Last night the hubs and I got a cookie craving only to find we didn’t have any eggs, and hardly any butter. We of course did not accept defeat, we researched. After hours of searching the world wide web, actually it was only five minutes, I found a recipe on the yahoo forums that made the grade. So how can you have a cookie without eggs or butter? It’s simple really, oil, baking powder and lots of sugar.
What you will need:
- 2 cups flour. I used whole hard wheat
- 2 tbsps baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- cinnamon, nutmeg, or chinese five spice to taste. I used about a 1/2 spoon of chinese five spice.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract. I like organic Madagascan and still have some left over from when I baked my wedding cake last year (yes, I baked my cake.)
- 1 cup dried cranberries or any other dried fruit.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup veggie oil
- 1/4 cup water
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the dry ingredients together including the spices and place them in a mixing bowl. Create a little well in the center for the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together sugar and oil. Add in vanilla and 1/4 cups water and mix well. Pour wet ingredients into the well of the dry and mix with a wooden spoon or with a stand mixer on speed 2 until everything is moist and looks similar to handfuls of wet sand. Ball up dough into 1 inch or so dough balls place in rows on an un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack for ten minutes. If you are baking two pans at the same time rotate the pans at the five-minute mark to make sure they bake evenly. Yields about two dozen cookies.
These cookies have a nice crunch, but also have a soft center. They are still tasty the next day. The only down side of these cookies is they are incredibly sweet. If I happen to make them again I will try and reduce the sugar as we nearly fell over in a sugar coma after our cookie feast!