A family cookie recipe, veganized

by JL Fields on December 20, 2013

Sunday I went to our Meetup’s First Annual Vegan Holiday Cookie Swap. I haven’t been to a cookie swap since going vegan because, if you’re the only vegan in the room, you walk in with the cookies you baked and you walk out with nothing, or a few of the cookies you baked yourself! Well, a vegan holiday cookie swap rocks!

vegan holiday cookie swap | the goods

I walked in with four dozen cookies that I baked and I walked out with three dozen assorted vegan holiday cookies. Score!

I’m not much of a baker but bake I did! I brought one of my favorite cookies from my childhood, which we referred to as “Wayne’s Cookies.” My great-grandmother kept these cookies – our Great Uncle Wayne’s favorites – in the freezer at all times. When we would visit (which was constantly, she lived around the block) we would ask “can we have Wayne’s cookies?” Now I know that in some parts they are referred to as Mexican Wedding Cookies, Pecan Sandies or Russian Tea Cakes but they will always be Uncle Wayne’s Cookies to me.

vegan holiday cookie swap | Uncle Wayne's Cookies

Uncle Wayne’s Cookies

by JL Fields @ JL goes Vegan



  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup powder sugar, sifted and packed
  • 1 cup chopped (very fine) pecans
  • Extra sifted powdered sugar


Heat oven to 350F

Cream the butter (I used the plastic paddle with my Kitchenaid)

Add vanilla and continue mixing.

Slowly add flour, and then powdered sugar, and mix well.

Mix in the pecans.

Bake for 15 minutes (sea level; at 6,000 feet I had to bake them for 22 minutes)

While warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar and then let cool in a baking rack.

These cookies are great right out of the oven; they also freeze extremely well.

YIELD: 2 dozen cookies

  • Barb

    Looks like it was (delicious) fun! And I love the simple recipe… people that are “baking challenged” like I am need simple 🙂

  • Gail Pickens-Barger, E-RYT

    Ohh, mexican wedding cake cookies

  • VeganVersion

    I love it. My Mom makes Meringues and those were always referred to as “Rob’s cookies” while the Magic Cookie Bars were “Brian’s Instant Fat”. Love when you can create vegan nostalgia. Well done!

    • JL

      LOVE Brian’s Instant Fat! Clever, @VeganVersion:disqus! 🙂

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