Thursday, April 30, 2009

Michigan Maple Walnut Cookies!

I tweaked this, made it a bit healthier and veganized it from an omni recipe, it turned out fantastic, these were buttery and maple is my favorite flavor in the world...oh god, the frosting... Andrew said this was one of the best things I've ever made.
1/2 cup earth balance
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup coursly chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp vegan cream cheese
2 Tbsp earth balance, softened
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted, to sprinkle on top

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees beat earth balance and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Beat in maple syrup. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. On low speed, beat in oats. Stir in walnuts.

2. Drop dough by rounded Tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until cookies are a soft golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.

3. For frosting, beat cream cheese and earth balance in small bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in maple syrup. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cooled cookies; top with toasted walnuts.


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