Ok. I don’t like reposting content that’s been featured all over the blogosphere. Today, I couldn’t help it. These cookies rule. I want to start this post by thanking Craftzine for putting a billion tastes and tunes on my radar. This blog is wonderful and features some amazing photography (food porn ;) ).
With Girl Scout Cookie season upon us, my new no-dairy diet can be super disappointing. I was so psyched when I discovered this vegan thin mints recipe. For Valentine’s Day, I made my soon-to-be husband a box of felt fortune cookies with about 20 messages ranging from corny to sweet, but I felt like I wanted to do something more. These cookies fit the bill!
1 cup margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg (or 2 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp cold water if you don’t eat eggs)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 – 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vegetable or coconut oil
2-3 tsp peppermint extract
Directions: click here.
The recipe in action
I gathered my ingredients, deciding to use an egg rather than an egg substitute.
The thing I’m learning with non-dairy/vegan baking is that the texture of dough created is… weird. It’s much more oily in many cases. The recipe I followed mentioned that margarine has a lower melting point than butter, so I’m getting used to all of the implications of working with an oil- rather than dairy-based ingredient. That being said, the cookie dough is no less delicious than if it had butter. I probably ate two cookies’ worth while prepping the dough.
The other thing I’ve noticed with this veg cookie recipe and another I’ve blogged about – chocolatey cookie dough looks like shit. Literally. Especially when, in this recipe, you’re rolling it into a log.
These cookies only took me an hour-and-a-half total to whip up, but they were the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. The fiance made some delicious tempeh tacos and guacamole for dinner. Everything was delicious, though I’m not sure I’d mix an onion-y meal with mint cookies again.
On the off-chance you were wondering, Fiance got me an hour-long massage gift certificate, some chocolates (yes, not vegan, but I’ll survive), Feel Better Little Buddy: Animals with Casts, and Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage. What a guy, once again. <3