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Vegan Cookies for Thanksgiving

In preparation for Thanksgiving, I did some baking today  — I made 3 batches of delicious vegan cookies.  They are vegan in that they aren’t made with dairy milk, eggs or butter, but there are plenty of yummy (and not so healthy) ingredients.  I made Vegan Biscotti, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vegan Spicy Oatmeal Cookies with Craisins (recipes below):



Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Modified slightly from

Makes 18, 1 1/2″ cookies


2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado)
1/2 cup coconut oil — melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 – 1/2 cup water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

While your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven (or in the oven) so they get preheated as well.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chips and set aside.

In a medium size bowl mix together sugar and melted oil.  Add the vanilla and then add 1/4 cup water; mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to.  Mix dough with your hands.  Add up to another 1/4 cup of  water to soften dough so that it can be formed into balls.

Place balls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets (if you want flat cookies, press them gently as they won’t spread on their own).

Bake for 9-11 minutes. The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool.

Cool for 2 minutes on the baking pan, then move to a cooling rack


Vegan Biscotti


1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unbleached cane sugar
3/4 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
1 -3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups almonds, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven the 325°F. Lightly oil a cookie sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, applesauce, oil (1 TBS for a hard biscotti, 2-3 TBS for a softer biscuit), and extracts.

Stir the sugar mixture into the flour mixture, add the nuts; finish mixing with your hands.

With floured hands, shape the dough into two 3-inch wide “logs” about 3/4 inch thick, with the ends squared off.

Place these on the cookie sheets and bake the logs for about 25 minutes.

Remove the pans and reduce the oven heat to 300°F.

Cool the logs on a rack for 15 minutes.

Cut the logs carefully with a sharp knife straight across into 1/2 inch wide slices.

Place the slices cut side down on the cookie sheets.

Bake 10-15 minutes, or until golden on the bottom.

Turn the slices over and cook 10-15 minutes more, or until golden on bottom.

Cool on racks, then store airtight for up to two weeks.
Spicey Oatmeal Cookies with Craisins


  • 3/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups quick cooking or rolled oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


Cream together the margarine and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla and almond milk and mix well.

Add flour, baking soda and spices until well mixed, then stir in oats and cranberries.

Spoon 1 1/2 inch balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until done.



Transition to Winter Activities

It has been a busy few weeks.  So busy that I have totally gotten out of my exercise habit, uggh, why do I do this to myself?


As it has gotten darker and colder, my outdoor running has pretty much stopped, and so it is also a time of transition to the gym and yoga.  I did manage to get myself to yoga yesterday for the first time in over a month!  I was beginning to feel all sorts of tightness in my body and realized that it was time to get back to class.

I am making a commitment here and now to get to yoga at least twice a week (preferably more, but if I go 8 times a month, I will be getting my money’s worth out of my membership).  I also will get to the gym at least twice a week to keep up (and hopefully build) my muscle strength.  As I plan to do some skiing this winter I had better get into shape for the season — squats, squats and more squats!


I feel so good when I do these things, why do I let them lapse?





I am not completely done running however as I have signed up for a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  I will be visiting family and my son, daughter-in-law and possibly my daughter will be running the race too.  Closer to home, my running club (Coastal Athletic Association) has all sorts of fun things planned — monthly pub runs, a canned food run, a jingle bell run, even an evening run around Nubble Light to see the holiday lights!  I hope to join in some of these events and will share my experiences with you!