Vegan Maple Nut Cookies

Well I hope you all had a great holiday and new year’s! I wanted to make the maple pumpkin cookies I had made for Thanksgiving, for my cousin and her family since they were in India at the time. I took out all the ingredients ready to make my first dessert of 2014 except the pumpkin puree had gone bad. We were already in the mood to have cookies and I had taken all the ingredients out. My cousin told me to come up with something, I did a little research and decided to just experiment with other ingredients I could add.

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I added milk, a little bit more maple syrup, walnuts and raw chocolate chips.

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It made 6 whoopie pie size cookies, but could get more smaller size cookies.

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I was afraid on how they would turn out in taste, but they were actually pretty good. I had mine with hazelnut hot chocolate.

Original vegan maple pumpkin recipe

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Vegan Thanksgiving Cookies

Well I hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving! This was my first thanksgiving in New York and my first vegan one as well. My neighbor/family member and her husband were having a potluck thanksgiving, I finally decided what to make and bring the day before. I had a recipe for vegan maple pumpkin donuts, but would make them into cookies. I searched the kitchen and the only ingredients I needed to buy were pumpkin puree and nutmeg. I went to the local supermarket on thanksgiving day and only bought the puree because that nutmeg was too expensive, luckily I actually found real nutmeg in the pantry.

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This was the real nutmeg I found, the one you have to grind, I had always wanted to do this.

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I used gluten free flour from the same brand as the pizza crust, namaste.

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Mixed the oil, maple syrup, salt, spices, baking powder and pumpkin puree. Smelled amazing!

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My cousin has whoopie pie pans and that’s where I decided to make the cookies, I was able to make nine.

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It was dinner time and there was more food than there were people, but it was all good.

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It was dessert time and almost all the guests brought one. Chocolate cake, pumpkin pie and my cookies, all dishes featured pumpkin.

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Everyone loved the cookies, they were a hit. I still have pumpkin puree to make another batch.

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Vegan Maple Pumpkin Donuts (6)
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used safflower oil)
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp ginger and nutmeg
• 1/2 tsp salt (used Himalayan salt)
• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour, sifted (I used gluten free flour blend)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease pan.
In a small bowl combine oil, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, spices, salt and baking powder. Whisk together until smooth.
Add sifted flour and mix to combine. Do not overmix, you do not want the gluten to develop (in my case it was fine since I had gluten free flour).
Evenly spoon batter, it shoulf be nearly to top. Smooth tops and place in oven.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Muffins bake for 25-30 minutes.

Adapted from thesweetlifeonline.com

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My friend and I bought two brownie mixes and two cans of black beans to make on two separate occasions, black bean brownies topped with ice cream. She had all her brownies with cookie dough ice cream, I had mine with pumpkin ice cream then the second time with butter pecan ice cream. Nice little treat on these cold days, warm brownie with ice cream.

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For Halloween I made orange creamsicle muffins and a cake from a cake mix I had bought a while back and gave to my friend’s mom along with other foods that I was getting rid of since I was moving. She brought it to New York since she was traveling with me and she just left early this morning. I had given her a pink lemonade cake mix as well and had given me the choice of which one to bring, I chose the orange creamsicle since it was orange, more appropriate for Halloween and fall.
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I was in the mood for some coconut pancakes, so I went online searching for coconut pancake recipes, but had no luck finding one. I just got a regular pancake recipe and turned it into coconut pancakes.

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My birthday was August 10 and it was going to be my last one in Miami so I wanted to have a small party. Turned out to be very small because none of my friends showed up. I made about 24 coconut cupcakes to display them in the cupcake tower.

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