Category Archives: Vegan Sweet Treats

#DairyFree Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookies

anabelle taub pet friendly realtor

 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some delicious vegan sweet treat recipes. I truly hope you’ll enjoy these rich vegan espresso chocolate chip cookies as much as the friend I baked these for did. ūüôā

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons espresso coffee ground up finely
  • 1 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon (go wild here — if you love cinnamon .. go for 3/4 of a teaspoon) ** optional – if you don’t care for cinnamon, feel free to omit it
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet dairy-free chocolate chips

Baking insturctions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In one bowl whisk together¬†baking powder, cinnamon (optional), flour and salt.
  • In another bowl whisk the butter (make sure it’s room temperature) with espresso powder until well combined. I love my KitchenAid – it does a perfect job each time! Proceed to add in the powdered and brown sugar; making sure they combine well!
  • Slowly mix in and incorporate the flour mixture. A little at a time (I’d say about 1/4 cup at a time). Stir in chocolate chips.
  • I use a cookie dough scooper to try to ensure that my cookies will all be uniform in size. If you don’t have one – just use a regular tablespoon and spoon out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough.
  • Spread evenly on cookie sheet (don’t forget the parchment paper). Space out about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake between 12-14 minutes. I find 12 minutes in my oven works perfectly. A good indicator is when the edges are browned some what.

Allow the cookies to cool and serve up with a glass of cashew or almond milk!

From my Vegan kitchen to yours! I sure hope these hit the sweet tooth spot!

X,

Anabelle Taub, PA (Your Pet-Friendly Real Estate Broker)

How to Make #Vegan Israeli Tea Cookies (Only 3 Ingredients)

"israeli tea cookies"

When I have unexpected company, and need to make a quick vegan cookie to serve with tea or coffee, this 3 ingredient (well 4 – if you count the cinnamon I sprinkle on top of the cookies). This recipe is a subtle (not too sweet — but is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth) Middle Eastern delight. These cookies are a staple in most Israeli and Moroccan homes! I bake these often. I even bake these at open houses!

The aroma emitted while baking is so comforting, and will make your home smell inviting. They go perfect with tea with fresh mint, or even coffee (with soy or almond milk, of course! — cow milk — well, not so much).¬† I also love that prep and bake time together will not take more than 20 minutes from start to finish! Even the most inexperienced baker or cook can make these. I promise they won’t disappoint.

Yield: 40 cookies (I cut the recipe in half when I only need a small amount for 3 to 4 people).

Ingredients:

  1. 5 cups of all-purpose flour (sift into bowl, 1 cup at a time)
  2. 1 cup (100 grams) powdered sugar (only powdered sugar works for this recipe)
  3.  1 1/2 cups canola oil or vegetable oil ( NO olive oil)
  4. Cinnamon (optional) to lightly sprinkle on top of cookies before they go in the oven – personally I think this ingredient adds to the cookie! A little goes a long way

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees Farenheit/180 degrees Celsius.

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add the oil. With clean and washed hands, gently mix the ingredients together. You’ll be gently kneading the soft dough in the bowl. You’ll want to do this for about a minute or two, until most of the dough is formed (some may break up — that’s perfectly OK). The cookie dough will be soft, so don’t think you’re doing something wrong.

I use a cookie dough scooper thing (see pic below). You can buy one at Michael’s or Amazon for about $4. But if you don’t have one don’t fret! Roll into circular shapes (about the size of a truffle) and when you place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don’t have parchment paper, spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray), make sure you space it out about 3/4 of an inch between each cookie. You should be able to fit 19 to 20 cookies on a larger size cookie sheet. Once you place all the truffle sized dough out (for the dough that breaks apart in the bowl, just collect it all with your hands and form into small balls — again about the size of a truffle) — gently press the dough down to flatten it. Be gentle but don’t be afraid to do so. You can use a fork as well. Then, if you have a small sifter, sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on each cookie. I use a tea infuser spoon (see pic below). I just gently tap on it and the cinnamon ever so gently is sprinkled on top of the cookies — it’s such a lovely touch (a discrete addition that adds lots of flavor not to mention smells amazing when baking.

Bake for 12 minutes. I find that if you bake for longer, the cookie once cooled, will become to hard. Now the first time I made these, I touched the cookie and it felt too soft, so I baked for a few minutes (thus, read above sentence). 12 minutes is just right! Take out of oven, and allow to completely cool. If not serving right away, once cooled, store in an air tight container!

By the way — if you’re making the full batch (i.e. 40 cookies), use two cookie sheets and you can bake them both at the same time. I wasn’t sure how that would work out, until I took a leap of faith, and tried it, and the two cookie sheets with 40 cookies came out amazing.

From my Vegan kitchen to yours. I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies!!

Anabelle Taub

"herbal tea infuser spoon"
Tea infuser spoon. I fill it up with cinnamon, and sprinkle on top of cookies, before I place them in the oven.

 

"cookie dough scooper"
Cookie dough scoop. You can find it at Michael’s for about $4 or Amazon for under $8.

How to Make Vegan Candied Nuts (To Die For!)

"vegan candied nuts"

I made these Vegan candied nuts for friends and family this past Christmas, and while I am not a fan of sweets (I prefer carbs such as fresh-baked bread!), these candied nuts were to die for!!  So much so that I had requests from across the ocean asking for the recipe. They are super easy to make, and it will literally take you 20 minutes in total to make them (including roasting time).

You’ll need 4 cups of assorted nuts. I used one cup each of cashews, pecans, and almonds (I didn’t have a fourth nut available — but feel free to use walnuts, which would go great with this recipe).

Ingredients: (Note 1 cup = 120 grams)

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup whole cashews
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup nondairy butter,¬† completely melted (melt at 10 second intervals in the microwave, or my preferred method, over a low flame on the stove). I used earth balance, see pic below
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (I didn’t have ground cloves to I substituted with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Farenheit (where the heck is the degree symbol on my key board….?) or 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (highly suggested — don’t use foil paper, it won’t taste good if sticks to the nuts)
  3. In mixing bowl mix nuts (while the butter is melting)
  4. In a small bowl mix together all of the ingredients, including the melted butter
  5. Add wet ingredient mixture to the bowl with nuts, and mix well with a wooden spoon until nuts are well coated
  6. Spread evenly in a layer on the baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (I needed the 2 extra minutes, so mine took 10 minutes to roast), checking often to prevent burning. I tossed the nuts twice while they were roasting
  8. Remove from oven, and allow to cool completely before breaking apart. I put divided the nuts in small gift food bags for friends and tied a ribbon on them. But if you’re making them for yourself, store them in a glass mason jar (or plastic food storage container)

ENJOY!!! From my vegan kitchen to yours!

Anabelle Taub

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