What constitutes a really great cookie? Opinions differ but in my mind, a really good cookie can be soft or crunchy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside, with a sweet and decadent flavor. In other words – a truly awesomet cookie has to have both texture and taste, whether the flavor is chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, cocoa, or molasses.
Traditional cookies made with lots of butter and eggs pretty much hit the mark every time but not everyone wants to eat cookies made with animal products. Nor, do they want to eat cookies with artificial flavors, colors, or ingredients they never heard of. So, the question becomes: Is there a really good ready-made plant-based cookie out there? Read more
I’d say I’m about one cookie away from being happy… ~Snoopy
When I hear the words “Cookie Republic” I think of a country that honors the importance of cookies in our daily lives but Cookie Republic is actually the name of a company founded by a group of firefighters in Westchester, New York who recognized the importance of nutrition (two of the founding firefighters have masters degrees in nutrition) and flavor in creating a cookie that provides energy and satisfies that cookie craving. Instead of posing for the annual FDNY calendar (not that eye candy doesn’t fill an important public service), these buff, very fit firefighters are in the kitchen making cookies. Read more
Living Kitchen. Always Organic. 100% Plant Based.
Seven years ago when Juli Luna opened up Luna’s Living Kitchen, an organic, plant-based mostly raw restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, the response was overwhelming. Today, there are four Living Kitchen locations (two in Charlotte, one in Raleigh, and one in Chapel Hill) making wholesome, delicious meals and snacks for those who seek out healthier dining out options. For those who can’t visit a Living Kitchen in North Carolina, many of the signature snack foods including the Cookie Bites can be purchased on-line (www.livingkitchen.com) directly from Living Kitchen. Read more
Indulge your inner Cookie Monster!
Cookies by the Alternative Baking Company taste like traditional cookies but contain no dairy products, no eggs, no hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no cholesterol, no artificial ingredients, no refined sugar, and absolutely no animal ingredients.
What these gourmet quality cookies do contain are recognizable ingredients: organic unbleached wheat flour, fruit juice, unrefined cane sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, cocoa, baking powder, baking salt, peanut butter (made with only ground peanuts), cocoa, and a blend of palm, canola, and olive oil. Read more
Coco-Roons are what every sweet tooth has been waiting for.
Classics are classics but sometimes things need to be shaken up a bit and that’s just what Wonderfully Raw of Watsonville, California did to the coconut macaroon – a cookie that generally falls into two categories: plain or dipped in chocolate. Not anymore. Drum roll please. Read more
Just Cookie Dough is better for you and the world – so go ahead and grab a spoon.
Sticking a spoon into a bowl of cookie dough and eating it raw is more than a right of passage from childhood to adulthood. In fact, most of us never outgrow our passion for cookie dough. We claim we’re making cookies for our kids and we eat the dough when no one is looking. We mix cookie dough in ice cream and of course, we scoop spoonfuls onto cookie sheets to make cookies. But, sometimes we don’t have time to make cookie dough from scratch (and we don’t want a commercial cookie dough made with artificial colors, flavors, or even dairy products). So what’s a cookie dough addict to do? Buy a jar of Just Cookie Dough by Hampton Creek at your local Super Target. Read more
To describe a Rawxie as a delicious cookie is an understatement. Made primarily of oats, dates, nuts, and coconut palm sugar (which has a low glycemic index of 35 compared to cane sugar with 68 or honey with 55), Rawxies are a hybrid of nutritional food bars and an indulgent dessert, according to Callie England, the creator of these scrumptious treats. Made in Kansas City, Missouri, Rawxies are heart-shaped cookies made in four selective flavors: Lemon Poppy Seed (my favorite), Mint Chocolate Chip, Mocha Almond, and Banana Nut Bread. Read more
Can a cookie made without butter and eggs really taste good? What if that cookie was made with flour derived from quinoa rather than wheat? The answer is an unequivocably “YES” if made by Andean Dream, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in products made with organic Royal Quinoa, a delicious and nutritious crop rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Read more
Sandcastles are an original take on an old Moroccan cookie recipe that utilizes rye flour and coconut oil instead of flour and butter as the basis for each of the four varieties of cookies: Deep Chocolate Infrared, Maple Dusted Cardamom, Vanilla Black Sesame and Marzipan with Toasted Almonds. Slightly suspect (because what can be better than butter and flour in a shortbread cookie?), I reluctantly purchased these cookies for my vegan daughter who was looking for a great tasting cookie that satisfied her dietary restrictions. Read more