Ghosts of MoFo’s Past: Bordeaux Cookies Again


Bordeaux Cookies v. 3.4, two ways

Following up on that review of the Vegan Cookie Connisseur (drawing is Wednesday), I thought I’d share the ongoing saga of trying to veganize one of my favorite store-bought cookies: Bordeaux Cookies from Pepperidge Farm. It’s been years since I’ve tasted one of these buttery, crispy, caramelly wonders so my recreations are all from memory.

If you’ve been a fan of this blog, you might remember my very unsuccessful attempts. Back in 2007, there were a couple of tries during Mofo. The November 7th post used about every sweetener known to me and the November 8th post unintentionally turned into a sheet cookie. In 2008, batches 4, 5 and 6 were also failures, but were kind of getting closer. I can’t really remember, but I must have felt defeated in 2009, but this year the cookies started haunting me again. I can’t say batches 4, 5 and 6 without hearing Elvis Costello in my head singing “chapters 4, 5 and 6″. I can’t be the only one, can I?

The first 3 batches really missed the mark. But the most recent batch, came pretty close! I’m still debating on the baking temperature and the thickness of the cookies, but these are actually good! The photo above shows 2 different baking temps/times. I’m going to try one more batch this year with some minor changes, then I’m closing the door on this recipe. However, if you love these cookies like I do, I’d love it if you gave them a go, too.

What has been the toughest thing for you to veganize exactly the way you wanted?

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10 Comments

  1. Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    “Every day I write the booook!” Teehee now I’m gonna have that song in my head.
    I think I’ve had a hard time with mac n cheese. Now don’t get me wrong, I love many of the veganized versions I’ve had and made, but sometimes I get the longing for that blue box of processed crap.

  2. Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I remember your posts about these.

  3. Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I miss plain cheese pizza. I never liked pizza with a lot of toppings. I don’t like any of the vegan cheeses enough to eat a pizza with just that on it. Perhaps cheezly, but I can’t find it here and haven’t tried it. Plus, I always make grilled cheese with it.

  4. Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had those cookies but have seen them. If they are tasty than isn’t that all that matters.

  5. Posted November 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    No doubt about it: Lemon Meringue Pie. I mean how do you make a meringue without eggs or soy products? BTW I think you should try those cookies with palm sugar and a bit of maca powder. The palm sugar has a caramely taste on its own and the maca powder adds a bit of malt flavoring. I’d love to see the final recipe though.

  6. Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    hopefully you’ve almost got it! it kills me when i try so hard and just can’t get something to work.
    i have to agree with bunzofcinnamon – sometimes i really want some blue box mac and cheese. so unhealthy, yet so desirable.

  7. Posted November 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Chess Pie. I fear it is impossible.

  8. Meghan
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tami-
    I love your stuff! I discovered you on Vegan dad’s blog where he made your onion rings. I immediatly bought American Vegan Kitchen. So good. Last night I made the Buffalo seitan Pizza.The crust was perfect and the pizza so tasty. Keep up the awesomeness and Thank you.

  9. Meghan
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh and I would die for Vegan Angel Food Cake!

  10. Posted November 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you’re still on this mission! I had given up. Good luck on the next batch!!

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  1. By Vegan Appetite on October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    [...] In 2007, I was obsessed with recreating the Bordeaux Cookies from Pepperidge Farm.  They never turned out well, as my many posts show. By the way, I was still trying in 2010. [...]

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