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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Vegan Danish Butter Cookies

Do you remember those Royal Dansk Butter cookies? They came in a round blue tin and are really popular around the holidays. A very simple cookie but they have so much flavor. They came in different shapes and some of them had coarse sugar on them. I actually preferred them without the sugar. They are so nice with a coffee too.

My friend Rosi asked me if I could make them. I said sure, I would try and set out to make them. I asked Google for help. The very first recipe I came across and tried was a cookie winner. The recipe is by Wallflower Kitchen. 

One strange thing about these delictable goodies is the original have coconut in them. I never would have guessed that, but the Wallflower Kitchen recipe has no coconut. Another strange thing is the longer they sit, the more they taste like the really Royal Dansk cookie.

I really, really recommend getting a scale to measure grams. Different ingredients measure differently so getting a scale is ideal.

I've rambled long enough. Let's get to the recipe shall we. Here is what you will need. 

200 grams of vegan butter room temp

130 grams of confectioners sugar 

310 grams of all purpose flour

1 tbsp corn starch mixed with 2 tbsp water

2 1/2 tsp vanilla

if needed 1 or 2 tbsp almond milk 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix butter and sugar until nice and smooth.

Mix in the remaining ingredients except the almond. You will only need this if the cookie dough is too thick. I added it both times and even added two tbps the second time and made them and this was a perfect amount. 

You can use a piping bag with a flower tip or you can use a cookie scoop and flatten the cookie with the back of a measuring cup or something with a flat bottom. 

I used a cookie scoop and flattened them. I baked them for 12 minutes. Once the edges start to brown, they are done. Every oven is different so you will have to watch them.

Let them cool and enjoy.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Vegan White Chocolate Lemon Oat Cookies

The first cookie of Christmas. If you love lemon and white chocolate, you will love these cookies. 

So, when I bought vegan white chocolate to make that White Chocolate Party Mix, I had to buy it online and it only came in packages of three. It was a pretty good price too. Under $20 but what am I supposed to do with so much white chocolate. ha ha 

I went on Pinterest to search for white chocolate recipes. Several time, these white chocolate lemon cookies kept popping up. I looked at all of them and came up with my own vegan version. None of them had oats so I added some of those too. 

I always like lots of lemon so if my measurements are to much, you can always cut back on the extract. 

If you do not have extract, you can use two or three teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and some of the zest. Maybe like a teaspoon. 

Let's get to it shall we. Here is what you will need.

1/2 cup room temperature vegan butter

1 cup organic sugar

1 golden flax egg 

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 to 1 1/2 tsp lemon extract (or two or three tsp fresh lemon)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup vegan white chocolate (I really recommend King David but you do you)

1/2 cup oats

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until nice and creamy.

Add the flax egg, and extracts and mix again until nice and combined.

Add about half of the flour and mix. Add the remaining flour and mix. 

The cookie dough is going to be really thick so with a heavy duty spatula, very carefully stir in the white chocolate and oats and stir to combine. 

Using cookie scoop which I also recommend, scoop level scoopfuls onto a parchment lined baking tray. Bake at least 8 - 10 minutes. Depends on your oven. Ten minutes was perfect for my cookies. Just keep an eye on them. The edges should be very lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let them sit for just a minute then transfer to a parchment lined counter and let them cool completely. 

The cookie scoop yielded 4 dozen.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Vegan White Chocolate Party Mix

 Have you ever had white chocolate party mix? When I first tried it over 20 years ago, I would have sworn I was not going to like it because I was not a big fan of white chocolate. But put the neutral tasting cereals together with salty pretzels and vegan Unreal Dark Chocolate gems all tossed together and coated in white chocolate and you have one of the best unique treats ever. 

Everyone loves this mix and it is so easy to make. I know I say that about everything, but that's how I like recipes, easy to make. 

Make multiple batches of this mix and put in mason jars and give them out as Christmas gifts. Everyone will love you for it. 

For the pretzels, I break them up to make small bits. Makes it easier to gobble up.

Let's get to it. Here is what you will need for a half batch:

1 1/2 cup pretzel pieces

3 cups toasted O's cereal

2 1/2 cups wheat square or a vegan corn chex cereal

1 package of Unreal Dark Chocolate Gems 

1 cup salted peanuts if no one is allergic

12 ounces of King David white chocolate (I've not tried this with any other vegan white chocolate so I have no idea how it will work)

1 1/2 tbsp neutral oil

1 very large bowl for mixing

Toss everything except the white chocolate and oil into the bowl. 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave at half power for 30 second intervals. Be sure to stir between each interval.

Once the chocolate is melted, add the oil and stir to combine. 

Pour over the ceral mix and give it a really good stir making sure everything gets coated. 

Pour over a parchment lined baking tray spreading evenly and let it sit until the chocolate is set. Or you can put it in the fridge for about an hour. 

Store in an air tight container and enjoy.