Winter Vegan Recipe Wednesday

December 12, 2012

The Healthy Voyager presents a vegan twist on traditional holiday cookiesWinter is here; can you believe it? The bitter cold is settling in and that means we need hearty food to keep us warm. Of course, we also can’t forget those yummy sweets that also come with the season. To help you prepare for winter, every Wednesday we will post some delicious vegan recipes that will turn your season around and keep your palate asking for more. Enjoy!

The Healthy Voyager is always getting festive for the holidays. Here she provides a twist on classic sugar and gingerbread cookies by using 100 percent vegan ingredients. This means you can indulge and remain cruelty-free all at once. Yes!

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
3/4 cup unsalted soy butter, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/4 cup rice syrup

-Ener-G for 1 egg (or any egg replacer enough for 1 egg), prepared as per package directions.
-Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices together. Place margarine and sugar in a large bowl. -Mix well until smooth. Add molasses, rice syrup, and Ener-G. Mix well. Add flour mixture. -Mix well. Take dough out of bowl and shape it into a large disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut cookies out. Place cookies on the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool on sheet for several minutes than transfer to wire rack. When cooled, may be iced if desired.

If you can’t wait until the next day, chill at least an hour or more. Can also be baked in a pan, in one piece.

Classic Sugar Cookies

4 cups sifted flour
1 cup soy butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ener-G Egg for 3 eggs (or any egg replacer enough for 3 eggs), beaten well
1 teaspoon vanilla

-Mix & sift flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
-In separate large mixing bowl, cream margarine. Add sugar and cream well. Add Ener-G Egg and blend well. Add vanilla and stir in flour mixture. Beat well. Cover with waxed paper and refrigerate for 1/2 hour or overnight.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll on floured board to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies and add any optional decorations. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes or until browned lightly. Makes approximately 3 dozen.

-Allyson Koerner

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