Balsamic Weekday Cookies

When our dinner involves heating up the oven I often bake an impromptu batch of cookies for dessert. These crumbly chocolatey cookies are a result of one such occasion, whipped up in no more than 15 minutes, thus being very good value for the time spent. Balsamic vinegar and muscovado sugar enhance the cocoa flavor just enough to tip these from being just another cookie to in fact being quite a decadent weekday treat.


Adding wheat bran to cookies is a good way of making you feel like you’re baking something almost healthy without compromising flavor. This batch yields about 10 medium-sized cookies, and they keep very well in room temperature for a few days at least.

The Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 dl whole spelt flour
  • 1 dl wheat flour
  • 1/2 dl wheat bran
  • 1/2 dl dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

The Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 dl muscovado sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

I first mixed the dry and the wet ingredients in separate bowls, and then combined in one of the bowls. The dough was dry-ish but kept together when pinched between two fingers.

I then proceeded to cover a baking sheet with baking parchment and rolled the dough into 10 balls. I flattened the cookies slightly – they only spread a little in the oven, so this is an important step. Then I baked them in 175 degrees Celsius for 8 to 9 minutes, when still soft but just slightly browned on the underside.

These cookies had a good crunch, but also a nice and chewy center – there is a risk of overbaking these, so good care should be taken.


  1. Posted March 30, 2009 at 20:46 | Permalink

    This recipe sounds easy and fantastic! They look like the perfect chocolate cookie.

  2. Posted March 30, 2009 at 21:57 | Permalink

    I think I’ll bake up a batch of these soon, they sound wonderful =)

  3. Okriina
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 22:01 | Permalink

    Nice recipe! Isn’t vegan cooking just great, so easy and so delicious. I also like the combination of balsamic vinegar and chocolate.

  4. Posted March 31, 2009 at 02:34 | Permalink

    Super original recipe. Love it!

  5. Posted March 31, 2009 at 02:50 | Permalink

    holy moly – awesome!!!
    these look delicious :)

  6. Posted April 1, 2009 at 05:26 | Permalink

    These cookies look great and you don’t have to feel so guilty giving them to your kids.

  7. Posted April 1, 2009 at 11:53 | Permalink

    I don´t eat unhealty stuff like that no more, since I´m trying to get pregnant. But it looks great. I like coming in here to look att your lovely food pictures. And I have to say, I really like your Header!

  8. Anni
    Posted April 1, 2009 at 12:25 | Permalink

    Thank you for the comments, dear people from all over the world! These sure were a treat, and I do hope no one has to feel guilty about having a home-baked cookie every now and then!

  9. Posted April 2, 2009 at 06:32 | Permalink

    I really must make balsamic chocolate cookies, I’ve been meaning to for ages. Yours look delicious!

  10. Posted April 3, 2009 at 16:52 | Permalink

    Balsamic and chocolate together? I must try this soon. The cookies sound great!

  11. Posted April 3, 2009 at 21:01 | Permalink

    Wow! Never heard of this combo before! I’ll have to give it a go!

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