mission: delicious

3 Dec

*Update* Tiffany, you’re the winner! Thanks, everyone, for all of your delicious holiday treat ideas!

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it.

What are your favorite holiday treats? Christmas, Hanukkah, it’s-cold-outside, whatever you do or don’t celebrate, what do you anticipate eating that is special to this time of year? Of course, your baked treats are of greatest interest to yours truly, but soups, stews, etc. are always welcome. Nostalgic treats, annual traditions, I want to hear ’em all!

Share your yums in the comments and on Sunday eve I will pick one random winner who will get a $25 Cosmos Vegan Shoppe gift certificate! Treat yourself to a present this time of year and peruse their awesome store to drool over their fabulous vegan goods. Even if you don’t win, you should totally still buy yourself a present from Cosmos. For realz. You’re worth it.


31 Responses to “mission: delicious”

  1. Kia December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I absolutely love the Cookies β€˜n Fudge Brownies from the Bittersweet Blondies and Brownies E-Book. I also enjoy Browned Butter Pecan Praline Blondies from the same book. Mushroom Barley Soup is also a highlight. So delish!

  2. veganlisa December 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Ginger molasses cookies are the best treat of the season – but I also love overnight oatmeal that my Mom makes in her slow cooker with cinnamon, apples and raisins. We turn it on before bed on Christmas eve and enjoy it after opening our stockings on Christmas morning.

  3. VeganWheekers December 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    My sister made a delicious chocolate nut truffle to pass out as gifts last year. I’m hoping she’ll make some more this year and turn it into a tradition!

  4. Nora December 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    My mom makes Dutch apple pancakes every Christmas morning! They’re baked in an oven, and inexplicably delicious. We veganized her old recipe.

  5. Lizzie December 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I have a long list, some recent additions, but most are recipes of my dear Grandpa’s.
    *almond crescent cookies
    *”Christmas Cookies” – a variation of sugar cookie, but have always just been called that πŸ™‚
    * mint fudge
    * peanut brittle
    Recent additions:
    * chocolate candy cups, with mint or peanut butter filling
    * chocolate peppermint patties
    * pralines
    Trying this year:
    * pepita brittle
    * hazelnut cream filled chocolates
    * candied hazelnuts
    * sea salt caramels
    * caramel filled chocolates
    * sweet & spicy pralines
    * spicy chocolate almonds

    Yes, I am hugely ambitious. But, not so much so that I don’t think I will manage it all! (Many of the ones to try this year are for gifts, as well…)

  6. Lee Ann December 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    I always make some kind of Christmas cookie and go to a local candy shop for their lovely handmade vegan friendly candy.

  7. Erica Rose December 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Making copious amounts of christmas cookies. Really just sugar cookies, but cut out into official holiday shapes, and festive frosting πŸ™‚

  8. Tiffany December 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Holiday time is all about baking up a storm. Baking and decorating cut-out sugar cookies is a long-standing tradition with my family. For the last few years, we’ve held an annual gingerbread house-decorating contest, which is messy but fun. πŸ™‚

  9. Ashley December 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I soooo look forward to gingerbread cake with lemon sauce. I am normally a huge chocolate fan, but something about seeing a Christmas tree makes me crave that spicy cake πŸ™‚

  10. Karen Reiter December 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I love Dreena’s peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, also each year I make Raspberry Strippers , honey lemon drops, gingerbread people, and anise biscotti.

  11. Amy December 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Hmmm… Well, I absolutely love sparkling apple cider, mashed potatoes, snickerdoodles, hot cocoa, and although these don’t really count, fuzzy slippers!

  12. Beth December 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    I absolutely love mulled apple cider this time of year! Pair it with fresh roasted hazelnuts and I’m in heaven.

  13. Abby Bean December 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    So, these Italian, holiday goodies are technically called struffoli, but in my house they’ve always simply been “sticky balls”. Last year my mom & I FINALLY veganized them after thinking it was impossible for ten years. Check ’em out; you really can’t go wrong with fried dough!


  14. radioactivegan December 4, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Every Christmas, I make a huge batch of gingerbread cookies. Usually in non-traditional shapes (gingerbread cookies taste way better as dinosaurs than as little men and women!). That’s my absolute favorite πŸ™‚

  15. Josiane December 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    What I anticipate eating that is special to this time of year? My birthday cake! (Seriously, it happens every year, no matter how old I may get: as we get closer to my birthday, I turn into a five year-old!)
    Last year, I had found out about the marvelous treat that are bakewell tarts on Shellyfish’s blog. Seeing how fabulous that combo was (a shortbread crust, a layer of jam, topped with frangipane) I had to make it as my birthday cake. I think a tradition was born: I’m planning on making one again for a Christmas dinner we’ll have with friends.

  16. Cammy December 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    My favorite holiday treats are gingerbread, and sugar cookies. Every year around Christmas time my mom will make vegan gingerbread and my sisters and i will make sugar cookies and decorate them. We’ve been using the sugar cookie recipe from vciycj lately.

  17. Kim December 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Well this is my first year as vegan so I do not have any real traditional favorites yet but I made a pumpkin spice cake for Thanksgiving that was great! I also love apple cider with dark rum and vegan egg nog with dark rum!

  18. Hope December 4, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    When it gets cold outside I like to make the amazing cinnamon rolls from Vegan Brunch. The house smells amazing with these in the oven!

  19. nik December 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    I’m looking forward to brandied fig cookies!

  20. FoodFeud December 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    I like to make muffins – I made Pumpkin Corn ones tonight – because I love the ease of having a bunch and being able to heat one (or two!) up quickly the next morning so that you can focus on the organizing, gifting, cleaning, cooking, etc. on the day of the festivities.
    My favorite muffins to make are cocoa spice, gingerbread, pumpkin, and lemon-blueberry, although that’s out of season right now.

  21. Katherine December 5, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    I think my favorite treat this time of the year is Vegnews amazing Apple & Walnut muffins. When I go home from school for break I always have to make them Christmas Eve morning. They are amazing, and are prefect with a cold morning.

  22. Vegyogini December 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I always look forward to baking up a slew of cookies for my friends this time of year. Usually, I’ll go for a trio, often all of cookies I haven’t baked before, but that embody the holiday spirit. It’s so easy to vary holiday cookies each year since we as a vegan community are blessed with many amazing vegan cookbooks that either contain cookie recipes or are dessert-specific.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Courtney December 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Biscotti! I make em every year for the holidays. Also spiced/flavored nuts–super easy to make and people seem to really like them.


  24. ellie December 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Cherry winks!

  25. Amy December 5, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I love gingerbread cookies. They’re the best holiday treat when paired with a mug of soy nog!

  26. Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler December 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Um, what WOULDN’T I buy?, is more like it.

    Honestly, I’d put it toward something wearable or edible. Preferably with chocolate.

  27. Lane Gold December 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning!

  28. Amanda Nobile December 6, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    I love to crank up the Christmas music and make a batch of molasses cookies for me and a batch of chocolate chip cookies for the hubby. I also then divvy them up into super cute treat bags/boxes for family and friends. I could (do) spend hours just packaging treats….it’s so cathartic and so rewarding! Happy holiday baking everyone!!!

  29. andreadevon December 6, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    my favorite holiday treats are homemade pumpkin gingerbread cake with spicy vanilla frosting. this is a ‘classic-‘ and super cool cause it’s veganized from the joy of cooking! i also always make chocolate truffles, and this year i have fresh herbs, mate, and fresh coconut to experiment with. i will be posting recipes soon!

  30. Sophia December 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    I’m planning on making chocolate-peanut butter cake balls for a holiday party this year! Pretty excited for bite-size chocolate coated cake!

  31. Astrid castens December 9, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    Christmas is the best! I love this time of the year. Love everything! Yummy sweets! Cookies and pies are my favorite! And now I can really enjoy them, I Am lactose intolerant and i found a new love. Vegan baking! Thank you so much! Love πŸ™‚

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