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Gooey in the middle cookies §

Are you in the mood for an ethically conscious treat? Then these vegan chocolate cookies with a melty centre could be what you're looking for. This recipe is from Zucker and Jagwerst.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes: 10 cookies


200g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

80g sugar

125g vegan butter/margarine

a pinch of salt

8g vanilla sugar or a dash of vanilla extract

7g baking powder

50g apple sauce

100g of vegan chocolate hazelnut spread

1. We all knead a chocolatey treat

Get yourself ready to bake by preaheating your oven to 180°c. Get a baking tray and some baking paper, rip the paper to fit the tray. Tuck your tray under the paper, making sure it's nice and cosy.

Make your dough for the cookies (with the added bonus of several samplings of raw cookie dough). In a large bowl mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate spread: 200g flour, 40g coco powder, 80g sugar, 125g butter, a dash of vanilla, 7g baking powder and 50g apple sauce.

This dough is drier than Mr Burns eating a cracker (so dry you might have to fight off a Claudia Winkelman). So, you can't rely on pesky kitchen utensils to bring it together, you'll have to use nature's utensils - your hands. Knead the dough until it all comes together.

Once kneaded split the dough equally into 10 little balls.

2. Look fill-ip I'm a delicious cookie

Flatten out a ball of dough in your hand. (Don't do it on a work surface or it will get stuck and become a permanent fixture in your kitchen.)

Once you've got your chocolate dough pancake, put one teaspoonful of chocolate spread in the middle.

Using the palms of both you hands, like the mighty palm tree you are, bring the dough up and around the filling. Gently place your little chocolate ball on your baking tray.

Repeat with the rest of your balls, like you've won the lottery.

Once the tray is covered in a sea of cookies, put it in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

When you retrieve your chocolatey little bebés, make like a steam roller aand lightly flatten them using a spatula.

Have them still warm for added comfort and gooeyness.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "Have you ever heard of a chocolate octopus? Well you should have, because they're the best biscuit in the world - a childhood staple for us both. These biscuits were so similar to them with the added pleasure of an ooey gooey centre, plus the added bonus of being animal product free! They were so simple, and really hit the spot, especially because I'd been missing milk chocolate so much during vent. 10/10 "

Kate says: "The overload of dark chocolate in Vent has been real. So it was very nice to have a bit of variety from these sweet treats, including vegan nutella (cue the oohs and the aahs!). I'm not going to lie, these weren't like non-vegan cookies, but considering they used apple sauce as egg (who'd have thought...) they were really good. I think the nutella helped a lot as the cookies alone were a bit dry but they certainly hit the spot. Also the lack of egg means that the raw cookie dough is A-OK as a chefs snack. 7/10, not quite as good as a non-vegan cookie for me, but pretty strong nonetheless."

8.5/10 Gasps


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