Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles

“Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles”

No doubt, Thanksgiving is a food holiday. You gather your friends and family around the table and eat, eat, eat! Even vegans like Turkey day, just skip the turkey and the festivities can still ensue. So, if you have some vegan pals try serving these “Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pecan Truffles,” made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for dessert. They’ll love you for it!

Ingredients:

4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. vegan butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. all spice
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 cups pecans, finely chopped, for the mixture
3/4 cup pecans, a medium-fine chop, for the coating
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

In a mixing bowl, combine the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and the vegan butter with a spatula until well blended.Add the ginger, all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon to the mix and blend well.

Next, fold in half of the powdered sugar, watching for any lumps. And then fold in the second half. Fold in the 2 cups of finely chopped pecans.

The truffle mixture should be easy to handle without sticking. Using either a scooper, or your hands, roll the truffle mixture into round balls. This recipe makes about 30 truffles. Roll each truffle in the 3/4 cup medium- finely chopped pecans.

Place the truffles in the fridge to chill.

Lastly, over a double boiler, melt the vegan chocolate chips. Drizzle chocolate over the top of each truffle using a parchment bag. Then refrigerate the truffles 4-5 hours before serving. These are a real time saver and great to make a day in advance.

Place the truffles into small baking cups. Enjoy!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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Almond Cherry Cupcakes

Almond Cherry Cupcakes

“Almond Cherry Cupcakes”

A rich, decadent taste comes in many flavors. Silky chocolate. Savory salted caramel. Creamy French vanilla. And now add almond cherry to your list of indulgences. Tempt your taste buds with these vegan “Almond Cherry Cupcakes” with a Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese frosting. They’ll soothe your savage sweet tooth . . .

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
1 cup soy milk (or cow’s milk; no higher than 2%)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar (or add to taste, especially when using fresh cherries)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
8 oz. canned dark cherries, drained, and torn in halves

Frosting
1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Approx. 2-3 cups powdered sugar (start with about a cup and continue adding in 1/2 cup increments until pleased with the texture and taste)

Optional: Skin-on slivered almonds

Directions:

Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners (I’m a big fan of dark brown liners in this case, but any will do).

Whisk the soy milk and vinegar in a measuring cup and set aside for a few minutes to get good and curdled.

Beat together the soy milk mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract in a large bowl. Sift in the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix until no large lumps remain.

Fold in cherries.

Fill cupcake liners about half of the way and bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting
Using a handheld mixer or standing mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add the vanilla and beat again.

Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time, and beat until well-incorporated and to your liking.

Assemble
Frost completely cooled cupcakes with a substantial layer of cream cheese frosting, then dip into a bowl of the almonds to give a light covering. Fill in by hand any bald frosting spots with additional slices, until they look fabulous!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Cheryl Malik over at 40 Aprons.

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Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies

“Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies”

If Santa is looking for an easy time sliding down all those chimneys . . . he’s out of luck! These “Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies” are going to make his descent a little snug. Ho! Ho! Doh!

What you’ll need . . .

Cookie
1 cup vegan sugar
1/4 cup finely smashed banana (about half a banana)
1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature)
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cloves

Icing
4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/4 tsp. ginger

How to make it . . .

Prepare the cookie icing by mixing together the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese with the powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon extract and ginger until well combined. Place in the fridge to thicken up for about one hour or more.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the vegan sugar and the smashed banana with a hand mixer. Next add in the coconut oil and the molasses, mix just until well blended.

Sift the all-purpose flour with the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and cloves. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients one half at a time. Mix just until incorporated. The dough will feel slightly dry.

Roll the dough into 34-36 individual balls, all the same size. Roll the dough balls into sugar, coating the outside. Place the balls on the cookie sheet and flatten with your hand to about a ¼ inch thick. The cookies will not spread much, so you can line them up fairly close together.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes being careful not to over-bake. They will become crunchier as they sit.

Slide the parchment off the cookie sheet onto a flat surface. Allow the cookies to cool.

Remove the icing from the fridge. Using a pastry bag, place a circle of icing in the middle of the flat side of a cookie. Press another cookie on top.

Enjoy!

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*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Tofutti Vegan Eggnog

Tofutti Vegan Eggnog

“Tofutti Vegan Eggnog”

Eggnog is most definitely a holiday indulgence. You don’t find many people sloshing down pints of thick, creamy eggnog in July. So being that it is December, and many folks are gearing up for holiday celebrations, here’s a decadent recipe for vegan eggnog. Oh yes, vegan eggnog made with Tofutti vanilla premium dairy-free frozen dessert. Yup . . . this is really happening. Enjoy!

What you’ll need . . .

1 pint Tofutti vanilla premium dairy-free frozen dessert
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg

Super simple preparation . . .

Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down once. Serve cold, topped with fresh ground nutmeg.

For a holiday kick, add your choice of Rum, Brandy or Bourbon.

Serves 3 to 4.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies

Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies

“Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies”

Beware! Ghouls and ghosts—and assorted comic book heroes—will be prowling the streets tonight, so if your proton pack is on the fritz, stay safe inside this Halloween, and enjoy these “Vegan Coconut Ghost Candies,” made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Boo!

Ingredients:

4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. vegan butter
1 1.2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
4 cups vegan powdered sugar
1/4 cup vegan powdered sugar (for coating)
1/4 cup of finely ground coconut (for coating)
vegan mini chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, vegan butter and vanilla. We used a hand mixer and blended until homogenous.

Add in the 2 3/4 cups of shredded coconut, and half of the 4 cups of powdered sugar, blend with the hand mixer. Add the other half of the powdered sugar and mix again until blended.

Chill the mixture in the fridge for no more than five minutes.

After chilled, shape into little ghosts. It is easy to start with a small sized round ball, and pinch the top to form the head of the ghost. Repeat this until you have about 25-30 small ghosts.

In a bowl, combine together the 1/4 cup vegan powdered sugar and the 1/4 cup of finely ground coconut. Use this to coat the outside of your little ghosts.

Press in the mini vegan chocolate chips as eyes. Chill the ghosts in the fridge before serving. Store them in an air tight container in the fridge.

Enjoy this fun, Halloween inspired confection!

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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