Today, we set out on a mission to create the best vegan chocolate chip cookies we could possibly come up with. There are approximately a zillion and one chocolate chip cookie recipes in the world, many with their own unique twist, so this was no easy feat. We knew we would have to do something more than just a plain chocolate chip cookie. It’s been done to death, and trying to improve upon it, especially a vegan version, seems a bit like saying, “I’m going to make the best white bread ever, and with nontraditional ingredients, no less!”
I love chocolate chip cookies with walnuts in them, but it’s not original and I knew we could do better than simply tossing some chopped nuts into the dough. I spent some time thinking about things people don’t normally do with chocolate chip cookies, and realized I’ve never had a chocolate chip cookie that was filled with anything, like the way a doughnut is filled with jelly. I did a bit of research and came across some people who have successfully stuffed their chocolate chip cookies, so I decided to run with that concept. Combining my love of walnuts in cookies, and my desire to make a stuffed cookie, I came up with the idea of turning the walnuts into the filling, hence the walnut-buttercream.
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The walnut-buttercream ended up being so delicious I will surely use it for much more than just cookies. I’m already imaging lots of cakes, brownies, and other yummy baked treats slathered in it. I bet I could even come up with a syrupy version that could be drizzled over nice-cream. Mmmm… walnut-buttercream syrup drizzled over nice-cream… Sorry, having a Homer Simpson moment.
The cookies are the soft and chewy style. I think some cookies are good crunchy, and some cookies are good cakey, but the best chocolate chip cookies are always soft and chewy with a little bit of crispiness around the edges.
It took a lot of research and dozens of attempts to get this recipe just right, but it was well worth the effort. Please let us know what you think in the comments, and as always, we hope you enjoy!