Monday, March 16, 2015

Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies

First things first - my apologies to all of you who subscribe to Wing It Vegan via email. Last week's email was humongous and it included my most recent ten posts! TEN! Oy! I think I figured out how to change the settings and today you should only be getting an email with just this post. If not, I will give myself a dirty look on your behalf later.

Cookie time! Do you watch The Walking Dead? If  you do and you're all caught up with the most recent episodes, then you might be familiar with Carol's cookies (warning: the recipe link does have a few spoilers.) AMC shared the recipe on their site and Mr. Wing-It tactfully suggested that I should make them. Tactfully, urgently, same thing. Don't worry, there will be no major spoilers here if you live somewhere where the most recent season hasn't aired yet, and soon enough you too will know the meaning behind "Carol's cookies". If you don't watch the show then I'm afraid a lot of this post won't make too much sense to you, but hey cookies!

Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies

I made some changes to the recipe because, as I've mentioned before, I prefer a puffy cookie over a chewy cookie, so I skipped the baking soda and used all baking powder instead. Instead of shortening I used coconut oil, but I also made a small test batch with vegetable oil which worked out perfectly. I quadrupled the vanilla because you only live once - kind of. Most importantly, I threw in some pecans!

These are supposed to be zombie-apocalypse friendly cookies because they're not made with eggs or butter or any other ingredient that would be difficult, or maybe impossible to find in a Dystopian environment, and they're made with regular pantry items. Pfft! All my cookies are zombie-apocalypse friendly! As long as I have electricity. And as long as the baking powder hasn't expired and lost its power.

Hopefully I haven't offended Carol with all these changes. Let's hope she doesn't torch my kitchen. With me in it.



Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan

Author: Wing It Vegan. Adapted from amc.com

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Serves: 32 Mini Cookies


Ingredients:

2oz (60g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate bar, chopped
1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
3 to 4 tbsp applesauce
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped pecans


What To Do:

  1. First we're going to set up a double boiler to melt our ingredients together. If you have a double boiler you're good to go. If not, pour water into a saucepan (about two inches up) and bring to a boil. In a large glass bowl that will sit on top of your saucepan without touching the water, combine half of the chocolate, coconut oil, applesauce, white sugar, and brown sugar. Start with three tablespoons of applesauce. We don't want to have to add any extra flour later.

  2. Reduce the heat to simmer, place the glass bowl over the saucepan and slowly melt all the ingredients together, stirring frequently with a large spoon.

  3. When everything is melted, add in the vanilla extract and use a whisk or spoon to vigorously mix everything together. Careful though, if you burn yourself with the chocolate mix you'll be cryin'!

  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix well. Throw in the pecans and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. I know! Waiting sucks! But we don't want the rest of our chopped chocolate to melt into the warm cookie dough, so wait we must.

  5. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C) and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. I need to set up the oven rack on the top third half of the oven or everything that I bake will end up with overly browned bottoms. If your oven is a notorious bottom-burner, you may want to do the same for this recipe.

  6. Remove the bowl from the fridge and fold in the chocolate chunks.

  7. Scoop onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets, not too close together. I use a mini cookie scoop that holds two teaspoons of dough. You can use a regular sized cookie scoop if you're no fun. Kidding.

  8. Bake for 10 minutes. They may not seem like they're done, but if you over bake them they will be crispy instead of puffy. Not bad, but not what we're going for.

  9. Transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool down to room temperature. Or not. Just don't come crying when you burn your tongue with that chocolate lava.



The funny thing is that I bit myself while I was eating one of these. I gave the fleshy bit inside of my bottom lip a nice big *chomp*.  That sort of makes me a walker! But I'm alive. Then it makes me a cannibal? But I didn't enjoy the taste. Then that makes me a big great clumsy dum-dum? Yes. That's it.

Let's see what a random walker thinks about these cookies.

Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies

Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies

Random walker approves! Thanks for the recipe, Carol. Please don't kill me.


(The photo of the walker belongs to AMC. I do not own the rights to it and I did not take a photo of a cookie-hungry walker in my back yard.)

15 comments:

  1. Those look all chocolatey and AWESOME. But I have to admit that I had to skip part of the post (when I saw a mention of Carol's cookies) because I'm about a half-season behind and I always worry about spoilers. But now I can't wait to watch more and see what that's all about!

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  2. Oh, I understand that. These days whenever I see anything online about any TV show that I watch but haven't seen the most recent episodes yet - I run the other way as fast as I can! Or, you know, look away as fast as I can. The same thing goes for all my British Telly episodes that we get months later here in the US. Must avoid spoilers!

    Carol's cookies are chocolatey and awesome, but your Choco-Chocolate Praline Cookies are even better because the pecans are coated in all that yummy maple syrup goodness. Please don't tell Carol that I like your cookies better than hers! :)

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  3. Soon as I saw the first photo I had to immediately eat some chocolate — no time to bake because the urge to EAT CHOCOLATE was just too strong. And I'm not usually subject to chocolate urges like that. Must have been a very powerful photo. The recipe looks good, too.

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  4. EAT ALL THE CHOCOLATE! What if I told you that I had put fennel in the cookies? I'm kidding! I wouldn't do that to you! :)

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  5. I have never watched this show, nor am I likely to. However, I would very much like to bite into some chocolate lava.
    Also, I bought a cookie scoop from my last trip to the US and it is a 2 tsp one and I was sad because I couldn't get a bigger one, but now this recipe gives that scoop a reason to live.

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  6. You must have stopped by last night just as I was going to bed (I go to bed at the same time as the birds, pretty much), so I probably missed your comment by seconds.

    Tiny cookie scoops are so cute! I rarely use my large scoop because tiny cookies are my favorite. Is yours an OXO Good Grips? That's the only kind I've ever seen here. I loves it!

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  7. My wordpress reader has a terrible short term memory updating new posts from blogs other than itself -selective memory possibly. Now I'm subscribed to you via email with all my dystopian kitchen appreciation. Always quadruple the vanilla!

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  8. We should put that on a T-shirt! "Always quadruple the vanilla!" :)

    That's weird about the Wordpress reader. I'm going to check mine out to see how things look there. Thanks for subscribing via email, Lysette! I just added the email subscription box yesterday because it took me forever to figure it out. My brain has reached maximum capacity with all these blog migration shenanigans!

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  9. Just received a Bloglovin update from your blog! Yay! 7 posts - I know that's due to the blog URL changing (otherwise I was thinking you were superwoman, and cranked out 7 new posts at the same time, hahaha).

    I don't watch The Walking Dead, but I still LOOOV these chocolate cookies :)

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  10. That would have been some serious blogging - Superwoman indeed! My Bloglovin profile was just updated today. I think that was the only blog redirection that was left to do, so hopefully everything will run smoothly from now on. Fingers crossed!

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  11. The name of these cookies definitely drew me in. They look awesome!

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  12. Thanks, Thalia! I love an unusual recipe name! A few years ago I made some "Mutant Chocolate Cookies", but most of my recipe titles are more normal for search engine purposes. Boring! :)

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  13. Your blog is adorable! Found you on pinterest. Love it!

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  14. Thanks, Deb! Gotta love that Pinterest! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  15. […] I really screwed this recipe up. I tried to make Zombie Apocalypse Chocolate Cookies but they turned out worse than brains. I think I didn’t melt the sugar all the way through […]

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