Thursday, July 09, 2009

Vegan Cookie$

While perusing the blogs, I came across a recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies from Babycakes, by Erin McKenna (Clarkson Potter, 2009). I'm kinda fascinated by baking without eggs or dairy (because I can't imagine it's anywhere near the same) so I examined the recipe closely. It seemed a little spendy to me, so I looked around online to price the necessary items. I found what I could using; the asterisk'd items were found on The vegan chocolate chips were priced at

I excluded pricing the baking soda and salt because those ingredients are also found in a non-vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. Granted, vanilla is too, but the standard Nestlé Toll House recipe only calls for 1 teaspoon of the stuff. The vegan recipe requires 6x as much.

16 oz jar $7.95
23 oz jar $2.29
2 oz bottle $7.99
per lb $2.19
22 oz bag $3.34
16 oz bag $4.01
8 oz $10.82
10 oz bag $5.89
 1 cup coconut oil*
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups evaporated cane juice*
2 cups Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour*
1/4 cup flax meal*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum*
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

Total = $44.48

For comparison purposes, here are the ingredients for non-vegan cookies: Toll house morsels $2.99 12 oz bag; 2 sticks butter $3.49 lb; brown sugar $1.09 1lb box; granulated sugar $1.49 1lb box; 2 eggs $2.89 dozen; 1 cup nuts $4.19 8oz walnuts; 2 1/2 cup flour $2.29 5lb bag (all items found at
Total = $18.43

Vegan cookies are just not recession-friendly, unless one modifies the recipe to contain regular flour, regular oil, and regular sugar, and that's only a savings of a few dollars.

Any vegans out there making cookies for cheap? I want to know.