One cookie that totally missed a very deserved spotlight while my power was out were sparkled ginger cookies. (I got the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance – but in case you need some convincing to purchase the book – there is someone who posted the recipe. )
I made these the Tuesday before the crisis and saved some for home and brought the rest to work
With the holidays, I will probably be trialing many cookie recipes to decide which ones “win” the position of being in our cookie giveaway baskets. It’s become a tradition to bake an assortment of cookies to give with cards and trinkets, and my mom always makes the same cookies. Well, I’m just beginning to do the tradition myself, rather than just leeching all of my mom’s freshly baked cookies to give away.
And what’s a gift basket without a good ginger cookie?!
They’re pretty much essential.
Ironically, the “taste testers” of these cookies are also the people who will be getting said goodie buckets.
It’s kind of like buying a present for someone right in front of them, just saying it’s for yourself. They’ll never guess that way, you know.
These ginger cookies were the perfect ginger cookies. A chewy interior contrasted the slightly crunchy, sugar-covered exterior. I also added some crystallized ginger to the recipe for an added texture and gingery kick.
But the next cookies I made – Lemon Poppyseed Crackle Cookies – really stole the show. The recipe is from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. The only thing I did differently was sub the barley malt syrup for maple syrup, as I did not have any.
I really am not adventurous/”playful” when it comes to tinkering with cookie recipes. There is too much chemistry involved! I want my cookies to be cookies – not cookies with identity crisis’s.
Someday, I’ll get there. For now – I’ll leave it to the pros
These cookies, however – perfectly light, refreshing and flavorful with a perfect texture: chewy with a crust just crispy enough.
I forget how much I love lemon poppyseed way too often – believe it or not, it’s one of my favorite muffin flavors, but I can’t remember the last time I made them! Shortly prior to blogging, I loved making lemon poppyseed pancakes.
Do you have any holiday baking traditions?
What’s your favorite holiday cookie?
I sort of have a niche, cooking my way through vegan cookbooks and surprising everyone