Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

those pineapple cookies

pineapple cookies

These are a traditional cookie of Christmas in my family, along with peanut butter blossoms and cut-outs. They do not have a name that I know of as we refer to them as "those pineapple cookies." My mother did not believe they could be veganized but in fact the veganized version is still nice and flakey and lighter and less greasy (the old ones left grease spots on napkins) and the dough is quite pleasant to work with. It is totally worth all the fiddliness of making them even when you see your uncle tossing them into his mouth five at a time.

big pot of pineapple

Pineapple Cookies (Vegan)
makes maybe like six dozen or so? I would count them but we already ate a million of them.

1 8oz tub tofutti better-than-cream cheese (I used the yellow, non-hydrogenated one)
1 cup Earth Balance, slightly softened
2 cups flour

Cream together fake cream cheese and fake butter. Add flour and mix until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, flatten into a disc, and chill until cold. Meanwhile make filling:

2 cans crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch

Combine in a saucepan and cook, stirring, until the milkiness turns clear. Cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350.

Roll out the dough to about 1/8" thick and use a sharp knife to cut into about 2" squares. The smaller they are, the cuter, but the more you will get sick of making them. You can mash the trimmings together and roll them out again but I wouldn't do that more than once or twice. Transfer the squares to a cookie sheet (put them close together because they do not puff up much) and use a teaspoon to put a little diagonal line of pineapple on each square. Fold the other two corners up so it is like a little pineapple baby wrapped in a blanket, sealing with a little bit of water.

Bake for 15-16 minutes, just until the little tips are starting to brown.

Santa's foot amputation, conducted under non-sterile conditions
Santa hopes that you will not forget to supervise your puppy while you are making these cookies.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

better peanut butter blossoms

Do you really enjoy cracking your tooth on a big hard waxy chunk of pseudo-chocolate full of nasty cow secretions made by a certain obnoxious company that has been recycling its christmas commercial since 1990 in the middle of your cookie? No, you don't. A nice blob of rich chocolatey ganache is so much better!


The only special thing you need to do is find something to make a thumbprint in the cookie with. You cannot literally use your thumb because you do it when the cookie is hot so you will burn your thumb off. What you want is something cylindrical, about 1/2" in diameter, and fairly flat. I used the handle of a particular potato masher. It seems that certain bottle caps (tamari especially) look about right too. Wrap it in foil so that it does not get dough in its crevices. If this sounds like a pain then just think of what a pain it is to take all the wrappers off those little wax blobs.


Vegan Peanut Butter Blossoms
makes ~ 72

1 cup Earth Balance
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 egg replacers (3 tsp Ener-G whisked with 1/4C hot water)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1-2 T soymilk
extra sugar for rolling
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (Ghiradelli)
1/4 cup soymilk
Preheat oven to 375.
Soften EB and mix with peanut butter. Add sugars gradually until creamy and well-blended. Beat in egg replacer and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add little splashes of soymilk until you have a cohesive but soft-ish dough. If it is too stiff then it will crack a lot when you make the ganache holes.
Form 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Bake 13 minutes. Immediately after removing from oven, firmly yet gently press something into the surface of each cookie to make an indentation. Remove to rack and cool.
Make ganache by melting chocolate chips and soymilk in the microwave. It takes about 1-1:30 minutes. Stir until smooth and glossy then use a teaspoon to put a little dollop into each cookie hole. If you are a real over-achiever you could probably pipe it in with a pastry bag.



Saturday, December 19, 2009

what is this, buffalo?

I was supposed to drive to Buffalo for Christmas today but then I did not since we are in the midst of a Paralyzing Blizzard.

DSC_0074It is not even windy. Sometimes I think Accuweather is a drama queen. However, everyone here drives their car off the road when there is one inch of snow so the paralysis part could be true.


It is supposed to be 10 more inches by this evening! They better get their one snowplow out. Yesterday I participated in the mad rush on snow shovels at the Home Depot so we are ready.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


We did that petco DNA test on Lenny that tells you what breeds your mutt is made of. We swabbed his cheek with a mascara brush and mailed it to A Lab. This is what came back:

more like it

Ha ha, just kidding.

Lenny's DNA test



I think it is problematic because certain breeds are not profiled yet and some of those might be Lenny breeds. Like foxhound. He does like the snow though. Clearly that comes from the malamute. That and the one blue eye.

Saturday, December 05, 2009