Vegan Cookies and Bars

Cream-Filled Maple Leaf Cookies

Maple Cream filled gluten-free Cookies

Cream-filled maple leaf cookies showcase the bounty of the country’s many maple farms. If you’ve never had one, now’s the time to enjoy this sandwich cookie filled with maple buttercream frosting. Free of nuts, peanuts and yeast. Contributed from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies*by Laurie Sadowski (Book Publishing Co, ©2013)

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Cashew or Pecan Blondies

Cashew or Pecan Blondies

These blondies are from Sweet and Easy Vegan* by Robin Asbell. I was originally attracted to this recipe due to the sprinkling of coarse salt over the top. As someone without much of a sweet tooth, but with a penchant for salt, I knew that this would send this treat over the top for me, and indeed, it did! My family enjoyed this quite a bit, too, proof being that it was practically inhaled shortly after coming out of the oven.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dates (Gluten Free)

Gluten-free vegan chocolate chip cookiesAs a vegan with celiac disease… one thing that I thought I may never enjoy again was a classic Tollhouse style chocolate chip cookie. So I took it upon myself to de-glutenize and veganize a recipe I happen to consider perfect in every way (except for all
the animal ingredients it calls for, of course). Let me tell you … I kicked its ass.

I am betting that no-one could tell these cookies are missing like 90% of the original ingredients- and why waste your time telling anyone when you can be stuffing your face with such deliciousness? And since I’m a glutton for tastiness–-I added little bits of Medjool dates. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Manifest Vegan. more→

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Raw Fig & Cherry Bars

raw fig and cherry bars

I originally developed these bars for a cooking class on bone health. Almost every ingredient here is high in calcium, resulting in a bar that delivers about 12% of this mineral’s daily requirement for women. They’re also high in protein and work as a great energy bar. I often carry these in the car with me for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

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Almond Thumbprint Cookies – Vegan & Gluten Free

almond thumbprint cookies - vegan and gluten freeThese cookies are as simple to make as they are beautiful. Use any flavor of preserves you’d like in these…. I happen to really love the amber glow of the apricot preserves. A thicker jam or fruit preserve is key to having a uniform color puddle in your cookies. Sprinkle with a touch of confectioners sugar for the ultimate eye-popper. Recipe and photo contributed by Allyson Kramer, from Manifest Vegan. more→

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Chocolate Chip Apricot Blondies

Apricot BlondiesHere’s a fruity variation on brownies — with plenty of dried apricots and a dollop of applesauce — that my family likes just as much as the all-chocolate version. more→

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Seed Jumble Cookies

seed cookies

Reminiscent of a granola bar, these cookies are chock-full of seeds and flavor. And they’re incredibly easy to make! Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

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Vegan Hamantaschen

vegan hamantaschen

Making these traditional Purim cookies in a vegan rendition is not much of a stretch—Earth Balance comes to the rescue. I like to make them with at least two, or even three types of jam for variety and color. more→

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