Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Thanksgiving, 2011

We had another great Thanksgiving this year.  We filled our bellies and finished off the night playing Twister and the Five Little Monkeys board game.  As usual, everyone got to pick a dish that they wanted for the meal - dinner or dessert, their choice.  And, my job is always to fill in the blank (usually the vegetable).  This year, JK picked chocolate chip cookies.  When I went shopping, I saw a stash of chocolate chunks, which I haven't seen for about ten years!  I pointed them out to him, and thankfully, he agreed to the chunk version, yay!  Cookies are usually my sweet downfall, rather than cakes or pies.  They are so easy to pick up, and in a few bites they are gone.  I've got to figure out how to get control of that.  Anyhow, I simply veganized the recipe on the bag by Bakers and reworded the directions to suit my taste.  They were delicioso.  Between all of us, about half made it to the Thanksgiving table.  Serves me right for making them early in the day.

Here's our complete menu:

Tofurky - always picked by G
Gravy - Me
Cranberry sauce, smooth and chunky - SR
Waffle Fries - SR
Steamed Broccoli - Me

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake - made completely by GR, no recipe for the cake or frosting, and she wrote Thanksgiving across the top
Pumpkin Pie - GR, who made this too, and we bought Rice Whip for the top
Roasted Chestnuts - Me
Chocolate Chunk Cookies - JK

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Our Thanksgiving Spread

My Thanksgiving Plate

Our Dessert Spread

My Dessert Plate

Chocolate Chunk Cookies


1 and 3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegan margarine, softened
1/2 cup vegan or raw sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 Tbs. EnerG Egg Replacer
2 Tbs. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg. chocolate chunks


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugars.  Add the Egg Replacer, water and vanilla extract, and beat on low speed until well mixed.  Add the flour mixture in two halves to the sugar mix, and continue blending until well mixed.  Stir in the chocolate chunks.  Take a heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough - I found I had to mold it into balls in  my hands - and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for twelve minutes.  Cool for a couple minutes on cookie sheet on cooling rack, then place cookies directly on cooling rack to finish cooling.  Makes about three dozen.  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. This is great! I love the perspective on the shot of the cookies, but that hardly matter because the cookies look awesome.
    So nice that everyone gets to pick a dish. Waffle fries...good choice there.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! It looks like a great spread, and I love the desserts!

  3. I love the idea that everyone gets to pick a dish! What a great way to get everyone involved and excited about the food. Thanksgiving sounds like so much fun, I can't wait for christmas now :)
    & those cookies look so good! I've found if I freeze the dough in portions it helps me... so I only bake what I'm happy to eat at once you know? regardless, indulging on the holidays is good for the soul, the rest of the year is for taking care of the body!
    Jackfruit is easy to find in the asian grocery stores near us (melbourne) and it's cheap as chips.. if you can't find it I'm sure you'd be able to access it online- just make sure you get the young green jackfruit not the sweet yellow one- although that is a perfect dessert and tastes wonderful frozen..mmmm

  4. That's really great that everyone was involved with the meal like that. Very cool!

  5. You're fun that you let me all choose a dish. I'm too controlling on Thanksgiving. Chocolate chip cookies can be my downfall, too. We get those gf chunks now and love them. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  6. FF, thanks for the compliment on the photo. Sometimes they actually turn out good! Yes, I started letting them pick their dishes about five years ago or so, and it's been a really fun tradition.

    Alessandra, thank you!

    Claire, good tip on the cookies. My family, though, needs the whole batch of cookie dough! Thanks for the education on jackfruit - I had no idea there would be a difference in taste based on the color.

    Molly, thank you! It's a lot of fun.

    Jenny, I love your typo "me" instead of "them." I think you're still wantin' some more grub. Have a great weekend, too!

  7. How fun! I love the idea of everyone picking a dish. Everything looks wonderful, especially that dessert plate. :o) My downfall is cookies too, especially the ones that have chocolate in them.

  8. You know how we always say, 'My mouth was watering'? Well, my mouth literally DID water when I saw your spread! What a delicious meal! I love the fact that you supply the blank, 'usually the vegetable'! :) And those sweet things look so good! I use bars of chocolate which I beat the **** out of with a rolling pin, so my cookies are usually choc chunk as well. It makes for bigger bits of chocolate, so who's going to complain? :)


  9. What's most special is that SR picked Waffle Fries and Waffle Fries was what was served.

  10. thanks for sharing...
    have a look of delicious gifts for thanksgiving.