Vegan Kit Kat Bars

These little sugar wafers have held a special place in my heart ever since the first time I gave blood and they handed me a stack of them for recovery. What? I give you a pint of my blood and you give me these cookies? Totally worth it! Now I've found a way to make these wafers even better — with a little coat of dark chocolate they magically transform into Vegan Kit Kat Bars!

Homemade Brown Sugar

Sometimes in the middle of a baking project you realize you're out of a key ingredient. You can either run up to the store, wing it on the recipe, or somehow recreate that missing ingredient. The other, kind of far out alternative, is to imagine that you're just like Martha Stewart, making your ingredients from scratch. Somehow that makes me feel better...and that's what today's recipe is all about.

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies bring together two seemingly diverse flavors, coconut and oatmeal, with a little chocolate added for good measure. Patty Griffin sings about making pies as a way of connecting socially in the kitchen. I think I'll write a song called Making Cookies because it's my favorite thing to do when guests come over, either invited or spur of the moment. In fact, keeping some of this dough in the freezer should be on the must-do list!

Thin Mint Cookies

If you're looking for a vegan and homemade version of the Girl Scout's favorite Thin Mints, look no further. I think I have what you're looking for. And if you're not looking for a vegan version of these cookies, you might want to take a peek anyway. After seeing these easy and delicious cookies, you might just want to give them a try!

Double Chocolate Craisin Cookies

There's a light pattering of rain on the window as a fall storm approaches our neighborhood. I take a deep breath after my mid-morning workout and vow to enjoy a Double Chocolate Craisin Cookie that my meager calorie-burning body will allow. It may only be one cookie, but I will enjoy it enough for twenty!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Bill Watterson once said, "If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life." I never thought peanut butter could be so zen. So if you're looking for your controlled peanut butter nirvana, you've come to the right place. Chocolate, peanut butter, and Oreos. I think that's my new mantra for the day!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The subject of today's combination of ingredients is the time-tested Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. It's a recipe that's been around forever, so what's the point of publishing yet another recipe? Well, even old dogs can learn a new trick now and then; this recipe is not only vegan, it includes an interesting, "new" ingredient, Chia Seeds. Yes, I'm talking about the same seeds that were sold as Chia Pets in the '90s. It's hard to imagine that seeds whose sprouts were used to create "hair" for terracotta figurines such as Homer Simpson and Scooby-Doo, would actually be healthy to eat. But I've learned how to incorporate Chia seeds in some of my vegan baked goods, resulting in addition of Omega-3s and other health benefits.

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A little new combined with a little old. A little time in the kitchen combined with a little time for reflection. A little cookie combined with happy faces of friends and family. That's when you know it's been time well spent.

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Easy Vegan Vanilla Cake

After a much-needed vacation, I'm back with some vim and vigor...and yellow cake. How can one really have their fair share of "vim" without a little dose of vanilla cake? Vegan baking can oftentimes be a little tricky, but I think I've discovered a combination of ingredients that falls right on the mark. Give the recipe a try and practice kindness by sharing it with others. Together, we'll save the world...one slice of cake at a time!