I am really excited for this recipe. It makes me dream of a warm place without 6 feet of snow, digging my feet in the sand, a over sized, floppy hat, and those fun drinks with little umbrellas in them. We are making Vegan Sand Dollar cookies today. Now, this recipe is not an every day cookie recipe. This is one of the recipes we have on special occasions because of how much sugar is in the cookies. You could substitute the sugar for maple syrup or agave, but it just does not have the same taste. Plus, it makes the dough extra wet, and you need so much extra flour. SO. Once in a while, we all need a “treat yo’self” recipe, and this is a house hold favorite.
Let’s talk about this raw dough. It is AMAZING. If you have an upcoming girl’s night or just need some raw cookie dough to eat, this is the cookie dough for you. It reminds me of eating full tubes of Pillsbury’s cookie dough when I was in college with my roommates. I would not advise eating the full batch of batter, but it is so easy to in this recipe.
Make sure to use organic sugar to ensure it is vegan
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose baking flour
- 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds (you could use chia seeds, but they leave little dots in the cookies. Flax seeds blend into the batter, and are undetectable)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup room temperature vegan butter
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 slivered almonds
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
- Combine all dry ingredients. Put through a sieve/strainer. Make sure all the lumps are out.
- Add vanilla, almond, and butter. Mix thoroughly
- Place ping pong sized dough balls on a greased cookie sheet
- Press 4-5 silvered almonds into each cookie
- Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until cookies start to tun golden brown around the edges.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon.
- Once the cookies are done baking, coat in the sugar cinnamon mixture..
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
I hope you love these cookies!
I am going to give you a super simple pasta salad recipe here. It is perfect for any potluck, family gathering. Plus, it is so simple. The homemade dressing is a basic Italian dressing seasoning. I was looking in the store at ingredients in most Italian dressings, and they contain everything from processed sugar to dyes. WHY?! So, if you want to ditch the processed ingredients, this will be your new favorite dressing.
For my pasta salads, I use an organic rigatoni pasta. I think the dressing coats the noodles best, and it has the best noodle-vegetable ratio.
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/8 tsp paprika or turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp Italian Herbs (or 1/4 tsp of each: basil, marjoram, oregano 1/8 tsp of each: rosemary, thyme)
- zest from one lemon
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp vinegar (balsamic, apple cider, white, really any vinegar works here)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
And get creative with your Vegetables, throw whatever you have in the fridge in with the pasta. All of the measurements are for 1 box of pasta worth of noodles. I prefer the vegetables to be dices in about 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 7-8 cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1 bag snap peas
- 1 avocado
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 1 box rigatoni pasta (or gluten free pasta)
You really cannot mess up this recipe. It is perfect to use up left over vegetables, or to have a fresh side salad for dinner. I hope you love the dressing!
One of my favorite girls’ night snacks was pigs in a blanket. It is so easy, and oh so comforting. If you are looking for that familiar comfort, but in a vegan/vegetarian option-LOOK NO FURTHER. I have a recipe for you all, that is sure to satisfy on every level. Since they are not pigs in a blanket, we will call them Bunnies in Snuggies.
For this recipe, I used regular, full sized carrots, and cut them into smaller pieces. To save time, you can just use baby carrots if you want. Use what you have, this week, we had regular carrots for a different recipe. You can definitely make your own vegan puff pastry, or, you can use pre-made. For this recipe, I used pre-made.
- 1 bag baby carrots (or about 7 carrots cut into 2 inch pieces)
- Vegan puff pastry
- Olive oil
Dipping Sauce Ingredients
- 2 tbsp vegan mayo (my favorite brand is earth balance)
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp stone ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut carrots (skip if you are using baby carrots)
- Coat carrots in oil (about 2 tsp), salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet, and roast for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool.
- Lower oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut puff pastry into 1 inch by 2 inch strips. Eyeball it- it does not need to be perfect.
- Wrap carrots in puff pastry, place back on the baking sheet (put the overlap of the pastry side down)
- Brush with olive oil.
- Put in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove when they turn golden brown.
- Make your dipping sauce (you could just use mustard, but the dipping sauce is definitely worth making)
Just Kidding! It serves about 5-6. I hope you use this recipe for your next girls’ night, or just a late night snack.