C is for cookie

Some of you really seemed to like the picture of the chocolate cookies I made last night. So in your honor, here is the recipe. This is an adaptation of a recipe by the ever inspiring Isa Chandra from her cookie book. These took maybe 20 minutes (including bake time) and not only are they delicious, but they look pretty when you cut them in half.

In one bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with 1/2 tsp. of baking soda and 1/3 cup of baking cocoa. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla. After that is mixed together, add 1/2 cup of almond milk. Mix until incorporated, then slowly mix in the dry ingredients until you have a lovely chocolate dough. Now, grab a bowl and mix 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Lightly grease a cookie pan and spoon the chocolate dough onto the pan, flattening the dough out. Place a small ball of the peanut butter on top of the chocolate dough and fold the chocolate dough over the peanut butter. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and 350 degrees and you have delicious, fancy looking cookies! Warning: if you are dieting, stay as far away from these as possible, they are too delicious to just have one!

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I really have been slacking with my blogging lately, but after a fierce conversation with my husband last night, I will no longer slack! My recent obsession with Pinterest has left me lazy and unmotivated to blog. Maybe it’s because everything I think I came up with is already on there, or maybe it’s because I am spending way too much time on the website. One thing I can confidently say is that there is not enough vegan food on Pinterest. That does not stop me from looking. Those mouth watering sweets and succulent looking salts are more like a challenge for me than anything. How can I make those delicious, cheesy and dairy filled dishes into something I can enjoy? Well here was my first attempt! Pizza Balls! On Pinterest, this recipe could not be any further from a vegan diet. But do not fear! The pictures were way too attractive for me to not find a way to enjoy them. The original recipe calls for cheese, pepperoni, eggs and Pillsbury biscuits, all of which are not vegan. After some creative thinking and a trip to the grocery store my solution was the following:

  • One tube of Pillsbury pizza dough (half of Pillsbury’s products are vegan, you just have to check the ingredients before purchasing)
  • Daiya shredded mozzarella cheese (this is the closest thing to cheese a vegan can get. It melts and stretches like cheese, although it definitely has its own taste, its still good. It can be rather pricey, but I found them on sale at my co-op)
  • Homemade seiten bacon crumbles (this recipe is in a past blog of mine, check it out! It is delicious, quick and easy. Not to mention WAY cheaper than buying any of that imitation crap that looks the part but tastes like paper)
  • Green onion (who doesn’t love green onions? They are in season and all over your local farmers market, go support those farmers!)
  • Garlic (a pizza wouldn’t be a pizza without garlic in it somewhere)
  • And lastly, Italian season, because an egg glaze just sounds disgusting

I followed the directions of the pizza dough for baking time, since the dough was the only ingredient that really needed to be baked. I took the dough and ripped it in half, one for the bottom of the balls and one for the top. I cut 12 squares from each half and laid the first 12 pieces on a lightly greased pan. Then I had some fun and stacked all of my ingredient on the dough. I tried to smash them down a bit before putting the top layer of dough on them, so that the dough could cover everything. Lastly, I topped the dough off with the Italian seasoning. Looking back, I probably would should have melted some earth balance and wiped the tops of the balls with that before putting the seasoning on, but you live and learn. I put them in the oven for 15 minutes and Voila! The entire house smelled like a pizza shop and those 15 minutes felt like forever with the aroma that filled the air.

My husband and I dipped these lovely treats in some garden vegetable pasta sauce. We could have used pizza sauce but I find that pasta sauce has move flavor, and that’s what its all about. These were so easy and so delicious that I was asked if we could put this recipe into the regular dinner line up. Once you’ve made them, you will definitely understand. Pinterest might not be as vegan friendly as I would like, but now I will have more of a reason to post recipes here. Every delicious looking recipe I find, will be one more challenge to blog about!