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Vegan Vanilla Cookies ala nilla wafer style

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

I made this recipe to go with Dolly Parton's Favorite Banana Puddin' Cake. Read the recipe, watch the video.

beaded ceramic dessert plate with a delightfully structured piile of vanilla cookies
Who could resist a pile of cookies?

I was walking thru the aisles of HEB on a mundane mid week shopping trip (there's an HEB literately right next to where I have 80% of my appointments). And there is was; an illustration of everyone's big haired, big busted Blond. Yes, Yes, Dolly Parton was on a cake mix box. In my supermarket. Hoping, maybe in vain, that this one cake mix was accidentally vegan. AND IT WAS! There was also frosting to go with it. I walked the isles, eager to make my purchase, debating weather I would save the cake mix or use it and preserve the box.


In my kitchen the next day, I decided on the former. I would make the best Southern Style Banana Cake you have ever seen. Then I looked on the back for the instructions. A whole new cake popped onto my eyes. A banana puddin' cake to be exact. Determined to make this delectable, dairy filled fantasy vegan (and make a video for my lovely youtube viewers), I got on Amazon and sourced the ingredients. This once $1.88 find was now going to cost me a whole $26.87. The vegan nilla wafers were a whole $7.88. I faced an agonizing decision, make a sheet cake and frost it or come up with some recipes. I am a balaboosta after all, how dare I give into the mundane! All for you, dear readers, I toiled until there was a delectable vanilla pudding recipe and of course these vanilla cookies. They worked perfectly and after the video was made, a few neighbors and friends got together and ate a slice. I did not hear one complaint about vegan food. Of course, I can't take all the credit for that. Duncan Hines and Ms Parton helped.




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This recipe takes 15 min of prep time, 10 minutes to cook. It yields about 2 dozen cookies.


The supplies needed are: measuring spoons and cups, mixing bowl, whisk, parchment paper, electric hand mixer, and a large baking sheet. You will need the following ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 3 tablespoons white pure cane sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, 1 serving vegan egg replacer, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.


assorted bowls filled with individual ingredients for the vanilla cookie recipe
Gather your ingredients

STEP 1 Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sugars and shortening with an electric hand mixer (or a spoon) on medium speed. Then prepare the vegan egg and add to the sugar mixture.


image showing suger mixed with butter being combined by an electric hand mixer
My favorite kitchen tool since childhood is the electric hand mixer. I still love licking the whisks.




image showing what the batter should visually look like before baking
This is how your cookie batter should look prior to baking

STEP 2 In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, together with a wire whisk. Pour into the large bowl. Combine on medium speed. Add the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract. Combine. Lastly add the vegetable oil


Step 3 Line a large baking sheet (or whatever you've got) with parchment paper. Form the dough into round balls and then flatten then. The balls should be small (I found even smaller than pictured.)

image depicting the size of the cookie ball.
Roll the balls this size or smaller and smash them flat

Bake for 10 minutes or until right when the bottoms begin to brown. Cool on baking sheet 1-2 minutes and then remove to cooling rack.




























image depicting fully baking vanilla ckkoies on a parchment lined baking sheet.
The finished product. Yeilds about 2 dozen, depending on how large you make them.


Questions, comments, concerns, pictures? See the comments section below.


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Rose Tea Cakes Vegan, Egg-free, Dairy Free

Prep Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 1 hour Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup shortening

  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 1 serving vegan egg

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

Directions


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine sugars and shortening with an electric hand mixer (or a spoon) on medium speed. Then prepare the vegan egg and add to the sugar mixture.

  2. n a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, together with a wire whisk. Pour into the large bowl. Combine on medium speed. Add the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract. Combine. Lastly add the vegetable oil

  3. Line a large baking sheet. Form the dough into round balls and then flatten then. The balls should be small. Bake for 10 minutes or until right when the bottoms begin to brown. Cool on baking sheet 1-2 minutes and then remove to cooling rack.




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