Monday, December 24, 2007

Rumnog Pecan Cookies

In addition to the Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles I made during my holiday baking flurry, I gave this recipe from Veganomicon a try. This is not a quick recipe, with steps for making the cookie dough, rolling it into bite-size portions, rolling that in chopped nuts, and then icing them when they cool, but it's not difficult and the results are fab. There's plenty of time between steps to tend to other holiday baking, knock back some spiked coffee, or take in A Christmas Story for the 4,375th time.

I had much better results, as far as uniformity in size and even cooking, with the cookies I rolled in the larger pecan pieces. The ones that got rolled in the itty-bitty dregs of the chopped pecans spread out too far and nearly burned around the edges. So when the book calls for "coarsely chopped pecans," you'd do well to read and obey the Veganomicon.

Wow. I have shivers. Lemme say that again in "the big voice": Obey the Veganomicon.

The cookies are beautiful and delicious even without the icing, but I iced them anyhow, because ... well it's the holiday season, right? The time of year when we go big or go home! Besides, if we don't overindulge now, what are we going to have to self-flagellate about after the new year? Gotta think about those resolutions. With every bite we eat between now and January 1, we're merely planning ahead.
I offered these up to the same group of omnivores that indulged in the Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Truffles and they also received excellent reviews and skeptical questions about their veganocity. Yes people, they are vegan. No animals were tortured, skinned-alive, beheaded, exsanguinated, slaughtered, or molested in any way to bring you these delectable morsels. Now, don't you feel better?

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