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Sunday, December 05, 2010

U is for Unbelievably Easy Cookies......... and V is for Vegan

(Above is a photo of the shortcake cookies)

Our good friends Bill and Ewana are both superb cooks.
Here is one of the latest recipes they shared with me:
Molasses Ginger Cookies
2/3 cup canola oil
4 T Molasses
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
Mix ingredients together. Add 2 cups flour
Mix with spoon or hands and knead.
Roll into balls and dip in sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or longer.
and as a bonus here's another easy cookie recipe:
Cranberry Walnut Shortbread Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen
1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar sifted ( I didn't)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour sifted ( I didn't)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries ( I didn't)
1/2 cup chopped finely walnuts ( I DID!)
1. beat butter,powdered sugar and vanilla with wooden spoon til smooth
Add flour and salt, sti til just combined. Stir in cranberrries and nuts.
Divide dough into quarters.
2. On parchment paper or waxed paper, shape each portion into a log
and wrap. Chill 30 minutes or up to one day.
3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. With a sharp knife slice dough in 1/4" slices.
4. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet ( I reused paper I used for chilling)
and bake 20-22 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets and transfer to wire racks.
Store in an airtight cookie tin. ( Yeah right as if they'll last a day...burp)
Now...onto vegan .....it really isnt that difficult.
Baked potato and steamed broccoli with a nice green salad on the side=Vegan just leave off the bacon bits, butter and sour cream on the potato :-) Substitute chopped green onions and diced avocado on your potatoAlign Center
Garlic Spagetti is a perfect vegan dish=saute in olive oil til almost carmelized garlic, crimini mushrooms and onions while cooking your egg free pasta of choice drain pasta and immediately stir in sauteed veggies. Spice it up with red pepper flakes and enjoy.
Serve with a grain rich bread and a salad. Yummy


  1. This is sweet.
    smart word challenge post.
    Happy Sunday!

  2. Honestly, those cookies sound delicious. I'm going to try them...


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