Some traditions just cannot be skipped. Like Christmas Cookie Swap traditions, for example!
My wonderful pals and I started having vegan cookie swap parties a few years back. Some years we've gone big and invited loads of people... but this year I was feeling much more low-key. My dad is (finally!!) healing and I am resuming my normal routines. All the same, I'm still feeling pretty quiet and I'm in the mood for lots of cozy time with friends. The cookie party was intimate and wonderful... festive, quiet, full of good company and good cheer.
Black Sesame Seed Benne Cakes
Coconut Sugar Cookies with awesome decorations
Gingerbread Tiles (veganized from this recipe)
Gingerbread biscotti (Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar)
Butterscotch Bars (veganized from Joy of Cooking: so. damned. good)
Chai Spice Snickerdoodles (from Isa Does It)
Also, you can't see them here, but we also had a great batch of
Nutty Caramel Barley Bars (from Whole Grain Vegan Baking)
and Persimmon Blondies
Here you see: (clockwise from top)
Horchata Cookies (from Cheers To Vegan Sweets)
Two different Oatmeal Cookie variations, one with chocolate chips and fresh cranberries, and one with sour cherry preserves in the middle
Kendra's Amazing Fig & Cardamom Cookies - one batch with Cocoa powder, one plain
After so many months of feeling pretty worried and glum and preoccupied about my sweet dad's health, I am currently experiencing an explosion of joy for life. This extends into an even-more-than-usual Christmas Cheer... So, I made a total of four types of cookies! I probably would have made more if I hadn't run out of time.
Marizpan Crescents. I was so happy to make one of her recipes - they turned out Perfect, Yummy & Beautiful! A 100% success. They weren't actually that hard to make, but they look very special, and they taste special too. I'll definitely make these beauties again.
On the right are some Horchata Cookies from my new copy of Cheers to Vegan Sweets. They are really nice, light cookies, with a bright limey glaze. I can't wait to explore more recipes from this book.
super cute pictures of Kendra Instagramming our glorious array of cookies
So, I copied her. Here is the view from above. Amazing!
Now my freezer is all stocked up with yummy treats which should last me for a long, long time.
ANNUAL COOKBOOKLETTE GIVEAWAY!
As you know, every year I give away a few of the homemade cookbooklettes I make for holiday presents. They feature recipes I've discovered and fallen in love with that year, and are illustrated with little doodles like you see on the blog. This year I'll give away 15 copies - anywhere in the world! Just leave a comment and tell me something you like about wintertime. Please make sure I can find you (either through a blogger link or leave your email). If you're hard to find, I'll just pick a different winner
P.S. A question for youI have so many pictures left over from the fall, when I was just too overwhelmed to blog. Would it be weird to blog about Thanksgiving at this point? About my autumn garden harvest? What do you think?