Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies

A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

I feel like molasses is underrated. Way underrated. It's a mostly un-refined, nutrient-rich sweetener that boasts big flavor. What's not to love? I've been trying to work it into my diet to replace regular white sugar when possible, especially since it's contains a good dose of iron and magnesium. 

Regular molasses cookies are pretty commonplace, but I wanted something with a little more va-voom. Maple and molasses are such a comforting combination, offering sweet and earthy notes and conjuring memories of beloved holidays (can you tell I'm excited about winter?). However, I pretty much always want chocolate, so I thought oh what the heck, I'm going for it. All in. I figured the maple/molasses/chocolate combination was awful or overwhelming, then lesson learned. As Sarah Addison Allen writes... happiness takes risks. This risk paid off. Oh my goodness... these cookies are a new staple and definitely make me happy. They are so flavorful and rich with a fresh and unique flavor combination that is an utter delight. 

I hope you like them as much as we did! It's been rainy all week up here in Alaska and these fill the house with the most scrumptious aroma that feels like a big, warm hug.

Produce On Parade - Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies - A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies

Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade

Published 07/27/2016

A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup vegan granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from one can of chickpeas)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose-flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee, dry (optional)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. In an electric mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and molasses together with the beater attachment on medium speed until well combined.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the aquafaba, and vanilla and maple extracts. Increase speed to medium; beat until somewhat light and fluffy.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed until just combined.
  4. Allow to rest in the fridge at least while the oven preheats. Preheat oven to 325°F. On a greased cookie sheet, place slightly smaller than golf-ball sized cookies a few inches apart and bake on the middle rack for about 12-15 minutes. Allow to rest a couple minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Cool, then store in an airtight container.

Yield: 40

I shared this recipe in The Food Journal by Brighthouse. It's not exclusively vegan but offers a lot of wonderful recipes! Click here to see the entire journal and download it for free!

Produce On Parade - Maple Molasses Chocolate Cookies - A unique cookie for when you’re looking for something just a little different. These cookies have a wonderful and complex flavor that’s sure to please adults as well as little ones. They’re chewy and slightly crispy around the edges but soft on the inside.

I noticed 'molasses' is spelled 'mollasses' in the book... I'm wondering if it is a spelling error or just chiefly british? #grammarpolice #weareallhumanthough

Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples

This is what's born when vegans have no vegetables in the house. Creativity! The great produce purge of 2014 was a purposeful one of course. But we got back from vacation over a week ago. The only reason we even had these apples was because Todd's mother lovingly packed up six honeycrisps which he gently toted all the way back to Alaska from Ohio in his carry-on. The edamame are those frozen packs from Costco, I always have them on hand.

Soba and peanut butter are a natural combination and apples and peanut butter go together beautifully. Edamame goes with soba and voila! 

Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
I don’t feel superior because I am vegan. The truth is I am vegan because I don’t feel superior to others.
— Michele McCowan
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare. 

Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples

Recipe by Katie @ Produce On Parade

A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust according to desired thickness)
  • 9 oz. package of soba noodles, dry
  • 9 oz. frozen package of edamame, shelled or 1/2 cup soybeans
  • 1 medium apple (I like Honeycrisp), julienned
  • dash sesame seeds (for garnish)

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the noodles.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the peanut butter through and including the water. Add additional water as needed for it to have the consistency of an alfredo sauce. Taste and add additional soy sauce and/or syrup to your preference.
  3. Microwave the frozen edamame according to package and when cool enough, shell and place in large bowl. Discard the pods, or feed them to your dog like I do.
  4. Core and julienne the apple. Add to the soybeans.
  5. Cook the soba noodles according to package, usually they only require 4 minutes to boil. Drain and add to the apples and soybeans. Pour the sauce over the noodles and mix very well to combine.
  6. Serve warm and topped with a dash of sesame seeds.
Produce On Parade - Maple Peanut Soba Salad with Edamame & Apples - A quick and simple peanut butter soba noodle salad studded with vibrant edamame and crisp apples. Sweetened with maple syrup, with an Asian flare.

Dutch Word of The Day

Kind --> aardig (are-digch)

Good Deed of The Day

November is World Vegan Month! Here, from the Huffington Post, is "A Countdown to Kindness: A Reminder for Each Day of World Vegan Month." You'll definitely want to read it!

Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers

These are my new favorite burgers.

They are absolutely amazing. Perfect texture? Check. Sweet and spicy? Check. Super healthy? Check. I know there are a scrillion-bajillion sweet potato burger recipes out there, however, with buddies like maple, chipotle, pecans, and oats these guys are truly unique. An epic fall flavor combination, if I do say so myself. 

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

You'll see a departure from my usual photography in future posts. During Alaskan winters it gets dark at about 4 pm. Thus, dusty artificial lights and lamps are summoned from the closet, hiding from the midnight sun of the summer.

It's kind of fun to play around with lighting. I'm not terribly experienced with lights, but luckily Todd is very fluent in these things. He helped me capture the spotlight effect for these photographs. I hope you enjoy the seasonal style! 

It is better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
— Diane Grant
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Taking advantage of the last bit of sun!

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
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Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers
These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1lb. 10 oz.), diced small
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cups quick cooking oats, dry
  • ¼ cup pecans, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 8 hamburger buns
Instructions
In a medium saucepan, add the diced sweet potatoes and cover with water. Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce to low and simmer for about 15 minutes until very tender. Drain and set aside for later.In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the onions are brown and fragrant. In a large bowl, add the oats, through and including the pepper. Whisk well to combine. Add the boiled sweet potatoes and the onion mixture as well as the maple syrup. Using a wooden spoon, mash the sweet potatoes and mix everything together very well. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat your hands with a nonstick cooking spray and form the burger mix into eight large patties. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes, turning the patties over halfway through. Once done, remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes. This will set the patties. Serve hot, with BBQ sauce! Freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 burgers
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Dutch Word of The Day

Maple --> esdoorn (es-doren)

Good Deed of The Day

Perdue has been forced to remove "humanely raised" labels from it's packaged chicken flesh. "..undercover investigations have shown that Perdue's chickens are raised in a space the size of a sheet of paper, crammed with others so tightly that they suffer broken bones that go untreated, and are placed in sheds that reek of ammonia." Who would support such atrocities? It's really mind-boggling. Read more about it here