vegan MoFo: espresso cheesecake for tea.

Espresso cheesecake at tea time.

There’s a fabulous Toronto based (all vegan) baking company called Sweets From The Earth – perhaps you’re familiar with their tantalizingly sweet, delectably rich morsels? Fortunate to have access to their tempting wares, I recently happened upon a new flavour of cheesecake, espresso, which I readily snapped up at Toronto’s all-vegan (!) grocery store, Panacea. Having thoroughly enjoyed SFTE’s other cheesecakes (chocolate, vanilla bean, and wild blueberry) on occasion, I was confident that this new java-powered flavour would not disappoint.

And it did not.

After presenting this for tea I barely had a chance to grab the camera to prove it existed before all that remained were espresso-infused chocolate cookie crumbs. Creamy and light-textured with a definite, yet not overpowering, espresso hit, this cheesecake is delicious. SFTE’s wild blueberry flavour remains my unwavering favourite (it’s just amazing) but this one is super tasty too – and if you’re as much of a coffee aficionado as I am, this is for you. Added bonus – the espresso cheesecake is gluten-free and uses fair trade coffee beans. Score.

So good.

Something delicious was here.

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vegan Mofo: sweet news in the fog.

Nanaimo Bars

Emerging from this rather thick fog of feeling way under the weather to share some sweet news: my Nanaimo Bars, which I recently shared with One Green Planet, have been featured on The Huffington Post. Awesomesauce. You can get the recipe and see my One Green Planet post here. And be sure to check out the roundup of vegan awesomeness, of which I am so honoured to be a part, at The Huffington Post, here.

Click on the MoFo link below to be transported to a zillion amazing vegan posts.

holiday cookie project: a roundup and a giveaway.

Here we are, standing at the precipice of November, about to fall into December. I can’t believe we’re at the end of Vegan MoFo 2010. To mark the occasion, I’d like to do a roundup of my favourite cookies from The Holiday Cookie Project thus far – a best of the best, so to speak. I also have a truly fabulous book to give away – more about that after the roundup.

I thought I’d pick a top ten. This was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be because all of the cookies made for the project were wonderful. All were delicious. All baked up as expected. How is a cookie aficionado to choose? I finally decided to make selections based on overall popularity, ease of making, attractiveness (these cookies are, after all, auditioning for a spot on the Holiday cookie tray), and bribes for repeats. This is the list I came up with, in no particular order. It’s completely subjective, of course, but a fairly accurate representation of what I’ll probably be making again for the Holidays. If you wish to learn more about one of them, click on the image to be taken to the post for that particular cookie.

Holiday Cookie Project: Top Ten

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Macadamia Ginger Crunch Drops

Macadamia Ginger Crunch Drops

Chocolaty Crinkle Cookie

Chocolaty Crinkle Cookie

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

City Girl Snickerdoodles

City Girl Snickerdoodles

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Citrus Glitters

Citrus Glitters

Cherry Almond Cookies

Cherry Almond Cookies

Green Tea Walnut Biscotti

Green Tea Walnut Biscotti

Okay, so there are eleven cookies there – I couldn’t help myself. Consider it a little homage to This is Spinal Tap.

This is not to say the Kitchen Sink Chocolate BiscottiNYC Black and White CookiesPeanut Butter Chocolate Pillows, Pignoli Almond Cookies, Magical Coconut Cookie Bars, Peanut Butter Crisscrosses, Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Roasted Almond Cookies with Fleur de Sel, and Blackstrap Gingersnaps weren’t awesome, because they truly were – but hard choices had to be made.

It may be the last day of Vegan MoFo, friends, but The Holiday Cookie Project needn’t end. There were more than a few cookies in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar that I didn’t get to this month, and I’m hoping to squeeze a few more in before the Holidays are upon us (ahem, sandwich cookies!). I think this may be the start of a deliciously sweet Madcap Cupcake tradition. Next time around, I’ve my eyes on Kelly Peloza’s The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur.

In case you missed it:  all of the cookies made for this year’s Holiday Cookie Project can be found in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

And so we bid farewell to Vegan MoFo 2010!I hope you’ve taken a peek at the awesome work of all the vegan bloggers taking part this year. Their talent is staggering – and truly inspiring.

Vegan MoFo

Cookbook Giveaway:


Last month I promised to give away a brand spanking new copy of Fran Costigan’s awesome book, More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally,and here it is! Just leave a comment right here on this cookie roundup post telling me what your favourite cookie was from the Holiday Cookie Project – and if you have favourites from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar that I didn’t get to this month, please give me your recommendations so I know what to tackle next! I’ll draw a random comment late Sunday night, December 5th.

Good luck – and thanks so much for reading along this month. I’ve loved reading your comments and sharing your enthusiasm for cookies.

…and we have a winner!!

Random.org result

Random.org result

Thanks to Random.org, we have a winner…number 5: Congratulations Chanterelle! I am about to look up your email and send you a message to get your information – so I can send the book out to you :)