Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies. Chocolate Peppermint Wafer Cookies. Soy Milk’s Favorite Cookies. Amazingly Soft Sugar Cookies. Fortune and Flute Cookies. Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies. Is your stomach grumblin’ yet?
If you’re as obsessed with cookies as I am, then get excited, because The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza is the answer to all your cookie dreams! When 20-year-old Kelly isn’t studying photography at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, she spends her time coming up with delish vegan cookie recipes—including the more than 140 recipes in her cookbook. The most amazing part is all of the ingredients are super easy to find—no egg replacer, agar-agar, or anything else like that. Check out what Kelly has to say, then enter to win a copy below—and if your cookie-hungry self can’t wait, order Kelly’s book here.
What made you decide to go vegan?
I first went vegetarian when I was 10 years old and equated hamburgers to my favorite animal, cows. I was in elementary school and didn’t know much about what to eat or how to cook, so I only lasted a year. I revisited the idea when I was 14, then became vegan a few months later after learning about where our food comes from and all the gross hidden animal ingredients, and never looked back!
How’d you get into baking?
I always baked basic cookies growing up, like chocolate chip and sugar cookies, then got into baking from cookbooks once I was able to use the oven on my own. Art has always been a part of my life and I see little differentiation between art and baking. I started experimenting more and writing my own recipes upon going vegan.
Why a cookie cookbook?
Everyone loves cookies, of course! Cookies have always been my favorite baked good to make and with a clear focus, it really forced me to be creative with inventing over 140 recipes of one kind of dessert. There are endless possibilities when it comes to baking cookies.
Do you have any advice to young people who want to go vegan, but aren’t sure where to start?
Of course! Get your hands on some cookbooks, start reading food blogs (even start one of your own!), research vegan nutrition to form a basic knowledge, and join an online vegan forum like The Post Punk Kitchen. Locally, you should find and attend vegan events, check if there are any vegan meetup groups, start a bake sale, or volunteer at a co-op or animal rescue. It’s all about creating community and connections, and letting your ethics drive your actions.
For your chance to win a copy of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur comment below with your favorite cookie flavor. I’m glad I’m not able to enter, because I’d never be able to pick a favorite! Comments must be received by November 16th. Three winners will be chosen at random and notified by November 19th.
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P.S. Check out some other delish cookie recipes here.