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Bakesale Recipe Roundup

Mmmm doughnuts.....

I am totally stoked for the bakesales this Saturday, I think we are going to raise a lot of money for Japan. It seems like news just gets worse and worse so it is nice to be able to do something to help. There are going to be some fantastic vegan baker’s donating goods to, the Red Rabbit Donut Cooperative is going to drop off several dozen vegan donuts to the Bee Caves location and I know there is going to be lots of vegan goodness at the South Congress & North Loop locations as well, every location will have some vegan items.

Sometimes people are a little mystified about what to make so I thought I would share some recipes that I have had success with. I am more of a savory cook but I enjoy baking too…. well more of eating baked goods anyway. Unlike my regular cooking I try to follow a recipe as close as possible so I use some of my favorite blogs and cookbooks. Veganizing a recipe can be really easy, depending on the recipe! If you get more than 3 eggs it can get a little bit tricky but common subs are trading out honey for agave nectar, using Earth Balance non hydrogenated margarine in place of butter, soy milk, mimic creame or coconut creamer in place of their dairy equivalents, and dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate are really easy to do. For eggs I usually use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water for each egg. I like it because flax seeds are really good for you and I always have them around but there are a lot of other ways to go about it.

Mimicreame worked beautifully in these chocolate peanut butter pretzel tarts

Kittie from Cakemaker to the stars has veganized a bunch of Martha Stewart recipes with a lot of success. I made her Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Insides that were veganized from Martha and OMG they were amazing. For the last bakesale I made her Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Squares but with cocopuffs and I think I will do that again because they were really fun. I have made the buckeyes and the peanut butter filled whoopie pies which would be a GREAT recipe to try because my friends will pay serious money to eat those whoopie pies!

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World is a terrific little book with tons of ideas and recipes with lots of baking advice if you are interested in a book you can pick it up at almost any bookseller in town. I have made the Mexican Hot Chocolate, Mucho Margareta, Chai Tea, Chocolate, Apple Spice, Jelly Donut, Green Tea and who knows how many other cupcakes. The Earl Grey variation that we made for the Star Trek feast has been my favorite so far!

Terry and Isa wrote a second dessert book “Vegan Cookies invade your cookie jar” and many of those recipes are online, I love the Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles, and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows, and the recipe for Pignoli Almond Cookies sounds really good too.

Over the holidays I became obsessed with these mint chocolate chip cookies from Readymade magazine. The recipe yielded a ton and at least one person said they were the best cookies that he ever had!

Another fantastic recipe that I just adore is the Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie. This recipe has some pricey ingredients but a spicy, gooey, chocolate brownie is really something to sing about.

Another great source of recipes are , I ended up making her Giant Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Finally, a great online resource is the Bittersweet Blog. The author Hannah Kaminsky has a book as well called My Sweet Vegan. Her blog has tons of great look recipes like Cinnamon Buns, Zucchini Babka, and even dog biscuits, you don’t want to leave the pups out! Mmm bake sale….

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

I don’t know if it is because it is VeganMoFo or if it is finally starting to turn into winter but I can not get cookies and brownies out of my brain….figuratively.  Last week we tried these beautiful brownies from Not a Rabbit but ours did not turn out nearly as beautiful because someone refused to wait the prescribed cooling time. Of course that someone is always me, I think cooling times are for losers, that is why my tongue is burnt nearly every time I eat soup. They tasted really good though!

Then this week I saw a post on “Musings From The Fishbowl” for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies and I immediately emailed it home with very specific instructions to have the cookies cooling by the time I got home.

They were still baking when I got in and somehow I waited until they were actually ready this time. These cookies are so rich and fun looking! They kind of look like a nipple or a cell or something, what do you think?

Either way they were so rich and tasty. The chocolate ganache center stayed creamy and delicious. I wanted to eat 10 of them but could only eat just one. If you have someone in your life who will make you cookies I recommend sending this recipe stat! Thank you ShellyFish!

VeganMoFo- Cookies and the Flaming Lips

Over the weekend I got to see the new Flaming Lips movie “Christmas on Mars” I loved it but it certainly isn’t for everyone. I had to wonder if Wayne is a veg because he transposed an egg yolk with a human fetus and had a delightful scene where someone was cutting into a sausage with a fork and knife and then hallucinated that it was a human fetus. There were fetuses and vulvas all around and it really put me in the Christmas spirit. After the movie there was a Q&A with Wayne where I learned their new album will come out next summer and that he would rather be deaf than blind.

On Sunday I was feeling very sickly and made the Chickpea Noodle soup from the Veganomicon. My wonderful partner made me Chocolate Chip Cookies to cheer me up and so that I would continue to think that he is the best guy in the world. Here is a picture of them right out of the oven before I was allowed to eat them. They were the best cookies ever.