Saturday, December 14, 2013

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Cookies - 2013

Christmas = Cookies!

As with many Christmas traditions they change over the years, the generations. My brothers and I have happy memories of helping our mother stir, bake and decorate cookies for Christmas. Our children helped me with cookies too. I tied an apron around their middles, they climbed on a stool to reach the counter top and they stirred up a storm. Now one of our daughters has a Vegan diet. The following recipe is a new favorite cookie.

Irish Creme Kisses

Recipe By: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

Cookie Dough Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup Soymilk
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Flax seeds
- 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
- 1/3 cup Vegetable oil
- 4 tsp. Espresso powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. Almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. Cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. Cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. Salt

Frosting Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp. Earth balance, softened
- 1 1/2 cups Powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp. Soymilk
- 2-3 tsp. Irish whiskey
- 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together soy milk, sugar, brown sugar, and flax seeds until smooth. Mix in the whiskey, oil, espresso powder and extracts. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and salt. Mix to form a moist and somewhat sticky dough.

3. Drop generously rounded TBSPs of dough 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

4. Frosting: In a large bowl combine earth balance with powdered sugar. Stir in the nondairy milk, 2 tsp of the whiskey and vanilla and stir to form a creamy, smooth frosting. If the mixture is too dry, add another tsp or more whiskey. If too runny, add more powdered sugar.

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