The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur Is a Sinful Delight
Have cookies ever gone out of style? Surely, they’ve been popular since their introduction and these bite size (or larger) treats are always welcome, no matter the occasion. Some of the ingredients that have traditionally appeared in cookies—milk, eggs, butter—make them ineligible for inclusion in the vegan diet. Happily, vegans are not dependent on bakeries and the Girl Scouts—or tradition— but on their own ingenuity, and have created a plethora of cookie recipes.
Some of the best vegan cookie recipes can be found in The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, a cookbook written by 19-year-old Kelly Peloza. Kelly offers “Over 140 Simply Delectable Recipes to Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds” and every one of them is accompanied by scrumptious photographs that could make a cookie-lover cry with delight.
Peloza has recipes for everybody’s favorites, with lots of recipes for chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies, as well as a vegan version of “Rice Crispy Treats” that foregoes the marshmallows in favor of corn syrup, vanilla, and sugar. There are also holiday cookie recipes, and some ethnic goodies (including fortune cookies, biscotti, “Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, “Jam Kolaches,” “Kourabiedes,” and heavenly “Sugar-Crusted Shortbread Cookies”).
This incredible variety ranges from the homey to the elegant, and includes quite a few cookies that were once “in style,” and are now nearly forgotten (but still sweet and yummy). Peloza also serves up “DIY Versions of Mass-Produced Cookies,” which include three types of graham crackers, oatmeal cream pies, and chocolate peppermint wafer cookies.
Charity Marie Doggie-Dog and new puppy Rocky Top were both drooling over the “Peanut Butter Dog Treats,” and want to shake Kelly’s paw for including them in her collection. Humans will want to try all the other recipes in this cookie-lover’s dream-come-true.
Looking for a nice gift for vegan friends this holiday season? Look no further than The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, and give the gift of a cruelty-free Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, and/or New Year.