christmas cookies: round 1

8 Dec

This morning I got up and went to work in the kitchen right away.  I decided a few weeks ago to make decorated (vegan) sugar cookies as a sort of Christmas gift for friends and coworkers.  And after finding some really cute cookie cutters at Williams Sonoma the other day,  I’m even more excited about it!  But first things first – I have to perfect the vegan sugar cookie and icing, which I fear will not be an easy task.  But I will do it or die trying:)

So, round one started late last night as I made my first batch of dough, placing it gently in the fridge to sit overnight and saying a prayer before turning out the kitchen light and heading to bed.

The second my eyes popped open this morning, I was so anxious to get in there and start rolling out my first batch!

Everything was going so well as I floured the counter-top, pressed out my dough and started rolling.

Once it was all flattened out smooth, I pulled out my new cookie cutters and pressed them, one-by-one into the dough.  So far so good.

The next step was when I began to sense a slight problem.  The cookies wouldn’t come up off my counter-top.  As soon as a slid the spatula under them and began to lift, they started breaking apart apart.  It was like they were too wet…even with a floured surface.

Now I haven’t made sugar cookies in over 10 years, so I really couldn’t remember exactly what the consistency is supposed to be…but I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed to tear into pieces before they even get to the cookie sheet.  But, by-and-by I managed to transfer them over with only a few casualties and some broken limbs:(  I placed them in the oven and hoped for the best.

14 minutes later I pulled them out, eager for a taste test.

note: they are brown as opposed to white because I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for all-purpose.

In the end, they turned out just okay – the taste was pretty much spot on.  But the texture was not right.  After taste testing a small bite, I found myself wanting more – so that’s encouraging, but they definitely aren’t gift worthy.  So, back to the drawing board I will go, with high hopes for better luck on round two.

I didn’t have much more time to bake this morning as I had to rush off to my tutoring appointment.  I usually come home during lunch before going back for my afternoon students, but today I decided to camp out in the OSU library and get some work done.

It’s kind of hard to see, but the other day they decorated the front of the building for Christmas – it’s so festive and pretty!  Makes me happy just to look at it.

I brought my current favorite lunch along for the ride as well, with a honeycrisp apple on the side.

This is the fastest lunch ever created – and it’s tasty too!  I used a whole wheat lavash wrap, spreading a layer of hummus down the middle and then sprinkling on some chia seeds and about one and a half tablespoons of nutritional yeast.  And last, I topped it with a helping of spinach leaves and broccoli slaw.

The chia seeds and nutritional yeast offer just the right amount of protein with a couple of grams thrown in by the hummus as well.  Did you now that nutritional yeast has vitamin B12 in it?  Vitamin B12 is usually only found in animal products, so for vegans it’s important to make sure to get it either through foods like nutritional yeast or take a supplement.  I do both!

Now I’m off to get ready to teach my yoga class.  Tonight the husband and I will begin wrapping gifts…only 2 nights left before we go see family!

Hope you’re all having a great week!

What is your favorite go-to lunch?

4 Responses to “christmas cookies: round 1”

  1. amber@SAHM's musings December 8, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    What’s a lavish wrap? My quick go to lunch is cheese & crackers and a piece of fruit like apple or grapes.

    • candice December 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

      It’s basically like a really big, thin flatbread that is really popular in some Middle Eastern Countries. It’s so good! The brand I buy is Joseph’s and I get them at Walmart by the tortillas – same brand and place I buy my pitas. You must try them:)

  2. Heather (Where's the Beach) December 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Well at least the cookies tasted good. Maybe it was the flour? I haven’t made sugar cookies in a long time either. You just reminded me that I seriously need to make some hummus…

    • candice December 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

      Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll go with white flour this next time. And I’m totally with you on needing to make hummus. Since my food processor broke, I’ve been buying it and it is seriously depleting our food budget! There is serious VitaMix talk going on over here though – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed:)

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