These cookies are completely decadent and delicious. You can make them somewhat healthier by using up to 50% white whole wheat flour. The recipe was adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance.
Carbon footprint info:
The carbon footprint of 1 cup of vegan butter is 305 g CO2-equivalents, while one cup of dairy butter has a footprint of 2,670 g CO2-equivalents, so by making the choice to bake with a vegan butter, you are saving 2,365 g CO2 equivalents. This is 65% of the daily per capita target for the Paris Climate Accord. Why is this difference so large? It’s because cows are ruminants, which means they produce methane as part of their natural digestion. The carbon footprint conversion for butter is 11.92 g CO2-eq/g butter, and that for vegan butter is 1.36 g CO2-eq/g. For more information on the per capita Paris Climate target, see Taking Climate into our Own Hands and Low Hanging Fruit for a Low Carbon Life.
Source for greenhouse gas emission data:
Heller, M.C. and G.A. Keoleian. 2014. Greenhouse gas emission estimates of U.S. dietary choices and food loss. Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12174