The New Orleans central library is stocked full of cookbooks, It's awesome, and I always check out a stack of books at least two feet tall. With all of the holiday hubbuzz, I've been wanting to bake some cookies and yesterday I scored several dedicated 100% to cookies. I started out the madness with oreo cookie cookies, I originally saw a version that Celine had posted, and wanted to give it a whirl with a combination of standard fake eggs (I've been having great luck with a mix of soy yogurt and Ener-G). Weirdly, two of the recipes I wanted to try called for cream of tartar, which made me worried, since I've never baked with it before (I've only ever seen it in play-doh recipes). The oreo cookie texture came out great, these are definitely a new favorite. I made them on the small size, but they would be amazing patted into gigantic patties.
Here's the recipe with my adaptations:
Oreo Cookie Cookies
10 tablespoons Earth Balance (sticks)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer
1/4 cup plain soy yogurt
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
15 Newman O's broken into quarters
a handful of semi sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla, yogurt and Ener-G and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, soda, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until incorporated. Stir in cookies and chocolate chips by hand.
Drop the dough using a small scoop (mine is a tablespoon) to shape cookies. Pat down the tops a bit, to reduce the spherical shape. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until brown around the edges. Cool slightly on cookie sheet, then transfer to a rack to set: remove from baking sheet. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 36 small cookies
The last batch were reindeer cookies, adapted from this recipe. Again, I used 1/4 cup of soy yogurt for each egg and added 1 full tablespoon of Ener-G. The pretzel and red noses were baked in, and then I frosted with a powdered sugar glaze and jimmies.