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“Sugar Mama” Bakers Swap Over 1,500 Vegan Cookies!

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Coooooooookies!!! If some of you are still in a sugar-induced coma following the  Sugar Mama Vegan Cookie Swap we won’t blame you. We asked entrants to bake 6 dozen vegan cookies each. There were a few entrants with less than 6 dozen and a few with more than 6 dozen, but with 24 entries, the Sugar Mama Cookie Swappers swapped at least 1,500 vegan cookies last Thursday!

About 50 people attended the holiday-themed swap, and many brought all types of vegan goodies, including Coconut Macaroons, Chunky Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal, Chewy Chocolate-Raspberry, Almond Cranberry, Wood Stove Baked Mint-Chocolate-Chip cookies, Oatmeal-Raisin, Gingerbread Hanukkah cookies, Gluten-Free Gingerbread, Cookies & Cream truffles, Chocolate-Peppermint Graham Cracker, Oatmeal Pumpkin Walnut, Magik Bars, Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches, Oatmeal Jam, Espresso Chip, Snickerdoodles and many more! Vegan cookies do not contain any nasty animal products such as milk, butter, eggs, or gelatin. There are plenty of vegan alternatives to animal products and the cookie swap showed just how tasty they can be! There were also vegan snacks, apple cider, soy milk and other vegan “milks” to try.

Contestants voted for the first prize award of “Sugar Mama” for best tasting cookie overall. Jennifer Kunz took home the prize for Sugar Mama with a vegan handbag donated by Bello Iris. Her prize-winning cookies were the delicious Princess Squares.

RECIPE for Vegan Princess Squares
Cream together:
1 ¼ cups Vegan Margarine
1 ¼ cups Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
Egg Substitute for 2 eggs (such as ¼ cup Tofu or Ener-G Egg Replacer, etc.)
Combine:
4 ½ cups Flour
¾ tsp. Salt
12 oz. Shredded Coconut
Directions:
• Mix all together until crumbly.
• Press ½ of mixture onto a large baking tray (11 ½ x 16 ½)
• Flatten with hands or rolling pin.
• Spread a layer of fruit jam (10 – 12 oz.).
• Top with remaining crumb mix.
• Pat down lightly.
• Bake @ 375 for 20 – 25 minutes, or until lightly browned

Second prize was “Cute Cookie” for the most attractive or interesting looking cookie or display. The prize was a copy of the book My Sweet Vegan. Cute Cookie was won by Elena Cruz for her creative Calvin and Hobbes – inspired vegan cookies.

RECIPE for Gingerbread Snowmen Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup earth balance
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Directions:
Cream margerine and sugar. Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.
Heat oven to 375F. Roll dough into small balls and place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from baking sheet and press slightly with a spatula. Cool.

Icing:
1 tablespoon organic extract: almond, vanilla, lemon, coconut, etc.
1 16-ounce bag of confection powdered sugar, sifted
8 tablespoons soy milk
1 tablespoon Karo Syrup, light

Decoration:
Add a vegan marshmallow and decorate with gel frosting and silly toothpick signs!

The prize for most ugly sweater or best holiday attire was won by Anne Lewenberg for her sweeeeeet holiday sweater! Her prize was also a copy of My Sweet Vegan.

 

 

Although there were several fantastical holiday outfits and ugly sweaters, Anne’s sweater won by a spirited show of hands for its mom-inspired style.

 

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The event was held at Worcester Photo Studios and featured a holiday photo booth where participants took photos with vegan Santa. Check them out at UnityMike Photography’s Facebook . Please support his work by purchasing a high res print of your cookies and santa photo from UnityMike’s SmugMug.

Also check out Kaitlyn’s awesome review of the Sugar Mama Cookie Swap on The Tie Dye Files Blog.

The widely popular MacDaddy Vegan Mac N’ Cheeze Cookoff was the inspiration for the Sugar Mama, and it will be returning in early 2012. Keep an ear out for news of the MacDaddy. The title and belt is sought from all over Worcester County, the competition is fierce and the cheeze is bubbly. Be ready!

Post a comment with your tastyyy vegan cookie recipes from the swap!

December 19, 2011  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Events, Food Love, Misc, Vegetarian Recipes

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