When you read a lot of food blogs sometimes everything can start to look the same. You'll notice trends, when writers all seem to be cooking and baking similar things. Much of this is dictated by the season, and sometimes it's pure coincidence. But last week something caught my eye. Something different, something wonderful, something baked right into a skillet.
There's a well-known bakery in NYC famous for its cupcakes. And they just happen to be vegan. Oh, and gluten-free as well. How do they do it? BabyCakes bakery relies on agave nectar, canola and coconut oil, as well as other natural ingredients. One taste of their cupcakes and you'd never know they were anything other than delicious. But did you know the following five store-bought cookies are naturally vegan as well?
While it's great to buy specialty products in-person from the maker, sometimes it's just not possible. (We don't all live near a food or farmer's market.) So to appreciate the full scale and variety of today's artisanal offerings, you have to go online. These nine marketplaces have you covered:
Q: I've been commissioned to bake cookies for the last day of class for 85 students. The instructor wants it to be a surprise, so I have no idea of student diets (gluten free, vegan, etc.). Help me choose a few kinds of cookies to make?
Something about spring makes me want to throw healthy cooking to the wind. Of course there is plenty of good cooking to be done in the spring with all those temptingly fresh vegetables, but after the cold of winter I also want to luxuriate in the sunshine with something easy, quick, and decadent. Like an ice cream sandwich. A really, really good ice cream sandwich. A (dare I say it?) perfect ice cream sandwich.
Whenever I make a batch of cookies, it seems inevitable that I will have two or three leftover scoops of dough that will not fit on the cookie sheet no matter how I hard I try. Rather than do another round in the oven for just a few cookies, a friend of mine suggested I freeze these orphaned scoops.
The internet sure has taken the old-timey notion of recipe sharing to a new, hyped-up level. While I still appreciate the intimacy of a hand written recipe card and will cherish my mothers recipe notebook when it gets passed on to me, I must admit I can get caught up in all the buzz when something new hits the webs.
If you're anything like me, you have your very favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, although you may occasionally stray into chocolate cookie land or thumbprint terrain during the holidays. I remain pretty true to what I know to be good. That being said, I've done a lot of experimenting with interesting flavor profiles and have discovered a few wonderful additions to your favorite cookie recipe.