Vegan Chai Spice Walnut CookiesPosted: December 16, 2010 | |
Just when I thought I was hard to cook for, along comes my mother.
She calls herself vegetarian but eats chicken; she calls herself vegan but eats eggs… can I just call her crazy?
Her dietary restrictions posed the biggest challenge for me as I’m creating a baked good for my family members as part of their Christmas presents. Of course, I believe that there’s nothing a dash of creativity and resourcefulness can’t work around, and these vegan chai spice walnut cookies are the proof in the pudding batter!
What I am to coffee, my mother is to chai. (Slightly addicted, that is.) She’s been a huge fan of the drink ever since I can remember, so it was my natural choice to add a special touch to her cookies.
After a horrendously failed attempt at vegan chai shortbreads, my eyes nearly bugged out of my head when I popped one of these into my mouth and was met with a cakelike cookie with a gentle yet soulful touch of vanilla, warm spices, and – just like my mother – a bit of nuttiness.
Vegan Chai Spice Walnut Cookies
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup walnut slivers
- 1/3 cup vegan butter (I used Smart Balance Light)
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water, stirred and chilled)
- Contents of 2 chai tea bags (I used Celestial Seasonings)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- In a large bowl, whip your margarine and powdered sugar together until smooth.
- Add flax egg and vanilla; continue to whip until evenly distributed.
- Sift in flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and the loose contents from the chai tea bags. Add in walnuts and stir until dough is evenly formed.
- Drop in 12 small balls onto a greased cookie sheet; bake at 375* for 15 minutes.