Christmas Cookies

cinnamon chocolate chunk cookies and ginger spice cookies

This year I got a few recipes from a random book “Christmas with Southern Living 1998”, which my mom found on my grandmother’s bookcase. One recipe was for a twist on the standard chocolate chip. I didn’t add the walnuts, as I don’t like the texture of nuts in baked goods.

CHEWY CHOCOLATE-CINNAMON COOKIES

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (3.9 oz) package chocolate instant pudding mix
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 (11.5 oz) package semisweet chocolate chunks/mega morsels
1 (2.5 oz) package walnut pieces (toasted and chopped, 2/3 cup) – OPTIONAL

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars and pudding mix, beating well. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Combine flour, soda and cinnamon; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Stir in chocolate morsels and walnuts.
Drop dough by tablespoons onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove cookies to wire racks; cool completely. Yields 5 dozen.

The ginger spice cookies were NOT from scratch. I don’t usually bake anything from a mix, but these looked really good, and the ingredients were all natural.

My first vegan recipe

Christina is a vegetarian and requested a vegan cake. I found this recipe online. Shockingly moist and delicious. I couldn’t find a vegan frosting recipe that didn’t sound disgusting, so I just used powdered sugar.

chocolate chip vegan cake

VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated white sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
½ package of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar, and water. Mix together until smooth. Stir in half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour into prepared pan and bake 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan completely.

Generously sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Serve.