This easy recipe for very old-fashioned-sounding cookies comes from the lone vegan cookbook on the shelves at the otherwise exhaustively stocked kitchen store, Gygi, in Salt Lake City. A typical trip there goes something like this: go to pick up only a package of parchment paper sheets and – – leave, pushing a shopping cart with aforementioned parchment (in two sizes) several small pieces of china that were “on sale,” plastic lids for half-sheet baking pans, an elf-sized spatula perfect for prying recalcitrant brownies out of pans, colorful paper muffin cups and yet another set of measuring spoons. Will it be long before I enter Gygi and a la Norm at Cheers I am greeted with a hearty shout of “Annie!!”?
Oh right, the cookbook. It’s called The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, by Kris Holechek. A very nice collection of recipes; we’ll be spending a lot of time together. Per my usual method, I used predominantly whole wheat flour, halved the sugar, halved the fat and added nuts.
One last very important thing: thank you again to all of you who have reached out to offer support, condolences, love and wisdom over the past weeks. Your heartfelt words have warmed and comforted me.
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. powdered stevia
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
- 1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup maple sugar
- 3/4 cup apple butter*
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped and toasted nuts
- In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, stevia, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and maple sugar. Add in the banana, apple butter and vanilla, using a whisk to create a smooth mixture (it will look a little curdled). Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two batches and mix until well-combined - then stir in the chopped nuts.
- Either put the batter into the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up (at which point you can roll the dough into balls and flatten to make nice, round cookies) or - preheat the oven to 350F, line 2 baking sheets with parchment and simply drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until firm and lightly browned on the bottoms.
- *I used R.W. Knudsen's organic which has no added sugar