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Cookies in your mailbox!

As promised awhile back—The Joy of Vegan Baking giveaway! To clarify, I’m baking the winner the dessert of his or her choice out of Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s modern-classic cookbook, boxing it up and popping it in the mail in time for your Christmas Eve shindig. (I’m not giving away the book itself, although you should certainly get yourself a copy, since everything I make out of it turns out exquisitely delicious! Though come to think of it, if an international reader wins the giveaway, it might make more sense to send a copy of the cookbook. We’ll see how it goes.)

That’s right: I am sending you a box of scrumptious homemade cookies! (Or a cake. Or sweet bread. Or macaroons.)

More about The Joy of Vegan Baking from the author herself:



I regularly listen to Colleen’s podcast, I’ve heard great things about the 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and I can’t say enough glowing things about her work. I honestly don’t know where the vegan community would be without her and my dear teacher Victoria Moran.

Here are a list of recipes that would be easiest to box up and send:

  • chocolate chip cookies
  • chocolate chip mint cookies
  • peanut butter cookies
  • pine nut anise cookies
  • oatmeal raisin cookies
  • gingerbread cookies
  • chocolate brownies
  • chocolate coconut macaroons [this one is my go-to; easy and delicious.]
  • blueberry orange bundt cake
  • cinnamon coffee cake
  • light lemon bundt cake
  • apple cake [I like to bake this one for Christmas presents, adding dried cranberries.]
  • pumpkin spice bread
  • zucchini bread.

P1110501_2To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me your favorite dessert recipe. It doesn’t have to be vegan—actually, I’d like to hear about your favorite non-vegan desserts so I can enjoy veganizing them. Same deal as the audiobook giveaway:

  • You get ONE entry for a Facebook comment
  • TWO entries for a share, tweet or retweet
  • and THREE entries for leaving a comment on this or any other blog post. (Sneaky!)

This giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday, December 15th. Tasty baked goods to be delivered by Christmas. Good luck! I think this is going to be a lot of fun.

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I like to wear vegan-message tank tops to yoga class—it’s a great conversation starter! This one is from Colleen’s compassionate messagewear shop. (Photo by Alex.)

25 Comments to Cookies in your mailbox!

  1. December 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I can attest that Camille is an EXCELLENT baker. You want to win this!! (But too bad because I’m going to. :P)

    That list is fantastic; I should get a copy of the book myself.

    Chocolate cake used to be my favorite go-to dessert in the world, but with the discovery of the chocolate allergy, I’ve been looking for replacements. Spiced desserts seem to be winning – I made a batch of pumpkin gingerbread cookies this weekend that were so good I almost cried. 😀

  2. Jen's Gravatar Jen
    December 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s because I spent the morning writing and have forgotten to eat, but I am really really into this giveaway right now. 😉

    My favorite cookie is the Smitten Kitchen Key Lime Meltaway, and it’s so good it deserves all those capital letters. What do you think – any way to veganize a cookie recipe that is almost all butter???

  3. December 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert to make is chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips (this is Matt’s favorite, so I think I like doing it because of his overjoyed reaction). My favorite desserts otherwise are chocolate mousse and my sister-in-law’s red velvet cake.

    I could go on. 😉

  4. Leslie Gray's Gravatar Leslie Gray
    December 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    It changes all the time… but right now I have cupcakes on my mind, so I’ll say the S’mores cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

  5. December 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Camille – my favorite Christmas Cookie is Cranberry Nut Rugelach. It is from Cold Weather Cooking by Sarah Leah Chase. There is absolutely nothing vegan about it due to the butter, eggs & sour cream. Nuts, cranberries, apricots, golden raisins, honey, figs, brown sugar and orange liquour and the regular white sugar, wheat flour of typical baking. What is there to say?

    I have been spurred on by reading a few of your posts and recently made a nut flour cornbread! It was sooo good. This recipe is my next foray into grain free baking – but again it is not vegan – butter/eggs!

    Judy – still tweaking out what I eat!

  6. December 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Gingerbread cookies and lemon bundt cake both sound heavenly right now. Mmmmm! Maybe I should have had more lunch. But thanks for the chance to win. I am a fan of Colleen’s as well!

  7. Terri Cole's Gravatar Terri Cole
    December 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    My family makes Cornflake Macaroons every year for Christmas. It uses stiffly beaten egg whites as a main ingredient, along with sugar, vanilla, coconut, pecans and corn flakes (yep, like Kelllog’s). I have never seen this recipe anywhere else, much less a vegan version! It’s probably the only thing I miss since becoming a vegan.

  8. December 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I love all desserts equally. I just love pecan pie a little bit more equally. I’ll share this for some sweets!

  9. Marcel's Gravatar Marcel
    December 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink


    I’m going to leave two recipes, one “easy-mode” for veganization and one “hard-mode” that has almost nothing in it vegan. You veganize the hard-mode one I’ll make YOU vegan cookies.

    Easy-mode: Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake

    One box cake mix, separated in half (with whatever ingredients needed to make the mix).
    One bag caramels.
    One can evaporated milk.
    One 16 ounce bag walnuts.
    One 16 ounce bag chocolate chips.
    One jar of chocolate frosting.

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Bake the first half of the cake mix in a 13X9 inch pan. While it is baking, melt the caramels into to evaporated milk. You will likely have extra caramel that just won’t dissolve into the milk. When the cake is done baking, pour caramel-milk into pan on top of cake. Spread both chocolate chips and walnuts on top of soaked cake, then spread the remaining cake batter. Bake for forty minutes. Let cool and then frost with frosting.

    Hard mode: Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

    One bag Oreos or equivalent chocolate sandwich cookie.
    One pint heavy cream.
    Three packages of cream cheese
    One stick of butter
    Three eggs
    One lemon
    One 16 ounce bag of chocolate chips
    Tablespoon confectioners sugar (aka icing sugar)
    Teaspoon vanilla extract
    One and a quarter cup granulated sugar

    Crush the Oreos on top of a sheet of wax paper (or any methodology you prefer). Melt the stick of butter and mix with the Oreos in a bowl. Spray the bottom of a 13×9 inch pan and press the Oreo mix into the bottom of the pan for the crust.

    In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar together with a hand mixer until completely mixed. Add the eggs, 10 tablespoons of heavy cream, and the juice from half a lemon to the bowl. Mix with the hand mixer until smooth. Pour into the 13×9 inch pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

    While baking the cheesecake, melt 3/4 cup heavy cream into 2 cups chocolate chips in a separate bowl. This can be done in the microwave on 30-60 second increments. In yet another separate bowl, whip 1 and 1/4 cup cream with the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Fold two cups of the whipped cream into the melted chocolate. You now have chocolate mousse.

    Once the cheesecake is done, take out of oven and pour mousse on top. Chill in refrigerator for one hour. Take out and spread remaining whipped cream on top. Crumble any left over oreos on top. Chill for an additional two hours and serve.

    I would love to try a vegan version of either of these. Sounds intriguing to say the least.

  10. Amanda T.'s Gravatar Amanda T.
    December 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert recipe is my grandma’s banana pudding made with vanilla wafers and egg white meringue topping. Since switching to a vegan diet, I have yet to find a way to veganize the egg topping.

  11. sharon's Gravatar sharon
    December 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know that this is a dessert so much as a snack cake, but vegan ring dings would be the tits.

  12. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    December 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Key lime pie with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream!

  13. December 12, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Goodness Camille, you’re up for a challenge – I like that you’re keen to veganise all suggested desserts!

    Cinnamon Coffee Cake would have to be a favoirite of mine. I’m looking at our last Cinnamon Mocha Cupcakes ( from Chloe’s Kitchen’ ) wondering just how long one has to be awake before tucking into this tea time treat!

    Happy baking!

  14. cal's Gravatar cal
    December 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    mmmmmm! i am equal-opportunity when it comes to desserts and baked goods: i love them ALL! next time you come this way we must go to Lagusta’s shop as she (and her pal Maresa) make vegan chocolates, cupcakes, croissants and macarons!!! all divine.

    anyhoo my fave dessert recipe might be pineapple upside-down cake. it has a lot of butter an eggs in it, but i’m sure it’s easily VEGANIZED!

  15. December 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Cookies. Peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal… Or the soft kind from the supermarket. Make those vegan? Yum!

  16. Amanda T.'s Gravatar Amanda T.
    December 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  17. Amanda T.'s Gravatar Amanda T.
    December 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink
  18. Amanda T.'s Gravatar Amanda T.
    December 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink
  19. Claire's Gravatar Claire
    December 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    homemade pumpkin pie

  20. December 15, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Thank Camille, This is fantastic. I’ll share it on Facebook. Peanut butter cookies, no crunchy 😉

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