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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Halloween! Did you trick or treat last night? Party? Dance? Smear your zebra makeup? Before this weekend concludes, let’s continue with the sugar theme.

Gooey Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Because sober isn’t socially alienating enough, I decided about a month ago to make the leap from long-time vegetarian to full-on vegan. It’s been in the making for a long time. My reasons? To annoy you. I kid. It’s because of the animals. THE ANIMALS!

Ingrediants for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adjusting to a new way of eating risks the run of being unpleasant but I’ve opted to embrace the challenge on this one and experiment with baking, which I used to really enjoy and do all the time. In recent years, I haven’t tied an apron on for love or money. Let’s change that! I get after all kinds of flavors, cuisines, savory foods and comforting baked goods. My first task was tall: a perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie, sans any real dairy.

Chocolate Chip

Drew stood by (and helpfully taste tested) as I worked out the kinks in the recipe. I burned the first batch to high heaven, sat disappointedly in front of the oven (with the oven light on) for another and then the third time was a charm.

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookies Mix

Of course I’ll share the spoils with you. Gather:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of Earth Balance
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • however-many-you-want dark chocolate chips

Mixing Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until the texture is soft and the flour has disappeared to the touch. Douse hands in flour, roll into very small balls, place on to a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s, source of all the delicious ingredients in this post. We’re in their rad blogger ambassador program.

Boris Helping with the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not a single animal sacrificed or harmed in the making of these delightful vegan treats. My Grandma Rose, whose apron I wore for this job, would be so proud. And, obviously, it helps if you have a terribly handsome dachshund to serve as a pastry chef. Thanks, Boris.

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Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

Leaf Peepin’ and Pizza Eatin’

Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

Every third weekend or so, we drink a little too much coffee and have to excitedly declare a new (and non-negotiable) family tradition. A year ago at this time, we were in the throes of wedding-plan-finalizing. The hours after work were dedicated to seating chart spreadsheets and glassy-eyed stares. Two years ago marked our move from Boulder to Denver. This weekend’s declaration? We must leaf peep. Now that we’re able to enjoy our third autumn in beautiful Denver, we decided we had to take to the road to see some aspen groves giving up the green. These trees aren’t going to marvel at themselves, you know?

Fall colors colorado 2015 Peak to Peak Highway

I’m a Colorado native and no stranger to autumn colors. My parents took my brother and me to the woods above Chaffee County every year without fail. My senior photo from high school is even backdropped against a sleepy, orange tree. Classy. Drew has a fond memories of leaf tours in northern Michigan, where his family has roots.

I’m embarrassed to admit that, until this past weekend, I had never been to Central City or Black Hawk, a pit stop that derailed our leaf viewing plans almost entirely. *defeatedly peels Colorado Native bumper sticker off of car*

Downtown Central City Colorado

Holy hell, was it a surprise! I would compare Central City to a paved, more populated Silverton. Black Hawk, slightly down the road, is more glam and corporate, all hotels and penny slots and all-you-can-eat prime ribs. Because we had Boris with us, several of the locals stopped to pet him and chat with us. A server from one of the casinos in Central City recommended their upcoming Halloween Creepy Crawl tour and warned us away from the Hotel de Paris, which is truly haunted. Say no more, lady!

Williams Stables Central City Colorado

There’s something about a stretch of historic brick buildings that sag with the weight of a century that makes me feel right at home. Probably because it so closely resembles my own hometown. We wandered from block to block, reading the plaques and admiring old and updated murals.

Hawley Merchandise Company Building

Wasn’t this supposed to be a leaf peeping tour? Details, details.

Central City Opera House  

St James United Methodist Church 123 Eureka St

This sign outside the church in the above photo said, “Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and nowhere to go.” Rude!

Main Street Central City Colorado

Straight Five Premium Cigars Central City

After any long adventure, we return home and I put the back of my hand to my forehead and tell Drew that I cannot possibly lift a finger to cook. Never mind that he’s the one in our household who mans the kitchen. My ulterior motive is simple: get him to agree to get back in the car and drive to Tony’s Market.

Tony's Market White Pizza

It’s no secret that Tony’s is a favorite of ours. We’re food nerds and we love their products, mission and the warm hospitality of the folks that staff their shops. On nights when we have driven all over greater Colorado and need dinner in a cinch, we swing by Tony’s for a quick takeaway pizza and a big ol’ salad. Favorites: a pizza with pancetta, pickled onions and goat cheese on one half for Drew and olive oil, garlic and pickled onions on the other half for me. Drew has a Greek salad fetish but he lets me eat all the olives. Marriage.

Tony's Market Greek Salad

My husband, the talented food styler.

This post was shared in collaboration with our homies at Tony’s. We were honored to join their blogger ambassador program as the only technically non-food bloggers in the group. Check out the company we’re keeping:

Great recipes are constantly available on Tony’s Market blog. Next month, check back for a post about Drew cooking with ingredients sourced exclusively at Tony’s. I’ll be the one taste testing and taking all the credit.

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