Friday, December 21, 2012

Vegan Holiday Cookie Swap (yep; even MORE cookies)

This past weekend I attended a glorious event: a vegan, holiday cookie swap!  Generously hosted by the W family in their beautiful home, everyone brought a couple dozen of their own cookies to share, along with an empty container in which to accumulate what everyone else had created.  I made kitchen sink biscotti from VCIYCJ (p. 218) with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts.

Of course I forgot to bring the ingredient list I'd carefully prepared the day before and had to just scrawl a new one on site.

It was the first time I'd ever made biscotti, and it didn't start out well: the plant suffered a cocoa powder mishap early on.

But then everything came together.

I doubled the recipe because that's what I do.

Cut and ready for the second baking.

Packed and ready to go:


89 obliterating her Hanukkah toy of the day occupied while I baked and baked and baked.

(Her bed isn't normally in the kitchen; it was relocated for the evening.)

When I arrived at the swap, I'd come from a celebratory feast at Gobo (where the food was served and enjoyed in entirely too fast a manner for me to have even attempted documentation).  I was too full to partake in more than a couple of cookies at the scene so, as a result, I managed to return home with an impressive haul that I'm still making my way through.

Scene from a party dedicated almost entirely to cookies:

a blurry glimpse of the goodies
After a cookie-filled week, even I had to take a break.  This was my breakfast the following morning: broccoli sautéed with garlic and red pepper flakes in toasted sesame oil tossed with whole wheat pasta, raw carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, black pepper and chipotle olive oil.

This holiday has been a treat marathon; got to remember to get the veggies in.


  1. we now know the truth! You and your dog actually live in the kitchen!!!!

    haha! Happy Holidays! Hope you baked some goodies for that cute little pup too!

  2. Biscotti are so classy! I love that recipe. Have you made them before?
    It looks like an awesome collection but I do have to say that the pasta salad also sounds fantastic. Glad you were able to fit some veggies in.

  3. I made those NY State gingerbreads! I see you have one in your box. I hope you enjoyed it! I'm sorry we didn't get to meet. I left early to go to another party! I would have loved to have tried one of your biscotti! Oh well, next year!

  4. The vegan treats may look more perfect, but I find the homemade cookies in your collection even more appealing. Enjoy!

  5. BYOL- I haven't baked for her yet, but she does love her raw veggies- just like you!

    foodfued- I'd never made any biscotti before, but this recipe was so easy. Plus it was fun to have carte-blanche of mix-ins. Next time I'll try to dip them in chocolate.

    Molly G- I know! Ask Ariela ;-)

    Andrea- I might be Vegan Treats' biggest fan, but the home-baking celebration certainly was wonderful.

  6. Abby,

    Although I didn't attend the cookie party, I did have a few of your kitchen sink biscotti's. If this was Yelp, I would give them a 5.


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