Vegan Chocolate Crinkles ~ Cookie Recipe

My daughter’s birthday falls in June end when the Rainy Season just begins and most of her friends are not usually not able to attend her birthday party. It is also a time when the Summer Vcations end and having had a hectic vacation I am tired out and not in a mood to prepare many items – some how it is also not a time when appetites are at their best, probably because of the onset of rains, colds, coughs etc.  My son’s birthday on the other hand falls in November, a time when the sun sets faster, and evenings are pleasant, a time when children do not usually fall ill and when hunger is at its peak. The relief in the climate also shows in my cooking because during Winter I do not mind spending time in the kitchen as the warmth feels good.

As a result my daughter sometimes muses how I enjoy making nice things for Jr.P but not for her, not that she requires an excuse for this – it is just a way to make me feel guilty! This time she did not say much, but you bloggers have set me in a Christmas-y mood which doesn’t usually happen – at least, not in Thane! I noticed many lovely cookies and other dishes in various blogs, and people talking of pre-Christmas parties and what not!  I just had to do something to let the happiness show, and what better way than to entertain a bunch of energetic girls! As usual nothing was planned – I asked my daughter whether she liked the idea a couple of days back and she was so enthused that she immediately made a list of her close friends and got back to me yesterday with seven of her closest buddies. She chose the menu, and I am afraid it is become predictable – those brownies (I am tired of them – honest!) with ice creams, puff pastries (I fumed and refused to dabble with laminated doughs – too much work!) – settled for cheese bread, and chocolate crinkles which she had seen earlier at Aran’s “Cannelle et Vanille”!


One thing she warned me was – “Mummy,” “please! no low fat substitutions!” (He he! What else do you expect from a teenager?).

I was surprised when she broached this topic rather skillfully asking me what they would do! I said – “play”. She replied, “We are not babies anymore!”. I said, “Well, talk.” She replied, “How can we with you around?” Aaahhh! I should have known she has grown up! But then I did not really have any place to hang around. She suggested, “What about the parlor – you could do waxing, get a manicure or maybe a haircut?” I can hear some guffaws – my hair is so terribly short, it just can’t go shorter! Anyway, I convinced her that I would not enter their room or make myself visible except for more than what basic courtesy demands.

Today was the last day of school before it closed for the vacation and the girls were happy when they trooped in directly from school and got into their party wear (jeans – what else?!). I was introduced to each girl and after the first smiles and hellos they got closeted inside their own world – I could hear dancing and singing to ‘Rock on’ which is the latest craze apart from the High School Musical Scores!  I discreetly joined for a bit as I cannot really stay quiet as a mouse for that long!

As always their energy floated and pepped me which is one reason why I like children – their positive vibes are so high, it is difficult not to get caught on and swim in the tide! They loved my preparations, ate well and enjoyed their day, and my son made the biggest sacrifice by going over to his cousin’s and not entering the room when his sister’s friends were here, mostly because her friends were treating him as ‘a so cute, so sweet’ little boy!

Menu for the day – chocolate crinkles, vegan brownies, cheese bread, herbed cheese bread, mushroom mint pulao and of course potato chips and ice cream!

Chocolate crinkles:
When I asked her what kind of cookies she would like, Jr.H immediately told me – “Mummy, go to that Vanille blog and I will show you what I want.” I was a tad intimidated – what if she asked for something ethereal like Aran’s macarons! Thankfully, she pointed out the chocolate crinkles (Recipe by Anita Chu of Dessert First). These had been on my ‘must try’ list so I was quite happy and relieved! I veganised the recipe by substituting the egg with 2tbsp. soyvita powder beaten with 2 to 3tbsp. plain soymilk. Otherwise I stuck to it faithfully all the way through.

Here is my adaptation of Anita’s Chocolate Crinkles as seen in Cannelle et Vanille

Ingredients:
A large cube of bitter chocolate, chopped – About 6oz.
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs vegan butter spread, softened
1/2 cup powdered organic jaggery
2tbsp. soymilk powder beaten with 2 to 3tbsp. plain soy milk
1 tsp vanilla seeds from 2 vanilla beans
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
confectioners sugar for rolling ( powdered granulated sugar)

Method:
Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler (I melted at power 180 in short spurts of 10s in the m/w till done). Remove from heat and set aside.

In the meantime, whip the soy eggnog with the sugar until thick. Add the vanilla extract and the melted chocolate and mix.

Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder into a bowl and add this to the chocolate mixture. Mix until combined.

Place this bowl in the refrigerator for about 2 hours until the dough hardens enough to scoop out.

Preheat oven to 325F. Scoop one inch balls. Roll these in powdered sugar and place them on sheetpans lined with parchment paper. Flatten the tops of the cookies a bit with your fingers and bake until set for about 12 minutes. (I had to bake for about 15 minutesin my oven). I had to slip a tbsp of water under the parchment paper as the cookies were getting a little stuck. Once I did that they slipped off immediately.

My observations:
1. Do not let the tops dry too much, as the insides have to be a little crumbly.
2. Next time I would not use the icing sugar as everybody had one common thing about the cookie – why is it so sweet outside! This despite the fact that I did not roll it too much – it is a matter of taste, of course:)

Cheese Bread – Recipe here. I twisted it twice this time instead of braiding and made one loaf with just cheese and brushed with garlic oil on the top instead of adding it with the cheese. This one was loved! The breads were hot out of the oven when they had it, so they loved it without even butter or cheese on it as planned earlier! These were a hit with my husband too!

Herbed Cheese Bread – Same recipe, but I mixed a tbsp. each of chopped fresh rosemary and sage. I think the herbs may have been overpowering or that the girls probably still need to develop taste for this as only 4 slices were consumed! This is something that only P liked!

Mushroom Mint pulao – recipe later!

Brownies – Same as these. When I made it for our blogger meet I knew I hadn’t got the texture right though Alka and Simran did not point it out or probably did not notice as they had not tasted the earlier one. This time I got it right – it is just that the other day I was in a hurry and mixed up the batter at a good speed causing gluten production and a more elastic cake batter than that desired. The trick is to lightly cut and fold and not beat once you have added the flour to the butter chocolate mixture! This time it was perfect like the first time – crumbly and dense!

These are perfect for so many events! I am sending them to:
JZ of Tasty Treats for her Santa’s Holiday Challenge

Cookie Baking Event at Naivedyam

Vandana’s Baking for Beginners at Cooking up something nice

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  1. Mahimaa's kitchen

    mmm i want both cheese bread and cookies. cookies look so chewy on the inside.. love it

  2. The cookies and the bread both sound great… and I just checked out the “Vanille” blog (like your daughter said) … I can’t imagine making something out of there, they are just fantastic… I wonder if I will ever get there…

  3. wow, those are some lovely goodies. crinkles look soo nice

  4. Delightful…

  5. Wow..I wish I was invited at the party.. 😛 Your daughter is sure lucky.. you baked all those goodies ..thats great.. I remember as a kid I too never let any chance to make my parents guilty by saying that they love my bro more than me(Same was the case with him too :P). I guess it happens everywhere.. It is now that I have realized that they love us both unconditionally. Very nice pics.. each staring at you to just grab and eat..

  6. Mmm, chocolate crinkles are fantastic! I’m thinking about making a last-minute batch of them myself…

  7. first Thank you so much for visiting my blog and lovely comment yum yum cookies and I like that herb bread looks so soft will try that one and tell you

  8. Mouthwatering goodies for the party. Crinkles looks like melt-in-the-mouth. Bookmarking it.

  9. Everything looks awesome! 🙂

  10. yum, yum! the cookies and the bread look lovely! Not fair to tempt us like this.

  11. Thks for the lovely entries they look gr8.

  12. I am drooling at the herb-y-cheese bread and am just wondering when my kid will grow up or make friends to call upon and hang out with them(at home ofcourse,not the pubs)while i make such yummies for the kids to enjoy….sigh
    Crinkles looks awesome,and so does the cheese bread..i can imagine the fun kids had and i wish happy vacations to them 🙂

  13. Cookies look crankling and crispy and herby bread with cheese my mouth is watering….
    Thnak you for the delicious entry for the event

  14. The crinkles looks really good! The inside looks perfect. Actually everything looks awesome. The bread is something which I can have righ now! I bet she had a good time, with a mom like u:-)

  15. Lovely goodies Harini. I had a play date for my kiddos the other day as well with make your own pizzas and the snow cupcakes. It really is fun to watch them.
    I really have to hand it to you- making veganized versions in Mumbai. I’m probably really out of it as in, the culture in Mumbai has obviously changed since I used to frequent it when I was a kid but still! You seem really ahead of your time…vegan food, and then all the environmentalism as well. I mean here there are people who are trying to convince you to take care of the earth and you feel guilty if you don’t do your part. But you do it of your own accord in Mumbai! Amazing.

  16. looks lik perfct christmas party,..:-),..merry christmas o u nd ur family,…:-)

  17. WOw both cookies n bread looks gorgeous..would love to pick some cookies from the pic, simply fantastic..

  18. I’ve always wanted to try chocolate crinkles, but was wondering which egg substitute to use. Now I know. The bread looks good too. Somehow I’m not patient enough to try baking yeast breads/rolls.

  19. Excellent! I tried these as well for my holiday baking and they turned out really well. I love the cheese bread, yum!

  20. Oh my! Your daughter must have been one happy camper. That is quite a spread.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Harini. Hope you all have a good one!

  21. is baar bhi aapne mere liye kuch nahin bachaake rakha,this is too bad–nothing for me? hai hai?atleast pulao to de dijiye?Nice to know that the girls had a rocking time with all the goodies.HAPPY HOLIDAYS & DELIGHTFUL NEW YEAR
    On a Serious note: I did not know about soy milk powder and its use as replacer-its soymilk itself right? I am happy to know about it and will try to find it here.I have never seen soy powder in blore.

  22. Hmm cookies and bread , wow that is real festive , love the crack on top of cookies..

  23. Yummy cheeeeeeesse bread n cookies!

    Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

    cheers
    Vij

  24. Those cookies look out of this world, Harini: I love the crackly tops and the rich interior. Would love to sink my teeth in those!

  25. What a great Mom 🙂 the bread looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to share my passion with my daughter when she grows up!

  26. Everything looks great. I bet the kids enjoyed the party. Happy Holidays and wishing you a happy new year. May all your dreams come true.

  27. everythin looks awesome,..:-)how was christmas,,?/

  28. Happy New Year!

  29. breads & cookies looks very delicious..thanks for sending this entry to the event

  30. Rosa's Yummy Yums

    These cookies look delicious and so do both breads! Yummy!

    Best wishes for the New Year!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  31. I love reading your extensive posts.
    My little buddies boys were both spring babies.Spring is always the best time for us to renew our frozen spirits all winter long.Can’t wait for spring.
    I’m sure the girls devoured every bit of your scrumptious party spread.

  32. delicious bread! and chocolate crinkles, the name itself seems soooo cute, both look fab!

  33. great Harini…where hve u been..long time no see!

    so i added u to my blogroll…;p

    xoxo

  34. That bread looks amazing! Your kids are lucky to have such a talented mom!

    Wish you a very happy New Year!

  35. wish u very happy nd prosperous new yr,…:-)

  36. Wishing you and ur family Happy and Prosperous New Year

  37. wow.delicious….inviting ones

  38. Happy New Year!

  39. hey Harini, my second entry for FIC -white
    happy new year.

  40. H,
    the cookies and cheese bread are looking delicious.
    wish you happy new year
    hugs and smiles

  41. wish you and your family a wonderful 2009, dear sunshinemom.

  42. Hi Harini, it has been a while since I saw your post.
    Just wanted to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.

  43. Wow, your photography is amazing! It really draws you in and makes you want to eat your screen! Happy 2009! 😀

  44. Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)

  45. OMG,they look soooo yummy. I want them now 🙂

  46. Happy New year to your & your Family Harini!

  47. Both the cookies and the bread look awesome…Happy New year to you and your family Harini, have a wonderful 2009 🙂

  48. Wishing u & ur family a Very Happy, Prosperous and Peaceful New Year!

  49. Oh gosh, those cookies look perfect! All chewy and delicious. Your daughter sounds adorable, I hope she had a great time with her friends 🙂

  50. Your photography clicks are simply superb…

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