13 October 2017

VEGAN PUMPKIN COOKIE DOUGH BITES


Last year I made some pumpkin patch cupcakes and created little fondant pumpkins to decorate them with (blog post here). I have been dying to make fondant pumpkins again ever since. I was making cookie dough bites and I thought that they'd be the prefect size and shape for creating pumpkins! I found a cookie dough recipe online and adapted it so that it was vegan and also to my taste preferences. I made plain chocolate chip cookie dough but you could add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or if you can get your hands on pumpkin spice add that to make them more festive.

Ingredients
1/4 cup of oil
2 tbsp of any nut milk (I used almond)
2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of maple syrup or agave nectar (any sort of sweetener)
2 cups of flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup of dairy free chocolate chips (Asda's dark chocolate chips do not contain milk)
Fondant icing in yellow, orange, red and green

Method
It is so simple to make these cookie dough bites all you need to do is mix all of the wet ingredients together, then mix in the flour and sugar and then fold in the chocolate chips. Once you've mixed in all of the ingredients place small balls of cookie dough onto a baking tray lined with baking paper then put them in the fridge for them to harden ready for decoration for at least 30 minutes.

Method for decoration
To decorate, roll out what ever coloured fondant you intend to use thinly, wrap around a cookie dough ball and tuck the edges underneath, roll the fondant covered ball in your hands to smooth it out. It depends how much you like fondant but I can find it quite sickly so I used the thinnest amount possible to avoid this. Repeat this on all of the balls in various colours then begin to shape. Take a straight fondant tool and press it into the middle of ball all the way across the circumference in a straight line. Do this again across the line you just created to create a + shape, and twice again on a diagonal. I hope that made sense, its hard to explain in writing, but its basically just like how you would cut a pizza. Make a pizza pattern on the ball basically! Then take some green fondant and roll varying size amounts into sausage shapes and press them into the middle of the ball at the top.


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