Saturday, 11 April 2020

Bake Sales (and a Bonus Burger)

Hello friends! What is this? It is a blog post! Yay! I am hoping that blogging more regularly is going to give me some nice structure and a way to pass the time, which seems pretty endless at the moment.

Cast your mind back to a time but a few months ago, when we could do things like bake for and attend bake sales. Seems like a distant memory, but I assure you it was true. At least, I think it was. Otherwise how would I have these photos? Earlier this year, I baked for two bake sales (one for Farm Animal Rescue at Grassfed, and one for Cranky's Farm at The Green Edge). Here are the things I made!

Cashew Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: These lovely cookies use cashew butter (though I didn't have quite enough, so I topped it up with a bit of almond butter), oats, chocolate chips, and chopped roasted cashews. As I was making these for a bake sale, I used an ice cream scoop to get 14 cookies, and I baked them for about 15 minutes (rather than 6 monites for 20 smaller cookies).
Rating: :)

Cashew Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies from 350 Best Vegan Recipes: These use a mix of melted chocolate chips and vegan butter for a fudgy brownie. I found that they were quite greasy on the base and sides after baking, so perhaps it needed a little less butter and a little more chocolate. It uses dried cherries soaked in brandy, but I just soaked in warm water as I don't have brandy. I needed to bake this for about 35 minutes to get it cooked, rather than the 20-25 the recipe stated. I cut it into 8 satisfying bake sale brownie slices. The recipe says it makes 25 small brownies, which in an 8 x 8 inch pan means some very teeny brownies! Oh, these also have walnuts in them.
Rating: :)

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Orange Ginger Cookies from 500 Vegan Recipes: These were meant to be Orange Cappuccino Cookies, but I hate coffee (even the smell), so I changed it up bu adding 1 1/2 tsp of ground ginger instead of espresso powder. The orange and ginger flavours ended up being pretty suble in this, so they were more like regular chocolate chip cookies with a hint of something else.
Rating: :)

Orange Ginger Cookies

Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from 500 Vegan Recipes: These cookies are a delight, and used up some of the coconut flour stash I had randomly accumulated. They are a mix of coconut flour, plain flour, and oats, also filled with dried cherries, chocolate chips, and coconut (it said to use sweetened coconut flakes, I only had unsweetened shreds, but it was sweet enough already). These make for some delicious, sweet, soft, cookies.
Rating: :D

Cherry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butterscotch Chocolate Fudge Brownies: I also have a random stash of butterscotch chips, which this recipe helped me work through. It's a mix of melted regular chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, plus more mixed through the batter, plus I added some extra butterscotch chips on top so you could see them. These are very dense and fudgy, and use sweet potato puree as part of the wet ingredients!
Rating: :)

Butterscotch Chocolate Fudge Brownies

And please enjoy this bonus photo of a delicious breakfast burger that I got when I was dropping stuff off for the FAR bake sale at Grassfed.

Breakky Burger at Grassfed

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim

What would I do without this beloved black baby by my side?


  1. Oooh, I would love to try the chocolate cherry brownies! And your breakfast burger looks awesome!
    Hello, sweet Dim Sim, you are such a cutie!

  2. Replies
    1. I personally am not a butterscotch fan, but I know a lot of other people are which is why it is fun to make for bake sales. Especially because you can't get vegan butterscotch chips here, so it is always very special.

  3. You made the cookies I had dogeared when I had a copy of 500 Vegan recipes!!
    And I agree, butterscotch anything works for me! I don't even think I've ever seen vegan vegan butterscotch chips!
    Dim Sim you are a beauty!!

    1. My friend ordered them off Vegan Essentials for me, which I think is the only place you could get them.

      And yay for excellent taste in cookies!Q

  4. OMG YUM!! I want all of the baked things in my face! The chocolate cherry brownies sound seriously incredible and omg that breakfast burger! I want!

    1. The burger was amazing! I really want it again.