Posts tagged ‘cookies’

Rocky Road for March Madness

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March is what college basketball fans wait all year for. Even if you’re not generally into hoops, you probably created a bracket and played that odds…even if that involved eenee-meanee-minnee-mo.

I’ll admit I didn’t have any b-ball tie-in in mind when I decided to make these. If you’re planning any Final Four or National Championship parties for this Saturday (3/31) or Tues (4/2), you may want to though.

I was gifted a box of Dandies and thought, ‘What should I do with a dozen bags of vegan marshmallows?’

First up, Rocky Road Cookies! The recipe I used is a variation from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

I kick myself for not taking better, or even just more, pictures of these cookies. These cookies were a big hit. One of my coworkers said they reminded him of Snackwell’s Devil Food Cookies.

The book’s recipe calls for white chocolate chips; I substituted the vegan marshmallows. Initially I patted the marshmallows on top, but I suggest folding them into each cookie you roll. While they taste the same either way, they just look more inviting this way. (In the pick is visible a first batch cookie (top) and second batch (peeking out from below).

These cookies were super…correction: SUPER…soft. I actually had only a fourth of the cocoa powder the recipe called for. I replaced a portion of the difference with extra flour. To some extent, this was a que sera, sera endeavor. You can make them to the book’s recipe, then you can go crazy and alter as desired.

Have fun! Eat yum!

Tis’ the Season for Girl Scout Cookies

It seems everyone in my office is indulging in the seasonal guilty pleasure of Girl Scout cookies. I could knock back a box or two, particularly Samoas and Tagalongs, in my youth.

Of course, I wouldn’t do it now for health reasons, but also because my favorites aren’t always what I’d like them to be. Ideally I’d love them to be vegan, but some I don’t really consider vegetarian. For instance, Tagalongs (aka Peanut Butter Patties) are listed as having whey, which I haven’t necessarily considered vegetarian because I was told it may come into contact with animal rennet.

Judging from the ingredients, five varieties of Girl Scout cookies may be vegan.

  • Thanks-A-Lot
  • Thin Mints (ABC)
  • Lemonades
  • Shout Outs!
  • Peanut Butter Patties (this one’s confusing cause PB Patties are supposed to be the same as Tagalongs)

However, some may have concerns about bone char sugar and/or palm oil, among other ingredients.

If you prefer to have more control, try these:

An alternative on the go that I was excited to find when I wasn’t looking for it is the Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar. The verdict isn’t unanimous; some love em’ and some hate ‘em…but isn’t that how everything is? Personally, I’m pro; they remind me of Samoas.

Happy scouting…for cookies.

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