Baking is probably my favorite thing to do, and the thing which seems to have the lowest rate of failure in my experience.
Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton
I have made these probably a dozen times since becoming vegan, before I even knew who Dreena was or owned any of her books! I found this recipe initially on the Internet. The batch pictured were some of the best cookies I have ever had, let alone baked myself (not to brag or anything…) I made these at E’s house and used regular molasses instead of blackstrap, white flour instead of my usual wheat, and also substituted 2 tbsp. of Trader Joe’s Mint Cocoa for the sugar in the recipe. The results were “better than Toll House” according to Mom. 🙂
You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate Cookies from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton
Unless you are allergic to peanut butter or to chocolate, you are crazy if you don’t like these cookies. They are out of this world. I’ve made them twice. My first batch is pictured. My second batch was better if I recall correctly…maybe a little more moist? Either way, these are awesome and would be my recipe of choice if I were baking to impress non-vegans :b
Chocolate Chunk Spice Cookies (aka “BlackOut Cookies” if you are in-the-know) from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan
Oh, how I love these. I will make them again and again, and definitely at Christmas time.
Pineapple Lemon Bars from Vive Le Vegan
I made these as a special request for my daddy on Father’s Day. They are pretty good, but I liked them best fresh out of the oven when they were a little melty. I think heating leftovers before eating would improve them. I like the ground oat crust and would definitely use it again when inventing my own recipes.
Coconut Lime Cookies from Vive Le Vegan (not pictured)
I made these for J’s girlfriend’s graduation party and to be perfectly honest they got eaten before I could take a picture. They were pretty good on their own, but I thought they didn’t taste lime-y enough, so I added a lime-flavored icing. Combine 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar with 2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lime juice, spoon into a Ziploc bag, snip the corner, and use as a decorating bag. With the icing, they were great.