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Seven Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes

by Gentle World on July 29, 2011

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Although our diet is mostly based around organic whole foods, anyone who knows us will gladly attest to the fact that we are somewhat obsessed with sweet treats and baked goods. Home-made vegan cookies are no exception. Add a few non-dairy chocolate chips to the recipe, and we’re lucky if the dough can even make it into the oven!

Many (though not all) of our cookie recipes use the powdered egg replacer that can be found at your local health food store, online, or in some really good grocery stores. It’s a really easy way to replace eggs in baking. If you have your own favorite cookie recipe you’d like to ‘veganize’, but don’t have access to egg replacer, there are many other ways to replace common non-vegan ingredients. Also, we like to use cold-pressed organic sunflower oil for baking, because it’s very mild-flavored. But you can feel free to use whatever your favorite oil is for baking.

Following are two recipes for Thumbprint (jam-filled) Cookies (each slightly different), along with a collection of other dependable recipes for our fellow cookie monsters… and those who love them.

Thumbprint Cookies are one of the most festive-looking cookies, so they’re a favorite of mine for entertaining. They’re beautiful to look at as well as being delicious to eat! On top of all that, they’re also fun to make!

This recipe uses grated lemon or lime peel, which makes it really fruity and zesty… Yum. If you just don’t have the time to grate all that lemon, try using 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon essence instead. Alternatively, you can use half the lemon zest and use 1/8 cup of lemon juice instead of the water.

Tootie Fruitie Thumbprint Cookies
yields 25

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
2 Tbsp. lemon/lime peels, grated
1/4 cup organic tofu, rinsed & drained
3/4 cup unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
1 tsp. vanilla
10 oz. fruit-sweetened jam

1.  In a bowl, sift flour and baking soda.
2.  Mash tofu and blend well in a blender with remaining ingredients, except for the jam.
3.  Pour wet mixture into the dry and mix. If batter is too sticky, add a little more flour.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper. Criss-cross each cookie with a fork.

5.  Using your thumb, or the rounded end of a kitchen utensil, as pictured, put a ‘thumbprint’ in the middle of each.

6.  Fill each ‘thumbprint’ with with half a teaspoon of jam.

7.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 10–5 minutes or until golden-brown.

8.  Enjoy!

If you prefer a jam-filled cookie that’s not quite so tangy, try this version of the Thumbprints. Instead of lemon flavoring, this one uses almond essence, making it very rich instead of zesty.

Thumbprint Cookies
yields 1 dozen

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. egg replacer, mixed with 2 Tbsp. warm water
1/3 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
1/3 cup unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
5 oz. fruit-sweetened jam

1.  Sift together flour and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Mix well, and add chopped walnuts.
2.  Mix the water and egg replacer with the oil, sweetener, vanilla and almond extract.
3.  Add the liquid to the dry. Mix well and chill in the freezer for 5–10 minutes.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  As illustrated on the previous page, criss-cross each cookie with a fork. Using your thumb, or the rounded end of a kitchen utensil, put a ‘thumbprint’ in the middle of each. Fill with ‘thumbprint’ with half a teaspoon of jam.
6.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 10–13 minutes.

Outrageous Cookies are our go-to recipe for a quick, easy treat that comes out great every time. Walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, are all optional variations, but feel free to try out your own – pecans, dates, carob chips… Experiment away!
Outrageous Cookies
yields 2 dozen

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
(OR 2 cups flour + 1 cup ground mac nuts)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. egg replacer, mixed with 3 Tbsp. warm water
3/4 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
1 cup unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raisins or vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1.  Sift flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a bowl.
2.  Mix wet ingredients, including sweeteners.
3.  Add the dry to the wet, then add raisins and walnuts. Mix.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 14–15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

These are another one of our favorites. This recipe makes quite a large number of cookies, so if you’re not planning to party with a big group, you can count on having extras left-over. Alternatively, you can also cut the recipe in half.…

Almond Cookies
yields 34

2 1/2 cups almonds, ground
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking soda, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking powder, sifted
1 1/2–2 cups unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp. almond oil or extract
3/4 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
1 tsp. vanilla

1.  Combine dry ingredients (except sweetener) in a bowl.
2.  Blend sweetener with remaining wet ingredients in a blender or with a whisk.
3.  Add dry ingredients to the wet, and mix.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for about 10 minutes or until golden-brown.

Lemon Walnut Cookies
yields 2 dozen

3 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. egg replacer (dry)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. maple syrup
3 Tbsp. lemon rind
3–4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped

1.  Sift dry ingredients (except sweetener) into a bowl.
2.  Blend the remaining ingredients (except walnuts) in a blender.
3.  Add wet mixture to the dry and mix, folding in walnuts at the end.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 12–15 minutes, until bottoms are golden-brown.

Chips A’ High Cookies
yields 3035

4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. egg replacer mixed with 1/3 cup warm water or non-dairy milk
3/4+ cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
2 tsp. vanilla (or maple syrup)
1 1/4 cups unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
1/8–1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 1/4 cups vegan chocolate chips

1.  In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
2.  In a separate bowl, mix egg replacer mixture, oil, vanilla, sweeteners and soy milk.
3.  Add dry mixture to the wet batter. Mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 10–15 minutes or until cracks appear on top. Bottoms should be lightly browned.

Oatmeal Chewies
yields 18–24 large cookies

2/3 cup cold-pressed organic sunflower oil
3/4 cup unrefined dry sweetener such as Rapadura
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/3 tsp. sea salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. soy powder
6 cups oats
1 1/2 cups raisins

1.  With a whisk, blend together oil, sweeteners, water and vanilla until fluffy.
2.  Sift together flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and soy powder.
3.  Add dry to the wet and stir. Add oats and raisins and mix thoroughly.
4.  Roll dough into balls and flatten somewhat on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
5.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350° for 12–17 minutes or until golden-brown on the bottom.

Optional ~ Add 1–2 teaspoons of maple or almond flavoring.

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