Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Vegan Ginger-Snap Cookies ...& a months' break !!

Phoebe: Observe the art of seduction. Watch, learn, and don't eat my cookie.”

FYI--I am an ardent blogger and get extremely excited each time I see a comment or an increase in the "followers' list" of my blog. However a couple of days back I discovered that my blog followers' list was short by a couple of followers/readers. I was so dishevelled and saddedned that a few of my readers actually stopped following my posts/blog, even after all the time and effort I put into making my posts interesting & informative, with easy and healthy recipes(food for the body) together with cultural and food history(food for the mind).

But thanks to Natasha (5 star foodie) I got to know that it wasn't my posts but a technical glitch that made a few of my followers 'anonymous' instead of the usual 'public' followers. And that my followers have to change their status to 'public' once again to make up for the lost numbers in the followers' list of my blog.

Please read here for all the details and share your experiences.


If ever I was to sit and make a list of my favourite cookies Ginger snap cookies would sure feature on that list (ofcourse my version with choco-chips). This is a highly addictive, chewy cookie that you will not stop at one, especially if I tell you its all healthy too! The subtle hint of cardamom and the warmth of the ginger is sure to please your palette during this last lap of winter.

Generally I do add eggs to my cookie dough, but these were made especially for a vegetarian friend of mine, sometime early in January '09, so I skipped the eggs. However,the taste was even better I guess 'cause my hub asked for seconds and thirds (which isn't the case normally as he is not very enthusiastic about spiced cookies).

My Vegan Ginger-Snap Cookies
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup molasses/brown sugar
2-3 tbsp golden syrup (you can use corn syrup too)
2 tsp root ginger powder
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
a pinch of cardamom
1/3 cup canola oil/cooking oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
a small pinch of salt

Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat the oil with the brown sugar, baking
soda, ginger, cardamom, salt and golden syrup; beat until combined.
Stir in the whole-wheat and all purpose flours with a
wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Flatten a little with your palm.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10 to 11 minutes or until set and tops are cracked.
Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on a wire rack.

Note: The longer the cookies bake, the more crisp they will be.

A note:

I will be taking a months' leave from blogging due to personal reasons(shifting homes).
Its just for a short while and is much needed. (Trust me on this one!)
Will look forward to seeing all you guys once I am back. Do keep stopping by though....and please keep my (virtual) home abuzz. Its a request!



  1. love ginger-snap cookies and these look soo very delicious..have fun moving!! and come back soon..will miss you till then :)

  2. I am experiencing lot of tech glitches too in some blogs, will sort out itself I guess! :)

    Ginger snap cookies look delectable. I linked your Shivaratri post in my Shivaratri post, hope it's okay, saved me some writing. Thanks. See you when you come back! :)

  3. Yummy cookies navita ! come back soon :)

  4. The cookies are spicy with ginger, love it!

  5. The same happened with me too..bad blogger..:)
    Lovely cookies..:)

  6. these are my fave cookies too! happy moving!

  7. Ginger-snap cookies look scrumptious. I will miss you posts, come back soon, and good luck with moving!

  8. This look delicious and sound fabulous! I understand the needed break... you will be missed though. I look forward to your return!

  9. I never had ginger snap cookie..but this one looks nice and quite tempting....enjoy your break ..hope to see you soon

  10. Hi Navita,
    It would feel so bad without any new posts in your blog for the next month.
    Anywaya take care and keep in touch.


  11. cookies looks yumm.. i too saw the decrease in followers and wondered why? enjoy your breakk..

  12. Gorgeous Ginger snap cookies Navita...We gonna miss u dear..come back soon with loads of ur creative dishes!!!

  13. The cookies look professional..yummy.
    Navita,do take care and come back soon !!

  14. Can I have this Cookie box plzzzzzzzzzzzzz....:)
    Cookies looks crunchy and yummy

  15. Can I have this cookie box plzzzz.... :)
    They look crunchy and yummy

  16. I just love you guys....I will miss you too...really I mean it!

  17. I'll definitely miss your stories Navita, hope you come back soon! Take Care!

  18. Navita, I can taste and smell the scent of these crispy cookies in my mouth!!

    Hope your move will be smooth expect to see you soon!

    All the best,


  19. Lovely cookies... No doubt, its gone in minutes... Delicious! Have a nice break! Come soon with more interesting recipes... Will miss you!

  20. Cookies looks yummy Navita.
    I had same problem about followers..thanks for explaining... Enjoy ur break.. I will miss ur nice stories & lovely recipes

  21. I do not think that it is that important to follow someone's blog by just being on the list but the important thing is that people like what you write and come back to read what you have to say.
    Your ginger snaps sound delicious. We shall miss you.

  22. These cookies look fantastic, have bookmarked will try soon...hope you have a good break and settle down into your new place, look forward to your coming back after the move :-)

  23. yum yum! Lovely cookies! Will be waiting for you ;-)

  24. What? You can't leave; you just got back! ;) Just kidding...hope the move/shift goes smoothly!

    I'm thinking that might be what happened to some of my followers too. I usually don't try to keep track though. I certainly don't make the effort you do to educate and entertain readers. Baaad me.

    Ginger snaps are one of dh's fav cookies, so I'll have to try this one. Thanks!

  25. Ginger cookies are the best! Good luck with your move...

  26. Good looking cookies! I bet they taste great too. Good luck moving.

  27. I think there are less people following my blog, not as many as yours, so be happy, you're still a popular girl :) Ginger snaps...mmmm...

  28. Oh I am soooooo sorry, I did miss this post, my RSS does not up date me sometimes and I have all my favs in my e-mail = ( I love Ginger Snaps, I love ginger and could eat it raw.. seriously, I even wish they made a stronger ginger ale.. lol.. opps tangent.

    Lovely Cookies = )

  29. The cookies look wonderful! Enjoy your time off, we will miss you!

  30. I love Ginger Snaps! They have such a distinctive taste and scent. I hope everything goes well for you with your move. We'll miss you, and be waiting for you when you get back!

  31. All these make me feel dreadfully hungry.
    I did click click clicking.

  32. Ginger snap cookies are one of my favorites, but I never had Vegan ones before. Can't wait to give them a try. Wonderful!

  33. nice cookies... will be looking forward for ur come back recipies....

  34. I thought the new widget was cool,didn't realize it had some glitches too.
    The gingers snapies look perfectly crisp.Hope you have a hassle-free moving .take care:)

  35. Mmmmm, those cookies must taste great... and smell better while cooking! Hope you enjoy your break!

  36. Ebar dekho, ache tomar recipe on the roundup post

  37. these cookies will be ones of the best treats during the break... have a stress-free moving!

  38. Your followers (me included) will eagerly await your return Navita! I hope your move goes smoothly, and I am excited about your new posts when you come back! I will check back in April!

  39. Cookies are looking fabulous!
    Good luck with the move, I know how stressful moving can be. Take care!

  40. check out what i have for you in my blog!

  41. Your cookies look wonderful! Enjoy the break and we'll be here on your return :0)

    Rosie x

  42. I finally got to those awards!!! Sorry it took me so long, and thank you so much again!!! :)

  43. I'm not impressed with blogger since couple weeks. I still have problems with the login.
    Beautiful cookies, I would eat these in no time.

  44. I hope that you have as stress-free a move as one can.

  45. Hello and thanks for leaving a comment on my genealogy blog! I didn't see it until recently because I have been focusing on the food blog.

    Hope your move goes well!

  46. Glad you specified that they're chewy. Vegan cookies are usually too crispy for my taste...

  47. Navita.. great recipe as usual.. hope u have smooth move... come back with your lovely posts soon:-)

  48. Delicious cookies. So crisp and great looking. Enjoy ur break and hope to see u bk soon.


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