Vegan MOFO # 1–Cashew Butter Cookies
How is it October already? How? Just think about that for a second.
But at least October is, among other things, Vegan MoFo (aka Vegan Month of Food). I didn’t participate last year, but I figured I might as well this time around. Given the nature (pun intended) of my blog, I’m sure a few posts will pop up about my walks and my thoughts about the environmental side of things, but never fear, I’m going to have gazillions of fun recipes for you to try out. Or at least oogle. Or at least think “why the hell did she make that that way?”
I, for one, could not live as a vegan or as a human being or as an entity on this planet without cookies. I just can’t do it. And as you’ve probably heard me rant about, I used to have the most foolproof 100% to die for chocolate chip cookie recipe, but since turning to the bright side I haven’t been able to replicate it. I haven’t given up…I’m just disenchanted with vegan chocolate chip cookies. Which is about the the worst thing in the world I can think of.
So last Christmas (or maybe it was my birthday…), my mom gave me the Joy of Vegan Baking. It’s one of those cookbooks I really want to like. I mean, it’s all about baking, and it’s got tons of tasty looking recipes and pictures of food. But I kinda really majorly hate the way it depends on EnerG egg replacer. Although I have a box, I’m loathe to use it. Maybe I should get over it, but I really think it’s a sore replacement for eggs.
The other night, after having a kinda crappy day, I decided to make some cookies while the poet and I studied (he’s got his last comprehensive exam coming up this month, fingers crossed!). I knew I wanted to make something that would take very little time but that would be satisfying. So what did I come up with? Cashew Butter Cookies! Nomnomnom. Seriously.
I began with the Joy of Vegan Baking recipe, but changed a few things (including halving the recipe), so I feel pretty comfortable posting this up here. They took about 6 minutes to make and 10 to bake, so really, a 16 minute cookie time ain’t too bad. So here’s to Vegan MoFo 2008!
Cashew Butter Coookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp Apple Butter/Apple Sauce
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup EarthBalance
3 tbsp soy milk
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
Cashews for garnishing
Preheat the oven to 375.
In a bowl, whip the sugar, apple butter, and Earth Balance until light and fluffy. Add the cashew butter, soy milk and vanilla and mix well.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt; blend together until a dough forms.
Drop rounded tablespoons or ball up the dough on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with your palm. Add a cashew in the middle.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges turn slightly brown. Let cool until you just can’t stop yourself from sticking one or three in your mouth.