The Clay Boy Maker’s Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies (And a Virtual Vegan Potluck Update)

Cookie Collage

If you’ve signed on to participate in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, please take a moment to visit the VVP Page for the latest list of participants.  (Please check the list and make sure your blog is on it – help out my scattered brain!)  I’ve listed blogs under courses and then in alphabetical order.  If you haven’t yet decided on a course, you’ve got until tomorrow night to let me know.  Believe me, I know how hard it is to decide what to make!  Once I have everyone listed in a course, we’ll all be able to see which blog precedes ours and which follows – important for when you write your posts and cut-and-paste in the HTML code (which takes readers through the “circle.”)  I’ll be posting the HTML within the next couple of days along with instructions.

If you are a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore food blogger and haven’t signed up for the VVP, I sure wish you would!  Visit the VVP Page for details…April 30 is the deadline.

There are certain recipes that just demand to be made.  The combination of flavors, maybe a new technique or an unfamiliar ingredient or a different take on an old favorite.  All I know is, when a recipe speaks to me, I make it.  The original for these cookies was just such a recipe.  It didn’t just speak to me, it yelled.  Based on Averil’s Mocha-Chocolate-Chunk-Oatmeal Cookies with Candied Ginger (I mean, the name alone!), I veganized and modified it to suit my tastes and what I had on hand.  If you haven’t met Averil yet, check out her blog, The Cook, The Baker and The Clay Boy Maker and get acquainted.  She shares some very inspired and original recipes.

Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies
Makes ~15

1 1/4 cups quick oats
3/4 cup cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. powdered stevia
zest of 1/2 an orange
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/4 cup Choffy (or cacao nibs, chopped a little to break them into smaller pieces)
2 oz. Cocoa-Coconut Butter (or vegan butter)
1 tbsp. egg replacer + 3 tbsp. water (whisk together until frothy, then let sit for a few minutes)
1/4 cup prune puree
1/4 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup strong coffee
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking pans with parchment.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, stevia, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice and Choffy.  Set aside.  In another small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer, prune puree and coffee.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and maple sugar.  Add the coffee mixture and stir until combined.  Pour in the flour mixture and the ginger and stir until the ingredients are moistened.

Use your hands to make balls or just drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the pans.  Press cookies down using a flat-bottomed glass dipped in water.  Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, turning pans halfway through for even baking.

Let cookies rest on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

Crystallized Ginger

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33 thoughts on “The Clay Boy Maker’s Chocolate-Ginger-Orange Cookies (And a Virtual Vegan Potluck Update)

  1. tearoomdelights

    Sorry I haven’t done this before Annie but I’m going to reblog this now and hope to pull in another one or two for the potluck…great looking cookies!

  2. tearoomdelights

    Reblogged this on Lorna's Tearoom Delights and commented:
    Annie from anunrefinedvegan is hosting a potluck that any fellow bloggers can join in with on 12 May. If you haven’t signed up yet, why not have a look at this and see if it takes your fancy. I think it’s a great idea and Annie’s done a wonderful job of co-ordinating it all. Come on in, the more the merrier!

  3. keepinitkind

    Candied Ginger is my kryptonite. If I could actually keep it in my house long enough to make something with it, this would be the first thing I made! Thank you for turning me on to The Cook, The Baker, The Clay Boy Maker- what a lovely blog!

  4. Averil

    Annie, what a fabulous recipe. I’m tempted to try out your version, they look great. And a Big Thank You for all your lovely comments… here’s a Big Blog Hug coming your way :-)

      1. Averil

        Annie I honestly wanted to but you had a deadline and I’m travelling at the moment. Won’t be back in my haven till the middle of May… extend, extend and I shall sign up for sure :-)

      2. An Unrefined Vegan

        Oh dear…so you are away right now – no time to create a post prior to May 12 and schedule it to run? Since I have almost 60 people now signed on, I don’t think I can now switch the date. I’m so sorry! But – I have a good feeling that we may all be doing this again!

  5. thingsmybellylikes

    Oh these look incredible, I’m a sucker for anything ginger (goes with the hair colour)
    P.S I’m so excited about the virtual potluck and, unlike potlucks in the real world, I don’t have to worry about disgracing myself by going back for seconds :)

  6. Choc Chip Uru

    These cookies look deliciously chewy – I can imagine them with a glass of milk 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. tinykitchenstories

    I swear I can’t remember one post of yours I haven’t wanted to cook or bake! Yet another gorgeous one.

      1. tinykitchenstories

        Oh, please, not on my account! You can keep the hits coming–I’ve just got them all bookmarked for future Saturdays in the kitchen! :)

  8. Brittany

    I’ll be making a dessert!! Ooopss it slipped my mind to tell you!! Can’t wait..and with the theme these cookies look phenomenal!

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