I have a great group of girlfriends that get together every year to bake Christmas cookies.  We bake cookies, have a delicious dinner and do a gift exchange.  3 of the girls started this tradition right after high school.  I joined the group almost 20 years ago and haven’t missed one since.  There have been some wonderful memories over the years which are captured in the “Cookie Bake Photo Album.”  It is so special to look through it each year and remember the fun we have had, the bad hair days, the spills, the laughs, new babies, husbands and, mostly, the great friends---oh, and the cookies!

 As I am introducing more and more vegan meals into my life, I decided to try a vegan cookie recipe this year which I found on the My Darling Vegan blog.   They were a hit!  So I thought I’d share them with you!

Vegan Molasses Holiday Cookies

Makes about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients:

(Use organic when possible.)

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt (preferably pink Himalayan salt)
  • ½ cup (about 1 stick) vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp molasses
  • ½ cup sugar for rolling

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and powder, spices and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl beat vegan butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add oil and molasses and mix to combine.  In several batches add the dry ingredients until a dough begins to form.  Don’t over mix.
  4. Place the rolling sugar in a small bowl.  Pinch off about 1 tbsp of dough and roll into a ball.  Coat with sugar and place on baking sheet.  I pressed the top of the ball of dough with a fork.
  5. Bake for about 10-13 minutes until the edges begin to firm.  Remove from the oven and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.  Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely. (But they are really good warm too!)

Enjoy making some special memories of your own this holiday season!

Written by OM Matters Founder, Tambra Wayne

 

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