Hypnosis Cookies from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur
Despite my personal rule not to buy any cookbooks that are only sweets (and aren't IsaTerry books), I picked VCC up at the same party I got The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life. Everything in it looked delicious and I didn't know what to make first. Then I was invited to a birthday. I wanted to make something festive, but that didn't need tons of ingredients because I still wasn't in my kitchen. The more I looked at the book and thought about the birthday, the more I wanted to make the cover cookies. With the sticks and the ribbons and the bows and everything (this may have been the first time in over twenty years that the desire for bows crossed my mind). But, being aware of my inability to make anything attractive, I put the idea aside in favor of something simpler.
Turned out I was going to miss the party, and meet up with the birthday girl at work instead. My mind returned to the pretty cookies because while getting cookies on your birthday is great, someone showing up at work with a cookie bouquet is fucking awesome*. So that's what I did.
Obviously, these cookies are really easy to make. They're a bit time consuming, but you can spread it out over a few days, and I got over 40 cookies out of the batch, enabling me to give them as a birthday present, serve them at my family's Channukkah party, share them at Farm Sanctuary's screening of Forks Over Knives, and share them with a few random friends. So yeah, totally worth the time.
On the first day, I made the two doughs:
On the second day, I rolled them flat, laid the chocolate dough on top of the vanilla and rolled them up...
Everyone oohed and aahed over the pretty spirals. They're definitely impressive presentation cookies. As for the flavor, they're good, but not awesome. The chocolate dough is great, but the vanilla needed a bit more extract or something. This was the first time in history that something I made looked more impressive than it tasted. But if you don't want something really sweet or overpowering, these are good. They'd also be lovely with a strongly flavored tea, or stuck in ice cream.
* Provided the person isn't some sort of weird, creepy stalker.