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    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies – Rich cookies packed with chocolate protein powder, marbled with a rich chocolate hazelnut spread. The perfect mix of healthy and indulgent!

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    These cookies may be the quintessential Panthers & Peonies recipe: slightly healthier than a regular recipe, but still rich, chocolatey, and delicious.  Ultimately a mix between good-for-you foods and indulgent foods, which I guess my blog is kind of all about.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    These cookies are for any of my protein-deficient friends out there (insert vegan joke here), because wouldn’t you rather be consuming your protein in cookie form? I know I would. And fun fact, eating these with a scoop of Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream actually doubles the amount of protein you get. True story.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    You guys know I’m just joking. But I am a huge fan of sneaking healthy things and superfoods into dessert. It just makes you feel a little better, you know?
    If you’re going to eat dessert, please let it be these. They’re packed with chocolate protein powder, flaxseeds (to get those omega-3s), and healthy fats from the hazelnut butter (btw I used Justin’s because it’s natural with a short list of ingredients, please please please don’t use Nutella or any of those other junk “chocolate spreads”).

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    Here’s What I Used:

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)
     
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    Recipe type: Cookies
    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • scant ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 7 Tbsp. water
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1¼ tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. cornstarch
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • scant ½ cup chocolate protein powder (I used Vega)
    • ¼ cup applesauce, plus an extra 1-2 Tbsp. if needed
    • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
    • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread (I used Justin's)
    • cinnamon for sprinkling
    Instructions
    1. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add the flax and vanilla and mix well. The dough may look broken or clumpy at this point, but that's ok!
    4. Sift together the flour, protein powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch and add into the mixing bowl all at once. Mix on low until the flour is just incorporated.
    5. Add the ¼ cup applesauce and mix until just combined. The dough should form into one big ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If the dough looks super crumbly or dry, add an additional Tbsp. of applesauce.
    6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    7. Add the chocolate hazelnut spread all at once, then quickly turn the mixer on and off a few times so that the spread is just starting to get incorporated. You can also fold it in by hand (which will give you more control over the marbling), but it's a little harder to do.
    8. Scoop the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then chill in the fridge until cold, about 10-20 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350º.
    9. These cookies will puff up in the oven, so I like to smash them down. This step is totally up to you, but I think smashing them gives a much better texture. You can smash the dough before you put them in the oven, but I like to bake the cookies and let them cool for about 5 minutes, then smash them afterwards. They don't look as pretty as they do if you smash the dough before you bake it, but I think they taste better!
    10. Sprinkle the cookies with cinnamon, then bake 13-15 minutes until the cookies are set and slightly golden around the edges.

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

    Marbled Chocolate Protein Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies – Sweet oatmeal cookies packed with shredded coconut, and topped with a crackled powdered sugar top

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

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    Oatmeal cookie haters, take a seat and just trust me on this one.

    If my Salty Oatmeal Cookies didn’t change your mind about oatmeal cookies, then I guarantee these will. And if they don’t, then you have a heart of stone and I don’t know what in the world could ever make you happy.

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

    These cookies are fantastic for 3 reasons:

    1. They’re rolled in powdered sugar.
    2. They have an amazing texture- crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle.
    3. They’re made by the Pastry God herself, Christina Tosi.

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

    I’m sure a lot of you know that the Netflix Original Series Chef’s Table just released an entire season about pastry, and the first episode was about Milk Bar (!!!) and without sounding like a weirdo, it was really awesome and beautifully filmed and super inspiring to someone who plans on opening a bakery within the year (me).

    Also, I posted a photo of these cookies on my Instagram and Christina Tosi liked it. No big deal.

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

    So I made these cookies because I’m really happy about everything in life right now, and also because I’m addicted to them. True story.

    Here’s What I Used:

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies
     
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    Serves: 18
    Ingredients
    • 14 Tbsp. vegan butter
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 7 Tbsp. water
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 2¼ cups old-fashioned oats
    • 1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1¼ tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
    • 1 cup powdered sugar, for rolling
    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
    2. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    3. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the flax and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.
    4. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda and add to the mixing bowl, along with the oats. Add the shredded coconut and mix until just combined.
    5. Scoop the dough, then roll in the powdered sugar until fully covered and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    6. Bake 9-10 minutes until golden brown and crackled.

    Recipe adapted from Christina Tosi – “My Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies”

    Oatmeal Crackle Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Cookies FOOD

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

    London Fog Cookies – The popular drink in cookie form! Buttery shortbread cookies flavored with real Earl Gray tea, and topped with a smooth cinnamon milk glaze
    This post is sponsored by Rodelle.

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    I’m a coffee girl at heart. Coffee is my true love, it’s what helps me get through the day and honestly what gets me out of bed in the morning. But every once in a while, I really really want a cup of tea.

    I’ve mentioned it before, I don’t drink tea too often because I’m American and don’t own a tea kettle (aka the correct way to make tea), so I microwave my tea (I’m so sorry to all my readers from the UK, please don’t leave) and then I tend to forget that it’s in there. And then it sits there for literal hours until I remember, and by then it’s cold so I microwave it again and then the whole thing starts all over.

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

    Even though I don’t drink a ton of tea, I’m a huge fan of black teas: anything that will wake me up and give me a little boost of caffeine. And I’m honestly a huge fan of London Fogs, which are lattes made with Earl Gray tea, steamed milk, and vanilla. And fun fact! It was actually created in Canada. I don’t know what to do with that information but… there it is.

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

    A London Fog is a delicious, cozy drink, but you have to make it right. You need to brew the Earl Gray correctly, and make sure you have a good vanilla that doesn’t get lost in the strong tea flavor. So I decided to take those same flavors and created a little glazed cookie that tastes like a buttery version of that drink. So good.

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

    For this recipe, I used Rodelle’s Pure Vanilla Extract, because I needed a good vanilla whose flavor would hold up. I put a double dose: vanilla in the cookie dough, vanilla in the frosting.
    I’m a huge fan of Rodelle’s products, especially their extracts! They always have such incredible flavors and really give a good pop of flavor to baked goods, whereas other vanillas tend to get lost and don’t add anything. Oh, and by the way they also have chocolate extract. Yes, let that sink in.

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

    Here’s What I Used:

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 24
    Ingredients
    Earl Gray Shortbread Cookie
    • ½ cup vegan butter
    • heaping ¼ cup powdered sugar
    • big pinch of salt
    • 1 Earl Gray tea bag
    • ¼ tsp. Rodelle Pue Vanilla Extract
    • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
    Milk Glaze
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • pinch of cinnamon
    • pinch of loose Earl Gray tea, plus more for decoration
    • 1 tsp. Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 2 Tbsp. nondairy milk
    Instructions
    1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    2. Add the salt, then open the tea bag and pour the loose tea into the dough. Add vanilla. Mix well.
    3. Add the flour and mix for about 2 minutes, or until the dough fully comes together.
    4. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill 1 hour.
    5. On a floured surface, roll the dough to ½" thick. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    6. Preheat oven to 350ºF. While the oven is preheating, chill the cookies and baking sheet for 10 minutes.
    7. Bake 10-13 minutes until the cookies are set and slightly browned along the bottom.
    8. To make the glaze, combine all glaze ingredients and mix well until smooth. Dip the cookies, then decorate with a sprinkle of loose tea.
    Notes
    The cookie cutter I used is a 1½" heart cutter. Depending on the size and shape of the cookie cutter you use, you'll need to adjust your baking time.

    Thank you to Rodelle for sponsoring this post!
    (All opinions are 100% my own. I only partner with brands that I love and use regularly.)

    London Fog Shortbread Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

    Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thick, puffy buttery cookies packed with chocolate chips. The perfect chocolate chip cookie, with crispy golden edges and a gooey center!

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    I don’t like plain things. I’m all about dessert mashups and intricate pastries and adding extra elements because my Too Much Gene likes to run out of control. But every once in a while I want a good, simple chocolate chip cookie.

    Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

    I happened to see this recipe from Handle the Heat right when I was having one of those unusual cookie cravings. So I made them (at 11pm, because lol what’s a normal sleep schedule) and wow I’m in love.

    I made a batch, chilled them for an hour, then baked off half of the dough and left the rest in the fridge to chill for 24 hours. And both batches were super good, but the batch that chilled for longer was definitely more flavorful. I know most people don’t have the time (or patience), but trust me. One of the best baking tips I can give you is to let cookie dough chill and rest before you bake it.

    Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

    Chilling the dough creates the perfect cookie texture. The cookies stay tall and puffy and don’t sink as soon as they come out of the oven. They get the crispy edges while staying gooey in the middle. And letting the dough chill means that it gets even more flavorful, which means that the cookies will have this rich, buttery, caramel-y flavor, which is pretty much the best thing ever.

    Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

    Here’s What I Used:

    Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)
     
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    Recipe type: Cookies
    Serves: 12
    Ingredients
    • ½ cup vegan butter
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Mix together the flax and water and let sit until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add flax and vanilla and continue creaming for 2 minutes.
    4. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) and add to the mixing bowl. Mix until just combined, then add the chocolate chips.
    5. Chill the dough for at least one hour. Once the hour is almost up, preheat oven to 350ºF.
    6. Scoop the cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, then chill the baking sheet for 10 minutes before putting in the oven. The cookies should be chilled before baking so that they stay tall and don't spread too much.
    7. Bake the cookies 15-17 minutes until golden brown.
    Notes
    You can chill the dough for up to 72 hours before baking. The longer you let the dough chill, the more flavorful the cookies will be!

    Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat – “Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

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  • Cookies FOOD

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    Marbled Sugar Cookies – Vanilla bean sugar cookie dough and chocolate sugar cookie dough marbled together and cut into hearts. Delicious, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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    I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I don’t like Valentine’s Day.
    Like, I get it. Cutesy cards, hearts everywhere, pink and red everything. A day set aside to let your partner know how much you care about them. I understand it, but I’m not into it. Yes I’m one of those people. And it’s not like I’m bitterly single or something, I met my soulmate five years ago (and he hates Valentine’s Day too). It’s just too much.

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    The only thing I really like about Valentine’s Day is that there’s always glitter and confetti everywhere. Like even if we don’t go to a party, somehow just being out in the world on February 14th gets me covered in glitter (which is how I want to live my life always). Oh, and I really like the super cute Target stuff. I also like making Mike cards that say things like, “you better not remarry” or “I like the cat more than you”, stuff like that.

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    If this is the first post you’re reading on my blog, then hi hello, I’m so sorry that this is the first post you read. But if you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know me and therefore I won’t apologize for my dark sense of humor. ONTO THE COOKIES!

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    So these cookies are incredible. They’re like the perfect sugar cookie: chewy in the middle, slightly crispy on the edges, and perfectly sweet without being too sweet or too heavy. Plus I dipped some in melted chocolate, so if you didn’t think they were perfect before, you probably do now. Plus they look really fancy, so they’ll definitely impress whoever you’re spending Valentine’s Day with!

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    These cookies are so fun to make. First, you make the two doughs and let them chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then break the dough into chunks and reassemble it alternating colors (you can see in the photo above how the dough looked), and roll it out to about 1/2″ thick. Cut out the hearts, freeze them for 10 minutes, and then bake!

    I love how they progressively get more marbled as you work with the dough. I explain in the recipe below, but when you’re ready to cut more cookies, just pat the dough back together and roll it out. Be careful not to overwork the dough or it’ll all turn into one colored dough, and that’s no fun. I love how the later ones look super marbled, and the first ones almost look like cows, which is fitting because I love cows more than life itself.

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    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)
     
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    Serves: 12
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    Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie
    • ½ cup vegan butter
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 Tbsp. water
    • ½ of a vanilla bean or about ½ tsp. vanilla bean paste
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    Chocolate Sugar Cookie
    • ¼ cup vegan butter
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 1½ Tbsp. orange juice
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • pinch of salt
    • ½ cup + 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
    Instructions
    For the vanilla bean cookie dough:
    1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Scrape out the insides from half of a vanilla bean and add to the butter mixture, mix well.
    3. Combine cornstarch and water, mix well, then add to the butter mixture.
    4. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder) and add to the bowl. Mix until the dough comes together in big chunks, but is still a little crumbly.
    5. Wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    For the chocolate cookie dough:
    1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
    2. Add the orange juice.
    3. Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt) and add to the bowl. Mix until the dough comes together (the chocolate dough will be creamier and softer than the vanilla dough). Wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    To marble the cookie dough:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
    2. Unwrap both cookie doughs and place on a lightly floured surface.
    3. Break the cookie dough into chunks, then reassemble the doughs together. The easiest way to do this is to alternate chunks of dough in a circular shape, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, etc.
    4. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough out to about ½" thick, then use a heart-shaped cutter to cut out the cookies. Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet with a few inches between each cookie. The dough doesn't spread, but it needs space around it to bake properly. I put 6 on each baking sheet.
    5. While the oven is preheating, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes.
    6. To use the rest of the dough, just (GENTLY!) pat it together back into a ball and roll it back out. The first few cutout cookies will be more two-toned, and after they get rolled out a second time they look more marbled. Just be sure not to work the dough too much, or it'll all become one light brown dough.
    7. Bake 13-15 minutes until the cookies are set and slightly golden brown along the bottom.
    Notes
    I rolled my cookies to ½" thick and used a 3" heart cutter. You will get more cookies if you use a smaller cutter, and you will need to adjust the bake time if you roll them thinner or thicker.

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

    And here’s a photo of one cookie that looks like my cat.

    Marbled Sugar Cookies (Vegan)

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