defining vanilla

one thing i've always disliked is the use of the word "vanilla" to describe boring things. i happen to love vanilla, thank you! so when i say that i made vanilla cookies today, i want you to imagine a treat that's exotic and sweet, perfumed with vanilla. they take barely any time to make, which is precisely why i decided to give them a go today. every so often, i visit my friends at distilled, the brilliant web expert agency where i used to work. they are a wonderful bunch, and i love testing out my dessert recipes on them (and i don't think they mind either :)). one of the guys at distilled, tom, has a few allergies as well, so i like to challenge myself and make things he can enjoy as well - he can't have a lot of sugar, so these cookies are a-okay.

the recipe comes from eat drink & be vegan, a great little cookbook that i dip into sometimes. as dreena, the author, is a mom, there are plenty of cookie and cake recipes to be found, and so far they haven't failed me yet. i adapted it slightly - the original calls for beet powder to make the cookies slightly pink, which i didn't use, and also uses a bit of sugar, also omitted. if you have half an hour and want some delicious vanilla cookies, give these a go!

vanilla sprinkle cookies

makes 12 cookies
the particulars:

  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp colored sprinkles (or any decoration!)
  1. heat the oven to 350F / gas mark 4. line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. get two medium bowls. in one, sift in the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. in the other bowl, add the oil, agave nectar, maple syrup, and vanilla, and mix. pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until just combined, but do not overmix.
  3. spoon the batter onto the baking sheets with a teaspoon, evenly spaced. top with the sprinkles. bake for 11 minutes or until golden.
  4. remove from the oven and let cool on the pan for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.