Vegan Maple Pecan Bars

Are you ready for the perfect fall dessert? Vegan Maple Pecan Bars are the ultimate sweet treat for autumn! 

Vegan Maple Pecan Bars- Are you ready for the perfect fall dessert? Vegan Maple Pecan Bars are the ultimate sweet treat for autumn!

Guys, these Maple Pecan Bars are out of this world good and the perfect way to kick off your fall baking. It was 80 degrees when I baked these maple pecan bars and I maybe had to turn on the air conditioning one last time to truly enjoy having the oven on, but it was all worth it in the end. Think of these like a shortbread-y crust topped with a big batch of quick caramel and a healthy dose of pecans folded in. The brown sugar in these maple pecan bars gives off a caramel taste to both the crust and topping, while coconut cream is mixed into the topping to make everything creamy and dreamy. True fall baking heaven! (more…)

How to Make the Best Vegan Cookies (+ a few of my favorite vegan cookie recipes)

Wondering how to make vegan cookies that are perfectly chewy and crunchy? These 4 tips will guarantee perfect vegan cookie success!

How to Make the Best Vegan Cookies- Wondering how to make vegan cookies that are perfectly chewy and crunchy? These 4 tips will guarantee the best vegan cookie success!

When I first embarked on my journey through vegan baking, one of the things I knew I had to nail quickly was how to make vegan cookies. It’s the one thing my mom always requests when I ask what she wants me to bake and bring her (hi mom!) and it’s the one dessert I grew up on, day in and day out. One of the most vivid memories I have growing up is holding a fresh cookie in my hand, marking many significant times in my life. Growing up, my friends and I purchased warm chocolate chip cookies after high school, eating them as fast as we could before marching band practice. When I was in college I often made cookies for my roommates (or let’s be honest, boys) and spent the weekends dreaming about the full size kitchen back home where I could bake any and everything I could ever want. Cookies have even marked time up (more…)

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons

Looking for the perfect vegan macaroons? Look no further than this chocolate dipped cookie version! 

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons- Looking for the perfect vegan macaroons? Look no further than this chocolate dipped cookie version! Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons- Looking for the perfect vegan macaroons? Look no further than this chocolate dipped cookie version!

I just stole one of these vanilla bean macaroons out of the freezer, biting into the hard exterior and trying to eat it before the chocolate dipped bottom started melting onto my fingers, with no luck. If I’m going to be 100% honest here, I probably ate about 3 cookies worth of dough while I was (more…)

Chocolate Covered Vegan Shortbread Cookies

Buttery and rich chocolate covered vegan shortbread cookies, made even better by being made with coconut and olive oil!

Chocolate Covered Vegan Shortbread Cookies

I have a love/hate relationship with the process of recipe testing. Sometimes it’s so easy, you nail the recipe in one try and then go back again for another round, just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. The feeling of pulling something that looks SO good out of the oven and knowing that ‘This is it!’ is something I equate to finally (more…)

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)

The week of Christmas is finally upon us! While I finally just wrapped my gifts over the weekend and still have lots of wedding thank-you notes to write, I’m still going to squeeze in one more cookie recipe for you. Growing up, Christmas was always about making the cookies that would be put out for Santa on Christmas day. My dad would always make the icing and my mom would kind of just let us have free rein over the kitchen, just hoping that we did the dishes and didn’t make a disaster in the meantime.  This year, I hope to still get some cookie making time in with my dad, but I’ve been cranking out these cashew based cookies a few times over the past few weeks for practice.

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)

I hadn’t really thought about using cashew butter for a cookie base, but after seeing Tessa’s cookie recipe that used hazelnut butter for a base, I knew I had to try it out with cashews. The resulting cookie is on the heartier side, has coconut and chocolate chips folded in and uses cocoa powder (the good stuff!) to add another layer of chocolate to the cookies. I created this recipe to be a part of  Rodelle’s 21 Days of Cookies so if you need to cram in a lot of cookie baking this week, I have the place for you! I’ll keep this post short because the days are long, but the holidays always seem to streak by in a flash. Soak up time with friends and family and eat lots of cookies friends!

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies (Vegan)
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Chocolate Coconut Cashew Cookies

Cashew butter based vegan cookies with a heaping dose of chocolate and coconut! (Vegan)
Course Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14
Author Abby Thompson

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 1 3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the cashews on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. After the cashews have been toasted, place the cashews and olive oil into a high speed blender and blend until a smooth cashew butter has been formed. This may take a little bit of time, so be patient!
  2. After the butter has been made, stir together the cashew butter with the flour, salt, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop onto a lined baking sheet by the tablespoon and bake for 10-12 minutes. Don't overbake the cookies or they will become crumbly!