The other day, after dropping my daughter off in Cambridge, MA, I was hit with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. The first time I left her in Cambridge, she was a high school junior about to study calculus at Harvard University for the summer. I cried my eyes out on the Mass Pike on the way back to New York, begging and pleading the powers that be to keep her safe. She was fine and earned 8 college credits.
Now she’s nearly 21 years old and going into her junior year at college as a physics major. She is a remarkable young woman, full of promise and potential. I offer this recipe to you because it was one of our favorites before she became a vegan. It’s based on the Famous Amos recipe from the 1980s, and, yes, vegans can substitute any egg replacer for the eggs. We’ve done it with great results.
A note about the ‘lumps’ ingredient. This could be any combination of candy chips (chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, M&Ms, etc.) and dried fruits. You are limited only by your imagination. If you are a vegan, know that Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan. Yay!
Sorta-Famous Amos Cookies
- 2 sticks softened butter or Earth Balance vegan margarine (1 cup), softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. water (omit if you use large eggs)
- 2 medium sized eggs
- 2.5 cups all-purpose flour (whole wheat pastry is fine)
- 1 tsp. baking soda, sifted
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3.5 cups lumps
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Beat butter/margarine, sugars, vanilla, water and eggs with electric mixer until creamy and thoroughly blended. Sift together flour, soda and salt and add to wet mixture. Dump in lumpy stuff and mix until well distributed.
- Measure dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets (works great if you have parchment paper). Allow about 1.5 – 2 inches between dough balls. Bake for 8 minutes for teaspoon sized cookies, longer for bigger ones, or until golden and done to your liking. A tablespoon sized scoop takes about 11-12 minutes to my liking.
Enjoy these cookies with the people you love. Life’s too short not to eat chocolate!
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