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Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies for Vegans

What you need: 

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, optional
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet. Cream the oil with the sugars. Beat in the applesauce and the vanilla extract, if using.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the applesauce mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheet about 3" apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2" circle.
4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.
Source of recipe: I modified the famous Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookie recipe to make it suitable for vegans. People tell me these are better than the original.

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Very good, but be careful to beat the oil and sugars together for several minutes.  This step is essential in making the recipe come out well.  I let my mixer run for around 3 minutes with oil and sugar, and three more minutes after adding applesauce and vanilla.  I added a cup of toasted chopped pecans and decreased the chocolate chips to 1 cup.  I also added a little almond flavoring because I like the way it tastes in chocolate chip cookies!  Will definitely make these again!

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