Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Better Than Sex Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yeah, you read that right… Someone actually told me these cookies were better than sex.

Well alright then, I guess that means they were good. Plus, that came from a non-vegan!

I am sort of a cookie fiend. If the Cookie Monster and Bert and Ernie had a baby, it would be me. (Don’t question, just go along with it) So to avoid being an chubby obese vegan, I need to monitor my cookie intake as much as I can. I try to only make these better than sex cookies on special occasions.

You know, birthdays, football games, weddings, days that end in a “Y.”

This recipe actually came from a ‘zine that my partners’ high school friend wrote. In it she compiles lots of great vegan recipes including this cookie recipe and a vegan Brunswick stew that has been on my to-do list for about a year.

These cookies are incredible on their own, but I like to up the ante and make them into frozen cookie sandwiches using the vanilla icing from the Babycakes NYC cookbook. Can I get an amen?

So these cookie sandwiches have now become my most requested party item. The cookies are a breeze to make but I will warn you the icing can have its difficulties. So proceed with love and caution.

(Vegan) Cookies for everyone! After the jump...

Better then Sex Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Seedstar


1 ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
¾ cup vegetable shortening (Earth Balance)
3 Tablespoons Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Vanilla (or almond)
1 ¾ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (or another vegan chocolate chip)

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine brown sugar, shortening, almond milk, and vanilla (or almond) in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. (If you have the strength, you can mix by hand)
  3. Beat in egg replacer
  4. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Mix into shortening mixture until well blended.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes for chew cookies (appearing light and moist), or 11-13 for crisper cookies.
  8. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then move to foil to continue to cool the rest of the way.

Chubby Vegan Notes

  • Ener-g Egg Replacer can be purchased at most specialty food stores and it relatively inexpensive. There are other egg replacers but I haven’t tried all of them. Make sure to read the directions on the box. An “egg equivalent” requires mixing some Ener-G powder with water.
  • Make sure your shortening is at room temperature. It will make it much easier to blend the mixture together. Plus, you don’t want to break your mixer trying to blend hard shortening!
  • Although your cookie sheet is ungreased, I highly recommend a silicone baking mat or using parchment paper. I think it helps keep the cookies from sticking and it makes cleanup a snap.
  • The icing in the picture is dyed yellow... it was for a steelers party.
  • The icing for these cookies is from the BabyCakes NYC cookbook. This is a really great cookbook that shares many great vegan and gluten free baked goods. I looked online to see if anyone else posted the recipe for the icing and I couldn’t find it anywhere credible. So, I don’t want to piss off this great bakery and post their recipe on the inter-webs for free. So I encourage you to make the cookies and buy the cookbook or try any one of your favorite frosting, icing, or vegan ice cream recipes for the center. 
Shortening, milk, and brown sugar.
Mix Mix Mix
Add flour, mix. Add chocolate, mix.
Scoop it out by the tablespoonful
So pretty!
These cookies are close friends.
A little flat is A-Okay. 
The icing texture was a little grainy, but was much better when frozen. 
Assembling the sandwich, step one.
Just a dollop...
I could frame this!
Wrap it up...
Who is ready for the party?


  1. These look delicious! I loooooove chocolate chip cookies. Your frosting looks great, too! I have tried making that frosting twice, and both times it turned out greasy & gross! I was so disappointed because the ingredients are super expensive & the results look so gorgeous in the book. Any tips on having it turn out right?!

  2. @Jess- The frosting is TOUGH! I would say, definitely use a blender and not a food processor. It needs to have some air in it. Plus- blend it like crazy! A high powered blender is optimal but I don't have one. (Two) I used better than soy milk powder, which usually works well although it is expensive. (Three) Melt the coconut oil before you measure it to make sure you have the right amount. Add it in slowly, alternating with lemon juice, while blending. (Four) If it a little clumpy or grainy, freeze it. You don't notice it when its in a cookie sandwich frozen. I honestly like it better frozen.

    Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  3. Those look so good!

  4. I made the cookies last night. I didn't have all of the ingredients so I subbed milled flax seed for the egg replacer. They still came out delicious!

  5. Just FYI, there is nothing better than sex. Bwhaaaa! but this does look delicious! Great looking too, dangit, now I want one. A cookie I mean.

  6. @Noelle- I hear you, on so many levels! :)

  7. I recently came across this recipe when I was looking for a vegan chocolate chip to take the Rainbow Gathering. I'm not a vegan, but I figure there will be a lot of vegans there who might like a cookie! That said, I'm so glad I have tried it. (Their in the over right now.) I realized something really cool about these cookies. They have no eggs which means the cookie dough is 100% safe to nosh on. Since I am 5.5 months pregnant cookie dough was no-no for me, but now it's not. Thanks so much for posting this.

  8. Thanks!!! Raw cookie dough is one of my favorites!


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