Random Food & Gingerbread Cookies

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It’s been pretty random around here for the last week or so as far as food goes.  I had tasty curried spinach and potatoes from Shalimar:

curried spinach & potatoes

I made my very favorite vegan chili, “Put The Tex In Your Mex” chili from The 30-Minute Vegan (garnished with a little avocado, which was delicious!):

tex in your mex chili

And I used a bit more of the avocado to make chocolate avocado fudge from 1,000 Vegan Recipes:

avocado fudge

Today I gave in to my craving for gingerbread cookies.  I’ve been eying the recipe in the VegNews Holiday Cookie Collection ever since I bought it, and after a busy week I finally had some time to whip up a batch!

gingerbread cookies cutout

I got a little overzealous with the rolling pin and therefore they came out a bit thinner and more crispy than I was expecting, but the overall finished product was awesome.

gingerbread cookies baked

The entire house smelled like warm ginger and cloves.  It was especially nice since we’ve been using our small wood stove as an extra heat source.  The effect was quite cozy.

gingerbread cookies iced

I piped just a bit of the “Royal Icing” from The Joy of Vegan Baking around the edges of the cookies to give them a decorative look.  I managed to outline all but six of them before running out of icing.  I’m not sure if it was because I rolled the dough out too thin or because the cookie shapes were small, but I wound up getting 32 cookies out of half a batch of dough.

I would definitely make these thicker in the future for a chewier cookie.  It’s a great recipe that invokes feelings of warmth from mixing to baking to eating!  We haven’t had gingerbread cookies in ages, so it’s a nice treat to have around for the holidays.


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. idreamofgreenie  December 17, 2010

    Chocolate avocado fudge? That sounds so intriguing…how did it turn out??

    • Sam  December 17, 2010

      The flavor is awesome, but it’s a little on the dry side. I think next time it needs more avocado and less powdered sugar!