Chai Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

Harvey is doing so well. His urinary crystals seem to have cleared up (though we will be keeping a close eye on the situation for the next few months); his fur is returning to it’s former glory; and he is back to his happy, social, affectionate self. I am so happy and relieved to have my little sweetie back to normal. It was very difficult to witness a furry ball of joy become a depressed, withdrawn, scruffy, lump of despair. I am ecstatic that Harvey is recovering, both physically and emotionally. At the same time, I am so sad that Dennis and Harvey couldn’t coexist. I miss Dennis everyday, and am amazed at the hole the little menace left in my heart after only 3 months… So I’ve been a bit mopey as of late.

Yesterday Dave told me I looked lost and to go bake something (anything). I just shrugged, saying that I didn’t feel like it… Pressing on, he adds, “You can try out your new hand mixer.”… There it was, a little spark of enthusiasm… For Christmas, I received a new Breville hand mixer, with stainless steel attachments (beaters, whisk, and dough hooks), 16 speeds, and a build in timer. She is gorgeous!… I nodded. Yes, I should try out the hand mixer (you know) to be sure it works ;-)… She works beautifully. I love how she feels in my hand and the speeds are amazing (1 is slow, like stirring by hand)… I’m already a bit of a mixing fanatic, but my new favorite appliance may turn me into a full on mixing geek!

So what did I bake after my long absence? I decided to keep things simple and gave my chocolate chip cookies a winter make over, lightly spicing them with the warm, earthy flavours of chai tea. A perfect comfort food cookie.

 

 

 

 

Chai Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 tbsp Ground Flaxseed

6 tbsp Warm Water

2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 cup Margarine

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, lightly packed

2 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Cardamon

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/4 tsp Allspice

1/8 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Stir the flaxseed and water together. Set aside and allow mixture to become gelatinous.

Stir together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.

Combine the margarine, sugar, and spices. Beat together until light and fluffy. Add the flaxseed mixture and beat for about 2 minutes. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 10 – 11 minutes.

Allow to cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes approximately 30 cookies (though you may get more, if you don’t eat the dough ;-))

 

Tips:

Don’t add the spices to the flour, be sure to beat them into the margarine and let the fat carry the flavour.

Don’t skimp on the beating. It’s important to beat adequate air into the margarine or you may end up with disappointing cookies.

 

 

17 thoughts on “Chai Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Yummy! We definitely have similar thought patterns when it comes to recipes… I just posted a choc chip cookie recipe too! Love your recipes Starr! Have a lovely day. :)

  2. I love your cookies! What a scrumptious spice combination.
    I’m so happy to hear that Harvey is recovering well. :) That’s great news, and must be such a relief to you.

    I’m sorry to hear that there is a hole in your heart. Precious animals can have such an impact on us in only a short time.
    I’m glad the mixing helped alleviate the sadness for a time.

  3. Yum, these look amazing!! I love chai spices. I’m also intrigued by the idea of mixing the spices with the margarine… I always mix them into the flour, but it makes sense to add them with the fat!

    • Chai has become my favorite flavour lately, I’ve been trying it in everything… Definitely try blending your spices into the fat! I find it deepens the flavours.

  4. These look great Starr and so glad your kitty is feeling better. We have a 16 year old who’s very skinny and very grumpy so I can relate. I got a food processor for Christmas and you’d think it was a huge diamond ring the way I go on about it. Glad you’ve got a new mixer too! Have a safe New Year’s :)

    • Thanks Angela… Gonna be honest. Diamond rings are pretty enough and all, but food processors and mixers, now there’s something to get excited about! :-)

  5. What semi sweet chips, and margarine do you use that are vegan products? I’ve only found one Vegan margarine which is named Earth Balance….and is not cheap. All the others seem to have milk solids in them. Your answer could save me a lot of time searching. Also, is there any reason that you couldn’t use chilled vegetable oil instead of the margarine?

    • I use Earth Balance, buying it in the 1.3 kg tubs (I get several tubs at once, when they are on sale)… I also know that Becel makes a vegan margarine (they label it vegan right on the front of the container). I’ve heard of others, but these are the only 2 that I have personally come across.

      In this recipe, I would not use oil (even if it was chilled). I don’t think that enough air could be beaten into the fat, and the resulting cookie would be flat and oily… I have successfully made oil based chocolate chip cookies, but it required a blend of starches and flour to obtain a desirable texture.

      As for chocolate chips… Whole Foods make a vegan specific chocolate chip. However, my favorite are Camino semi-sweet chocolate chips. Enjoy-Life chocolate chips and chunks are very good too (and a little more economical).

      Hope this helps.

    • Thanks, he’s actually been kind of frisky the last couple of days! :-)

      It is a pretty spiffy mixer. Makes me want to mix everything and anything. Who wants some whipped garlic butter! LOL

  6. I’m glad to hear that Harvey is feeling better. It’s so hard to see our furry family members in pain. They can’t explain what they’re feeling, and you can’t explain to them that it will get better.

    Your chai spiced chocolate chip cookies sound delicious!

    • You said it exactly. Plus I feel guilty because, ultimately, I’m the one responsible for the cause of his stress and diet (even though, at the time, I thought I was making the best choices for him).

      Thank you, the cookies were good. Even though we knew they were gone, my boyfriend and I both looked in the refrigerator hoping to find some more :-)

  7. I just made these today. With a few small changes. I used a cup of whole wheat spelt flour to replace 1 cup of all purpose flour. I used chia seeds instead of flax because I couldn’t seem to find my flax anywhere… And my sugar was very loosely packed (or non-packed).

    Next time I make them I might double the spices because they are too subdued imo. (maybe they will develop more tomorrow…) Also, I will lightly pack the sugar because they taste more like a bread than a cookie.

    Great recipe!

    • Thanks for trying my recipe. Though from your description, I’m surprised that you said it was a good one.
      Regarding the spices, I didn’t intend for them to be a spice cookie. So if that is what someone is hoping for, then yes, double the spice… Also, I suspect that since the spicing was subtle, the heartier spelt flour probably overtook it.
      Regarding the sugar, that was my bad. I always lightly pack brown sugar (unless otherwise instructed), and presumed that everyone else did too. In the future, I’ll be more specific (and less lazy :-)).
      Thanks for the feedback.

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