Every Christmas Eve my family visits my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin. My grandparents like traditionally midwest food and usually prepare ham or turkey every Christmas. I used to just eat rolls and cookies since I never really liked meat. This year, since most of us are either vegan or vegetarian, we planned ahead and offered to bring a lot of hors d’oeuvres rather than doing a sit-down dinner. Everything we brought was vegan. My mom made meatless meatball sliders, so I made my Tempeh Tornado filling for a Sloppy Joe slider option. She also brought curry soup “shots” which were a nice, little portion of soup. My sister put together some spiced nuts. We also had a fruit and vegan yogurt platter and a veggie and dip platter. Not pictured are my mom’s famous cream cheese filled pepper appetizers. I plan on doing a post on those soon because they are delicious and so easy to make!
The meatless meatball sliders were made by marinating the meatless meatballs from Trader Joes. My mom also added some homemade vegan cheese, which was such a great touch.
Now we have come to the recipe portion of the post…
I brought peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, chewy ginger-molasses cookies, and chocolate chip cookie dough truffles.
For the peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, I used this recipe from Kirsten’s Kitchen. Just before scooping the dough onto the pan, I mixed in dark chocolate chunks. These are awesome replacements from our usual favorite of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups wrapped in peanut butter cookie dough.
Next, were the chewy ginger-molasses cookies by Chef Chloe Coscarelli, found here. They were the simplest cookies to make out of the three and I would recommend them because they are like an awesome gingerbread cookie without being hard.
Finally, I made the chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, found at Fragrant Vanilla Cake. These came out moist and impressive. I would recommend making them much smaller than I did (they ended up to be about 3 bites each – way too big), and you will need about twice as much chocolate for dipping. When making them from the recipe found at the link, don’t freak out when it says to add the baking powder. That’s a mistake. I didn’t have fleur de sel, so I added a sprinkle of sea salt on each truffle.
Try them out yourself for your next big family get together or holiday!