So 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.
The 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.
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!!