Of course, I forgot that December comes after November. December means Christmas. And that means Christmas cake, pies, bars, chocolate. Oh, and cookies. So. Many. Cookies.
Picture taken by Laura of The First Mess.
I'm usually pretty good at avoiding all those holiday sweets - most of them are verboten anyways, just because of all that non-vegany buttery stuff they usually contain. (Don't worry, Mr. C usually takes one for the team and eats my share as well.)
This year, however, I signed up for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I love baking for others, so I thought it was nifty to send a little box of C&C goodness across the country to brighten someone else's day. Unfortunately, I forgot about the other half of this little deal - I send out boxes of cookies, yes, but that means that I'll get a whole hell of a lot of cookies back. Oh. Dear. I don't know if my poor little bloated tummy could handle such things.Luck shined upon my gut, however. I was informed by the organizers that there was only one other Canadian vegan that signed up for the cookie swap. Suddenly, I felt a little awful - like one of those ancient Galapagos turtles who slowly crawls across the land looking for another one of its species. Only two vegans doing cookie swap in Canada? For shame!
Now I had to bake with pride! I had to represent! I had to fill my cookie swap partner's gullet with so many vegan delights, she'll be set for sweet until the New Year. So, instead of doing just one kind of cookie, we did three of my favourites: Almond Thumbprints, Chocolate Mint Crinkles, and Blackstrap Ginger Cookies. They're simple, the texture is amazing, and the flavour is spot on. Perfect for Christmas. And, I promise you, your non-vegan friends/family members won't be missing all that extra butter.
(Before you check out our recipes, please take the time to check out The First Mess. Laura was the other vegan in this little trade and sent us some seriously awesome cookies.)
These three cookie recipes are adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. We really swapped things around, but I would recommend you picking up the book and trying the originals as well.