This is my first post participating in the recipe swap over at Christianna's blog, Burwell General Store. Each month we are given a recipe to tweak and make our own. The recipes are taken from the book, All day Singin' and Dinner on the Ground. Christianna found this book at a junk store and has invited others to join in her progression through the recipes. The main rule is to change at least three ingredients.
I was excited to see that the recipe was for Molasses Cookies, as I have never made them and I love trying something new. On a side note..another new thing I tried: molasses. I wondered how it would taste so I tried a bit on my finger. Um...bad idea. It is not good. Not good at all.
These cookies though? They are pretty darn tasty! After reviewing the recipe, I decided they would be easy to adapt into Vegan cookies. I had much success with my first attempt at Vegan cookies, so I decided to try again! I'm happy I did. The cookies were really easy.
Here's the original recipe:
Here is my recipe:
makes 18 cookies
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour (I used cake flour. would be fun to try with whole wheat, or regular flour)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl mix sugar, oil, molasses, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Add your dry ingredients to the sugar mix.
Use a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet.
Slightly flatten cookies with a sugar dipped glass.
I baked these for about 12 minutes. 10 minutes may have been better. Check them at 10 and then add a minute or two as needed.
Cool on sheet for about a minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.
My major changes:
No eggs, no shortening. I replaced with oil.
No ginger. I left this out because one of my co-workers loves molasses cookies, but she is allergic to ginger. Also, I didn't have any in the house!
I cut the recipe down and replaced the regular flour with cake flour.
I didn't add coffee. I will next time though, I love the flavor coffee adds to baked goods.
These cookies turned out pretty nice! They weren't quite as soft as I usually like my cookies. This could be because of the baking time and also the cake flour. They have some bite to them..sort of the texture of a gingersnap. The flavor is very good though. I would make them again. Hopefully, my Vegan friends like them also!
My first month participating in the recipe swap has been a success! I'm looking forward to more recipes and seeing what my fellow swappers have come up with! You can see all of their posts on Christianna's blog. Happy reading....and eating!