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Monday, January 2, 2012

Crackle Cookies and the Longest Contest in World History

I totally dropped the Jingle Ball this year. Bell, I mean, BELL. I think I was waylaid by the longest tofu contest in soybean history.

Rivkah please step forward! And claim your tofu coupons and tee shirt. I think the Nasoya people hired Rivkah as a shill for a shilling. It's been over a week and not a peep from Rivkah. I never saw Rivkah before the contest, and haven't seen her since. I'm totally screwed! I mean how much longer can this freakin' contest go on? Think I'll give Rivkah 'til Tuesday to call in. So if you did not win last time, you still might win. Feh. Who cares? The best thing about this crazy ass contest is that I have an excuse to use a random generator. It's the best thing to happen to me since off track betting.

I hope everybody had a lovely Holiday Season. I did, except for FB. FB can be pure torment for the already tormented. If you are reading my blog I probably don't have to explain this to you since you are most likely tormented and maybe even demented. Everyday on FB during these festive times, there seemed to be just another picture of some happy little homemaker in their pretty little vintage apron standing next to their barely used Wolf oven with their dozens of Christmas cookies. Hey, I love it when people create and cook, but why once a year? And why do those lady's nails look so nice after they bake? And why is their mascara still intact? I bet  those Pfeffernussen aren't even vegan. Who's frilly vintage apron is pristine after sweating it out in a kitchen? A day in my kitchen and I look like I've been mud wrestling in chocolate. Eh. Who cares?!

As much as I wanted to create and bake new items and don a cutesy little apron, it's a super duper busy time of the year for me in the kitchen. Crazy boy and I sleep little, work lots and have too many hang nails. Now that I've had a few rounds of Zzzs. I can scroll through FB holiday pics and appreciate the love and creativity others put into baking even if it's just once a year. I'm incredibly grateful to be able to do what I do. It's been a good year in Veganville. Thank you all for swinging by. I am so grateful to have you join me.
I did manage to test four new cookies. Maybe you have had your fill of sweets. Maybe you received a dozen from Miss frilly prissy, the annual baker. Maybe you are at the gym right now for today anyway. I'll just bring you just one of these fine cookies today. First up is the Crackle White Chocolate and Semi Cookie. My testers said this was fudgy and the perfect chocoholic cookie.

photo courtesy psycho boy

Makes about 2.5 dozen decent sized cookies

12 oz vegan chocolate chips divided
3/4 C unbleached flour
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 C or 1/2 stick earth balance
1/2 C organic sugar
1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 flax seed eggs (2 T flax mixed with 1/4 C + 2 T water)
2 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla
1/2 C vegan white chocolate chips

Preheat oven 375 degrees and line 2-3 cookie sheets with parchment.
Melt 3/4 bag of vegan chocolate chips in double boiler or microwave. (Best way to measure it out is just put 1/2 C of chocolate chips aside). Now set aside melted chocolate chips.
Mix flour, cinnamon, and baking powder in small bowl.
Cream earth balance and sugars in large bowl. Add flax seed slurry and vanilla and mix well. Add melted chocolate and beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture until well blended.

Stir in white chocolate and remaining semi sweet chocolate.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoon fulls, (is their such a word?), onto prepared pans, about 1 and half inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes turning pans halfway through.
Transfer cookies on pans to wire rack and let cool for about 10-12 minutes. (They are little gooey). Remove cookies from wire rack and let cool completely.
Veganville will be adding more cookies to our Etsy and local stores in January too. Stay tuned.
Because we follow the Cretan calendar, we will be ringing in the New Year with you midweek and the Battle of the Hoppin Johns. See, you can have another cookie before your 2012 diet.

Is Rivkah here yet?


  1. See, that's why there are no pictures of me baking. While the actual end goods are usually delightful to look at, I do not fair so well.

    Great looking cookie recipe! They look mighty fudgy and delicious. :)

  2. Ahhhh. But if you wear your new Herbivore hat with said baked goods it will make for a lovely photo opp!
    Thank you, Molly!

  3. Hi GiGi, it's me *ahem* Rivkah and I am here to claim my prize. No? Not convincing enough? Rats!
    When I bake in the kitchen, I usually change into a pair of black pj pants, that by the end of my excursion, I have crusted flour attached to the sides of my hips/butt (it's where I usually wipe my hands off dry). Come to think of it, that sounded gross, as if I wipe my hands on my butt--that is not it at all but...oh well, there is no escaping that one...
    Those cookies sounds so good! Looks like I will be needing to order some more white chocos. Where do you get yours, by the way?

  4. Dear Rivkah/Cara...please stick a chef towel in the waistband of those feetie pj/sweats,I think somebody should make black chef pants with floured hand designs.

    The last batch of white chocolate chips I ordered from Pangea. They are a little smaller than the ones from Food Fight, but I might like better since they are not as wax like. I think I have to do a taste test.

  5. I'm never photogenic when I'm cooking. If my husband is taking photos while I cook I always delete all the ones that have me in them! No one needs to see the mess!

  6. Thanx for reading Emmy!Your husband probably thinks you look adorable when you cook. He sees beyond the mess!

  7. Oooooh, you have peaked my interest! Less wax like? Yes--that is my current issue. I'm thinking a taste test *is* in order please!

  8. Yes. At least that was my observation. I only ate one chip.

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  11. I was totally going to disguise my voice and pretend I was Rivkah, but Cara beat me to it. Darn it. Anyway, I'm glad you made it through your holiday baking season unscathed if not entirely photogenic. I have a collection of adorable aprons, but the only time I pull them out is when I'm having dinner guests. Otherwise, I just take my chances.

    Those are some good lookin' cookies! :)

  12. Cadry you trickster you. You and that Cara are troublemakers.
    Thank you. Unscathed, yes.
    It's good to take chances. OOh, could you do a blog on those aprons. Seriously.
    Shhh. Don't tell anybody, I love vintage aprons too.
    Thank you, those cookies are cute, huh?

  13. I was going to try to pretend I was Rivkah, too, but I knew you wouldn't buy it. And I'm disqualified anyway. A contest without a winner is like a jar without a lid — no closure. I sure hope Rivkah, or someone posing as Rivkah, shows up soon to claim the prize.