Giant Vegan Cookie Butter Chocolate Cups

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

I am constantly reminded of my ‘European-ness’. I lived in England for three years and have been happily settled in Scotland for the last year and a half, and while there are some habits I have happily adopted – such as eating baked beans on toast, watching British and Irish comedy shows, and some colourful Scottish slang words, of course – there are some European traits I just can’t leave behind.

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups
Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

My veneration of food is – obviously – the biggest one. I must have meals at the proper times. I always have an afternoon snack – what in French we call un quatre-heure (a “four o’clock”, not that you have at that specific time). I feel comfortable drinking alcohol any day of the week, even at lunch time, because that’s OK in Europe so long as you don’t get trolleyed. I see chocolate as a totally appropriate breakfast food ingredient. And I can’t live without Speculoos.

The Americans have their peanut butter, the Brits have their Cadbury – Belgians have Speculoos. Long-time readers of my blog will know what I’m talking about, but for those of you who don’t, let me explain: it’s a cinnamon, gingery type of biscuit (the British type of biscuit; a crunchy cookie) which is available in shops year round and is a beloved snack, but features most prominently as a celebratory treat during St Nicholas’ Day, on the 6th of December. If they’re not available in your country, don’t worry: I recreated the recipe for this heavenly biscuits on Keepin’ It Kind.

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

I’m having tons of fun filling chocolate cups with all sorts of fillings (expect to see a lot more coming to the blog!) (oh and check out these pistachio matcha chocolate cups from My Darling Vegan), especially now that Easter is around the corner; filled chocolates are my favourite at this time of year. Cookie butter (as it’s known in the US; Speculoos spread anywhere else) just seemed like a no-brainer to me.

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups
Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

Giant Cookie Butter Cups

  • Servings: serves 10-12
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Ingredients

For the chocolate:

  • 500g (18 oz) dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 75ml (1/3 cup) non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

For the filling:

  • 125g (4 1/2 oz) caramelised biscuits (like Speculoos)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) non-dairy milk

Instructions

For the chocolate

  1. Place a small saucepan over medium heat and add the coconut oil and milk to it. Wait for the milk to be warm before adding the chocolate chips. Stir continuously until evenly melted, then take off the heat.
  2. Set aside the chocolate to cool. When it is cool enough to dip in a finger, but still warm enough to be liquid, pour 2/3 of it into the bottom of 8 cupcake moulds. Swivel the moulds around to coat the sides, all the way up to the top.
  3. Place the moulds in the freezer to firm up, then make the cookie butter filling.

For the filling

  1. Blitz the caramelized biscuits in the food processor or blender. When they have reached a fine powder-like consistency, add the remaining ingredients and blend again. After a few minutes, the mixture should be thick and creamy, with no lumps remaining; in other words, it should be like cookie butter.

To assemble

  1. Spoon the cookie butter into the cupcakes moulds, over the firm chocolate base. Smooth out the top, then cover with the remaining chocolate. Place the cupcake moulds back in the freezer for another hour.
  2. Keep the chocolate cookie butter cups in the freezer for up to a month or in the fridge for up to a week.

I’m curious to know where YOU are from. Let me know in the comments below your country/city of origin and your favourite native food 🙂

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4-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge

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Guys, I have recreated the definition of vegan food porn.

As I type this, there is a snow storm blowing outside my window. But, luckily for me, I am tucked up with Mr Cookie Monster on our second-hand sofa, the fire is roaring merrily away in the hearth, and I’ve got a cup of hot chai by my side. This much I can say: I could not be happier right now.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will no doubt be sick of my odes to Edinburgh by now, but I beg you to indulge me a wee while longer. I just can’t get enough of this city! And this coming from a country girl who hated all three years she spent in the UK’s capital city. But Edinburgh is everything London is not: charming, classical, quaint, local. Just in case it wasn’t clear enough: I LOVE IT HERE AND I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
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So that’s another item ticked off the bucket list. How are you doing on your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you love them or are you sick of other people vowing to lose 50 gazillion pounds in two days, becoming an overnight superstar, or becoming the best daughter/wife/son/father/what have you? I’m in the second category.

That’s why I made zero resolutions related to food, weight, pleasing others, or swearing. (Last year I resolved to swear les… I only started swearing more.) Instead, I resolve to:

  • Learn to speak German at an intermediate level (languages was my favourite subject in high school)
  • Go on holiday to Vienna
  • Translate my ebook The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate to French

See the pattern here? These are only things that I truly want to do. Oh, and the last one… get really serious about this blog.

Now that I’m no longer in full-time education, though I am in full-time employment, I feel like I can finally dedicate myself to this blog. I’ve been wanting to do it for years, and it’s finally happening! So expect a lot more fantastic content to appear on here: more recipes, more tips and tutorials, reviews of vegan dining in Scotland, giveaways and competitions. And if there is something – anything – you particularly want to see on thevegancookiefairy.com, give me a shout! You can get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and of course in the comments here.

Anyway, back to the food. Because I’m not embarking on some mad diet (and I fervently hope you aren’t, either – just eat healthy and stop when you’re full!) I am sharing this super duper simple rcipe for vegan chocolate almond butter fudge with you today. It’s made according to my favourite formula: easy + quick + yummy = food porn. Works every time.

Here’s to a brilliant 2015, guys. May it be filled with love, happy memories, true friends and random moments of pure genius. And lots and lots of fudge.
4 ingredient chocolate almond butter fudge

4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge

  • Servings: makes 24 small pieces
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250g (8.8 oz) 85% cooking chocolate
1 tbsp coconut oil
170g (6 oz, or a scant 3/4 cup) runny almond butter (I like Meridian Foods)
1-2 tsps maple syrup
Nuts of your choice, roughly chopped (optional)

Place a small saucepan over moderate heat on the stove. Break the chocolate into small pieces and add it, along with all the other ingredients (minus the nuts) into the pan. Stir with a wooden spoon until evenly melted, or about 5 minutes. Fold in the chopped nuts, if desired.

Pour the melted chocolate mixture into a small, lined tin or oven dish (mine is 8cm x 14 cm/3inches x 5.5. inches) and set aside to cool. Then place in the fridge for 2 hours, after which the fudge should be completely set. Slice into 24 pieces, or as many as you like, big or small. Enjoy!

Keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days if you can resist that long.

On a less positive note: my new flat comes with a gas oven. Insert GASP and HORROR-STRICKEN FACE. Any tips for cooking with gas ovens? I feel like the heat doesn’t distribute well, even when I leave it to pre-heat for a while.

Love and cookies,

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FindingVegan Holiday Link Round-Up!

Another round-up! This one is even bigger and better, and features dozens of the best FindingVegan bloggers on the web. From cookies to gingerbread houses, mouthwatering main means and edible gifts, there’s bound to be something in here for you to enjoy with your family this holiday season.

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There are some amazing vegan recipes, books, features and more out there on the internet, but it can be challenging to track down great content sometimes! That is where FindingVegan.com comes in. FV features recipes and more from the best vegan-friendly bloggers on the web! And this year, we FV asked some of its contributors to share their best content in a MEGA-amazing vegan round-up! Check out all that is going on in the vegan community!..

1. Kathy Patalsky, of HealthyHappyLife and founder on Finding Vegan is sharing:
* 12 Days of Vegan Christmas Giveaway + YouTube Series – $2700 grand prize!
* Kathy’s cookbook to kickstart a healthy New Year: 365 Vegan Smoothies
* Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

*photo credit: Kathy Patalsky

2. Rachael Renee of RawHighLife is sharing:
* Amazing raw vegan cinnamon rolls PERFECT for holiday brunch!
* Easy fruit and veggie recipes in her ebook
* The RAW High Life Facebook page

*photo credit: RawHighLife

3. June Burns of Philosophy and Cake is sharing:
* Chocolate Macarons recipe, gluten free + vegan
* Momofuku-Inspired Carrot Layer Cake
* Salty-sweet pecan pie bars with bourbon!

3. Kelly of ThePrettyBee is sharing:
* Vegan Holiday Treats
* Gluten Free Gifts in Jars

*photo credit: Kelly, the pretty bee

4. Aimee of TheVegLife is sharing:
* Her eBook of vegan Christmas Cookies. 25 exclusive cookie recipes for 2014, and more, 50 recipes in total!
* Cranberry Orange Muffins

5. Natalie Thomas of feasting on fruit is sharing:
* Chocolate Peppermint Cookiewiches
* Gingerbread Snack Cakes
* Caramel Hot Chocolate the Fruity Way

*photo credit: Natalie, feasting on fruit

6. Carolyn Murphy of PeaceMeal is sharing:
* Mulled Wine
* Salted Toffee Peanut Butter & Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Cups
* Garlic and Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Ball

7. Lisa from Healthy Nibbles & Bits is sharing:
* Peppermint Bark Popcorn with Toasted Coconut
* Butternut Squash, Hummus & Guacamole Dip

8. Trinity of Trinity’s Kitchen is sharing:
* Festive Seed Roast Loaf (gluten-free, vegan and super healthy)
* Christmas Fruit n’ Nut Truffles

*photo credit: Trinity’s Kitchen

9. Ginny from Vegan in the Freezer is sharing:
* Delicious Party Food – Spicy Tortilla Rollups
* Homemade Kahlua sounds like a holiday in itself
* Spiced Rum Balls – no kidding!

*photo credit: Ginny, vegan in the freezer

10. Tia from Tia’s Kitchen is sharing:
* vegan hot chocolate
* vegan eggnog

11. Danielle Levy of DanielleLevyNutrition is sharing:
* Asian inspired Yuba Roast Chestnut Stuffing
* Classic comfort food: Walnut Crusted Tofu with braised chard and butternut squash

photo credit: Danielle Levy

12. Vanessa of Becomingness is sharing:
* Caramel Macadamia Chocolate Cups
* BecomingSweet!
* 15 Best Raw Desserts

13. Aurora of TheIndieBroccoli is sharing:
* Christmas Loaf with Lentils and Quinoa
* Rutabaga Fries with vegan lemon basil mayo
* Carrot Juice with Turmeric and Ginger

*photo credit: Aurora, the indie broccoli

14. Bianca of Elephantastic Vegan is sharing:
* Festive Holiday Recipe – Pink Beet Cupcakes
* Her website and facebook page!

15. Cate from A Traveling Cook is sharing:
* Vegan Christmas Pudding

16. Clemence of The Vegan Cookie Fairy is sharing:
*Her ebook of Vegan Christmas recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes
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* Her ebook of Vegan Chocolate recipes, The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Little Book of Chocolate
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* Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares with Chocolate Drizzle

photo credit: The Vegan Cookie Fairy

17. Jennifer of VeggieInspiredJourney is sharing:
* Vegan Dilled Ceviche
* Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
* Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce

18. Dana of VanishingVeggie is sharing:
* Her website
* Her Facebook page
* A bright, citrus salad, perfect for any gathering

19. Sophia from VeggiesDontBite is sharing:
* Layered Pumpkin Caramel Pie in a Mason Jar: one of my most favorite desserts for this season!
* Frothy Pistachio Milk Hot Chocolate: Cozy up this winter with this indulgent treat.
* The new Veggies Don’t Bite Overnight Oats Jar: Breakfast just went from easy to easier. A healthy, quick and delicious way to start your day!

*photo credit: Sophia, veggies don’t bite

20. Christina of TheBeautifulBalance is sharing:
* Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
* Maple Apple Scones
* Pear & Raspberry Frangipane Tart

21. Stacey of SouthernVeganKitchen is sharing:
* Lumberjack Date Cake
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Pie

22. Shannon of The Glowing Fridge is sharing:
* Candy Cane and Marshmallow Peppermint Fudge
* The Glow Effect Guide
* A Holiday Gift Guide for Her

23. Jessica of TwoGreenPeas Website is sharing:
* Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Bark
* Vegan Gingerbread Houses: Recipe & How-To
* Starry Night Cinnamon Okra Masala

*photo credit: Jessica, TwoGreenPeas

24. Majda of BreadOlives is sharing:
* Walnut Date Truffles

*photo credit: Majda, BreadOlives

25. Vicky of MayIHaveThatRecipe is sharing:
* Eggnog Sticky Toffee Pudding
* Vegan Tiramisu
* Roasted Veggie Tofu Pot Pies

*photo credit: Vicky, MayIhaveThatRecipe

26. Dora of Dora’s Table is sharing:

* This is a recipe for Garabatos or scribble cookies. These cookies are very popular in Mexico city, and you will fall in love with them too. Who can resist two coconut shortbread cookies, sandwiched in a smooth chocolate filing, and drizzled with warm chocolate? The best part, they’re 100% vegan.

*photo credit: Dora’s Table

27. Kelly of Trial and Eater is sharing:
* Foodie Gift Guide
* How to make vanilla extract – Fun holiday gift idea!
* Sunflower wrap – Healthy holiday snacking!

28. Michelle of Healthier Steps is sharing:
* Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole
* Sweet Potato Souffle
* Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

Bonus a few recipes I personally adore from FindingVegan contributors!..

29. Cara of Fork and Beans makes Healthy Reindeer Cookies

30. VeggieAndTheBeast Ginger Cutout Cookies

31. VeguKate’s Superfood Hot Cocoa

…and SO many more on FindingVegan.com. Sign up for the Finding Vegan Monthly Newsletter here.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas! There is one more recipe coming from me before Christmas Day as part of the the Festive Vegan Blog Crawl I’m hosting with Fab, Ceri, Lane and Hedi. If you need more inspiration for the holidays, just check out their delicious recipes!

Psst — there are only 5 days till Christmas! Get my ebook THE VEGAN COOKIE FAIRY’S CHRISTMAS RECIPES on Amazon to have the best vegan Christmas ever. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates and follow me on InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Tumblr! You can also follow my blog through Bloglovin‘.

Love and cookies,

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9 Irresistible Vegan Christmas Desserts Even Omnivores Will Love!

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This year I will enjoy my fourth Christmas as a vegan. The one problem? My family don’t eat a plant-based diet. But that’s not even a problem really because they always make an effort to accommodate my needs — that, and I pretty much commandeer the kitchen over the holidays. Me, a control freak? Not at all, not at all…

I seriously love this season. For me it truly is the most wonderful time of the year and I loudly, ostentatiously, obnoxiously celebrate it. (True story: I started wearing my Christmas jumper on 1 November this year. I’m that freak.)

But I get that this is stressful for a lot of vegans and vegetarians. Times have changed and it is easier than ever to thrive on a plant-based diet, but we’re not out of the woods yet (are we out of the woods yet, are we out of the woods yet…). That’s why I wrote my ebook The Vegan Cookie Fairy’s Christmas Recipes and it’s why I’m sharing the 9 most irresistible vegan Christmas desserts on the Internet, so you can convince your omnivore relatives through the sheer power of sugar and fatty goodness. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Pretzel Stick Snowmean – Anti-candida, Yeast-free and Paleo by Fork & Beans

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I adore Cara from Fork & Beans, and her wonderful, colourful sense of humour. She makes the cutest-looking treats around, and most of them are vegan and gluten-free. She recently had some bad health news and now makes a lot of candida-friendly treats. Like these Pretzel Sticks Snowmen! Nothing stops this woman and I love that about her. All I want for Christmas is to be as badass as Cara.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Choc Shot Drizzle

Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Choc Shot

I am getting absolute RAVE reviews for these Gingerbread Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. They are massive and moreish, and you just can’t stop at one. So simple to make, and they require hardly any time at all, which makes them perfect for potlucks, parties, sharing, afternoon tea, and more…

Healthy Nutella Hot Chocolate from Desserts with Benefits

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There is nothing I’d rather do this Christmas than just sit in front of the telly in my onesie and have an IV drip streaming hot chocolate directly into my blood stream. You will not believe this, but each serving of this drink has only 110 calories!!! And it’s completely vegan. I think I’ll have two servings, please…

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Minimalist Baker

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I have NEVER made cinnamon rolls before, but I think that’s about to change with this recipe from Minimalistic Baker. As their name suggests, all their recipes are minimalist, but not when it comes to flavour. I’ve made so many of their recipes in the past and they have never failed me yet. Go try this today!

Vegan One-Pot Pecan Sticky Toffee Pudding

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There is only one answer to subzero temperatures, hail storms and ferocious winds: this One-Pot Vegan Sticky Pudding. Ooey gooey good stuff that sticks to your ribs and makes your tummy sing Christmas carols. Er, ok maybe not that last bit, but it really is the stuff dreams are made of.

Amaretto Snowballs (vegan + gluten-free) by Pure Ella

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I simple adore all of Ella’s recipes. They are healthy but so delicious, often gluten-free and paleo, based on wholefoods, natural ingredients. This is an oldie but goody, and guaranteed to delight all your guests this Christmas.

Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge by Dreena Burton

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A delish recipe by Plant Powered Kitchen and gorgeous photograph shot by Emma from Coconut & Berries! I live in the land of fudge but sadly I can never eat any of it! Thank goodness for this Vanilla Bean Almond Butter Fudge from Dreena Burton 🙂

Chai Tiramisini

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These Tiramisini served in cocktail glasses make me feel like a domestic goddess. If all else goes wrong, at least I’ve got my vegan Tiramisini… If you don’t want them so posh, just serve them in vintage teacups, and Bob’s your uncle.

Cranberry & Pumpkin Breakfast Loaf

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I call this one a breakfast loaf, but if you up the sugar a little bit, it’s perfect for dessert. Serve with warm custard or your favourite brand of vegan vanilla ice cream for the perfect Christmas treat in front of the telly!

And there you have it, my favourite, most delicious, irresistible vegan desserts for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Let me know in the comments what you’ll be cooking/baking/eating/drinking this Christmas, I’m curious to know your individual traditions 🙂

Psst — there are only 13 days till Christmas! Get my ebook THE VEGAN COOKIE FAIRY’S CHRISTMAS RECIPES on Amazon to have the best vegan Christmas ever. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates and follow me on InstagramTwitterFacebookPinterest and Tumblr! You can also follow my blog through Bloglovin‘.

Love and cookies,

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My new e-books! Vegan Chocolate & Christmas recipes

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I couldn’t be prouder of these two little e-books. Chocolate is my favourite food group (it’s a food group, don’t argue with me) and Christmas is my favourite time of year. Both conjure up dreams of comfort, twinkling fairy lights, and lots and lots of mouth-watering, maddeningly tasty desserts. I couldn’t keep all of these insanely good recipes to myself, so of course I had to share them with you 🙂

Oh and if you haven’t seen them yet, here are some reviews of my books by Coconut & Berries, Green Spirit Adventures, Forks & Beans and Fragrant Vanilla Cake.adore these ladies’ blogs and couldn’t be more humbled and excited that they liked my ebooks.

My ebooks contain some recipes, but not all that I took, so allow me to share the rest with you:

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How about some Raw Matcha Truffles or Speculaas Chocolate Truffles to go with your afternoon tea? Or maybe you prefer a kick to your chocolate – in which case you’d love the Mayan Hot Chocolate and the Orange & Hazelnut Chocolate Pots.

I’m a traditionalist, personally, so my loyalty lies with my Mœlleux au Chocolat, the original French lava cake, all oozing goodness; it’s practically obscene to even talk of it.

But I’ve got you sorted with the party good, too: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Pecan Pie, or maybe the most dangerous of all: Death By Chocolate & Oreos. Lord help us all!

Some of you will tut at me for talking about Christmas already. I make no apologies for the fact that I start thinking about Christmas in July – no kidding. What? It is the most magical time of year, after all! And vegans especially have a bad time at Christmas – too often we end up snacking on crisps and breadsticks with dip at family gatherings. NO MORE. Say hello to cakes, puddings, luscious salads and mouthwatering pièce-de-résistance that will make your relatives look at their cuts of meat and think ‘What the hell am I eating this for when s/he’s feasting on THAT over there?!’

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My Festive Roasted Winter Veg always make an impression. Move over, roast turkey – here’s my fabulous Pistachio & Hazelnut Roast with Cranberry Sauce, and the perfect Fragrant Roast Potatoes to go with it, plus the most Christmassy salad you have ever laid eyes on. Oh and this Chocolate & Orange Yule Log that’s on the front cover of my ebook? We gobbled it up in 2 days last Christmas, leaving none for my poor brother-in-law. Oopsie.

For all my British readers, I’ve planned a few recipes especially for Boxing Day, the day after Christmas: Pomegranate Syrup Pancakes for a leisurely breakfast in bed and an Uber-Cheesy Cauliflower Bake for the ultimate comfort food supper in front of the telly.

My ebooks are available now on Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com for only £1.53/$2.49! If you haven’t got a Kindle, download the free Kindle app onto your mobile phone or tablet and enjoy my recipes today!

Thank you all for your support! 🙂

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