easter baking: vegan chai cookies

I don't really get into the Easter thing, but it is a nice time for visiting friends and family (4 day weekend!) This year instead of chocolate eggs I decided to bake yummy gingerbread-style cookies for giving as little gifts.

I do love gingerbread, but decided to do a little twist and make spicy chai cookies (think chai tea in a biscuit!)

I used this fabulous recipe from the Veganomicon authors, but fiddled with the spices a bit. Instead of their spices, I used 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, plus a pinch of cardamom. For the tea element of chai I used 1/4 cup of super strong, soy milky tea instead of the 1/4 cup soy milk. Got it?

Anyway, they are delicious! I am even thinking they might make good gifts to send in the mail because the cookies are very hard (good for dunking!) They're so perfect for this heading-into-Winter cold snap in Melbourne. And they are really very easy to make, win-win!

P.S. - the icing on the top ones was Chris's idea - icing sugar & water mixed with red sprinkles! I wanted coloured icing but we have no food dye - was contemplating plum jam until Chris came to the rescue!

10 comments:

Jan Allsopp said...

They look YUMMY! I made gluten free healthy chocs (vegan too) this year cos I've just had to stop eating gluten. They are nice too.

m.e (Cathie) said...

Penny they look great!!
am so torn over what to make my little nephew so I think I may give these a try, minus the tea!

Enjoy the long weekend, we don't do easter really, so I didn't get a single chockie egg, we just do what we do to make mum happy :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Sorry, can't get past the GORGEOUS red riding hood cup, good GOD that is adorable. Happy baking & Easter, love Posie

m.e (Cathie) said...

hey Penny, just baking some now, kids love them, made little bunnies & used dairy free choc buttons for the eyes & tail.

thanks for the fab recipe

Little Cooties said...

Yum! Love the tea cup and saucer

helena / little mo said...

send me some! send me some!!

Kawaii for You said...

Great idea... they look delicious! Love the cup and saucer too... of course! Christine xo

Jessi said...

penny.. another use of your "fab" fabric...

http://zactom.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-creative-space-alert-badges.html

x

Miss Muggins said...

Love the pic of the cute cup and yummy cookies

maleaab said...

Those cookies look so yummy! I have yet to buy Veganomicon. I'm not sure what is holding me back...I keep picking it up every time I'm at a bookshop and always put it back. Sigh... I also have to say that the Little Red Riding Hood teacup pictured is adorable!