Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Cookin' Good Lookin' Wednesday

It's that time of the week again! After much deliberation I decided to share a dessert recipe with you guys. I wasn't going to share dessert recipes because obviously those are vegetarian, but I love myself some dessert so I wanted to share those too!

Hopefully everyone is familiar with the pepperidge farm cookie Milanos, they are delish!  So when I found this online on Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World while blog hopping, I had to try them.  They are very easy and easy on your waist in my opinion without eggs, milk, or butter.

So I decided to put the spotlight on these little treasures...Vegan Milanos

1/3 cup rice milk (or soy)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (I didn't have any so I skipped this)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets.
1. In a large mixing bowl, use a strong fork to mix together milk, sugar, oil, vanilla and zest.
2. Add half of the flour, along with the cornstarch, baking powder and salt; mix well. Add the remaining flour and mix until you have a soft, pliable dough.
3. Make sure your hands are very clean and dry, and dust them with flour.
4. Grab about 1 tablespoon’s worth of dough and roll it into a ball, and then roll into a log that’s about 1 1/2 inches long. Flatten with the palms of your hand to create an oval that is 2 inches long and 1 inch across, then straighten the edges out with your fingers.
5. Continue with the rest of the dough, flouring your hands before you form each cookie, until you have 16 cookies placed about 1 inch apart
6. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until tops are firm and edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes. Use a thin, flexible spatula to transfer to a cooling rack.
7. While the cookies are baking, melt the chocolate.  I just put all the chips in a metal mixing bowl and placed that on top of a saucepan with some simmering water.
8. Now, once the cookies are cool you can either dip the bottoms of two cookies and sandwich them together or "frost" the cookies with chocolate with a spatula.  I found the "frosting" method to be less messy. But once you have a sandwich set them on a platter and let set in the fridge for at least an hour, or until the chocolate is hard.

And that's it! They are super easy and delish!
They may not the the prettiest, but they're tasty

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