Cookie Comparison

That age old dilemma– taste or convenience?

Sure it’s easy to grab a roll of cookie dough from the grocery store, but can you really beat the taste of fresh, homemade cookies?

Being vegan, you make a lot of things from scratch.  But when I found Eat Pastry vegan and gluten-free cookie dough, I had to try it.

I bought the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and eagerly followed the instructions to on the side of the tub to “devour”!

The dough itself was pretty good, but I was less impressed with the actual cookies.  There needed to be more chocolate chips in the cookies.  One chocolate chip per cookie does not a chocolate chip cookie make.

So if I buy it in the future it will be to eat the raw dough; I can make better cookies myself.

With that said, here’s a recipe I ‘veganized’ for easy, gluten free peanut butter cookies.  And you can put as many chocolate chips in them as you like!

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I like to use chunky; and if you use a kind with a lot of sugar in it– as opposed to a more natural brand– then you don’t need to use quite as much sugar.  That is, unless you like really sugary cookies)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Tbl. ground flax seed, plus 3 Tbl. water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix the sugar and peanut butter together.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.

Roll into small balls (the cookies are a bit crumbly, so small works best) and place on a greased or parchment covered sheet.  For the authentic peanut butter cookie experience, make crosshatches with a fork on top of them.  Bake for 10 minutes.

And that’s it!  The easiest cookies in the world!

Next time I make these I’m going to experiment and use some banana or applesauce as the ‘egg’ instead of the flax seed.  I think it will make them a little moister.

Chocolate Vegan Kahlua Cupcakes

Warning: Only for true chocoholics

These cupcakes combine two of my favorite things:  coffee and chocolate.  You don’t necessarily need to use Kahlua.  Any kind of coffee flavoring will give the chocolate much more depth and make these the chocolatiest, richest cupcakes you’ve ever tasted.

I adapted the recipe from the wonderful Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, by Isa and Terry, everyone’s two favorite punk vegan bakers.  If you don’t own a copy, you should get one.

Recipe:

  • Start with “Your Basic Chocolate Cupcake” batter on page 37 of Vegan Cupcakes
  • Add two tablespoons of Kahlua to the wet mixture.
  • Add one cup of chocolate chips to the dry mixture.
  • Mix together
  • Note:  When I’ve made these they’ve always had to cook a few minutes longer than the 18-22 minutes suggested in the book.  However, I don’t know if that’s because of the added ingredients or it’s just my oven :)

You can use any frosting recipe, but I prefer to keep everything at maximum chocolateness so I used this basic chocolate frosting recipe:

  • 1/4 cup soy margarine
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon agave syrup (or any other kind of liquid sweetener you may have)
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate soymilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • and more Kahlua!  I added about 1 Tablespoon
  • Mix together
  • Add 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • and 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Mix well

Frost and enjoy the most scrumptious cupcakes ever!  But make sure to pace yourself or you may end up like this.

 

 

Sweet teeth

Unable to grab any junk food I come across, I now have to go searching for vegan treats when my sweet tooth starts calling.  While Oreos are good, sometimes a vegan wants a little something else.  So, until my newly ordered copies of “Vegan Cupcakes Take over the world”, and “Vegan Cookies Invade your cookie jar” arrive, I’ve been trolling the web for some quick easy sugar fixes.  I came across this recipe gem: Cheesecake Sopapillas from That Was Vegan?.  Being from Texas, I’m definitely a fan of Sopapillas; and adding vegan cream cheese?  Yes please.

If it we weren’t having a snowpocalypse in the Pacific Northwest at the moment, I would be at the grocery store getting the ingredients right now.  As it is, I’ll have to be content with my Oreos until the frozen wasteland thaws.