In preparation for a family 4th of July party, I was supposed to make cookies. Except that I had just cut out all animal products from my diet and hadn’t yet started exploring vegan baking. For help, I turned to the Internet. The party was mere hours away, so I wanted a recipe that wouldn’t require any additional shopping. A Google search led me to Post Punk Kitchen’s Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodle recipe, which not only used ingredients I already had, but also featured a lovely how-to video.
Since this was my first dabbling in vegan baking, I worried about how the cookies would taste. But when I popped the cookies out of the oven, they looked gorgeous; they crackled just like the cookies in the picture, and even glistened with a hint of sugar on top.
Ready for some vegan goodness, I crunched into a cookie. Yes, I tasted the chocolate, and it was generally sweet, but damn, the thing was spicy! I’ve never been one for spiciness, though, so I solicited another opinion.
“Come try the cookies I made!” I yelled at my brother. He examined the cookie, took a bite, and gave me his notes.
“Crunchy.” Another bite. Silence. Another bite.
“They’re a bit spicy,” I offered.
“Too spicy,” he replied, disgust scrunching up his face.
“So we shouldn’t bring them tonight?”
How quickly my hope for bringing wonderful vegan cookies – to lessen some of the scrutiny I would inevitably receive for my new diet – died. I finished cooking the rest of the dough and was left with a whopping two plates of mediocre cookies.
I picked up a box of sugar-frosted cookies from Ralph’s that my mom loves on the way to the party for everyone else to enjoy, and with that I became determined to become a vegan baking queen.
As a side note, this is the only recipe I’ve ever tried from Post Punk Kitchen, and I’m looking forward to exploring other recipes their site has to offer. However, in the future, I’ll look for recipes that don’t use cayenne pepper. Their Just Chocolate Cake looks very promising. Suggestions?