Vegan Cooking for Carnivores

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I have always enjoyed cooking. When I became a vegan in 2000 I had to learn how to cook all over again. As a new vegan there were ingredients I had never heard of and I made it my mission to know them all and how they blended with certain foods.

I discovered recipes by reading vegan websites, various cookbooks, and I watched cooking shows on PBS. The newest addition to my cookbook collection is VEGAN COOKING FOR CARNIVORES: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss The Meat (Grand Central; $29.99) by Robert Martin.

The first recipe I made is called Mexican Wedding Cookies. Are you guys tired of me talking about wedding topics?

Below are the ingredients, baking instructions and what I did to make my batch. Check it out!

½ cup raw, slivered almonds

½ cup chopped pecans

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) (1 cup) vegan butter, cut into cubes and chilled

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1 cup for dusting

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups organic, unbleached, all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Grind the almonds and pecans in a food processor until they are a coarse meal.

Add the butter, sugar, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt and pulse until a dough forms. Add half of the flour and pulse to incorporate. Add the remaining flour and pulse until incorporated.

Scoop out 2-tablespoon portions of dough and roll them into balls. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing the cookies 1 inch apart. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool before rolling them in the confec­tioners’ sugar.

MAKES ABOUT 30 COOKIES

I found all materials for the Mexican Wedding Cookies at Whole Foods. Below is a picture of Robert’s batch.

Nice, uh? My stuff is below.

Raw chopped pecans and slivered almonds.

Vegan butter. I like this brand.

Confectioners’ sugar.

Agave.

Vanilla.

The recipe calls for kosher salt but I like sea salt.

Unbleached All Purpose Flour.

Everything mixed in my food processor/blender.

Raw cookies about to go into the oven. I substituted a few things as you can see.

My batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies!

I ate 1  1/2 cookies. A carnivore ate the rest!

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