With the holiday season come holiday parties. With holiday parties often come a slew of meat-laden, dairy-packed dishes. This kind of cuisine can be a turn-off for those of us who work to end animal cruelty – those of us who know how delicious cruelty-free food can be. When you’re faced with a holiday party situation like this, I have two words for you: vegan cookies!
Some say that the single most effective thing you can do to advocate for farm animals is to share delicious vegan food. Speaking as someone whose cookies are requested at nearly every social gathering I attend, I’ve gotta say: There’s something to that. Haven’t you ever noticed that the one vegan dish at the party tends to be the first one to disappear? Perhaps it’s because, whether or not they will admit it, people are often drawn to the yumminess of plant-based cuisine.
You owe it to the animals – and to the taste-buds of your non-vegan friends and family – to make delicious plant-based food! I find that baked goods (such as cookies) go a particularly long way in showing others just how good compassion tastes.
So when you attend your next holiday party, bring some cookies ... or cupcakes or cake or crumble, oh my! And be sure to resist the urge to eat them all before they make it to the table. Difficult, I know, but this is advocacy, folks!
Here’s one of my favorite recipes for chocolate chip cookies. Also check out the new book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. And, if you feel like sharing, post your favorite cookie recipe in the comments section below. (Then send me several samples.)