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Thin Mints. .. . Vegan style! February 27, 2011

Filed under: recipes,Vegan Recipes — Annastasia @ 12:39
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For valentines day, my husband bought me a new cook book. I know some girls might get offended by this, but me. . . I love to cook. I couldn’t believe he had found a vegan cookie book on Okinawa. I have the most amazing husband ever!

Of course, since he bought me this book. . . . of course I would have to cook out of it . . . A LOT!! Last night, I had a craving for some Girl Scout Thin Mints. Of course, those are not vegan, so I can’t have them. That was until. . . . “The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur” cookbook by Kelly Peloza.

I am not going to lie, these cookies did take a little bit of time because of the cooking/cooling/coating process. But they were SO worth it in the end.

Here is what you need:

1/2 Cup Margarine 

3/4 Cup Sugar

1 3/4 tsp peppermint extract

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

2 Tblsp Soy milk (I used almond)

3 Tblsp Chocolate chips, melted

1 1/4 Cup Flour

2/3 Cup cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 Cup chocolate chips

1 Tblsp shortening

Cream together the margarine, sugar, and extracts. Add the soy milk and Melted chocolate. Continue to mix until smooth.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda, gradually adding extra splashes of soy milk if necessary to hold the dough together.

Roll the dough into  a log about 1 1/2 in wide and wrap in either plastic or parchment paper.  

Freeze for at least 30 Minutes.


Pre-Heat oven to 350 F


This knife is amazing. It cuts so smoothly, no sawing motion needed. Slice rounds of dough 1/8 – 1/4 inch thick and flatten with your palm onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake cookies for abotu 12 minutes, until firm. They will harden up a bit once they cool, but not a lot, so make sure they aren’t too soft when you remove them from the oven.  Let cool on a wire rack.


In the meantime, melt your chocolate and shortening in a glass bowl in a pan of boiling water on the stove. (Or use a double boiler)

Dip cookies into the chocolate, remove with a fork, and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. (I used stackable cooling racks with parchment)

Let sit at room Temperature until the chocolate is hardened, then eat! These are really good cold from the refrigerator, but they don’t need to be refrigerated unless it’s a really hot day.

(I put mine in the fridge to harden up quickly so I could eat them, then I put them into a container to keep in the fridge ~ Who doesn’t love COLD thin mints?)




Virtual Cookie Exchange 2009 Entry December 15, 2009

Filed under: Vegan Recipes — Annastasia @ 14:59
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Chocolate chip Peppermint Cookies

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce (or 1 egg substitute)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups crushed peppermint candy (I use Candy Canes)
1 1/2 cups vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Mix sugar, brown sugar, oil, & egg replacer in large bowl. Mix flour, baking soda, salt in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir well. Add crushed Peppermint (I use candy canes, crushed in the vitamix)  and chocolate chips. Combine well. If it is a little dry, add a small amount of “milk” (I used almond milk) to make it cookie consistency. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min. Cool on wire rack and enjoy.


I love baking this time of year. . .ok, I LOVE baking ANYtime of year! Christmas is especially fun because there are so many great desserts to make. Cookies, candies, fudge . . mmm the list goes on and on.  What is your favorite thing to make this time of year?

For some great Cookie Recipes to try out this season, check out the Virtual Cookie Exchange 2009 (Click the picture below) Hosted by Hillbilly Housewife.