A few weeks ago I experienced a sensation of impending doom. I promised my almost-3-year-old son that if he helped clean up his toys, he could help me make cookies. He energetically completed the task at hand, and beamed up at me when I announced the anticipated time had arrived. Then I opened the fridge and…there were no eggs to be seen! This is when my heart dropped into my stomach as my boy bounced up and down, watching what I was doing. What now?
First I considered shortbread, but was deterred by the colossal quantity of butter it would consume. Besides, I didn’t want a crunchy cookie. Then it occurred to me that there are a lot of people in the world with egg allergies or vegan preferences, so I hastily scoured Pinterest for a promising-looking cookie recipe that didn’t involve eggs. Finally I settled on this recipe, which has a “secret ingredient” that happens to be one of my favorite things—cream cheese.
Even still, I wasn’t too hopeful for the outcome. Can you have a really good, chewy chocolate cookie without eggs? At the least, though, it would redeem my promise to a certain toddler, who would undoubtedly appreciate the results purely on the basis of sugar and “chwocate.”
One of the great things about this recipe is that since the dough does not contain eggs, you can eat it without fear of salmonella poisoning. Not that I can claim adherence to that particular food safety rule anyway…I was raised on cookie dough and brownie batter. Here are my kitchen helpers indulging in the rewards of their labors.
You can see from looking at the dough that there is a little different appearance to the texture.
When the cookies came out of the oven, I was pleasantly surprised. These cookies are chewy and barely distinguishable from the usual chocolate chip cookie. While I can’t claim to be a cookie connoisseur, my husband is an insatiable cookie lover. He ate half a dozen of these when he got home from work, and declared them amazing cookies—all without knowing they were unconventional, egg-free cookies! So, with that seal of approval, I have added this cookie recipe to my collection of reliable, approved cookies.
Has anyone else ever been in a no-eggs-in-the fridge crisis? What did you do?
Recipe from Jen's Favorite Cookies
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350*.
Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla until smooth. Add the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix until thoroughly combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded spoonful onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let rest 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Linked at: The Weekend Re-Treat