Vegan Cookies and Bars

Coconut, Almond, and Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Coconut, almond, and raspberry jam thumbprint cookie

These cookies will make you believe in magic because they’ll disappear right before your eyes! There are few things I absolutely can’t resist, and these cookies are one of them. The combination of coconut, toasted almonds, and raspberry jam is hard to beat. I make them with homemade raspberry jam from our raspberry bushes, which makes them extra special, but any high-quality jam will be almost as delicious. They are wonderful still warm from the oven, but be sure to let them cool for fifteen minutes so you don’t burn your mouth on the hot jam. The flavor is best when they’ve cooled completely. Recipe contributed by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman, from Straight from the Earth* © 2014. Photos by Sara Remington. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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Date-Pecan Bars

Date Bars recipe from More Quick-Fix Vegan by Robin Robertson

Moist, chewy, and delicious, these tasty treats take just a few minutes to put together, and they bake up in 20 minutes. They make a great no-added-sugar after-school snack for kids or an anytime snack for you. From More Quick-Fix Veganby Robin Robertson  reprinted by permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014. Photos by Shana Paluba.

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Pumpkin Pie Squares

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These easy-to-make squares are perfect as a dessert or snack. When served soon after baking, the texture resembles freshly baked pumpkin pie, but after cooling (especially overnight), they firm up considerably and can be eaten with your fingers. Recipe and photos contributed by Cathy Fisher at Straight Up Food. more→

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Brownie Bites

Vegan brownie bites cookies

These delicious no-fat-added vegan cookies taste like luscious brownies. Contributed by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, this recipe was a favorite of my kids during their teen years, along with her Crispy Rice and Almond Treats. Moist and fudgy, it isn’t hard to see why it was one of their most frequently requested treats. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Vegaroons (Vegan Macaroons)

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Flaxseeds stand in for the egg whites in this delicious recipe, while garbanzo flour helps to bind them. Now that is jazzy. Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* (BenBella Books 2013), reprinted by permission.

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Heart-Shaped Almond Coconut Granola Bars

Heart Almond Granola Bars

I really loved Almond Joys growing up (and of course I will not be eating those now) so I wanted to come up with a granola bar that would be reminiscent of that. Oh my gosh, I think I did it! The whole family really loved these and I swear you will think you are eating something unhealthy they are so good. These are even yummier the next day and they are a very moist, cake-like granola bar. Recipes and photos contributed by Jennifer Strohmeyer of Virtually Vegan Mama. more→

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Chocolate-Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies

Chocolate Flecked Pumpkin Seed Cookies Ricki HellerThese rich-tasting, slightly chewy cookies come together quickly, for those times when you just need a snack pronto. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, involved in more body processes than any other mineral and important for healthy immune functioning. From Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free: Allergen-Friendly Vegan Desserts by Ricki Heller. Photo by Celine Saki. Reprinted by permission of Sellers Publishing, ©2013.

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Low-Fat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies use only a third of the sugar called for in most conventional cookie recipes, and  butter is replaced with applesauce and just a smidgen of oil—that’s the magic. From their smooth texture, you’d never think that these cookies are whole grain, made with whole wheat pastry flour. I now make a batch weekly, as mandated by my sons, who think that store-bought cookies, even natural brands, pale beside these. more→

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