You probably already know that Kristy at Keepin’ It Kind hosts a wonderful annual Christmas cookie swap where vegan cooks from around the blogosphere share their favorite recipes. We are deep into 25 days of amazing yumminess, so please take some time to browse through the sweet offerings. This is my second year to participate (last year I “brought” Molasses Crinkles) and today I’m sharing a recipe for traditional Sicilian Fig Cookies. The recipe comes with a funny story from my dad’s childhood.
In other recipe news…Though An Unrefined Vegan has been quiet, I’ve been busy over at my Tumblr site with holiday season-inspired recipes like: Grapefruit & Anise Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raw Gingerbread Tartlets, Cherry-Orange Braid Bread (which would make an ideal Christmas morning breakfast or a thoughtful hostess gift), and Chocolate Gingerbread Granola. All of these treats have the warm and spicy flavors I associate with the winter holidays and you will only find the recipes on Tumblr.
I’ve never heard of Keepin’ it Kind’s Christmas cookie swap. What a cool event! I thought about hosting an in person vegan Christmas cookie swap this year, but I know so few vegans that it would likely have turned into a party of one.
Your fig cookies look amazing Annie! They’re like tiny little fancy pop tarts (much tastier, however!).
Happy holidays chica!
A party of one cookie swap would be very dangerous, wouldn’t it? All those cookies… :-). I love Kristy’s idea because I just don’t bake massive quantities of goodies during the holidays (it’s just me and Kel) so it gives me a chance to bake something special to “share.” Best part is seeing what others bring, and this year there have been some outstanding offerings. Happy holidays, Celeste! xoxo
All of your recipes sound wonderful and I love the look of that gingerbread tartlet, very sophisticated. I didn’t know about the cookie swap but it sounds like a feast of tastiness I ought to check out.
Indeed you should, Lorna! The cookies this year have been crazy-good.
Um… I wasn’t hungry when I opened this page up… Foiled! This is a great idea–and a local vegan meetup in my town did a cookie swap that I missed, a few days ago. Anyway, your plates look gorgeous. You are making me realize that there is a traditional family recipe that I need to veganize! Inspiring, as always, Annie! Thanks!!
Thanks, Nikki! What’s the family recipe?
Hi! It’s a Croatian walnut roll that we pronounce “pahk-ah-TEE-zah,” but nice seen written povitica. In my family, it was what was served after midnight Christmas mass with ham. It is basically hot roll dough rolled with a super sweet walnut, cinnamon, sugar filling. Love. It.
Get outta here! I learned something new today – thanks!
PS it sounds DELICIOUS!
Video, cookies and photos all so brilliant my dear. I just want to gobble them all up!
Look at all of those holiday goodies! I really enjoyed your post over at Kristy’s. The video was a great touch!
Thanks, Cadry! I’m a visual person – reading the instructions on how to form these cookies made my head hurt!
I didn’t realize you had a tumblr! Those raw gingerbread chocolate tartlets are right up my street 🙂
Yeah, I succumbed to Tumblr… Just another way to reach a different audience.
oh wow that granola and the tartlets!. are you moving to tumblr? or just expanding:)
No, not moving, Richa. Just was curious about it and thought it couldn’t hurt to have a site there, too :-).
Yum – such beautiful treats! And what a great idea! Looking forward to your Sicilian fig cookies 🙂
Tasty treats for Christmas, Anne! Yopur Christmas card has been sent out the day before yesterday to you! 🙂 xxx
Cool! I’ll bet you have a very long Christmas card list!!
Only 27 cards! 🙂 2 to Canada & one beautiful card to the USA to you! xxx
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Wonderful recipes all around Annie 🙂
Merry Christmas and I hope the holiday season is full of light and love for you! All the best my dear xoxox
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gabby! xoxo
I just loved this cookie swap idea. All the cookies looked soooo delicious.
YOU LEGIT made POP TARTS!!!! I am obsessed!!! 🙂 I like all rainbow looking foods, so I am even more in love!
Teeny tiny pop tarts :-p
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