Vegan Cranberry Cookies

done cookiesSo I wanted to try baking a batch of vegan cookies.  For my 2012 New Year’s resolution I had given up store-bought cookies.  I have been great at it-no eating of store-bought cookies.  That means I can only eat homemade cookies.  Also good, since it means fewer calories consumed on my part and less stand-in-line grocery store buys.

I don’t eat chocolate, so I really only ever made oatmeal raisin cookies for the last year if I had a hankering.  But, I wanted to try something different.  I use to get the Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks, but with how freakish their calorie counts are I haven’t gotten any in a while.

I love cranberries so I thought I would give a try to a cranberry cookie.  I went searching for a basic vegan cookie recipe that I could add onto.  I also looked at the back of a chocolate chip bag at the grocery store so I could compare the basic flour/sugar components of the recipe.  I also wanted to try a drizzle over the top like the bliss bars have, and thought I would just do the basic cream cheese and powdered sugar kind.

dry stuff dough crans cranberry dough cookies no drizThe cookies turned out great.  I had decided to cut all the cranberries in half to ensure all cookies got a good amount of them in each one.  They were so good, the cranberries tart yet sweet, that I almost didn’t add the drizzle!  I have to say that fresh cranberries are the key to how good these cookies are-dried ones just would not have done these justice.

cookie ingredVegan Cranberry Cookies: 30 cookies
2 C Whole Wheat Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ginger
1/2 C Vegan Butter
1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Water
1/4 C Chopped Walnuts
1 12oz bag Cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all dry ingredients. Make well in the middle.
3. In a small bowl mix butter, sugar and vanilla. Get as many lumps out as possible. Add 1/4 cup water and mix.
4. Pour wet ingredients in to dry and mix well. Add last 1/2 cup water if dough is not sticking.
5. Chop fresh cranberries. I just cut mine in half. Add cranberries and walnuts and mix well. You will have mash and press dough around the cranberries.
6. Using a spoon, spoon cookies onto sprayed baking sheet.
7. Bake for 13 minutes, each batch.
8. Let cool.
drizzle ingredCream Cheese Drizzle:
4 Oz Vegan Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Get as many lumps as possible out.
2. After cookies have cooled completely drizzle over the cookies.
mix drizzle powdered sugar drizzle

I could have halved the drizzle recipe and had enough for all 30 cookies.  I tossed about a quarter of the recipes since i didn’t use it.  Also, my drizzle didn’t harden (mine never does, whether vegan or nor), but it sure did taste yummy!!

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