Monday, December 26, 2011

Vegan Out on Christmas Cookies!

Delayed post to show off my wonderfully delicious vegan Christmas cookies!  I'm the furthest thing from vegan (no self control here, folks), but decided to try my hand at it for my friend Crystal's cookie exchange.  I heard there would be a real, live vegan there!  Unfortunately, she was a no show.  But my cookies were delicious and I will bake them again and again and again!






Vegan Chocolate Spice Cookies
1 1/2 cups flour + 1 tbsp
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or vegan margarine--of which I had none, hence shortening)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark agave nectar
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 1/2 tsp boiling water
1/4 cup sugar

Preparation:
Whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside.
Beat together the shortening (or vegan margarine) and brown sugar. Add the agave nectar and mix well. Add half of the flour mixture and the baking soda mixture and combine well. Add the rest of the flour mixture.
Chill, covered for at least one hour. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Spoon dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll each ball in the sugar.  Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart, pressing down lightly in the center of cookie with a fork or spoon.
Bake 13-15 minutes, until surfaces start to crack slightly

Straight from the oven they tasted amazing--like a ginger snap with a little more oomf.  Super easy, super recommended (even if you aren't a real, live vegan)!

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