Chip Cookies. It’s a strange method of cooking from the Vanilla Bean Baking Book, but the result is a HUGE thin cookie with a soft, chewy center, and crunchy edges. As they sit, the whole cookie becomes crunchy. We were not at all disappointed.

2 c AP flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 c vegan butter/ coconut oil

1 1/2 c sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water mixed

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp water

6 oz chocolate (chopped/chips- I like chopped (2 standard bars))

Preheat oven to 350. Line 3 baking sheets w/ tinfoil, shiny side down. Beat butter in a stand mixer with a paddle for 2 mins and starting to look fluffy. Add sugars and beat for 2 more minutes. Add flax mixture and vanilla and beat for another minute. Add water until combined. Stir in dry mixture. Fold in chocolate. Make 10 heaping 1/3 c globs (100 g) of dough, placing 3-4 spaced apart on each tray. Place trays in freezer for at least 15 minutes. Take one out at a time and bake on middle rack for 10 mins. Take a pan/another baking sheet and press the cookies down flat. Place back in the oven and bake for 2 more mins. Take out and flatten again. Repeat 3-4 times until the edges are browned and the center looks a tad underdone. Cool on pan on a wire rack for 10 mins. Or don’t, I don’t judge.

Tips/ Things I Would Change:

  • Don’t bake on bottom rack- I did this to save time and the result was a burnt mess.
  • If you don’t have 3 baking trays or room in your freezer, just put all the dough globs on paper plates and place on tray once ready to bake a new round.
  • Don’t change the size of the cookies, it will completely mess up the texture of the cookie.
  • I would try with rainbow sprinkles and Oreos because I think it would be pretty and delicious.

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