Sunday, January 13, 2008

Please Don't Super Size Me Cookies

Sometimes a girl just needs a cookie. But why not make it a healthy cookie that tastes good to boot? The answer? These super charge me (NOT size me) cookies from ED&BV. I used dried cranberries for the fruit and substituted whole wheat flour for spelt. These cookies are packed with good-for-you things, like rolled oats and flax meal. But there's also enough chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth.

On Friday night, in an attempt to comfort a friend who had a rough week, I made the Leek and Bean Cassoulet from V-con. I had high expectations for this one, but was pretty disappointed. For my tastebuds, it lacked any flavor and tasted pretty bland. Maybe adding more spices next times would help? Also, the biscuits seemed a bit soggy on the underside. I think this is the first recipe from V-con that I can say I likely won't repeat. :-(
Luckily there was more comfort at the end of the meal in the form of brownie sundaes.

23 comments:

Cakespy said...

Bummer the biscuits weren't up to your expectation...they look great, anyway! I love biscuits so much, they have got to be one of my favorite foods. So versatile!

Tracy said...

I haven't made the cassoulet yet for the same reason - it doesn't look flavourful! Now I'll avoid it for sure. The cookies look good.

Tamara said...

Those cookies look excellent and I've totally been craving homemade cookies the last couple of days - off to check my EDBV cookbook and see if I have the ingredients! :-)

I don't know if it's much like what you were hoping to get from the cassoulet, but you might want to check out my veggie stew with dumpling recipe - it's one of my favorites, especially this time of year - http://tinyurl.com/353h43

:-)

Tamara said...

I made some! They are yummy!!! Thanks for the recommendation.

Liz² said...

crazy! me and Veggiegirl just posted about the Supercharge cookies, too! aren't they amazing? I used raisins and cranberries and didn't have any chocolate and I am sooooo making them again. Also, thanks for the heads up on the cassoulet, I think I'd heard something about blandness before, and I'm not surprised if it is, kinda.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Are you holding out on us?! Where's the picture of the brownie sundaes? Haha. Your picture of the Super Charge Me cookies is pretty enough to hold me over. :) The substitutions you made to the recipe sound like ones I would do!

I'm disappointed that you were disappointed about the cassoulet! I haven't tried it yet, but I've previously only heard good things about it...and the biscuits to top the whole thing off just make the dish look even more delicious.

Awesome title for your post! Hehehe.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Everything LOOKS good! I've been debating the cassoulet for awhile now. I have a few v-con things I won't repeat, not because they were bad, but because other things were so AMAZING.

VeggieGirl said...

haha, this is so funny!! as "liz squared" mentioned above (you and mentioned on MY blog), I too posted about those delicious cookies - haha!! well, hey, they ARE good, so MORE people should make them too!! :0)

that's too bad about the leek & bean cassoulet - it looks like it should be quite scrumptious, but oh well. at least now you have more room for the cookies! ;0)

Bob Ellison said...

Linda brought home a sample of the cookies and brownies. They were great. I especially enjoyed the cookies. I hope you will share that recipe with us.
Love
Dad

Johanna3 said...

is so bad that the caserole weren't up to your expectation...they look great, anyway!

those cookies looks impressive.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Your cookies look great! bummer that your Cassoulet did not turn out. It sure looks good. I hope I can get V-con soon. These posts are killing me.lol drool!

jkvetter said...

I also made the leek and bean cassoulet this weekend and posted on my blog that I was so disappointed. I love biscuit topped stew type dishes and this was so bland and unflavorful. So disappointed. I mentioned that I would probably also fix it with spices, but I don't know that I'll take the time to do it again either.

BTW, I have linked to you from my food blog.

Rage And Love said...

The cookies!!!

I'm gonna go bake now...

Sorry about the Veganomicon recipe :-(

Traci Anne said...

OMG, I WANT COOKIES. Those look DELICIOUS!!

Ashasarala said...

Everyone's making these cookies lately, eh? They look so yummy and fiber-filled. Sounds like my kinda treat!

I'm glad you didn't post a photo of the brownie sundaes. My stomach is already rumbling in envy and I think that would put me over the top!

Anke said...

ooooh, I can't wait for my copy of ED&BV to arrive... these cookies look amazing and if they are healthy to boot :-)

I think beans and leeks are great but BOTH vegetables need quite a lot of spices since they don't have too much flavor of their own. my solution is always a handful of chopped garlic. hm, maybe that's why people move away when I come to talk to them??? haha

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

those cookies are lovely. i like that they have chocolate chips in them to give that familar cookie naughtiness.
sorry to here about Leek and Bean Cassoulet. maybe next time, if you make something similar, make the biscuits seperate and then float them on top once the dish is plated?

urban vegan said...

Dreena sure has a way with cookies.

Too bad about the recipe from 'Omicon, but I guess you can't win 'em all.

Carrie™ said...

I was looking at that cookie recipe, thinking it sounded good, and now I have confirmation. I haven't gotten V-Con yet. I'm intrigued by this dish (it looks great) and I will proably still check this recipe out. Thank you for the heads up on the lack of flavour. I'll just add more. :o)

the little one said...

Glad to be back reading your blog again! I just got Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan for the holidays from my bro. I'm planning on making the Chocolate Chunk Spice Cookies today as my first recipe from the book. Not surprised it is a baking recipe, huh? ;)

vegetalion said...

mmm cookies...

did you write this update from your new laptop?! how is it?

Veggie said...

We enjoyed it, I added some marjoram and more flour to the biscuits.

textual bulldog said...

I must make those cookies immediately! They look right up my alley... I personally like the cassoulet, but I can see why you would find it bland. There isn't a lot of flavor going on, for sure. It's more like one of those mellow comfort foods.