(Surprise) Strawberry Pancake Cookies

by Sarah on January 22, 2012 · 12 comments

The–well, at least my–natural response to a tweet or a blog post missive akin to “I just don’t know what I’m going to do with all of these cakes/cookies/free bags of expensive food that were sent to me because I receive 800 comments on my blog each week” is:

I’ll be happy to take those off your hands for you. ;) * 
*The smiley face is important. Especially a winky one. It let’s the blogger know that you are slightly jealous that they have so much deliciousness in their kitchen at the moment, but won’t really be offended if you don’t get to share. And that you are friendly.]
Never did I expect to actually receive something in the mail.
But, I did. Because Lauren@Vegology is amazing.
I actually had thought I’d miss the (cookie) catamaran on this one, because Lauren wasn’t able to send me the remnants of her vegan baking adventures until after I’d already left for Charlottesville. I figured it was OK. I didn’t really need any more temptation in the form of sweet treats in my life, and Papa Smart was growing quite fond of vegan cookies.
 

But Papa Smart came through and forwarded the package to me…where I wasted no time ripping it open with my bare hands.*
*Hey, I was hungry. And I was surprised to be receiving a package from Papa Smart.

 

I cannot even begin to tell y’all how much I loved these (vegan) Cherry Almond Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. Seriously. Not only were they beautiful…they were the perfect balance of sweetness, nuttiness, and tartness (from the dried cherries). They were  all at once chock full of flavor, soft, and slightly crispy, and I wasted no time in consuming a rather excessive amount of them. [All but perhaps one or two snagged by my roommate.]

I, of course, needed the recipe. [Lauren happily obliged, but after I had already scoured the internet* to discover that someone had already posted the recipe--probably illegally, so I won't link to it here.^]
*Read: googled ‘cherry almond vegan cookies invade’ and finding it rather quickly
^Not that I didn’t just tell you how to find it.

And, I also had to make them. But, of course, this was the “Hi, my name is Miss Smart and I’m a rather lazy baker who doesn’t make sure she has everything she needs before baking” version.

Instead of cherries, I had wanted to use leftover blueberries, but underestimated how many I still had from my Blueberry Pancake Peanut Butter, so I used dried strawberries instead.  [A little sweeter than I intended? Yes. (Sigh.)]

Parchment paper? Clearly cooking spray will be fine. Whole wheat pastry flavor filled in for half of the all-purpose flour…and then I accidentally used maple extract instead of almond, so they tasted a little bit like strawberry pancakes.*
*Good or bad thing? You decide. People like those…right?

As per usual, I undercooked them…and my lack of a cooling rack resulted in some slightly sunken cookies. [At least they have great personalities.]

And yet, I polished off three of them in rapid succession…so I guess it’s not a complete failure after all. In fact, I’m pretty happy I have a faculty room to put them into tomorrow.

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(Vegan) Strawberry Pancake Cookies
[Inspired by Cherry Almond Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar]

1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp. ground flax seed
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. maple extract
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup dried strawberries (not freeze-dried)
3/4 cup sliced almonds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with baking spray.
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine oil, sugars, flax, and extracts. Whisk rapidly with a fork until smooth.
3. Mix in flours, baking soda, and salt.
4. When flours are almost completely incorporated, stir in strawberries and almonds.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or, if you are me…9), until edges and bottoms are slightly browned.
6. Allow to cool on the baking sheet before cooling on a cooling rack. [Unless you don't have one...]

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PS- Shout out to Lauren‘s mom who took the photograph on this lovely card! 
 
Wish I was there instead of wintry blah-land.
[Sold in her Richmond store: Wendy Bird's Boutique *]

*I was not paid to endorse this….except for in cookies. :)

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Jenn @ Peas and Crayons January 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

paid in cookies eh? =) haha love it! So sweet of Lauren! They look awesome and so do your strawberry pancake cookies! <3 Happy Sunday love!

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Sonia the mexigarian January 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Those look pretty good and sound quite yummy. Soft cookies are some of my favorites.

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Lauren January 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

these sound great :D

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vegologyblog.com January 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

They look great! Glad you liked the cookies I sent! Next time I do a major vegan baking experiment, I'll send some more overflow your way.:)

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sarah @ sarah learns January 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

strawberry pancakes sound delicious and so do strawberry pancake cookies! nice work.

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert January 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

You are so creative! I think they sound wonderful. Sorry I can't get one about now. Yum! Have a lovely week.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

yummmm. i LOVE strawberry pancakes. and that sunflower pic is amazing.

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Meri January 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

That's a gorgeous card! I'm impressed. I love sunflowers.

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Khushboo January 23, 2012 at 1:38 am

Good lord- strawberry pancake COOKIES??????? I can't think of anything better!

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Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Fantastic! I'm going to start responding to tweets like that in the same manner…

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