Last year, I was looking for a cookie to make to give as a gifts and I came across the Rumnog Pecan Cookie recipe in my beloved Veganomicon and they seemed like a perfect fit — holiday flavors with just enough fancy touches to be special. Also, it gave me an excuse to buy a bottle of dark rum.
Sadly, though, since they were made for gifts, I didn’t get to eat too many of them myself. This year, I decided I was going to remedy that.
Also, I really wanted to buy another bottle of Kraken rum. I mean, look at how cool it looks? Now, yes, I do think it’s mighty tasty, but come on, it’s awesome. (And they volunteer that Kraken is “gluten-free and vegan” right on the website, which I appreciate.
So I made my cookies and the frosting. And I did, perhaps, put a bit more rum in the frosting than was called for (because why not?).
I didn’t sample one when they came out the oven. I did, however, accidentally (no, really, it was an accident) drop one in the frosting so I figured, hey, now is as good of a time as any to try one.
And I definitely approved. These cookies are amazingly good.
I know there’s three in the photo, but I think you’d be crazy to eat three of these at once. They are a powerful cookie (and not just because I put all that rum in the frosting) — a little chewy, and incredibly rich and flavorful with just the right balance of sweetness and spices.
I’ve only had two so far, though, honestly, and while I’m happy that they’re all mine (other than the three I gave to a friend — really, three is enough for anyone), I’m going to have to take my time getting through them.
But hey, that’s not really a problem, now is it? Also, I have the rest of that bottle of Kraken to enjoy in various holiday-related beverages.
Also, while we’re talking about putting (possibly ill-advised amounts of ) alcohol into food, I am totally excited to see there’s a cookbook called The Tipsy Vegan. I almost don’t care if this cookbook is good (although the recipes I’ve seen from it sound amazing and inventive). It just charms me that it exists in the first place.