Rye Gingerbread Cookies

    Well I am a little late on posting this recipe but it’s worth saving for next year because these are delicious.  When the holidays roll around I love to bake all sorts of treats, but I am always looking for ways to make classic recipes more healthy.  I found that gingerbread is one of the best bases for hiding a hardier whole grain flour because the molasses and spices mask the darker color and nuttier flavor of less processed... Read More

Maple Cookies with Marmalade Glaze

My kitchen activities have been adapting to the cold and windy days lately.  I’ve been making weekly pots of stew, roasting nearly every veggie I eat, sprinkling cinnamon and maple syrup in most dishes, and preserving the glut of citrus I’ve happened upon in the form of marmalades and candied peels.  It takes a bit more time, but when it’s dark and cold outside I don’t mind snuggling up to my nice warm stove, eagerly awaiting... Read More

marmalade cookies for my valentine

it’s probably too late for anyone to actually make these for valentine’s day but i thought i would share what i made for my valentine. a few weeks past i exclaimed that it is the peak of orange season. i also mentioned that i used many of the seedless mandarin oranges i got from the farmer’s market to make orange spice and red wine marmalade for chirstmas – which is rich with flavor from a dash of red wine and spicy from ground... Read More

Vegan Cookie-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

I got a bit caught up, as is expected of foodies on the most culinary-centric day of the year, and I didn’t find the time to post this recipe.  But luckily, these would be great for christmas too, any time of the year really! The topic of sweet potatoes vs. yams has come up many times in the comment section and it’s something I should finally address.  I get orange-fleshed, brown-skinned tubers from the farmers I work for at the... Read More

lemon lavender cookies

when i first had the idea for this recipe i wanted to call it a lavenderdoodle.  i was inspired by the simplicity of snickerdoodles – basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon sugar – so i wanted to make a version with lavender instead. but the final result ended up much more subtle, not resembling a snickerdoodle at all.  they are a simple sugar cookie with hints of lemon and lavender.  it is great as a tea cookie. Read More  Read More

pistachio cranberry biscotti

in italian, biscotti just means cookies – any type.  biscotti could be bite sized or as big as your head, flat or thick, crunchy or chewy, round or cut into shapes.  in the u.s., we have somehow adopted the word biscotti to mean a specific tuscan treat – a fairly basic cookie dough baked as a loaf, sliced and baked a second time.  they are perfect for dunking in coffee or tea, but were traditionally served with dessert wine. i decided... Read More

christmas cookies: ginger snaps

we are in the holiday home stretch!  and while christmas baking it truly meant for, well, christmas, it can be liberally extended to new year’s day ( just like keeping your tree up).  so get all of those purely-decadent-and-much-too-sweet-for-the-rest-of-the-year recipes in now while you still can! here at sweet beet & green bean i’ve been celebrating with a whole month of vegan christmas cookies, including russian tea cakes, thumbprint... Read More

christmas cookies: chocolate candy cane chews

nothing says christmas like candy canes.  and nothing goes with candy canes quite as well as chocolate.  just think of twirling a candy cane in a hot mug of cocoa. to make these treats you’ll just need a little peppermint extract, some cocoa powder and a food processor to grind up the candy canes.  the result is delicious chewy chocolate cookie surrounded by a crunchy candy cane shell. Read More  Read More

christmas cookies: thumbprint cookies

these thumbprint cookies are of the festive variety and perfect for the christmas season.  the chopped nuts make them hardy and the jelly gives them a nice fruity touch, not to mention a dash of color. they are great with a tall glass of soy milk and make the perfect addition to any holiday party. Read More  Read More

christmas cookies: russian tea cakes

while some people consider two weeks before thanksgiving an appropriate time to start christmas celebrations, i find the beginning of december a much more suitable start to the holiday season. and to me, that means christmas cookies. when i think of christmas cookies it’s not just gingerbread men that come to mind.  i have dozens of tasty treats that vividly convey christmas to my taste buds.  in the next few weeks i will be sharing some... Read More

green tea almond cookies

i used to throw a lot of tea parties.  i would get a few girls in sun dresses together and ask everyone to bring a dish.  i’d  brew up some tea and lemonade, throw some table cloths on tables in my front yard, and from there the parties seemed to takes care of themselves! it’s been a while since i threw such a shindig, but making these cookies made me yearn for one.  if you plan on throwing a tea party anytime soon, these little treats... Read More

the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie

i picked up a few useful tips as to making a good cookie from years of reading my mom’s betty crocker cookbooks. there are little tricks you learn to maintain ideal consistency, and getting the timing just right takes practice. but of course a great recipe is key. my favorite is the urban legend cookie, and it is superb! truly the ideal chocolate chip cookie. i think it’s because it uses part oat flour, which gives the cookie a chewy... Read More