26 December 2009

This Week in My Kitchen: Cookies and Pies!!

Mmm, Christmas baking! I'm not the best baker, but I'm slowly improving. This year I kept it simple, with a couple of batches of cookies and two pies.

Cookies: Ginger, Oatmeal Peppermint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Kahlua, Thumbprint
Last week my friends Meghan and Stephanie came by and we had an evening of baking cookies and drinking wine (two of my favourite things!). We used my go-to cookie guide, ExtraVeganZa by Laura Matthais
There were a few mishaps, but everything tasted good and we made enough to give as gifts and to pig out ourselves. When I was a kid I used to bake cookies with my grandmother quite a bit. She passed down her not-the-best baking skills to me. We always had a few weird looking cookies and ones that just didn't turn out. To this day, I call imperfect pastries "Nanny Cookies". We had a few Nanny Cookies this time around, and it made me really miss her (she passed away when I was seventeen).

Nanny Cookies: overzealous portioning results in one giant cookie

perfect oatmeal peppermint chocolate cookies

chocolate kahlua cookies ready to go in the oven

check out the chocolate-chippiness of this one

chocolate kahlua and thumbprint cookies

gift basket for my landlords

Pies: Pumpkin and Pecan
This year I made a pumpkin pie from the frozen remains of our halloween pumpkin, and pecan pie (yes, vegan pecan pie is possible and delicious!). Yum!

draining the halloween pumpkin - I saved & froze the juice for later use

pumpkin pie

pecan pie

a delicious grape pie my landlady made with the concords that grow in our yard


ExtraVeganZa: Original Recipes from Phoenix Organic Farm


  1. Yum!
    I have officially invited myself over for dinner upon my return to Canada!
    I have also officially added a link to your blog on my blog :)
    Happy Holidays!

  2. Thanks Jill! And you're always welcome - there's an empty place at the table and in the guest room for you.