Sunday, August 1, 2010

July Baking Extravaganza

Hallo! How have you been? I've been baking up a storm in the kitchen, trying out new recipes.

UFO Choco Chip Cookies

This is my first attempt at making chocolate chip cookies using the recipe from "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar." Instead of the white and brown sugar that the recipe called for, which I didn't have, I used 'Sugar in the Raw'. I also missed the fact that it was supposed to make 2 dozen or 16 cookies, which explains how I ended up with 12 jumbo pieces, hence the name "UFO Cookies." I used a mint chocolate chip that I got from Trader Joe's as the centerpiece. The texture of the cookies came out soft, more brownie like than cookie like. Must have been the sugar or the size of the cookie!

The following weekend I was determined to try again so I got the correct type of sugar and made the pieces smaller. It came out crunchy, or at least for the first day! Still not happy with it though but I've had enough chocolate chip cookie for now so I'll wait to try again a while later. :-)

This is the result of my "Saturday Bake Day" where I spent a whole afternoon/evening making what you see above. At the top left is the Chocolate Chip Cookie v.2. Next to it is Lemon Almond Cupcake (adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World Lemon Macadamia Cupcakes - I didn't have macadamia so I used almond). Below that is the typical chocolate cupcake from VCTOW but I added a bit of peppermint extract for a change. (And yeah, my cupcakes don't have frosting because of my disastrous first attempt which discouraged me from ever making it again...and also the fact that it uses so much margarine and shortening!) Lastly is a biscuit recipe from Veganomicon because I had a sudden craving for biscuits. Yum!

And for the pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance, homemade vegan burger buns!

It's so hard to find vegan burger buns in the stores. We found a brand at Trader Joe's, but we don't go there often. So I was determined to try making my own when I saw a recipe for Burger Buns at I used 5 cups of flour and 1.5 tablespoons of yeast. I sprinkled sesame on top so it looked like store bought buns. It came out really well! No more store bought buns for me!

So what's been cooking in your kitchen?


  1. I actually drooled when I read "Mint Chocolate Chip"!!
    Gotta love that!

  2. Everything looks pretty and tasty, and I think those biscuits look especially yummy (but then I don't have much of a sweet tooth, especially in hot weather). But it's your buns that are especially beautiful! LOL ;-) No, really - those look amazing! You have every right to be proud of them!

  3. Now I have a craving for chocolate ufo cookies!