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Eat Cookies - Save Whales!

Hi guys and gals, it's been a while. I've missed ya'll and feel very out of the loop looking at the headers. Catching up could take a while. Anyhow, I got  a call from Greenpeace tonight. . .they've asked me to host a Save the Whales Bake Sale. So. . . they're sending the whale shaped cookie cutter and I'm thinking that since going vegan, I don't recall too many successful cookie baking attempts. Certainly not any worth buying--can I get some help with this, please?

i dont know any but dont give up, they are out there...because I have had vegan cookies that dont taste like cardboard

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I don't eat sweets like cookies but I'm planning to make this recipe the next time DH begs for cookies:

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12802.0

You probably should do a "trial run" so if it doesn't work so good, you have time to go "bake"  :D  to the drawing board/oven!

I think I'm a good judge of whether a recipe will work out OK, (humble ain't I) and this one seems like it'd work well.  It's got good reviews anyhow. 

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Warning: longest post ever:

I haven't made these cookies, so I don't know what they're like....they certainly LOOK amazing though.

http://www.johnandkristie.com/archives/2005/10/perfect_sugar_c.html

Wow!!
http://www.johnandkristie.com/photos/2005102111/7.jpg

Jeeze, bakesales are amazing!  Usually the best sellers are plain old chocolate chip cookies, decorated brownies and cool looking stuff.  One time i took this ugly cake, cut it up in to servings, and decorated it with some hard core garnishes.  Sold like nothing else!  Anyways, if you want to make everything whale shaped, you could always take a regular batch of brownies (a firm, non crumble-y one) and cut whales out of it using the cookie cutter.  You could make frosting eyes and fins and stuff.  Wow, I'm getting very excited over this......

You could do that cutting method for just about any not-too-crumble-y bar.  Try the lemon bars from this site  (I think I managed to put in a plug about this recipe in every possible situation I can).  You could decorate the whale with fins and eyes/mouth by cutting your desired shape out of paper, placing them on the cut out whale, dusting with powdered sugar, and then removing the paper.  Then where the paper was they'll be little whale parts!  Or what about tofutti creamcheese swirl brownies?  I've yet to meet a person who didn't like those.....

If you don't want to cut out bars using the cookie cutters (as if can be INSANELY frustrating with the wrong consistency baked good)  Just cut the baked good into a square a bit larger than the whale cookie cutter.  Trace the whale cookie cutter onto a sheet of paper and cut the whale out.  Put the paper (minus the whale) ontop of the cut bar, and dust powdered sugar.  Lift up the paper, and there's a whale!  You could do a negative-space one using the cut-out paper whale, too.

And there's always the massive amounts of candy recipes from this site.  You could make the peanutbutter cups, only instead of following the recipe freeze the peanut butter middle until it is very firm, roll it out and cut out whales from it.  If it doesnt freeze and get firm, you could always stir in crushed cookie crumbs or something to help firm it up (crushed up vegan graham crackers would be divine in this).  Maybe puffed rice cereal too (i.e. Rice Krispies).  And I bet you could do the same thing with the York-a-likes from this site. 

More Ideas:  Make whale garnishes to stick on things you don't use the cut-out for (cupcakes!!!!  :D).  Draw a bunch of whale outlines using a dark marker on the back of a sheet of waxed paper.  Grease the front of the paper.  Melt half a bag of vegan chocolate chips slowly, once melted, remove from heat  and pour in the rest of the bag in batches (this tempers the chocolate and keeps it looking pretty/makes it solid when cooled).  Stir it a bunch until all the chips are melted.  Pipe the chocolate in a thin thin layer using the whale outlines drawn on the back.  Let these cool to room temperature, and then place in the freezer for a few days.  Once thoroughly frozen, take them out and carefully remove the wax paper from the chocolate whale.  Viola--fancy whale garnish!  This wil be a lot easier with small whales.  And if you have vegan white chocolate, you could add a teeny amount of natural food coloring to make a more life-like whale.

Wouldn't chocolate whales look cute on blueberry muffins, frosted with blueberry tinted and flavored frosting?  You could make the frosting very swirly and uneven to symbolize the ocean.  Or you could just make regular cupcakes and stick the whale garnish on top of that.

Other things you could make whale garnishes out of:  thinly rolled pie crust, thinly rolled gingerbread, etc.  Take orange rind, cut out little whales, than boil them in sugar syrup to make them candy orange peels.  Also, if you could find vegan gum drops, you could make little 3-D whales.  The gum drop would be the body, and then you could flatten out additonal gum drops with a rolling pin and cut out fins/tail to stick in the whale.  Just cut slits where the tail/fins go and cram the pieces in.  You could shove in sprinkles for the eyes.  (Maybe that would look more like a seal.... lol!)  And use tempered chocolate lines to show "water" comming out of his blow-hole.

You could make stained glass cookies too!  Wow, ok, take your most successful sugar cookie recipe, naturally die the batter (I'm thinking blueberry juice would work), and cut out a bunch of whales.  Place them on a parchement-lined, greased cookie sheet.  In the center of each whale, cut out a heart shape.  Fill the heart shape with little pieces of red hard-candy (Like Life-Savers...are those vegan?).  When the cookie bakes, the candy will melt and form a cool, red candy glass thing.

Like this:
http://classweb.gmu.edu/bhawk/susie/stained-glass-cookies-sm.jpg

Last idea:  Make 3-d whale cookies.  Make a bunch of firm firm non-crumbly, almost unappealingly hard whale shaped sugar cookies.  Cut a thin rectangle out of the whale from the bottom of the whale to a little bit in the middle.  Make a bunch of trapizodial cookies, double the length of the cut, and cut a rectangle out of the middle of them, halfway through.  Cram the too pieces together, and it should stand. A whale with popping out fins.  Maybe I should draw a diagram to explain this better.....

It's like this bunny cookie, only a whale:
http://www.fancyflours.com/fancyflours/images/items/cookie-cutter-3d-bunny.jpg

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I veganized some Hershey recipes for my Xmas cookies last year.

Traditional Cutout Cookies

1 c. margarine, softened
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. pureed, soft silken tofu
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. a.p. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Beat margarine, sugar, tofu, and vanilla in a large bowl on low speed of electric mixer just until blended.  Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to margarine mixer, stirring until well blended.

2. Divide dough in half.  Cover; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.  Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  On lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

3. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

1 c. margarine, softened
1 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. Dutch baking cocoa
1 3/4 c. a.p. flour

1. Heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Beat margaring, powdered sugar, and vanilla in large bowl until creamy.  Add cocoa; beat until well blended.  Gradually add flour, stirring until smooth.

2.  Roll or pat dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured surface or between 2 pieces of waxed paper.  (I think refrigerating the dough first might be good.  I recall fighting with this dough).  Cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or just until firm.  Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen (2-inch diameter) cookies.

For both recipes, I used the icing from Ashley's first link.  That stuff is great!  On some of them, I added little sprinkles and stuff while the icing was still wet. 

Not to toot my own horn too much, but these turned out really good!  Here are some pics:

http://vegweb.com/gallery/albums/userpics/66417/normal_PC240074.JPG

http://vegweb.com/gallery/albums/userpics/66417/normal_PC240075.JPG

http://vegweb.com/gallery/albums/userpics/66417/normal_PC240084.JPG

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Oh, and by the way, welcome back!!!  :)

Also, Ashley, those rabbit cookies are too cute!

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:) Thankyou!  :)

I had to do some printing--that's a lot to review!  I don't see myself finding enough time to buy cookies, let alone bake any, but, here we go. . .

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Ashley your creativity is amazing. I am so glad we aren't close...I'd get as big as a sofa from just tasting! ;D ;D ;D I've got the whole keyboard wet, drooling over your suggestions! :D

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