Say hello to perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies with an Oreo inside. You're welcome.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 1/2 cups flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
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Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a stand or hand mixer, mix together the sugars, shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and applesauce. Mix until fully incorporated.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, baking soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until the dough is workable, and doesn't stick to your hands. If it does, mix in a handful of flour. Fold in chocolate chips.
Place reserved 1/2 cup flour in a bowl and use to coat your hands.
Roll a 2-inch ball of cookie dough, place on one hand, and press lightly using the palm of your other to spread the dough into a circle big enough to fit an Oreo in the center. Wrap the cookie dough to cover the entire Oreo. Place cookies 2 inches apart on baking pan. Repeat with remaining dough, continuing to coat your hands in flour when they get too sticky.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown. Let sit on pan for 2 minutes, then place cookies on cooling rack.