Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

From 6 Bittersweets
Reproduced with permission from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar with my comments/changes in brackets
Makes 2 dozen cookies

XIAOLU’S NOTES: I only had old-fashioned oats, not quick-cooking, so I went at 'em with my pastry blender and all was well! Also, my batter distribution wasn't "generous" enough in the first batch so the second batch was extra large (and thus extra delicious).

1/2 cup nondairy milk [I used soymilk]
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together non-dairy milk, oil, flax seeds, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Sift in flour, cinnamon, espresso powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add quick-cooking oats and chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are moistened.

Drop generous tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto baking sheets [Please note this batter is very runny and I spread them out even more so they'd bake up flatter.]. Bake for 14 minutes [I needed to bake 2-3 minutes longer], until cookies are slightly puffed and the edges appear dry.

Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes [I let them sit for 10 minutes to ensure the bottoms were set.], then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely. Store in a loosely covered container.

MORSELS: Look for instant Italian espresso powder at gourmet markets in the coffee aisle or even in the baking aisles at fancy supermarkets. Instant espresso powder has a rich, concentrated flavor that’s magical in baked goods. If you can’t find it, it’s okay to substitute instant coffee granules; the flavor will just not be as intense.