chocolate chip cookie for one

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, Vegan, Vegan MoFo

chocolate chip cookie for one

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Before I begin, I just want to observe what today is. I will never forget.

 

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I have a cookie for you today.

I also have a serious question.

Why is the concept of OMG SO BUSY so attractive?

More specifically, why must people take on all the things, almost as a mission statement?

I am not at all trying to stir up trouble or tick people off – this is far from a new phenomenon. It is one I see every day. Perhaps it is in my current state of slowing down and grieving, but I doubt it. This has always struck a chord with me, and not necessarily in a good way.

single serve chocolate chip cookie

I recently read Lisa’s article, and it got me thinking. What Lisa talks about is an example of the second part of my question.

The same day I read her article, and more than once, I saw examples of exactly this thing – someone ‘counseling’ on a topic that is new to them. Very new. Declaring ‘this is the way’ when they are not entirely accountable to that way themselves, or have little understanding of that way. This can be dangerous. Learning and doing for yourself is one thing, why must it then be a teaching moment for others?

You can be an example and an inspiration and leave it at that.

…and the oh so busy. Yes, I get that phenomenon of the more I have to do, the more I get done. I am an example of this, and I thrive on having a healthy schedule. I also get overwhelmed when looking ahead at meeting after meeting, event after event, obligation after… you get the idea.

Do you see this happening as often as I do? Am I even making sense? Am I being a Bah Humbug?

Do you need a cookie?

Monday afternoon on facebook, my friend Shirley said she was thinking about making one big cookie for herself. Several people chimed in, saying that sounded good, we also wanted a cookie. Three of us made cookies. I pulled down a cereal bowl, some flour, butter, chocolate… my cookie was good.

Yesterday I made another. Actually wrote down the quantities and perfected the single serve cookie.

chocolate chip cookie recipe

single serve chocolate chip cookie

YIELD: one perfectly sized (five inch) cookie

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 teaspoon flax seed, freshly ground
1 1/2 teaspoons warm water

1 tablespoon butter (non dairy / margarine)
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch sea salt
handful dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine ground flax and water, set aside.

Cream together butter and maple syrup. Add flour but do not stir. Mix baking powder and sea salt into flour, then fold into wet ingredients. Add flax gel and chocolate chips, combine.

Spoon onto prepared (parchment, sprayed) baking sheet, bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

single serve cookie recipe

I saved half of the cookie for Jason…

 

this recipe was shared with Healthy Vegan Fridays.

 

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Peace Patch September 11, 2013 at 4:16 am

Jason is one lucky guy…and you are very generous! In this house I think that cookie would have disappeared superfast, leaving just one of those cartoony spirals of smoke. ;)
Thanks for the recipe!

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2 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:30 am

ha – those cartoony spirals happen enough around here as it is ;)

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3 Abby September 11, 2013 at 4:16 am

Ha. I just posted about stopping the glorification of busy, so I won’t ramble here. But I will say that I find it annoying, as most of the “ohmygod I’m so busy” people are much busier than they are productive. I feel bad for them in a way, as they’re missing out on the moments of peace and contentment that would actually be much MORE productive than constantly distracting themselves. I guess I did just ramble…

Anyway, cookies for everyone!

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4 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

“busier than they are productive” < -- YES this! I was just saying many of these busy folk are declaring their busy on social media... which they are on all day ;)

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5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 11, 2013 at 4:49 am

I’m kind of scared to know this is possible! You know what that means now…cookie time for me!

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6 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:28 am

I know – I made one Monday, I made … TWO yesterday (recipe development, you know) ;)

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7 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 11, 2013 at 4:51 am

There is nothing glamorous about being too busy. I purposely say no to things so I don’t get to that point in my life. Lots of parents tend to do this with their kids these days and it drives me crazy. Just let them play! They don’t need 8 billion activities. Anyway, that’s kind of a tangent.

I love this recipe. I don’t know if I’d want to share, so I might have to try to double it to make two. :)

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8 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:28 am

oh yes – I’m sure this also happens in the parenting / children world, to an extent I cannot fathom. and the saying no thing – this is a good thing, it keeps us sane! :)

I know, I’ve already thought about doubling the recipe – or making two smaller cookies from it ;)

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9 Lisa Johnson September 11, 2013 at 5:12 am

Thanks so much for the mention. I have just finished reading Tory Johnson’s book and it actually made me sad. Your point is a good one :-)

Also that cookie looks delicious and I have recently moved to gluten free/dairy free so I’m definitely going to try it.

Cheers,

Lisa

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10 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:26 am

I was waiting to hear your update, I saw your “I’m going in” comment yesterday. *sigh* this is where I thought I might come off as a Bah Humbug, but I guess I see too many people complete a major change (in your example, weight loss) and then feel they must Teach and Preach and make it their job? I stand by my “You can be an example and an inspiration and leave it at that.”

wish I could send you a cookie, Lisa! hope your transition is going well! Kristina

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11 Lisa Johnson September 11, 2013 at 6:29 am

Thanks so much sweetie. :-) Yes, sadly Tory uses a ketogenic diet, never saw a doctor, and thinks things like apples and carrots are evil. Also very little exercise … I’ll have my review up in a few minutes … but mostly I want to give her a hug and send her to a therapist and a nutritionist.

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12 Heather (Where's the Beach) September 11, 2013 at 5:40 am

I read a great article just the other day on the whole idea of busy busy busy. It’s almost a bragging right anymore. We all need to stop and just slow down. Life is passing us by as we’re busy busy busy not noticing.

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13 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 6:22 am

and it is ironic that many of those “OMG busy” people are … complaining about it on social media? and I see these people on social media a lot? some of it is taking on all the things, some might be lack of time management ;)

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14 meri September 11, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi there-
Your cookie looks yummy. I thought I might make a version based on what I have on hand- do you think coconut oil could replace the butter? I’ve never actually baked with coconut oil before so I’m not sure if you have any experience.
Thanks!
Meri

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15 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

hi Meri – while I have not used coconut oil in THIS recipe, I have successfully baked with it before – it is a straight substitution for the butter. enjoy!

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16 christina September 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

Yes, I need that cookie. That’s for sure! A lot of people our age pull the Im SO BUSY CRAP. Hey, I’ve even done it. It is annoying. I feel like it’s an excuse, and if you really want to do something, you make time. Plain and simple.

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17 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 9:42 am

I am probably guilty of freaking out over busy-ness too. and YES, you bring up ANOTHER aspect to ‘busy’ – using it as an excuse for NOT getting things done, NOT doing things you “say you want to do” – if it is important, you will find time!

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18 Tearei September 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

As usual, your words ring true for me! *Look of shame*

I’m guilty of all of the above ~ to my defense, people have sought out my advice on what has ‘worked for me’ and I enjoy sharing that. I’ve found so much satisfaction from it, that I do like the idea of sharing with others, but never to the extent that I’m an expert, a professional, yadda, yadda. :) I never want to be one of ‘those’ people who thinks their way is THE way. IMHO, information is power, and if you can help someone by sharing, good for you (Your blog has inspired me many times!) :)

It’s good to be busy. Idle hands and all. My mentor/coach once told me we need to treat time as more of a business partner, and not an enemy. I like that thought. We *always* have enough time, we just need to learn to manage it.

Your cookie looks delicious, and cooking with flax is next on my to-learn-from-the-experts list. Not today (heatwave!), but soon.

Beautiful!

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19 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

it is good to be busy – I really believe that I get more done when I have more to do. it is all about planning and management – making good use of your time.

journeys like the one you have started have and will inspire people! what I agree with Lisa on is when people turn that into their platform, especially for profit, they are often ill-informed, still learning themselves, and giving ineffective or even dangerous advice.

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20 Kelly September 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

A good friend of mine never understood people who claimed to be too busy…she would always reply “I’m sorry did you say you’re too busy or too dizzy”. And trust me, she is not someone who sits still but always finds time for anyone. On that note, I think I’ll make 2 cookies and share with my active, but not busy busy friend. Thanks for the recipe!

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21 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

ha – good reply! and yeah, I often marvel at those who have so much going on, get so much done (and they’re not complaining!). it must be time management. and lots of coffee ;)

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22 A. Cook September 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

Glad you started out with a nod to what today means. It’s never far from my mind.

And–I have actually thought about this “busy busy” phenomenon quite a lot. I definitely think it’s a product of social media, but I can’t decide whether it’s because a) being perpetually plugged in makes people feel like they constantly have to be doing something so that they can turn and share whatever that thing happens to be with everyone they’ve ever known, or b) whether it’s always been this way but I just notice it more now because I’m constantly so plugged in too.

Either way, a cookie break might just do the trick :)

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23 Kristina Sloggett September 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

never far from my mind, either. on the date it is especially somber.

you make a good point – just because you CAN share anything at anytime to multiple audiences, doesn’t mean you have to :) and yes, I am far from perfect – I have had days where I seem to be online all day (and not necessarily ‘job related’).

cookies are ALWAYS good!

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24 Johnny September 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

Clearly that delicious cookie is NOT big enough. It really needs to be the size of a dinner plate. Subtle hint? No! Make me a dinner plate size cookie and I will see you at happy hour this afternoon! ♥

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25 Sal September 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

single serving cookie – you are a genius! I think I will need this, this weekend!

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26 Kristina Sloggett September 12, 2013 at 5:00 am

enjoy!!

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27 lindsay September 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

oh yes, i just quit 2 things today because i didn’t want to be busier. It’s not important to me. It once was, but now, i see the importance of enjoying and slowing down. Can i have the cookie now?

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28 Kristina Sloggett September 12, 2013 at 5:00 am

YES you can have the cookie – well deserved! I am proud of you for taking it easier, my friend! xxo

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29 Elle September 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Your cookie looks delicious. Your insights are right on, too!

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30 Kristina Sloggett September 12, 2013 at 4:59 am

thank you Elle!

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31 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I am SO guilty of not being able to say no and thinking that I can do everything. I ended up in the hospital with a suspected heart attack yesterday so life’s gonna change for the old girl now. :) Life will be easier.

I need a cookie.

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32 Kristina Sloggett September 12, 2013 at 4:57 am

oh Maureen! I am so sorry, that is scary for sure. I hope you are all better and taking it easy. Please! You *DO* need a cookie. XXO

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33 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

I love for one cookies, make a great relaxing afternoon snack! :)

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34 Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts September 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I loved that you jumped right on this idea, girlie! Thanks for the mention! If I had any chocolate chips left in the house, I’d be trying your version right away. For real. :-) It really looks wonderful! My version was grain free and contained an excessive amount of chocolate chips. LOL, but true. It needs another tweak or two, but with no more chocolate chips that will have to wait. At least until tomorrow. ;-)

So “crazy busy” has now morphed into “OMG busy”? Sigh. While I’ve been guilty of this, too, from time to time, I will be the first to admit that it is often a guise of busyness and usually a sign that one is not taking care of the important “stuff,” sometimes deliberately loading up one’s “to do” list to avoid dealing with that particular stuff. To paraphrase the old story, nobody on their deathbed ever said I wish I’d just checked off a few more things on my “OMG Crazy List.” Planning is good. Scheduling is good. Having deadlines can be a godsend and a great motivator. That kind of “stress” can actually be beneficial (not all stress is bad), but the “I must do more, more, more (and I can’t stop to breathe, smell the roses, pet my dog, say hi to my neighbor, etc.) and you should do more, more, more, too” line of thinking and modeling/preaching is definitely not a good thing.

xo,
Shirley

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35 Katie @ Produce on Parade September 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

Oh yum, Kristina! I definitely needed this the other night! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful, vegan recipe! :)

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36 Anna September 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

How about that delicious looking chocolate milk? How do you make yours? Is it dairy free? I’ve tried making dairy free (and sugar free) chocolate milk with rice milk and other dairy free options, but it’s not very nice so far. Do you have a great recipe?

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37 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! September 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Ok, first off, I’m glad that I’m not the only one that notices these things! It makes me feel totally guilty, and like I don’t have enough on my plate, when I see what everyone else is doing. How are they these super people that do an infinite amount of things and are successful or whatever, while I’m here, working to provide a living for myself and still having trouble balancing my personal life? Ugh.

Also, I’m making this recipe. Maybe even right now. Maybe even two cookies. #dontjudgeme

<3

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38 andi October 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

This is a seriously delightful base recipe. I infused some coconut oil with BHO before making these. I used brown sugar instead of maple syrup and they were great! I put too much BHO in and got so high though lol but yum. This will be my go to medible recipe. Thanks :D

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