December 27, 2009

happy little vegan oatmeal pumpkin spice cookies

i wanted to make these for thanksgiving but didn’t have time… so i added them into the christmas cookie mix. i guess pumpkin is not so much a winter flavor but I love it all year long. 

the recipe is from isa at postpunkkitchen. so far i have loved all her recipes. she has a new cookie cookbook that i got for christmas!
you can find the recipe here 

These are nice and chewy, with just the right amount of spice. The recipe says the flax seed is optional but I would definitely add it to get the chewy texture. after you drop the cookie dough on the baking sheet, make sure you flatten out/smoosh each cookie before they bake. 1 batch makes a lot of cookies. I made 1 ½ batches of these yummy things so i could just use up the whole can of pumpkin.

December 23, 2009

happy little sprtiz cookies

i found a wilton cookie press on sale at target and thought it would be fun to use. the last time I used a cookie press i was about 10 years old and I remember thinking it was so fun! ummm, not so much thinking that now. I think the temperature and consistency of my dough was off cause these little buggers were hard to make! They took a long time and were defiantly more difficult than this lady makes it look, but they sure are cute and festive.

okay, so I used this recipe and substituted salted butter instead of shortening. I think using the butter made the cookies taste much more salty than intended. if these were the only cookies I tasted then I would think, “not sweet enough!” but since I made so many other super sweet cookies, these were a good balance. After the first batch I added lots more sprinkles to the cookies for some extra sweetness.

If I have time I’ll try these again with the shortening… unless any of you have a better, super awesome sprtiz cookie recipe you can share with me? 

December 21, 2009

happy little chocolate chip s'mores cookies

go make these cookies now and everyone will think you are a genius baker.

my husband and everyone else in the world seems to adore these. they are by far the most popular cookies I bake every year…. and guess what? they are the easiest!  maybe i shouldn’t be sharing this top secret recipe with you because now everyone will know how simple these are… but i’m in a generous mood with it being christmas and all, so here you go….

chocolate chip s’mores cookies
I think this recipe is from one of those little pillsbury recipe magazines (right by the grocery store check out) I bought 5 or 6 years ago!
  • your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or any store bought chocolate chip cookie dough (i used pillsbury simply cookies  because they were on sale and didn’t have any trans fat)

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees. shape cookie dough into 1inch balls and place on cookie sheets.

2.  bake cookies until the edges are barley light brown (usually about 9 minutes in my oven).

3. quickly remove the cookies from the oven and place 1 half marshmallow on top ot the cookie.

4. put cookies back in the oven for 1-2 minutes (until the marshmallows start to puff up)

5. transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool for a few min.

6.  melt chocolate according to directions (in the microwave) and spoon or drizzle the chocolate over each cookie.

7. allow chocolate to completely harden before packing up and giving to all your friends!

happy little vegan chocolate chip cookies... with coconut and cranberries

these are my all time favorite chocolate chip cookies!! i love making and eating these cookies. the recipe is from recipe adapted from vegan a go-go!, by sarah kramer, 2008, arsenal pulp press . they taste a little different than your typical chocolate chip cookie and might not be everyone's favorite...but there is something about the way they taste that makes me happy. 

i tripled the recipe and added in about 1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries. i'm not sure how many cookies i made but i'm guessing around 4-5 dozen... 3 plates of cookies piled high (1 plate is misisng from the picture).

did i mention how much i love these cookies?  well, i love them even more when they are cupcaked ! 

Happy Little Christmas Cookie Adventure!

2009 Christmas Cookie Menu

Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Cranberry Cookies (vegan)
Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice Cookies (vegan)

Chocolate Chip S’mores Cookies
Cream Cheese Snowflakes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Bars 

I’ll post some recipes later tonight!