Vegan Sprinkle Cookies

Vegan Sprinkle CookiesLike most kids Trey loves sprinkles. He often sees treats in bakeries covered with sprinkles, but they are rarely vegan. I wanted to create soft vegan sprinkle cookies that look like some of those treats. I kept these soft since most of my other sugar cookie recipes make a crisp cookie designed for decorating.

Vegan Sprinkle Cookies

My great-aunts used to make soft sour cream cookies with sprinkles for us as kids and I was thrilled these vegan sprinkle cookies have a similar taste and texture.

Sprinkles that are not full of artificial colorings can be hard to find. I have purchased the India Tree brand at Whole Foods in the past and liked them, although they are expensive.  **UPDATE – a kind reader, Paula, asked me about confectioners glaze in sprinkles. I had no idea confectioners glaze is usually not vegan. With that information I’ll be using Let’s Do Organics Sprinkles which are vegan. Thanks for the heads up Paula**

Vegan Sprinkle Cookies

I was inspired by a recipe I saw on Sally’s Baking Addiction. It was fairly simple to veganize and the results are delicious. I’m planning to bring these to Trey’s next class party.

Vegan Sprinkle Cookies
 
Soft and colorful vegan sprinkle cookies. Perfect for classroom parties or any festive occasion.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Vegan Butter, softened
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Soy Yogurt, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 and ⅔ cups Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • ½ cup Sprinkles, plus more for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Cream vegan butter and sugar together. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. Set Aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch. Once combined mix liquid mixture into flour mixture. Stir completely. Add in sprinkles. Place dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out 1 Tablespoon size balls of cookie dough and place on cooking sheet. Press a few additional sprinkles on top of each ball of dough.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on baking pan and then place on cooling rack.

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Bars

Vegan Chocolate Chip Bars

As you have probably noticed I love a good cookie. I like mini cookies, loaded cookies and chocolate cookies. There are times, however, when I don’t feel like making the effort to create individual cookies. My solution is to make cookie bars. I make a quick cookie batter, add it to a greased pan and bake. You can relax or get busy on other kitchen tasks while your bars bake. The resulting vegan chocolate chip bars are delicious.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

As I have mentioned Harrison does not consider things that aren’t chocolate dessert. His favorite combination with chocolate is definitely peanut butter. I developed these vegan double chocolate peanut butter cookies to pack a punch of both chocolate and peanut butter flavor. They are made with cocoa powder, chocolate chips and ribbons of peanut butter.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Labeled

When I made these last week both Trey and Harrison enjoyed sampling the dough. Trey wanted to help me develop some additional recipes and suggested I make cookies with chunks of dough in the cookie. I explained how baking worked and that he would just end up with cookies, since the dough would cook in. Undeterred he suggested that I serve these cookies as sandwiches with whipped cream. Future chef!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

The key to these cookies is the ribbons of peanut butter running through them. I learned this technique from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink & Be Vegan cookbook. She has a cookie called “You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate Cookie”. In her recipe you use a knife to barely mix peanut butter into the chocolate cookie batter. This allows you to see and taste the peanut butter in the cookie. I recommend using cold (not softened) peanut butter when making this recipe. Soft peanut butter ends up mixing right into the dough and you lose the ribbons.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Pan

If you are interested in making these to bring to school or an event where children may have allergies you can easily skip the peanut butter. Without the peanut butter you will have double chocolate cookies. These cookies are soft and moist, and popular with all ages.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
 
These cookies are packed with melty chocolate chips and ribbons of peanut butter. This classic flavor combination delights all ages.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 TB ground Chia, mixed with ¼ cup Water
  • 1 TB Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter, cold
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together until well combined. Stir in chia/water mixture and vanilla.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until well mixed. Mix in chocolate chips until combined.
  5. Cut in peanut butter with a knife. Do not over mix. You should see ribbons of peanut butter in the cookie dough.
  6. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on lined baking sheet. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes.

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Cooking with Kids: No-Bake Bars

Trey is very interested in helping me in the kitchen these days. Partially because he is interested in cooking and partially because he wants to be on this website. He says things like “Oh do you want to take a picture of me for your website”? I may be creating a monster. I wish I could say I was one of those great parents who always loves to have their kids with them in the kitchen. The truth is I love to be in the kitchen alone. I find cooking by myself really relaxing, and cooking with anyone else really annoying. Parent of the year! I have been making an effort to find and create recipes that Trey can easily cook with me. I saw an episode of Pioneer Woman where she made No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars, and they looked both delicious and easy. I veganized her recipe and it turned out to be my new favorite dessert. This recipe is so easy and so tasty. Trey helped me make them and he was also pleased with the results. Try making these No-Bake Bars next time you need to make a quick and easy dessert, with or without a little helper.

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Vegan S’mores Minus the Camping

I hate camping. I know, I know…camping is great, kids love it, you can enjoy nature, its so beautiful etc etc. As hard as I try I just hate the whole idea of camping. Sleeping outside or in a camper when I have a perfectly good home and bed is totally unappealing to me. Harrison has been trying for years to convince me that camping with Trey and the dogs will be great. It sounds like a complete nightmare. The roasting marshmallows for s’mores part of camping does seem fun, although I’d rather just do that over a fire pit in someone’s backyard. I decided to make vegan s’mores cookies so I could enjoy the one appealing part of camping without having to sleep on the ground.Vegan S'mores Pintrest

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Mini Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you remember “Soft Batch” chocolate chip cookies from back in the day? My Mom always had cookies on hand for dessert. I absolutely loved when she started buying the soft batch chocolate chip cookies.  The texture was the perfect balance between a cookie and raw dough. I recently saw a recipe on Pintrest for Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. I decided to make a vegan version, because they looked so much like my beloved “Soft Batch” cookies. The recipe was very easy to veganize and the resulting vegan mini chocolate chip cookies are fantastic.

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Premium Chocolatiers Review

A few weeks ago I was looking at the Fork and Beans blog.  Cara is an incredibly creative blogger and I love to look at her creations on her blog.  I do definitely mean look at her creations.  While I am beyond impressed with her creations I do not have the patience to actually recreate her masterpieces.  Unfortunately I have no patience. Any type of painstakingly detailed work like hers is my idea of personal torture.  A few weeks before Easter Cara posted these adorable Easter Almond Baby Chicks.  She mentioned that she used white chocolate and linked over to the vegan white chocolate sold by Premium Chocolatiers.  Trey has been asking me about white chocolate for a few years since he sees it in non-vegan foods.  I tried another brand of vegan white chocolate chips last year, but I really hated the flavor.  Once I saw Cara used these Polar Dream bars from Premium Chocolatiers I decided I needed to give them a try.

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