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Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

29 Nov

We’re winding down our post-Thanksgiving detox and that means it’s time for dessert. “But Erin, isn’t vegan taking this a bit far?” you ask. What are you afraid of? It’s almost a dirty word isn’t it? Vegan. It conjures images of tofu, alfalfa sprouts and soy burgers, or drum circles and communes. Please, that’s so 1975. The vegan diet has been brought to a new level, one that includes macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs and meatloaf. Yes, all of those can be veganized and no, they don’t taste like paste.  You would be shocked at how good vegan food has become, including these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, which you’d never guess are egg and butter free.

I am not vegan. I like to say I’m vegan curious. I enjoy cooking vegan dishes and eating at vegan restaurants because I’m constantly amazed by a)how you can get non-meat to taste like meat and b)how you can get vegetables to taste so delicious. It’s not just making vegetables or soy taste like meat, eggs or ice cream etc., it’s how it looks remarkably like the real thing too. Taste begins with the eyes after all.

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Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

24 Oct

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead

Are people as particular about peanut butter cookies as they are about brownies, or chocolate chip cookies, or sugar cookies?  With the later three, there are clear disagreements on “perfection.” Some like a fudgy brownie versus a cakey brownie. Some argue butter all the way with chocolate chip cookies, while others swear by shortening. For sugar cookies: should they be thick and chewy or thin and crisp? But what about peanut butter cookies? Is there any other way to make peanut butter cookies besides soft and chewy?

That is exactly how these cookies are. They are super soft, tender and delicate… like a baby. You have to be gentle with them… like a baby. They are not crisp on the edges whatsoever… like  baby?  These cookies are delicate and I warn you: they don’t travel well. Do not attempt to mail these cookies or put them in your luggage because they will arrive in pieces… like a baby.

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Big Soft Sugar Cookies

22 Oct

I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking one word: Lofthouse. If you don’t know what Lofthouse cookies are, then I guess that’s not what you were thinking. You were probably thinking something more like “sweet Jesus, get off of that screen and into my mouth you frosted fiend you!” Wait… are you batman?

Lofthouse cookies are the perfectly round, perfectly frosted, perfectly sprinkled sugar cookies you can buy by the dozen at any grocery store, Target or Wal-Mart. And let it be know right off that bat that I am NOT opposed to store bought cookies; they have their place. When it comes to sugar cookies, Lofthouse cookies are pretty hard to beat because of how sinfully soft and fluffy they are on the inside. Growing up, my mom and I always called them “softy cookies”  because they would literally fold and bend in half while you were holding them, they were so soft.

I’ve seen lots of copy cat Lofthouse recipes floating around the internet, but this one looked the most promising.

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