Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's shaping up to be a busy final semester for me in library school as I'm spending this semester doing an internship in one of my favorite libraries. Two years ago around this time, I was putting the finishing touches on my grad school application and now my graduation is just around the corner!

Instead of crafting, I've been doing lots of reading and cooking lately to occupy my time. Unfortunately, my knitting and sewing has been sidelined because of a wrist injury. Hopefully the hand doctor will be able to help me out on Monday because
I've been going through knitting withdrawal these last two weeks!


I've been trying to use the cookbooks in my collection rather than just acquire new books (just like in the putting your idea books to use challenge), so in the last two months my sister and I have been baking cookies from the new vegan cookbook, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. So far we've made Chocolate Fudgy Oatmeal Cookies, Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles, Spiced Sweet Potato Blondies, Lazy Samoas, Chocolate Chip Chai Spice Shortbread, Caramel Pecan Bars, and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. The Lazy Samoas recipe alone makes thie cookbook worth purchasing! Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout cookies and these cookies were so much better than the packaged version.


Pictured clockwise from top: Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, Caramel Pecan Bars

The crowd favorite so far has been the Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles, so here's my adjusted recipe for those.

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Cookie Ingredients:

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

3 tablespoons non-dairy milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne (add more, up to 1/2 teaspoon, if you can handle the heat)

Cookie topping:

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Mix together oil, sugar, syrup, and milk in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add in the vanilla extract.

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and sift into wet ingredients. Mix the dough together until it is pliable.

In a separate bowl or shallow plate, mix together the cookie topping ingredients.

Roll the dough into walnut-size balls and roll around in the sugar mixture. Place the cookie onto the baking sheet and lightly press the top to flatten. Place cookies 2" apart from each other and bake for 10-12 minutes until they are crackly on top. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


  1. i love the name of that book - too funny!
    and those cookies sound delicious! i'm going to have to give them a try! and soon!!

  2. I have never tried vegan cookies but they do sound good! Thanks for the recommendation and recipe!

  3. I love vegan cookies--they are so what I am going for these days. I've been spending the afternoons fiddling around with my recipes to try and vegan-ize them with mixed success. I am so excited that you are in your last semester of grad school--it is the best one!!!

  4. That's a bummer about your wrist. I had carpel tunnel surgery on both hands so I can relate. Let's hope it heals quickly so you can get back in the crafting game. Your cookies look so good. Right now, I'm trying to convince my boys to bake something (there's nothing sweet in the house). Maybe if I show them your cookie picture, they'll get motivated. (It's hard being the chief cook, cleaner, laundress, etc. around here -- if only they would make me cookies!).

  5. Sorry to hear about your wrist, hopefully it will be a quick recovery. Those cookies are making me really hungry! They look delicious!

  6. sounds delicious, hope your wrist injury gets better soon! happy studying.

  7. wow! they sound amazing! thanks for passing along the recipe!
    sorry to hear about your wrist- i sure hope you're all healed up soon!

  8. I hope your wrist heals soon - your cookies look wonderful!

  9. Sounds like a fun semester - hope you get a good diagnosis at the doctor! I love the new blog look!

  10. Those cookies look great. And graduation? that is sooooo exciting!

  11. Thanks for posting. I have a son with egg/nut allergies and have been looking for good baked goods recipies. I'll try these... Have a great day.

  12. Thanks for sharing this! I have recently become friends with someone who is vegan and I always feel bad that I do not know anything to bake when she comes over! This is definitely on my list of books to check out.

  13. Sorry to hear about your wrist. Hope you are better now. And thanks for those baked goods recipe. Yummy tummy. Nowadays I cant do without sugar.

  14. sorry to read about your wrist injury, has been a while since you posted this, but I hope you feel better. by the way, those cookies looks awfully good!


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