With America’s fondness for cookies, National Cookie Day on December 4th hardly seems like enough time to celebrate one of our favorite seasonal treats. That’s why The Soyfoods Council offers a baker’s dozen cookie recipes—each with a nutrition boost from soyfoods—for this holiday season. When you add soyfoods such as tofu, soymilk, soy flour and soynuts to cookie recipes, you’re also adding flavor, texture and an improved nutrition profile. Soy provides all the essential amino acids, plus a protein quality comparable to animal protein. However, soyfoods are low in saturated fat, and contain no cholesterol. In fact, one serving of soyfoods offers from 7 to 15 grams of protein.
- Pumpkin Molasses Fudge Bars are easy to make, with firm silken tofu, pumpkin and molasses, flavored with cinnamon and ginger.
- Sooy-Soft Soy Applicious Cookies start with peeled, diced apples, combined with firm silken tofu, soy flour and delicious ingredients.
- Double Chocolate Soynut Cookies get their chocolaty flavor from cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips, but they get their texture from soy nuts and soy flour.
- Trail Mix Cookies are a satisfying combination of coconut, soynut butter, quick-cooking oats, dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, ground soynuts and more.
- Outrageous Soynut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies have earned their name. Make them with oatmeal, chocolate chips and chopped soynuts.
- Pear Bars offer fruity seasonal flavor from pear butter, and they’re enriched by almonds and firm tofu.
- Apricot Oatmeal Soy Cookies are made with TSP (Textured Soy Protein) and filled with ingredients that make them extra special: Dried apricots, dried cranberries, coconut, and sliced almonds create a chewy treat.
- Cinnamon Pecan Cookies get a boost from soy flour, but they offer a traditional flavor profile.
- Esselweihs bite-sized holiday cookies incorporate soynuts and soy flour. They’re frosted with a sweetened cream cheese and mascarpone icing.
- Almost Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies get their name from the fact that the chocolate chips used in the recipe have a small amount of milk product.
- Gluten-free Refrigerator Cookies are easy to make with soy flour; they’re flavored with lemon or almond extract.
- Ohana Oho Cookies, a Hawaii-inspired recipe, feature macadamia nuts and chocolate-covered soynuts, as well as soynut butter, oats and brown sugar.
- Toffee Bars, reminiscent of candy bars, are made with soy flour and get their crunch from chopped soynuts.
Visit the Soyfoods Council website, www.thesoyfoodscouncil.com, for more cookie ideas, and a free copy of the recipe brochure, Cookies for Any Occasion. The website is a convenient one-stop resource for the latest health and nutrition information about soyfoods, cooking tips, and instructional videos. Bookmark the site and visit it often, because new recipes and resources are constantly being added.