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#1 Old 09-28-2006, 05:36 PM
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HELP! Hahaha, I am having a baking emergency. So I decide to make vegan pumpkin cookies, right? And I have ALL the ingredients out and start to mix them. Well, when I get to the vegetable shortening it had dead ants on the tope and the rest of it looked really gross. i don't know if its gone bad or if it supposed to look like that (deep cracks and random...oily/dark spots). So, what is an alternative to vegetable shortening in recipes. Can I just do without, or what?

Here is the recipe:

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Pumpkin Cookies

Submitted by Stone_Fox

prep time: 15 min | cooking time: 12-15 min | makes 2 doz. ? (not really sure!)

I found this cookie receipe on a non-vegan site (oh the horror!) yet it is totally veggie friendly. i made about a billion of them for a party and everyone loved them. I told them they were vegan after and they were all like "really?". Don't you just love that?

Equipment:

normal cookie sheet and favorite wooden spoon. If you're making multiple batches replacing the spoon with a standmixer will save time.



Ingredients

1/2 c. shortening

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar

1 c. 100% pure pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 c. chopped, toasted pecans

2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. each: baking powder, baking soda & cinnamon

pinch salt

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. cardamom



Directions

Mix everything together really well. Chill in refriderator for about an hour. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchemnt paper or a non-stick mat (optional but makes removal easier). If you want them to be really pretty put the dough into a big piping bag with a huge swirl tip and pipe swirls onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar for extra yumminess and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. let rest on pan for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
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#2 Old 09-28-2006, 06:02 PM
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1/3 cup oil replaces butter and i guess shortening. Hope your cookies go well.
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#3 Old 09-28-2006, 06:51 PM
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Thanks, but I ended up using Earth Balance margarine and they turned out amazing!!!!
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#4 Old 09-29-2006, 01:57 PM
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earth balance always works for me in baking, it's amazing stuff.
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#5 Old 09-29-2006, 02:07 PM
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Could you not use an all natural nut butter instead of the margarine. I mean as long as you are not allergic to nuts. I have never tried it, but now I think I will. If I do I will let you know how it turns out. And if I do not like 'em I will see if my chickens do. LOL
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#6 Old 10-02-2006, 07:48 AM
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Coconut oil subs perfectly for shortening - often better than EB depending on the recipe, though Earth Balance works great in cookies.
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#7 Old 10-02-2006, 08:31 PM
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Yeah, I've heard that about coconut oil, and grr. Like, 2 days before I made my cookies we were at the store and I saw the coconut oil, but I was already buying a load of other stuff. I asked my mom if I could buy it but she said "next time, because you won't really need it soon". GRR! And then I needed it...

Anyway, the cookies, like I said, were amazing. They were sooooo soft and moist. Seriously, they only lasted like, 2 days, but they stayed moist no matter what! And i took some to school and none of the omnis suspected a thing and they all want some for Christmas, lol
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