July 20, 2011

Vegan (at last) Peanut Apple Pretzel Drops


Are you intimidated by Veganism?  Is Veganism even a word?  Do you think it's going to taste completely and totally different from what you're used to?   If so, you and I were in the same boat.  So, imagine my surprise when I made up these vegan cookies and licked the raw cookie dough off of my finger and it was pure deliciousness! The best part about it is I could have eaten the cookie dough raw without worries that I might become sick from the raw egg that is used in "normal" cookies!  I didn't mind you but I could have!  They smelled fantastic in the oven and I was anxiously looking forward to them coming out of the oven so I could taste the baked version.  I don't know why I was so intimidated by vegan.  Silly me!

You don't scare me, cookie!
Peanut Apple Pretzel Drops

by Deelicious Sweets
Cook Time: 14 - 16 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert snack vegan cookie
Ingredients (2 1/2 dozen)
  • 2 generous cups mini pretzels, crushed into small pieces
  • 1 cup roasted, shelled peanut halves
  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups, lightly packed dried apple rings
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine pretzel pieces and peanuts. Using either kitchen scissors or sharp knife cut apple rings into bite-sided pieces. Combine with the pretzels and peanuts.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the almond milk and flax seeds. Add the oil, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with the electric mixer for 2 minutes until the lumps of brown sugar are dissolved and the mixture is very thick. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened and a thick, soft dough forms (you might want to use a rubber spatula for this step.). Fold in the pretzel mixture and stir to completely coat everything with batter. The resulting dough will be very chunky and sticky.
Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto the baking sheet. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until cookies are firm and edges are lightly browned. Move from the cookie sheet to wire racks to cool. Store in a loosely covered container.
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Servings: 1 cookies
Calories:  154
Total Fat:  6.6 g
Cholesterol:  0 mg.
Sodium:  100.2 mg.
Protein:  2.4 g.


Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

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12 comments:

  1. this sounds FABULOUS! i love vegan baked goods without earth balance butter!!!

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  2. These look de-licious!

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  3. @Junia
    Thanks Junia! I obviously have yet to even find Earth Balance butter so I wouldn't know. These were down right nom nom though!

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  4. I wish I could eat one of these right now!! I am so excited about this recipe. Pretzels are so good, and I imagine even more awesome in a cookie. Thank you SO much for this! :)

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  5. looks delicious I haven't had this combination

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  6. Those cookies look fantastic! Love the pretzels in them.

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  7. It's one of those cookie where I'd eat in a vegetarian cafe on a random lunch time, and smiled with a herbal tea by the rainy wintry days. It's interesting. It's something I would eat everyday. It's zen.

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  8. Oh my gosh that's so creative! And those look absolutely amazing. Peanut, apple and pretzel is such a great flavor combo!

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  9. these look and sound sooo delicious!

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  10. I would love to try these.
    New follower from Sweets for Saturday. Hope you follow back.

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  11. It looks so yummy! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  12. I couldn't be less of a vegan baking fan but I have to admit these look and sound lovely, great recipe. X

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