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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale 2010 (PHOTOS, RECIPE)

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I baked A LOT this weekend. An abnormal amount -- even for me. My kitchen smelled like chocolate-y goodness for the majority of Saturday (not that I'm complaining, just saying). What brought on this baking marathon? Ladies and gentlemen: The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale is upon us. FINALLY! A legit reason to bake! (And by legit I mean something other than feeding my friends, co workers, and doormen copious amounts of sugar laden goodies.) Every year for two weeks, Vegans around the world put on their aprons and bake, raising money for various charitable causes. This past weekend I was baking for an event in New York to raise money for the Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York.

I was in the mood for cookies (but really, when am I NOT in the mood for a cookie?), so I decided on two kinds: Banana Oat Walnut Cookies and Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sound good, right? Not only were they easy to make, but they came out wonderfully. On Sunday, I brought them into the bake sale at MooShoes on the Lower East Side and found that the place was already filled with tons of vegan baked goods waiting to be feasted upon. I stayed around for a little, stocked up on treats "to go", snapped a few pics, and went along my (wet and rainy) way. I later found out that the bake sale raised over $2,600 - awesome news for everyone at Woodstock!

Here's the recipe for the Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, slightly adapted from one of my favorite cooking blogs, Neverhomemaker.com. They're crispy, filled with coconut, and contain an entire bag of chocolate chips. That's right, people. 12 ounces - not a drop less - of pure, unadulterated chocolate. What's more, they take about 20 minutes total to make so really, there's just no excuse for you not to walk straight into your kitchen and make these bad boys.

What You Need:
1 cup Earth Balance softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
1-3/4 cups wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup of oats
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts

What You Do
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mix the sugars and the butter until fluffy. Add in the applesauce and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, coconut, salt, baking soda). Combine both mixtures, then add the chocolate chips and walnuts, mixing well.

Allow dough to rest for twenty minutes to half an hour. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Do this for the rest of the batter, making sure to leave two inches between each cookie because these things spread (in a good, "Wow these cookies are huge!" sort of way).

Bake for 10-13 minutes until edges are golden brown.

For more information on Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary and the awesome work they're doing to help rescued farm animals, click here. To find out where there's a Vegan bake sale in your area, click here.

For more of my ramblings, check out my blog, What Stephanie Made.

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