After the success of my super-chocolatey Best-Ever Beet Brownies, I was super pumped to make a vegan blondie recipe using gold beets, especially since there doesn’t seem to be one online. Fortunately it didn’t take quite as many trials as the brownies to get these right! Where the earthy, deep flavor of red beets enhanced the intense chocolatiness of the brownies, the gold beets also bring a sweet, nutty flavor.
I made these brownies and then cruelly refused to cut into them until a day later. When I was alone. And all the brownies belonged to me.
I have previously waxed philosophic about my love for muffiny-type muffins rather than cupcake-type muffins. I like muffins that are just sweet enough – and these are even a bit more decadent with the addition of chocolate chips, and super minty flavorful with crushed spearmint leaves and a few teaspoons of peppermint extract. They are perfect as an on-the-go breakfast or a midday snack without hitting you over the head with a sugarbomb.
My sister and her boyfriend Brad came down for the holidays with their little wiggly fluff, Resi, and things have been crazy. We went to an amazing Christmas Eve dinner at my cousin Kiera’s – all vegan! We had butternut squash soup, veggie pot pies (YUM) cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, mushroom stuffing, and fresh sourdough. I made a Buche de Noel and Brad made my Winter Quinoa Croquettes. It was all pretty stellar. And Kiera’s little ladies were definitely ready to go to sleep – and were excited to see that the elves had swung by and left them some pajamas! It was exciting for us too :)
It’s not often that you come upon truly local foods. Sure, there is the black and white cookie (we non-city New Yorkers call them half-moons) or Chicago-style pizza, but you can get those pretty much anywhere in the US.
When I was photographing these cookies, I ran to the kitchen for something, came back to where I was working and found Elli-cat licking the frosting off one like it was an Oreo. Relatedly (as in, related to Ellicat weirdness), last night she kept sticking her head in my shoe like she was trying to find out where it led to. Weirdo.
These are cookies for the sweet-and-salty lovers. Elli and I definitely belong in that group – pickle and peanut butter sandwiches, anyone?