I recently tested some tasty little ice cream sandwiches courtesy of a new cookbook that will be coming out by vegan cookbook author Kelly Peloza. These yummy dessert ice cream cookie sandwiches are great for the root beer lover in anyone. I used Rice Dream Organic Vanilla ice cream as the filling and Kelly’s secret (for now) recipe for the graham-cracker-like cookies. I also used a variety of cookie cutters to make them fun to eat. Even though I’m not a big root beer fan, I enjoyed the Root Beer Float Ice Cream Sandwiches. Some taste testers of mine thought the dough was a little dense. There was too much root beer flavor for one, but not enough for another. Overall though, quite an original idea!
Pumpkin season is upon us and with that I’ve been inspired to make more and more dishes with pumpkin as a key ingredient. Using the roasted pumpkin pulp from a sugar pumpkin we recently got in our CSA, I forged on to make some yummy desserts. I was pleased to find this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel in Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. The cake turned out moist and dense with the perfect blend of spices. We had it for dessert and breakfast. It goes great with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Even my husband, who hates anything with pumpkin, enjoyed it. Score!
By far some of the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made came from a recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. These cookies are easy to make gluten-free as well. In the picture below, I subbed all purpose gluten-free flour for regular all purpose flour. I’ve made these countless times both gluten-free and non-GF and they always come out great. Dip them in a glass of cold almond or coconut milk and it’s simple perfection!
By far, some of the best cupcakes ever are the Fauxstess Cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I’ve made these numerous times and brought them to many potlucks and parties. The combination of the dark chocolate cake, ganache topping, and creamy filling make for a perfect cupcake. You can find the recipe on the Post Punk Kitchen.
One of the greatest things about fall is the abundance of pumpkins and dishes created with pumpkins. One of the traditional desserts I make year after year is pumpkin pie. My all-time favorite recipe comes from Tofu Cookery by Louise Hagler. I’ve tried other vegan pumpkin pies and none come close to this recipe. The firm tofu in the recipe really gives the pie the texture it needs to have the delectable mouth feel that it does. The pie is spiced perfectly with just the right amount of sweetness. Top it off with your favorite vegan whipped cream, and this dessert is pure heaven.