So what cookies did I make to give to my three, unsuspecting, vegan-cookie victims?*
I am calling them that because my thought process while baking was:
“Oh, what the he$%!”
Loosely based on my Maple Peanut Butter Cup Seduction Cookies, these are a vegan treat that–had I been thinking more clearly at the time–could have easily rolled into “doughballs,” because that’s what they taste like…little bites of maple cinnamon peanut buttery dough.Instead, I chose this moment as the first time in my life that I ever remember actually “drop[ping] by rounded tablespoon onto a cookie sheet.”I guess I could call them (Vegan) Coconut Maple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Seduction Doughballs. But that is a mouthful. And with these around, you don’t want a mouthful of words when you could be having a mouthful of cookie.
“What The He$@?” Cookies*
3 Tbsp. earth balance natural spread
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1/2 cup demerara, sucanat, or brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 tsp. maple extract
1 Tbsp. ground flax + 2 Tbsp. water [flax egg] (optional)
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together earth balance, peanut butter, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla. [If desired, beat in flax egg.]
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until well incorporated and doughy.
4. Mix in chocolate chips and–what the he$%?–coconut.
5. Drop by rounded tablespoons (or roll into doughballs) onto a cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
*Considering I once thought of changing my blog name to The Smart Kitsch-en, I was immediately won over.
…I was overjoyed by the cute little molasses gingerbread men (and ladies) based on a secret family recipe that I loved for being slightly softer and more doughy than a traditional gingerbread cookie. [I love a soft cookie. Crisp cookies are for losers.*]
*Except in the case of shortbread and super thin Moravian gingersnaps.
Inside this adorable holiday box (that I kind of want to use all year round…), Heather
@ For the Love of Kale shipped Maple Pumpkin Cookie with Maple Frosting.All I have to say is that there was no restraint when I opened this box and smelled these cookies. Yes, I did lick my fingers and scrape up the frosting bits from the bottom. I am not ashamed.
Kate from A Healthy Passion shipped some Vegan “Nog” Cookies. Highly addictive. As in, so high that people with acrophobia shouldn’t eat them.
In fact, after I set them out at after dinner on Saturday night, I found myself in the kitchen eating the crumblies and bits from the bottom of the bag, trying to hide discreetly behind the slightly ajar kitchen door.