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Vegan Mixed Dream Cookies

Vegan Mixed Dream Cookies

These vegan, fruit and nut cookies are full of texture, just slightly sweet but super delicious, and we’d expect nothing less from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Tassajara is a legendary Buddhist monastery set deep in California’s Ventana Wilderness and is famous for its healthy gourmet vegetarian cuisine and their mixed dream cookies.

cup dried apricots
1 cup mixed nuts, roasted (any combination such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts)
cup soy margarine
cup organic confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
cup agave syrup
1 cup unbleached flour
teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If the apricots seem very dry, soak in hot water and then drain, saving the liquid; chop into small bites.

2. In a food processor, chop the mixed nuts; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the margarine and then beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and agave syrup.

3. In another bowl, combine the flour and salt; fold into the margarine mixture.

4. Add the nuts and chopped apricots and mix well. If the dough seems stiff, add some of the liquid from the apricot soaking. Use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to drop dough balls onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of the balls. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 1 dozen cookies.

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Adapted from Tassajara Cookbook: Lunches, Picnics & Appetizers by Karla Oliveira (Gibbs Smith, 2007).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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4:09PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Thanks for the vegan treat recipes. Since eating vegan, I have missed some of my sweets, these sound perfect.

1:46PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Great post. Thanks for the recipe.

1:42PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Good recipe. Thank you.

11:32AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

thank you for this article

8:59AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Thank you

12:31AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Fabulous recipe. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

12:22AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2010


7:34PM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

I will definitely try these. They are full of healthy ingredients (even though I haven't heard of some like agave syrup). As I am always looking for new recipes to try out I really appreciate it.

9:02AM PST on Jan 30, 2010

Seems, I'm in vegan heaven now! Another yummi, easy to make recipe! Thanx for posting :)

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