Today’s post is nothing serious – just a quick zoom in on some treats I made this weekend. Pal Charlene was a lamb and put me into contact with someone who was eager to adopt a kitten, and within less than a week my dearest Gina (Noir) was safe and sound with her new family. To say thanks I rustled up a few vegan Tim Tam type cookies, since she once brought them over to work for us to try out (the proper way with two edges bitten off!) and they were really fun and delightful.
For the basics I used Ricki Heller’s gorgeous secret ingredient chocolate buttercream frosting featured in her tim tam recipe. I LOVE this stuff so much – I find it difficult to resist guzzling down the whole batch when it’s simmering on the stove or when it’s been in the fridge a while. Amazing much? Oh yes! After sussing out this recipe a few times I don’t think I’ll ever use any other chocolate frosting, unless I have a real overabundance of avocados and no secret ingredient.
For the crackers I used Chocolate Covered Katie’s low-fat graham crackers and HOMG so tasty and good and I had to seriously stop myself because this too was tempting the daylights out of me. I did falter somewhat and munched a few down, hence why there were so few crackers left for the actual tim tams (and the fact that I didn’t roll them out as thinly as I should have). Again, I’m eager to try the gluten-free, because I do enjoy myself immensely with buckwheat and the rest nestled inside my treats.
For the chocolate I melted carob chunks on some, ran out, then made some homemade choc with 1 TBSP coconut oil melted and then whisked with 2 TBSP cacao. This trifecta of nom is so ridiculously tasty individually, but come together… oh yes!
These didn’t turn out 100% as they should, because we had a technical mishap with our oven (which now works!), so the crackers aren’t uber crisp, but they were pretty bladdy tasty nonetheless, and I’m keen to try them again, this time with GF flour for the graham crackers.
Man-thing was pretty adamant after testing one that I had to make them again – the tone of finality in his voice made it pretty clear he felt he needed a whole batch to himself, so it’s always good to know there is at least something in the world of cookies I don’t fail at epically! It really is hard to go wrong with this combo though, just as it is difficult to stop at eating one.
Man-thing also moaned the other day about how he comes across as something of a village idiot in my posts – the jester who just eats, pulls his nose at veggies and swoons hard and fast at chocolate – but his silliness is why I like to keep him around. I’m much too serious for my own good so when he gets all crazy it makes my day all the more fun. He’s constantly narrating for Gatsby (usually as a sulky evil overlord), for example, or eagerly making up stories for cartoons about the adventures of Gatsby. Looking at Gatsby and how stunning he is, I don’t blame him, because we both make up songs for him and have a ridiculous amount of photos of him (whereas we maybe have one of each other, if that).
As much as I adore fostering kittens, it’s always such a treat when it’s just the three of us at home and I can finally give attention to my poor kitser cat. I don’t know if anyone else also gets so emotional about their cats but I sometimes just well up when looking at him, and often Man-thing and I will just stand around cooing at how beautiful he is. ❤
Anyway, I’m feeling blessed to have such a family! ❤
What is your favourite type of cookie?