Monday, December 15, 2014

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl & Orange Almond Cookies #fbcookieswap {#dairyfree #vegan}

Are you ready for cookies?  I know everyone has been talking about cookies lately.  All types of cookies…and my family is quite happy that cookies are also in our house.  This is the time for all type of cookies and both girls reminded me that the cookie tins need to be refilled in a - not so - subtle reminder ;)  Yes,  they we have eaten our way through almost all the cookies  even so this year we had a extra treats because I participated in my first ever {yes absolutely true not just virtual but first ever} cookie swap.  As some of you may be able to appreciate a cookie swap is generally not something we can easily participate in because of our dietary restrictions….yes,  butter = milk ;);  this year is different as I am participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap . Bloggers from around the world participate and funds are raised for Cookies for Kids'Cancer plus one can matched up with other bloggers meeting specific dietary restriction i.e. dairy-free, vegan, etc.  Its is really wonderful….
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014
We have received delicious vegan Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Oat cookies from Jacks & Nick from over at Happy to be a Table of Two;  super rich and putting one in chocolate heaven Cookie Biscotti Sticks from Shannon of Killer Bunnies, Inc.; and last but not least perfectly spiced Chocolate Chai cookies from Emilie of Loose Leaf Vegan.  Thank you all!  Pictures…ahmmmm sorry friends,  the cookies are all gone and yes, I have not taken pictures.

This blogger could not decide on which cookie to make, so I sent two.  Vanilla Chocolate Swirl - Alena's all time favorite; and Orange Almond Cookies.  Both cookies are not only dairy free but also vegan plus super quick and easy.  Yay, right?!  Now are you ready for them…oh and before I forget the pictures of Alena's favorite cookie after they are baked are pretty much non-existend right now but will soon make another appearance on Instagram

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl aka Alena's all time favorite cookie
  • 3/4 C Margarine {I use Earth Balance}, softened
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 Tb plain almond milk {or other milk}
  • 2-1/4 C flour
  • 3 Tb chocolate powder
  1. Combine margarine, sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt, and milk until well combined.
  2. Slowly add flour and combine until everything comes together into a dough
  3. Divide dough in half; roll one part up into kitchen wrap and place in fridge
  4. Add chocolate powder to the second part and well combined also roll it up into kitchen wrap.  
  5. Let dough rest for about an hour in the fridge.
  6. Preheat oven to 200 F - prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
  7. On a kitchen board - combine pieces of the vanilla dough with the chocolate dough and roll up together.  Cut slices off the roll and place on prepared baking sheet.  
  8. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes 

Orange Almond Cookies
  • 3/4 C Margarine, softened
  • 1-1/8 C powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • grated peel of an untreated, organic orange
  • 2-3 Tb orange juice
  • 3 Tb Almond paste
  • 3-1/8 C flour
  1. Stir margarine until it has completely softened
  2. Add powdered sugar as well as pinch of salt; stir until well combined.
  3. Add orange peel, juice, together with Almond paste and stir until well combined
  4. Stir in flour and combine into a dough
  5. Combine dough into two parts, form into rolls, and wrap each roll into kitchen wrap.
  6. Let dough rest in fridge for about an hour
  7. Preheat oven to 325 F - prepare baking sheet with parchment paper
  8. On a kitchen board cut slices off each roll and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes {depending on your oven} 


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