gluten free vegan orange chocolate chip cookies

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many moons ago when i lived in san francisco, my roommate worked in a little health food store on the corner of castro and 19th streets. in this store they would get deliveries from local bakeries and one of them would bring in little paper bags of small chocolate chip cookies that were probably my favorite chocolate chip cookies ever. they were on the drier side, not overly buttery and just barely sweet, with a hint of orange in the dough. the chocolate chips were tiny and a very dark chocolate, they were so incredibly good. at some point i moved and then the bakery closed down, but i still crave those cookies.  yesterday on a whim i made up some cookies and surprisingly, they are the closest i have ever come to tasting like those heavenly little cookies. they also just so happen to be vegan, gluten free, and have no refined sugar. they are also incredibly simple & easy to make.

ingredients:

  1. 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (i like enjoy life mini chips)
  4. 1/2 cup agave nectar
  5. 1/2 cup vegan margarine (i like earth balance soy free)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  8. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt

directions:

  1. preheat oven to 375
  2. in a large bowl or stand mixer combine the agave, margarine, vanilla, orange extract & almond milk and mix vigorously
  3. add in the flour, baking powder & salt and continue to mix, then add in the chocolate chips
  4. scoop dough into tablespoon size balls onto un-greased baking sheets, spacing an inch apart (these will not spread much)
  5. bake until cookies start to firm and edges golden, about 10 minutes

the end.

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