Vegan Baking Basics: Cornstarch + Water Egg Substitute

If you are looking for an easy vegan egg substitute, this basic cornstarch and water egg replacement works in almost any vegan dessert!

Today is short and sweet, because cornstarch + water egg substitute is one of the most basic and easy vegan egg replacers around, but I always seem to forget about it! In light of making batch upon batch of cookies over the holiday season, I realized that a few recipes I was testing out weren’t coming out quite right, and I wasn’t sure why. I adjusted the oil, added more flour, tweaked the baking time and still, things just kept coming out really…meh. (more…)

Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze

Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. 

Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze- Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze- Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.

It’s been almost a couple weeks now since I’ve had a fresh recipe, ah! Between going on vacation last week to Punta Cana (yes, it was amazing and no I didn’t want to come back to the snow) and starting to battle a cold, I took a little bit of a break from recipe testing and posting. But, (more…)

Pumpkin Vegan Sticky Buns with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze! 

Fluffy and sweet vegan sticky buns flavored with pumpkin and spices, topped with a vanilla bean pecan glaze!

I know that this is my second pumpkin recipe in a couple weeks, but trust me, these pumpkin vegan sticky buns are worth it! As part of a now annual tradition, my blogging BFF Sara organizes the #virtualpumpkinparty so a lovely group of bloggers can come together and share their finest pumpkin recipes. This year, Aimee from Twigg Studios helped organize the party too and it’s an epic roundup of pumpkin recipes! I know this recipe is a little more time intensive, between the two rise times and bake time, but like I mentioned in my pumpkin cheesecake recipe, if you’re going to make a dessert, (more…)

Ginger Maple Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ginger Maple Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie has kind of been a thorn in my side for just about..forever. Ok  not forever because obviously pre-vegan things were a lot easier. But really, I wanted to find a recipe that was foolproof, easy to replicate and easy to double (because why wouldn’t you double cookie dough?!).  I’ve gone through a lot of trials and tribulations, ending up with too puffy of a cookie (too much liquid), too runny and crunchy/hard (too much coconut oil) or either just plain gross. I can always tell right when I fold in the final ingredients if that batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies is going to be a home run or a fail, just by the texture of the dough. I’ve had a few tries where the dough didn’t even make it to the oven, because I knew the baking time and frustration when I eased the cookie sheet out of the oven, just wasn’t worth it. All of that being said, these maple ginger cookies were a total success, right from the start. I could tell as soon as I started folding in the ginger pieces and chocolate chips, these cookies were going to be the base of my favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies. Win!

Vegan chocolate chip cookies with a ginger kick and sweetened with pure maple syrup! Easy and quick to make for all your vegan baking needs.

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Apple and Peach Jam Pie Bars

Apple and Peach Jam Pie Bars

Apple and Peach Jam Streusel Pie BarsApple and Peach Jam Streusel Pie Bars

Are you one of those people who already has their Christmas shopping done? As in like, you were already out and doing it before Thanksgiving even got here? I have to tell you that I am NOT. As much as I like being a planner, Christmas shopping just doesn’t come easily to me. I either find the perfect gifts at odd times (middle of summer, no where near the persons birthday, etc.) or I just can’t think of a dang thing to give them that they haven’t bought themselves already (more…)