Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Butterless Walnut Chocolate Chunkers #CreativeCookieExchange

Last weekend my house was filled to bursting with everything sweet and rich - aromas of buttery shortbread, spicy gingerbread, dried fruit and nuts macerated in wine, creamy fudge and pounds of both milk and bittersweet chocolate. Blocks of butter were perpetually out on the countertop to soften and the oven was on so much that my mom wanted to open the windows to cool off the kitchen - crazy in the -20C chill!

Butterless Walnut Chocolate Chunkers

While butter, and dairy in general, are definitely heavy hitters in the holiday baking game, a lot of my friends and some of my family are avoiding milk and milk products - some are lactose intolerant, others outright allergic, still others vegan for ethical reasons. For them, the glory of the annual shortbread marathon is lost, along with the caramels, fudge, truffles and brioche. For them (and everyone else at the annual get-together on Christmas Eve), I whipped up a batch of these rather fancy, "grown up" chocolate chunk cookies. In lieu of butter, I chose a combination of canola and rich walnut oil, amplifying the flavour with minced walnuts and garnishing everything with chopped, high quality, super-dark chocolate. Like the Full of Secrets Chocolate Chip Cookies, they contained mayonnaise and custard powder to create and maintain the perfect balance of chewiness and tenderness.

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Butterless Walnut Chocolate Chunkers
Makes ~16
1 oz walnut oil
2 oz canola oil
⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
⅓ cup sugar
1 ½ tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp butter extract
Pinch salt
Pinch nutmeg
½ cup flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp custard powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup chopped chocolate or chocolate discs
¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the oils, sugars, mayonnaise, extracts, salt and nutmeg.
  3. Add flours, custard powder and baking soda, mixing well.
  4. Fold in the chocolate and walnuts.
  5. Scoop 2-tbsp balls of dough and place them on the baking sheet about 2” apart.
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes, until the edges are golden.
  7. Cool on the sheets.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 155.0
Total Fat: 9.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.4 mg
Sodium: 9.1 mg
Total Carbs: 18.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
Protein: 1.5 g

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