I veganized another Martha Stewart recipe from her cookie tome: UM. I love Martha Stewart and I especially love this book. Her recipes are beautiful and there is a photograph for almost every cookie. Even the ones that I doubt I could veganize (almond lace, meringues, macaroons, etc.) are a dream to ogle. This time around I made the cookies that are actually featured on the cover: Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies. I love ginger and I love chocolate and even not knowing what they actually were, I sought out the cover recipe because they were so pretty. Kris Holechek's similar "Spice and Ice Molasses Cookies" finally pushed me over the edge. So I made them.
This was a two day process for me but it doesn't need to be. The dough needs to be rolled out and chilled for at least two hours to make it easier to work with (I did it overnight just because I was too busy one night to do it all) and the next day, after they are formed into balls, they need to be chilled 20 more minutes. No big, unless you really want to eat them. Then that sucks.
Anyway, the only problem with veganizing recipes is that Earth Balance butter contains salt. And Martha's recipes always specifically say "unsalted butter." There was no added salt in the recipe, so I couldn't even cut back there. I cut back on the butter itself because the recipe called for a 1/4 pound and I just couldn't make myself measure that much out.
What I'm trying to say is NOT that Martha failed me but I didn't like these cookies as much as I really, really wanted to. That being said, I brought the remaining ones in to work the next day and everyone loved them. Either I'm more sensitive to salt than I thought or my hopes were too high to begin with or I was off-put by seeing how much grease was in the cookies or I actually really don't like soft cookies, but I was disappointed. Greg did say that they were better the next day and that they were really gingery - maybe I should have waited for them. Oh well. I'll take the compliments and fewer calories. Or maybe I'll just make them again and wait a day to try them. It's just frustrating because people are so vulturous for sweets, they'll scarf down anything I give them without really tasting it and I can't tell if the food I make is good or not. Does anyone else have this problem? I also don't take compliments well. Eh.