It’s a cold, blustery day and the kids are home as school is closed due to weather. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I decided to take a little time away from the blog and just enjoy the family, the holiday and relax. But it’s after the first of the year and it’s time to get back into the groove of things. Since the kids are home we are going to bake some cookies today and I thought the cookies would make a good first recipe to post to get back into things. This recipe is easy and yummy and actually not that bad for you as cookies go! Ground flax seeds are good for you as well as using cacao powder rather than cocoa powder (cacao is less processed than cocoa powder, full of calcium and has lots of benefits, look it up!!).
2 cups all-purpose baking flour
2/3-cup cacao powder – I like this much better than cocoa powder!
1-teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut oil, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. flax seed meal
½ cup soymilk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. mint extract
¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
6 leftover mint or chocolate mint candy canes (I used the chocolate mint)
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, flour, cacao powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix well. Set aside.
In another bowl add the flax seed meal, soymilk, vanilla and peppermint. Combine well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly, adding one cup at a time. Mix until all ingredients are combined and soft dough is formed. Add the chocolate chips by folding them into the dough with a spatula.
Drop 1” scoops of dough approximately 2” apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, flatten cookies slightly. In a large sealed plastic bag crush the candy canes and drop the crushed pieces on top of the cookies. Bake in a 350° for 12-13 minutes or until the cookies are crisp and the center begins to crack. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool and then store in an airtight container.
These cookies have become a favorite in our home, as they are easy to make and SUPER delicious! The cacao powder adds a boost of health to the treat as well!