December 21, 2014 – Cookie Swap

Sunday, December 21, 2014
VBC Meeting #22: Cookie Swap
Host of the Month: Slynn and Ramon
Location: Denton, TX

Slynn, Hemi, and Ramon

For the December Vegan Bake Club meeting, Slynn and Ramon hosted a cookie swap. However, we spent most of the time on the activity of gingerbread house building while this gem of a film played in the background. The night before the meeting, Slynn and Lauren made gingerbread house pieces from this recipe and this template. If you want to make use of the template, it would be good to make the roof pieces about half an inch wider to account for the added width of length_of_the_wall + depth_of_the_front. We also made a few icings and shared several edible decorations for the task of constructing our homes.

gingerbread building supplies

vegan bake club gingerbread house building

Here are the vegan gingerbread houses we built:

group of gingerbread houses

Taylor: Martha Stewart Candy Palace

Taylor gingerbread house building

Taylor's vegan gingerbread house

Ramon: Man Eater

Ramon's vegan gingerbread house

Slynn: Home Sweet Home
Slynn's vegan gingerbread house

Michelle: Pimp My Gingerbread

Michelle's vegan gingerbread house

Lauren: Spice Shack

Lauren's vegan gingerbread house

John: There is a man stuck to the back of the house

John the gingerbread builder

John's vegan gingerbread house

Billy: EMOtionally Sensitive

Billy's vegan gingerbread house

John baked some gingerbread men using the Post Punk Kitchen recipe for us all to decorate. From foreground to background, these are “The Classic,” “One-eyed soldier,” “Science Class”, and “Hubba Hubba.”

gingerbread men and women

Here are our cookie swap treats:

vegan cookie swap table

Lauren: Dark Chocolate covered Wedding Cookies

Lauren made Mexican wedding cookie type shortbreads, adding cardamom to the recipe. Rather than coating the cookies in powdered sugar, she dipped the cookies into a melted dark chocolate bar. These cookies cooked really fast and ended up a bit browned to blackened on the bottoms.

dark choclate topped cardamom cookies

Billy: Marranitos

Billy made these Mexican cookies with flour, brown sugar, Spectrum® Shortening, molasses, flax, cinnamon, and probably other things. He sprinkled them with chili powder. Not having a traditional pig shaped cookie cutter at the time, he went with a simple round shape. His mom has since mailed him two pig-shaped cookie cutters.


Ramon: Fluffer-nutter Cookie Pie

Ramon’s cookie pie contained peanut butter, vegan marshmallows, and mixed nuts (en mélange as he put it).

fluffer-nutter cookie pie

John: Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

John made his cookies with coconut oil, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips.

chocolate chip coconut oil cookies

Slynn: Coconut Layer Bars

Slynn’s layer style bars included chocolate chips, coconut, pecans, and a coconut milk reduction over a gluten-free cookie crust made with almond meal. The recipe was adapted from the Magical Coconut Cookie Bar recipe in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

Slynn's chocolate chip coconut layer bars

Michelle: Garam Masala and Black Pepper Biscotti

Michelle contributed a savory cookie packaged neatly in Mason jars and paired with Numi® Jasmine Pu-erh tea. I was afraid to eat these cookies after Michelle reported having a 102 degree temperature upon returning to Austin after the meeting, so I reheated them in the toaster oven which made them extra delicious.

biscotti jars with tea bag

Taylor: Cardamom Almond Cookies

Taylor ground her own cardamom for her cookies. It was nice to have cardamom cookies that were not burned.

almond cardamom cookies

Happy holidays and a meowgical new year to all from Hemi cat!

Hemi cat wearing read yarn bow

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