I know you are thinking, Wow. This B’klyn<3 character is some kind of awful cookbook reviewer. Why does she change all the recipes?
This theme hasn’t been so much a cookbook review for you as it is for me: the kind of person who changes all the recipes and also gets super passionate and buys a bunch of books and then never uses them. I like to poke, prod and experiment… a task that becomes intimidating when there are soooo many ingredients in a recipe (a theme I see so far).
I do like though, when I have permission to change it up according to my tastes. Which is what I did with this next book.
The book: The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza
Why do you have it?
Even though I owned a vegan cookie cookbook
, it was cheap, it had the words “vegan” and “cookie” in it, and it was a cookbook. Logical reasoning.
Well, why hadn’t you cooked from it yet?
Well, I’m not one for desserts. Being one of three vegan cookbooks entirely dedicated to the baked sweets world (yup, here’s the third
), I barely ever make dessert. I spend so much time and energy on … real
meals that I usually don’t ever make it past the occasional muffin (which isn’t really a dessert, unless you count it as a naked cupcake).
Did you have difficulty deciding on a recipe? There were a few that piqued my interest. Also, when I do go into dessert mode, then I usually will make more than one thing… so from this book, I chose two things.
What did you make? My first offering was Vanilla Thumbprints and the second was Bakery-Style Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a Hint of Maple).
How did the cook go? So here’s the thing, right? There are some chapters where you can replace oil, replace sugar, use whole grain flours… so of course, instead of heeding the advice of the book (using half-and-half, you’ll get this texture if you so-and-so), I just go whole hog.
Did you modify? Because we know you can’t help yourself. See the above!
How did the eat go? I will tell you what, this was a learning experience. The Thumbprint cookies went straight to the trash for the horror I unleashed from my oven. Well, not all of them (as will be explained shortly). Lessons learned, I baked my chocolate chip cookies, and found that I eliminated the crispy (as what happens when you do not use any oil) but they were quite lovely and tasty. Those lived… for as long as the household could keep them from their gullets.
And The Husband? He also did not like the thumbprints. He ate 3 or 4, until I chastised him about eating things he does not like and then trashing the rest with no protest. He also liked the chocolate chip cookies, but declared them “almost scone-like”.
Will you cook from this book again? Yes. I may even actually follow a recipe. I expect I will experiment some more, until I get the cookie I want. I am still naive enough to think that I can have it all.
So, are you a cookie connoisseur? Maybe cookie pizza. Not sure if I’ll ever make it to any type of dessert connoisseur… but I’ll be glad to taste test anyone’s vegan offerings in the future!