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If there is such a group, I think I might need to join.

These past few weeks have been kinda crazy, as I attended no fewer than TEN holiday parties! Of course, I could never allow myself to show up empty-handed, especially when each party harbored potential vegan converts. So I became very good friends with my kitchen, baking up batches of delicious cookies in the hopes that I might influence others to at least consider veganism. (I also made some cupcakes for one party, but that’s another topic for another post.) I’m happy to report that there are no longer ANY cookies left– not one! The cookies were devoured almost as soon as I put them out, even though I made sure everyone knew they were vegan cookies.










Chocolate Almond Cookies (Pictured above)
Bake Time: 9 – 10 minutes
Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
Ener-G egg replacer for one egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Additional sugar
Slivered, blanched almonds

Beat margarine and 1 cup sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add almond extract and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to margarine mixture, beating to form smooth dough.
Stir in chocolate chips. If necessary, refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle. Stir in the egg replacer according to directions on the Ener-G box.
Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Shape dough into 1-1/8-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Place three slivered almonds on top of each ball; press slightly.
Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

I think I had a little too much fun decorating the sugar cookies!


My mom helped a LOT! Here she is making coffee-maple spritz cookies. Thanks, Mom!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. selina says:

    You can never have too many cookies. Those Chocolate Almond cookies look great! I have to practice my cookie baking skills. For some reason my cookies never turn out as good as I would like.

  2. hello darling (formerly hello sunshine!) says:

    Where do you find Ener-G in Dallas?? I’m just now trying to find it here in NYC (’cause, you know, baby vegan/easing into veganism :)) but I’m curious as to where you found it!

  3. Melisser; the Urban Housewife says:

    How could anyone resist those cute cookies?!

  4. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Cookies are perfect material to convert unsuspecting omnis! They all look delicious. If we have one next year, you are certainly invited to our holiday party! :-)

  5. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    ten parties? well, aren’t you miss popular!

    you’re so right about the “potential vegan converts” at parties – it’s fabulous to hear that your cookies made such a good impression! (the blanched almonds look so yummy on top of the chocolate almond cookies.) for some reason, my xmas goods were received a little differently. most people didn’t try them because they knew they were vegan. it makes me sad that people don’t want to expand their horizons and try new things…

    the coffee-maple spritz cookies are calling to me! where’s the recipe from?

  6. Rural Vegan says:

    Is that some sort of electric cookie press? Man, you’re not messing around!

    I love how you decorate your cookies with such enthusiasm! They’re adorable!

  7. jd says:

    I totally hear you about that “Cookie-Bakers Anonymous” thing!

    I’ve been on quite a roll myself – truthfully, it probably started with purchasing “The Joy of Vegan Baking,” but the holiday season sure has kept my baking fever rolling!

    I love the fact that baking dessert for other people helps spread the word about veganism, too. It’s awesome, isn’t it?! Keep up the good work Ms. Popularity! :)

    All of your cookies look delicious!

  8. Liz² says:

    beautiful cookies! and you have a spritzer? that’s awesome!

  9. Ashasarala says:

    Wow… 10 parties? You must be exhausted! I think I baked enough for ten parties for my one family get-together, actually. haha Can I join the cookie-bakers anonymous group? :)

  10. Tavolini says:

    wow–neato cookie gizmo!! Looks delicious–and those sugar cookies are ridiculously cute 😀

  11. Sophie says:

    these cakes look really nice!
    I really need to learn how to make vegan cakes as the main things I miss by being a vegan are cakes and tiramisu!!

  12. Pink Theory says:

    aw, yum! those look great. i need some of your mad cookie skills! I also can not resist spreading vegan love to others so they can understand that we are not deprived:-)

  13. Missy the Garden Freak says:

    this makes me want to grab a cup of joe, so i am going to do that right now… ahhh… got it.. now i need some cookies…. yum! keep on cooking!

  14. Green Eyes, Green Heart says:

    Hi, Chocolate-Covered Vegan!

    Maybe you can help me out here… I bake vegan cookies for people, and I would love to find a good, light, low-fat butter substitute. Usually I either use Organic Smart Balance or Earth Balance Natural Buttery Sticks.
    I came across Smart Balance Light in the store, and while it SAYS “vegan” on the tub, by reading the ingredients it says “lactic acid(to preserve freshness)”.
    The Organic SB says lactic acid as well, but it specifies that it is beet-derived and not dairy-derived.
    Do you know anything about this?
    Thanks for all your help! These cookies are definitely on my to-do list! :)

  15. Christy says:

    these cookies were sooooooo delicious!