Monday: Recipe Day with Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Goodness:

Today we ate:

  • Breakfast: Green smoothies and toast (with butter and peanut butter – we all had a little of each)
  • On our morning trip to the pond LP and Mom both snacked on cherry tomatoes from the garden.
  • Lunch: Leftover extravaganza!  LP had leftover carrot-ginger soup, Mom had leftover spicy eggplant stew and dad had leftover udon noodles with kale, mushrooms and miso
  • We all enjoyed a snack of yogurt (soy of course) post-nap
  • Dinner: One of my favorite dinners (that Dad makes!)  Callaloo (or spinach) with tomatoes, ginger and garlic atop grilled polenta.  Yum yum!
  • Mom and Dad had shortbread cookies with chocolate chips for dessert

Money Matters:
Today we spent the following:

  • $27.19 at Whole Foods for a few mid-week needs (soymilk and OJ) as well as a splurge on grapes (LP really, really wanted them!)

Monday Munchies: Recipe of the Week

We were in the mood for dessert tonight and I had seen some chocolate chip shortbread cookies at Whole Foods (not vegan) that looked really good.  I decided to try and adapt a recipe from Vegan on the Cheap that normally required more rolling out of dough and dipping it in melted chocolate.  I wanted to make these cookies super easy to make since my time was limited – IP needs to eat of course!  The result were some easy and very yummy cookies!

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies (adapted from Vegan on the Cheap)


  • 1/2 cup +2 TB of vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 5 TB tahini
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips


1) Preheat the oven to 325

2) Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, tahini and sugar.  Mix in the vanilla.

3) Add in the flour 1/2 a cup at at time using the electric mixer for the first 3/4 of the flour.  Stir in the last 1/2 cup with a wooden spoon.  Then, mix in the chocolate chips.  The dough will be a bit grainy.

4) Scoop 1 1/2 TB of dough into your had.  Squeeze it into a ball, and then flatten it with your hand.  Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 14-16 minutes. 

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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