Vegan “Rice Crispy Treats” without resorting to those mushy (and expensive!) vegan marshmallows — now this is a cookbook I’m going to love! (How does author Kelly Peloza do it? She substitutes sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup for the marshmallows, creating bars just like the original that are actually cheaper.)
Accompanying “Over 140 Simply Delectable Recipes to Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds” are photographs that will drag the cookie-baker in you into the kitchen to stir up those pots and pans (or, more realistically, mixing bowls and cookie sheets). Cupcakes may come and go, but cookies are always in style. From homey chocolate chip cookies to sophisticated “Glazed Lime Cookies” and “Chocolate Marzipan Ravioli,” The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur offers a plethora of choices for every occasion (after all, there is no occasion at which cookies are inappropriate!).
First on my to-be-tried list was “Lemon Cornmeal Cookies;” a flavorful combination with a sugar coating, they are mildly lemony and manage, somehow, to be both crunchy and chewy. Next up is the “Cranberry Almond Cookies” — they look absolutely delish (though I think I’d love to substitute hazelnuts for the almonds… we’ll see). Peloza suggests adding chocolate chips as a variation.
Speaking of chocolate chips… there are quite a few varieties sprinkled throughout the pages of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, as well as many peanut butter cookie recipes. There is even a recipe for “Peanut Butter Dog Treats,” which I’ll bet Charity Marie Doggy-Dog (and her new brother, Rocky Top) are going to love.
What makes The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur special is that… duh… it’s vegan. What makes it wonderful is the sensational assortment of cookies, flavors, and textures. Also included is a Q&A section to address some of the problems home bakers may encounter.
Bottom Line: Would I buy The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur? Yes, I was looking for a new holiday cookie cookbook the other day, and this one is perfect. It is also the perfect gift for vegan hosts and hostesses, or for any vegan for any reason.