Thursday, December 6, 2012

Just in time for Christmas - Make your Own Vegan Cookie Mix!

A Variety of Vegan Cookies made from one Mix
There is a popular misconception that vegan food is always healthy food. Not so. Here's a fine example : )
In the interest of full disclosure: I have tried to make these LESS UNhealthy than some other cookies. But, there's still enough junk in them that they shouldn't be a dietary staple. They're a Christmas treat that has no eggs, butter or saturated fat. But, they still have sugar & oil & white flour in them (or, if you choose, whole wheat flour - your call).

There are two ways to make the mix 1) as a pantry mix that can be whipped up at a moment's notice OR 2) as a slice-and-bake refrigerator or freezer mix.

Vegan Cookie Mix for the Pantry
A canister of homemade Vegan Cookie Mix
Measure into canister, shake & store
4 1/2 cups Flour (your choice - unbleached flour or whole wheat pastry flour)*
2 cups Sugar (your choice, brown, white or turbinado/raw sugar)**
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

*Whole Wheat Pastry Flour will give a mild whole-wheaty flavour, as well as brown colour. For a recipe most like the sugar cookies you're used to, use white flour.
**Brown or Turbinado Sugar won't change the flavour much, but will give a brown colour that might not be visually desirable for some decorative cookies. White sugar will give the most traditional look and taste.

Vegan Slice & Bake Sugar Cookie Dough
1 cup   Mix
2 Tablespoons applesauce
3 Tablespoons light tasting oil (I used Sunflower Oil)*
Knead just to blend ingredients, slice & bake on ungreased sheet

To Bake:
Place on cookie sheet (these don't spread very much, so you don't need a lot of room between them, just a little). Decorate with colored or white sugar, if desired. Bake, 350 degrees, about 22 minutes. Cool for the best texture.

Use this Master Recipe to make
 Vegan Brownie Snowball Cookes
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Gingerbread Crunch Cookies
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan Russian Teacakes ( Vegan Mexican Wedding Cakes )
Vegan Slice and Bake Sugar Cookies
Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

Slice And Bake Dough with Unbleached Flour & White Sugar

Dough made with Whole Wheat Pastry Flour & Brown Sugar

Vegan Sugar Cookies from your own Mix

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