Vegan cookie sandwiches

Vegan cookie sandwiches

vegan cookie sandwiches box

Hope you guys are having a good weekend? After a bit of a miserable two weeks, my energy levels are finally almost back to normal and I am almost well. It feels amazing to be able to do simple, everyday things without flopping out in between tasks. Being ill really does give you a renewed perspective on life and on what’s truly important. I am sure you can all relate?

Thursday saw me bouncing off the walls as I was finely able to wash my mega greasy (eugh) hair without the fear of making myself ill again and then the good day continued as we found out that our house purchase is finally going through! We are likely to get the keys by the end of the month! Hooray!

We are both so excited about this one as it was taking so long that I started having doubts about it actually ever happening. We are both thoroughly fed up with renting, especially that we found that having a cat makes it impossible to be able to rent a nice, modern place in the UK, no matter how well-behaved she is.

We cannot wait to make the place our own and we are also super excited for Tina as, while our current place with its large garden was chosen with her in mind, we have been extremely unlucky. There is an un-neutered tomcat next door who attacks Tina every time she ventures out and his owner isn’t a nice person either. Not only does she refuse to do any kind of time share arrangement, but she actually spreads rumours that it is out cat attacking hers! Poor Tina. Seeing her sniffing around and poking her head into things in our new garden is probably the sight we are both looking forward to most! We can only hope that our new neighbours don’t have an aggressive cat too.

While I was ill I was often dreaming of cookies – I dream of cookies a lot, generally 🙂 . Luckily Duncan’s words of wisdom ‘sugar is really not what your body needs right now’ did stop me a few times and I managed to distract myself with a book rather than shoving sweets into my mouth just because I was feeling miserable and sorry for myself. Now that I am well though, I’ve decided that a new cookie recipe is in order and so I bring you these delicious amaretto (I want to use up the bottle before we move) sandwiches filled with an indulgent ganache. They are not difficult to make and they make delicious coffee companions, perfect for the weekend in this stormy (it’s blowing a gale and chucking it down massively as I write this) weather. Enjoy!

vegan cookie sandwiches baked cookies

vegan cookie sandwiches assembly

vegan cookie sandwiches top down

vegan cookie sandwiches hand

makes
15
PREP
20 min
COOKING
15 min
makes
15
PREPARATION
20 min
COOKING
15 min
INGREDIENTS
COOKIES

FILLING

  • 150 g / 5.25 oz vegan dark (70% cacao) chocolate
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp / 45 ml maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp / 30-45 ml amaretto liqueur* (I used Disaronno), adjust to taste

METHOD
COOKIES

  1. In a bowl, whisk up maple syrup, oil, vanilla and almond essence until well combined and sort of gelatinous.
  2. Place a fine sieve over the bowl and sift in flour. Fold it well into the wet ingredients together with salt.
  3. Finally fold in ground almonds / almond meal until fully combined. You may need to go in with your hands at the very end. The dough should be thick and sticky.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for 30-60 minutes at least.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180° C / 355° F and divide the dough into 30 even (17 g each) portions.
  6. Place the dough balls on a baking tray leaving some room around each cookie. Flatten each ball with the palm of your hand or an upside down glass.
  7. Bake for about 15-18 mins. Remove the biscuits from the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool down completely.
  8. Place a teaspoon (or so) of ganache at the bottom of half of the cookies and top with the other half. Store in an airtight container for a few days.

FILLING

  1. Place roughly chopped up chocolate in a large glass or metal bowl together with coconut milk.
  2. Place the bowl over a pot of water (make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl) and bring the water to a gentle simmer.
  3. Simmer gently, without stirring, until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Take the bowl off the heat and whisk the coconut milk / chocolate mixture until combined. Mix in maple syrup and amaretto – if using less amaretto, compensate by adding almond milk instead. If your ganache seizes – becomes thick and loses its shine – you can recover it by whisking in a tablespoon of boiling water.
  5. When the mixture cools down, cover the bowl with cling film and leave it in the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) until it has hardened. Let it sit at room temperature for a bit before filling the cookies.

NOTES
*If you don’t want to use alcohol, substitute amaretto for almond milk. You could add a few drops of orange essence and a zest of one orange to the ganache for chocolate orange flavour instead.

My cookie recipe is inspired by this recipe and my ganache recipe is adapted from this recipe.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
244
12%
sugars
13 g
15%
fats
14 g
20%
saturates
4 g
22%
proteins
4 g
8%
carbs
25 g
10%
*per sandwich
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5.0
3 reviews, 9 comments
REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Rony:
Hi Ania!
Thank you for this great blog! During quarantine I tried so many of your recipes and they are all delicious.
I have a question about these cookies- if I want to use regular powder/caster/granulated sugar, how would you change accordingly the rest of the ingredients?
I’m guessing the dough will require some extra liquid, so what kind and how much do you think?
Thank you!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Rony,
    My pleasure and so glad you are enjoying cooking with me. That should be fine, I would add plant milk (although water should work too) to compensate for the moisture loss. I don't know exactly how much without testing so I would suggest you go by feel - until the dough sticks together well and is not too dry. Hope that helps! Ania
Lynn:
Could I use almond flour in lieu of almond meal?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yes, definitely, they are the same thing in my book. Ania
Jainni P:
Hi! I'm also currently living in Bristol and if you're interested, you should check out a place called Mrs Potts Chocolate House on Park Street... they have the most awesome vegan brownies and cookie sandwiches... and 100% cocoa hot chocolates.
A random question - have you found any good shops in Bristol to buy tempeh from? I struggle so much to find any!
Also- planning to make your thai sweetcorn fritters tonight, but subbing rice flour for all purpose and cornstarch (purely for laziness) - wish me luck!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Oh hi! :) Yes, I've gone past that place many times on a bus, but never been inside. I will check it out at some point although to be completely honest because of my job, I always have way too many sweet things around the house and a massive sweet tooth so I tend to prefer going out for savoury food for balance. I buy my tempeh from 168 Oriental in Nelson Street (I am pretty sure there is a branch on Park Street too). Good luck, although I am pretty sure you won't need it. The subs sound safe! x Ania
Christal@Nutritioninthekitch:
Wow! I came across this recipe on Pinterest, the photography is absolutely beautiful. I'm definitely going to be making these cookies over the weekend. Thanks so much for the recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    My pleasure and I hope they will hit the spot! Ania
Kiara Miller:
As promised, I made these last night and WOW. These are dangerous cookies! Way too easy to make, and way too scrumptious to resist eating. The whole house smelled tantalizing and mom said they bring back memories of cookies she had as a child, but greatly improved. I asked my dad to contribute something to this review, but he's too busy eating the cookies to review them...
I'm so grateful for this recipe. I almost never casually bake anymore because of my severe osteoarthritis in my hands. I'm excited to know I can make such lovely cookies with low labor, so thank you so much.
P.S. My absolute happiest mornings are the ones that start with seeing an email about a new recipe from you.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thanks so much for you kind words, Kiara! I'm going to save this lovely comment of yours for when I am lacking creative inspiration and faith in myself. Thanks so much. I am super happy that you enjoyed baking them so much and that they went down a storm with your entire family! x Ania
where:
It looks really great. Can I do this? I am not sure. Thanks.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks and I'm sure you can! Both the cookies and the filling essentially require mixing a few things up in a bowl and shaping :) Ania
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