The Dark Side Molasses Cookies (with Vanilla Protein Filling)
Happy May the Fourth, young vegan Padwan. And May the Fourth be with you!
I’m just gonna come right out and be honest with you (since honesty is, of course, the first responsibility that all aspiring Jedi are taught.)
I’m totally “cat fishing” you with this recipe.
Perhaps “cat fishing” isn’t the most appropriate term for this cookie recipe seeing as it has nothing to do with online dating. Click here for the actual definition of “cat fishing.”
But long story short, I bought these awesome Star Wars cookie cutters a few months ago and I was determined to use them and make some healthy protein cookies in celebration of May the Fourth.
I knew nothing could ever beat the time I competed as Yoda on May the Fourth…
But nevertheless, I was determined to commemorate this special day with a kick-ass cookie recipe. And well… my lack of appropriate cookie ingredients paired with my OCD “vegan health freak” morals to keep carbs & fats low basically resulted in a giant fail…
The good news, however, is that the actual cookies still turned out AND tasted quite good (for a healthy, high protein, low fat, low carb vegan cookie that is.)
And in my defense, I DID manage to get ONE decent-looking Chewbacca outta the batch (and thoroughly enjoyed eating him!) RAWWWWWWRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
But here’s where the “cat fishing” comes in.
Seeing as she has kids, I knew my sister Sarah would have all the standard (not-so-healthy) cookie ingredients at her place and would be equally as excited to take ownership of my Star Wars cookie cutters. So I tossed them her way and told her to come up with a recipe that would actually do Yoda, Darth and Chewy some justice. And I told her to include our fave protein powder Jacked on the Beanstalk Vegan Protein Powder in the recipe somehow.
Well, Sarie certainly didn’t disappoint. (Nor did she hold back on the fat.) Half a cup of vegetable shortening, REALLY?!?! Nevertheless, I thought it only fair that I include BOTH of our recipes and allow readers to use “The Force” and make their own decision whether they want to eat plain and boring-looking (but super healthy, gluten AND sugar free, high in protein AND low in carbs/fat) cookies OR bad ass-looking, rich & decadent, far-from-healthy (yet super delicious) “normal person” cookies.
Will you join the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance?
Recipes are as follows:
Sarah’s “The Dark Side” Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Protein Filling (as per Sam’s request)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream shortening with brown sugar. Add molasses and mix well. Control! Control! You must have control!
Sift flour with dry ingredients and combine with molasses mixture. Roll dough onto floured surface. Size matters not.
Bake for 10 minutes. PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE!
Should you wish to make cookie sandwiches, Sam’s vanilla protein icing recipe is here.
Sam’s “The Light Side” High-Protein, Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup Lakanto “Classic” Monkfruit Sweetener (LOVE THIS because it’s zero calories, zero additives AND a zero glycemic sweetener!) PLUS discount code shorkey30 gets you 30% off)
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup Jacked on the Beanstalk Vegan Protein Powder (vanilla)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/3 tsp. baking powder
1/3 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine flour, protein powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
Cream together the room-temperature or melted coconut oil with sweetener in a large bowl then add water and vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients until a nice dough is formed.
Roll cookies into balls (do not attempt to roll out dough and use cookie cutters as per my aforementioned cookie cutter fail.)
Transfer cookie balls to baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between each and press down each ball as you place them onto it.
Bake for 15 – 18 minutes until cookies are lightly browned around edges. Allow them to cool completely before eating. Patience you must have. Yes, I totally stole that from Sarah’s instructions. Good one, Sare!
Sooooooo which recipe did YOU make?
Did your cookie join the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance? Leave your answer in the comments below. 🙂
Either way, May the Fourth be with you, vegan fit crew!
-Sam and Sarah Shorkey, Jacked on the Beanstalk