Giant Vegan Marbled Black & White Cookies

These monstrous cookies have graced a few different gatherings. From a going away get-together, to a housewarming party, to an engagement congratulations, to a homecoming arrival, and to the celebration of life, they seem to have a rapid rate of disappearance at each event. 

I have tinkered with the two dough recipes a couple of times to get not only the rich, perfectly sweet cookie dough just right, but also to achieve optimal chewiness and that bakery storefront crackle-top texture.  

When I say monstrous, I mean that in every sense of the word, with no exaggeration. These are unapologetically gigantic, as in, a single cookie would be fit to serve as an entire meal for Hulk, and they're of average cookie size for Paul Bunyan.

My family of hungry Italians ate no more than one of these at a time-there is something to be said about that. After being brought up by Italians, surrounded by good, homemade food at all times, we are known to be able to really conquer food and, typically, can eat up to three normal sized cookies in one sitting.

These cookies are the exception.

Monstrous Marbled Black & White Cookies
makes 1 1/2 dozen monstrous cookies (3-4 Tablespoon-sized) - 2 1/2 dozen smaller, less intimidating, cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

-1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
-1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
-2 cups flour
-2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
-1 cup chocolate chips

1. Mix together coconut oil and brown sugar. Add milk and vanilla, thoroughly combine.
2. Add flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix until combined, do not over-mix. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Set aside while you whip up the chocolate dough.

Double Chocolate Cookies

-1/2 cup non-dairy butter, softened, not melted
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 Tablespoon vanilla
-1 vegan egg
-1 cup flour
-2 Tablespoons arrowroot starch
-1/4 cup cocoa
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
-1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
-1 cup chocolate chips

1. Cream butter and sugars until fluffy, add vanilla and egg, thoroughly combine.
2. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt, mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

To Prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking liner.
2. Scoop chocolate chip cookie dough by 1-2 tablespoonful, depending on preferred size. Roll into a ball and place on baking sheet a few inches apart. Once you have rolled the first dough, begin scooping the second dough by 1-2 tablespoonful, roll into a ball, then add to a rolled ball of the opposite dough. Smoosh the two together, roll into one giant, marbled ball, and flatten with the bottom of a glass.
3. Bake in preheated oven 10-14 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven once tops are crackled, edges are slightly tanned, and centers are set. Let cool on baking sheets 5-10 minutes.

chocolate chip cookie recipe adapted from this recipe by Daily Rebecca
double chocolate chocolate chip cookies recipe adapted from this recipe by Very Best Baking
I have not yet made a gluten free version of these and gladly welcome any feedback or suggestions as to which flours you prefer to use when converting a recipe to gluten free.
optional substitutions...
-coconut oil: dairy free butter
-dairy free butter: coconut oil
-brown sugar: 1 cup sugar + 1/2 teaspoon molasses
-sugar: coconut sugar, brown sugar
-arrowroot starch: cornstarch

...lovely accompanied by a creamy vanilla hemp milk cappuccino

Mangia! Mangia!

P.S. I made these to be enjoyed while we gathered to celebrate the sweet company and life of our so incredibly loved family golden retriever, Maggy.

Our little lady passed on after blessing our family with nearly thirteen years of abundant happiness. Her sweet soul provided us with so much more than we could have ever asked for. My gratitude for our time with this sweet being could never be explained in words. Her wisdom and loyal, genuine love for our family taught us that life is best spent surrounded by those you love, and to live life to the absolute fullest every single day. Her resplendent spirit will be forever remembered and cherished in each of our hearts for the rest of our days.

We love you, Maggy, and know you're watching over your family of ducklings, making sure we're all in a row.