Sticky Fingers Sweets! Recipe! Contest!


Unless you’ve been living under a vegan rock, you’ve probably heard of Washington D.C.’s Sticky Fingers Bakery. On our last few trips so D.C., we’ve tried to become regulars of the place, even if our trips only last for 4 days. About 10 days ago, I got an email letting me know that the bakery was releasing a cookbook. It was news to me, so maybe I live under a mini rock. Thanks to Sticky Fingers, I got my hands on a couple of copies. One for me, one for you. More about that later.

With so many mouthwatering options, it wasn’t easy to choose the recipes to try so I could properly review this book. But I did it. The book opens with a Basics chapter, then gets into nine recipe chapters. Two of the recipes, I’ve actually had from the bakery: the Chocolate Chip Cookies (from the Cookie Chapter) and the Sticky Buns (from the Trifecta Chapter which are the three cornerstone recipes for the bakery). I wanted to see how close they were to the originals. For the 3rd recipe, I tried the Cheesecake Cupcakes (from Fab and Fruity Pies and Cheesecakes). You won’t see a photo of those here because they didn’t look pretty. But they tasted great, so that’s ok by me. The Sticky Buns taste exactly like they do at the bakery, and so do the Chocolate Chip Cookies.


These recipes are just the tip of the iceberg. There are 97 more that I’m sure are every bit as wonderful as these. The book is nicely arranged with enticing photos. I love the book. What I didn’t love is the opening paragraph of the Introduction. We all know that Doron is a creative and experienced bakery who has made serious inroads into vegan baking. She’s also a very successful competitor. With an astonishing two (count ‘em, TWO) wins on Cupcake Wars, I’m not sure why she felt the need to begin by discounting other vegan baking books. Other than that, the recipes in this book are sure to keep you coming back, and keep your friends asking you to bring dessert every chance they can.

With huge thanks to Doron Petersan, her publisher, and publicist, I’ve been given permission to share the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with you. Really, I think they are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

But before you do, enter for a chance to win your own copy. All you have to do is tell me your latest favorite dessert in a comment to this post. The winner will be drawn by Random next week. If I can’t contact you, please be sure to check back.

Don’t miss Doran on the Today Show on February 7th! And pop back here for Vine and Dine (2/6) and Food Network Friday (2/10).

Good luck and happy baking.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 12 large or 24 small cookies

This basic cookie recipe is our best-selling cookie to date. If you can master this recipe, the others will be easier than pie. But that is a whole other chapter, so let’s focus on cookies first.

3/4 cup non-hydrogenated vegan margarine (recommended: Earth Balance)
1 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons (7.68 ounces) sugar
1 cup (7.7) ounces lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup soymilk
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
3 1/4 cups plus 2 1/2 teaspoons (1 pound, 1.25 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (1.9 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the margarine, sugars, and vanilla and cream together with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and mix again to ensure all the ingredients are combined, about 30 seconds more.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the soymilk and oil. Slowly add the soymilk mixture to the sugar mixture and mix to combine.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the sugar mixture and mix until a dough forms. Add the chocolate chips an stir to combine.

6. Scoop the dough onto the baking sheets with a spring-loaded ice cream scoop. Use a 2-ounce scoop for large cookies and a 1-ounce scoop for small. Leave 2 to 3 inches between each cookie and gently pat them down with your fingertips.

7. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the edges of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. Using a spatula, remove the cookies from the pan and set on a wire mesh rack to cool.

STICKY FINGERS’ SWEETS: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes by Doron Petersan (Avery; $27.50, February 2012)

Update: I don’t want to clutter up the comments before the contest but yes, the brownies are in there. And so are the cowwin cookies!

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71 Comments

  1. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been dying to try sweet potato cinnamon rolls and cake balls lately. I’ve never been to DC but I used to get some Sticky Fingers goodies from a pizzeria in Williamsburg. Yum yum yum!

  2. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert is vegan Carrot Cake!! Especially from Veggie Grill in LA.

  3. Lee Ann
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert at the moment is fudge – with nuts and chopped up Dandies.
    I’ve been looking forward to the book so thanks for posting the recipe and pictures(appreciate that the measurements are in cups & ounces).
    Good to hear the recipes are like what they serve at the bakery as I haven’t been lucky enough to go to D.C. yet.

  4. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    My latest favorite dessert is the chocolate stout cupcakes from VCTOTW. I hope I win this book, I’ve heard such great things about Sticky Fingers but have never had a chance to try any of their bakery items!

  5. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Wow, those cookies look good. I’m really loving chocolaty desserts lately–especially of the brownie or dense, fudgey cake variety. Yum.

  6. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    How can I pick a favorite dessert?!? I guess I’ll go with brownies and vanilla ice cream. I’ve been eyeing this book on amazon and whining to myself that I don’t live in DC to try StickyFingers.

  7. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I live far, far away from vegan baked goods so I haven’t had a cinnamon roll in years, and your photo looks marvellous! Right now I’m on a pumpkin bread dessert kick, which is great, but I want me some cinnamon rolls now!

  8. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I love the Vegan Diner orange cinnamon rolls.

  9. Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert in the past few months has been homemade vanilla pudding using real vanilla beans. Lame, I know, but so quick and satisfying!!

  10. Michelle
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I have a thing for brownies lately… my latest batch had a peanut butter swirl through them..

  11. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Actually just about anything cake-like is my favorite right now. But I love sticky buns and haven’t had any in years!

  12. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    My latest favorite dessert is Raw Cheescake…sooo yummy!!! These cookies look awesome :)

  13. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Yay, I would love to win a copy of this book! My latest favorite dessert is the raw dark chocolate truffle at Cafe Gratitude called I Am Super.

  14. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Mine has been mug brownies lately, because they’re so easy to make and that’s great when I need a chocolate fix right away

  15. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert right now…is pretty much soy milk and cookies (Oreos). I know, nothing special, but I don’t usually have Oreos and they’re a yummy treat. :)

  16. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert is my own recipe for Carob Cake, in my cookbook, Bake With Dates (available from Amazon.com)

    Susan Lowenberg
    web site: http://bakewithdates.com
    blog: http://bakewithdates.blogspot.com

  17. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh, oh, oh my gosh! I still dream of the Cowvin cookie bar I had at Sticky Fingers 4 years ago! :) My favorite dessert is vegan carrot cake. MMmmm!

  18. Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    my current favorite dessert is peanut butter cups – they are awesome and every non vegan I know, loves them and begs me to make them often.

  19. Posted February 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I made some orange flower water, date, and semolina cookies that were amazing! I had to give them away so I didn’t eat the whole batch myself.

  20. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Dark chocolate with almonds and raisins. hands down.

  21. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    oooooooh! i hope the brownie recipe is in there. they’re selling them in wholefoods, and ohEmGee!!!!! if i can make them at home, i will gain so much weight!

  22. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Those cookies look delicious! I recently made Raw Red Velvet Cookies with Cashew Icing and it’s one of the best raw desserts that I’ve tasted! Hopefully these cooked ones will live up to the challenge. ;)

    Thanks for putting on this giveaway!

  23. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    These look amazing! My favorite dessert is cake… simple but classic (especially with some yummy chocolate icing) :)

  24. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    My current favorite dessert is Chocolate Chia Pudding with some type of berry for a topping!

  25. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    pumpkin cheesecake. Droool.

  26. Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    If it’s chocolate, I like it!

  27. Val
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    My latest favorite dessert is cinnamon rolls from Cinnaholic. For some reason I always turned my nose up at them, but I think it’s because so often they can be to dry. Now I love them and hope to make them someday too!

  28. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book as soon as I heard about it! Lately my favorite after meal sweet treat has to be Sweet & Sara’s smores. I love those things!

  29. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    my absolute favorite dessert is double chocolate chip cookies. extra chocolate please!

  30. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I just tried a new chocolate cake recipe this week that I am loving! I can’t wait to look through the new book!

  31. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    My current favorite dessert to make is Chloe’s Beach Cookies!

  32. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    I’ve been lazy lately and making Microwave brownie for one! http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=24854.0

  33. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Latest favorite dessert: Blueberry lemon loaf!

  34. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Favorite here is brownies!

  35. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Chocolate chip cookie dough balls!!! <3

  36. Posted February 4, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    This book looks awesome! I’ve heard of Sticky Fingers, but haven’t been to DC to try it. My fave dessert as of late is pb cookies. I have an easy, sure fire recipe that makes the best cookies. 1 cup pb, 1 cup granulated raw sugar, and 1 egg replacer (I use Ener-g). Sir everything together, spoon onto baking sheet (don’t forget the fork marks on the top!) and bake for 12-15 mins on 350. :D

  37. Posted February 4, 2012 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    I’d love to win a copy of this book! My current favorite dessert is the chocolate silk pie from Peas and Thank You.

  38. Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    My favorite dessert has been Orange Cranberry Muffins from thePPK. :)

  39. Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Oooh, this is a cookbook I could get behind! As for my current favorite dessert, I was just planning on whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies tomorrow, so it’s funny that you’re sharing this recipe. :) Looks great!

  40. Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    I know this technically isn’t a dessert, but I eat it as one anyway, Vegan Dad’s sticky rolls! Yum!!

  41. Posted February 4, 2012 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    Been enjoying homemade vegan ice cream. Little strange considering the weather but my daughter’s having fun making it!

  42. Posted February 4, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I don’t care that it’s the dead of winter- my new favorite thing is homemade Cake Batter Ice Cream…. soooo good!

  43. Posted February 4, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    My current favorite is fig-filled handpies…like a giant-size version of one of my Grandma’s famous Italian cookies. Cheers!

  44. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Oooh my favourite dessert at the moment has to be the Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kelly’s Vegan Cookies Connoisseur, they’re huge & so delicious!

  45. Posted February 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert (for today) is the PB bars with chocolate ganache from Peas and Thank You.

  46. Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert is the cookie dough shake from the Chicago Diner. I need to learn to make my own vegan goodies!

  47. Becky from GA
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    berry crisps with vegan vanilla ice cream and soy whipped cream!

  48. Posted February 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Carrot cake cupcakes and cookies are my favorite!

  49. Posted February 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been eating way to many of Chocolate Covered Katie’s single serve chocolate cakes.

  50. Posted February 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I brought a box of Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s home with me after Christmas (I live abroad) and stuck them in the freezer. Favorite dessert until they run out is therefore frozen Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s.

  51. Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    True story. Last night I had a dream about cinnamon rolls… And today, here they are on your site.
    Guess it’s a sign that I need to get a baking!

  52. Alicia
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    My current favorite are classic chocolate chip cookies, so I am excited to try this new recipe.

  53. Posted February 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been on a cinnamon roll kick lately. My latest variation was a lemon roll. Mmmm..goood.

  54. Anonymous
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Being a new vegan, I don’t have tons of experience with desserts. I have made olive oil chocolate chip cookies that are quite amazing, so that’s my vote!

  55. Posted February 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    I love raw vegan cheesecake made with blended cashews – so far I’ve made two different versions, and there are many more I’d like to try!

  56. Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    my latest favorite dessert is the coconut lemon bundt cake from veganomicon. SO GOOD!

  57. Posted February 5, 2012 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    I would love to win! My go to dessert right now is apple crisp topped with coconut ice cream…mmmmm…

  58. Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m saving this recipe, it would be a fantastic addition to any cookie tray. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Posted February 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I really love German Chocolate cake with coconut frosting! But Carrot cake is a very close second.

  60. Jennifer
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Vegan red velvet cupcakes! Perfect for my upcoming Valentine’s Day anniversary.

  61. Posted February 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I have been making a lot of cookie dough dip so I can have dessert all the time! This book looks great!

  62. Posted February 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I have too many favourites to pick just one, so I’m just going to pick a category, pie! I love fruit pies, especially of the berry variety! A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and I’m in bliss.
    I’ve never had the pleasure of going to Sticky Fingers bakery, but I’m dying to taste some of their treats, even if I have to make them myself.

  63. Posted February 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I have been on a long-term quest for the perfect vegan cinnamon roll, and for some time I’ve felt that Sticky Fingers might be the one. Some day I will actually get there to try them.

    In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying my homemade peanut butter ice cream quite a bit for desserts.

  64. Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I’ve been in love with the brown sugar bars form Peas and Thank You. The soft, gooey inside is complemented by chocolate chips and a divine molasses aftertaste from the brown sugar. I add in chopped pecans for nuttiness and crunch.

  65. Posted February 6, 2012 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    My favorite dessert is a homemade brownie with extra chocolate chips.

  66. Posted February 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    My favorite dessert right now is Hail Merry’s raw chocolate mint tarts. They are so fudgy good! i love sticky finger’s (local here!) especially the pecan sticky buns! yumm!!

  67. Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    I am currently smitten with Native Foods Cafe’s carrot cupcakes. They’re seasonal and amazing!

  68. Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t had much time to bake lately but I found a recipe for a single chocolate chip cookie that has been my sweet of choice. (I really need to work less…)

  69. Posted February 7, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    I haven’t had a piece in forever, but I’d die for some apple pie! :)

  70. Posted February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    We are currently loving the Vegan Diner Brownies with chocolate icing….mmm!

  71. Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    What a great giveaway — the cookbook sounds amazing! I think it’s a tie for my favorite dessert — between the vegan Chocolate Chip cookies from the Joy of Vegan Baking and Cowvin cookies from Sticky Fingers. :)

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