Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies from Heather Crosby’s Yumuniverse (plus a giveaway!)
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I think it’s appropriate that my first post of 2015 should be a tribute to Heather Crosby’s lovely cookbook, YumUniverse. I’m sure that most of my readers are quite familiar with Heather and her work; her website is a veritable treasure trove of plant-based recipes, and it’s also a fabulous source of information for the plant-based newbie (everything from stocking your pantry to sprouting 101). Heather’s passion and willingness to roll up her sleeves and help the aspiring vegetable eater get started truly sets her blog apart, and now that same spirit animates her collection of recipes.

In this book, you’ll find an incredible array of healthful, tasty vegan meals. Some notable examples (ranging from snacks to dessert):

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce
Sweet Potato Sauce
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Individual Super-Veggie Pot Pies
Creamy Broccoli & Red Pepper Macaroni
Maca & Chicory Root Latte
Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies
Pretty Pretty Pie Crust
Easy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Hot Fudge Sauce
Salted Caramel Sauce

Yum, indeed!

While the recipes are truly enticing, however, I’m even more impressed by the time and care that Heather has put into her introductory chapters, which will walk you through everything you could possibly need to know about outfitting a vegan (or vegan-leaning) kitchen, mastering techniques, and familiarizing yourself with ingredients. The book is incredibly comprehensive, and no detail is left behind. It’s also full of useful, everyday meal planning strategies, including tips on how to compose an on-the-go salad or breakfast, tips on freezing fruits and veggies, and (my favorite!) a whole array of sandwich/toast ideas. Once again: yum.

I wanted to share a recipe from the book that seems to capture Heather’s creativity, playfulness, and her combination of health-savvy and taste-oriented. How could I resist introducing you all to her amazing maple spice sandwich cream cookies? These guys are so fantastic; the spiced cashew cream filling is dessert enough, but when sandwiched between two tender-yet-crispy cookies, it’s heaven.

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Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies from Heather Crosby’s Yumuniverse

Author - Gena Hamshaw
Yields: 10 Servings


Spiced Cream:

  • 1 cup cashews soaked
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Pinch ground clove
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cardamom*


  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons Sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw pecans toasted and chopped


  • Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Blend together all Spiced Cream ingredients until smooth and pop in the fridge to chill for 2–4 hours.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk or blend together all wet ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Fold wet ingredients into dry, and then add fold-ins.
  • Spoon dough into 2" rounds onto baking sheet. Press them down a touch with your hand or a silicone spatula. (They don’t collapse when baking, so the height they go in is the height they come out.)
  • Bake 10–12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet. Transfer to fridge to chill.
  • Remove Spiced Cream from fridge and spread some on one cooled cookie. Close with another. Repeat until all cookies are made into magical sandwiches.
  • psst! You can skip the Spiced Cream and just make oatmeal cookies here. Try adding the spice from the cream into the batter first or adding ¼ cup raisins.

At this time of year, I know that a lot of my readers are considering dietary changes. If you’ve been thinking about going vegan (or more vegan), then I can assure you that YumUniverse is as useful and practical a guidebook as it is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds. I’d love for one of my readers to be gifted with this wonderful cookbook, so enter below to win one free copy (US and Canada only, please).

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Good luck, readers.

It’s my last night here in Vieques, and while I do look forward to seeing my beloved NYC again (late) tomorrow night, I’m awfully sad to be leaving such a beautiful place. I’ll be back in my usual routine on Sunday with weekend reading. Till then, have a wonderful weekend.


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Categories: Recipes, Cookies, Snacks
Method: Oven
Ingredients: Cashew Nuts
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan

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  1. The individual pot pies sound fabulous, but these cookies you posted look amazing…hard decisions!

  2. Those ice cream sammiches look killer, but I’ve been DYING for salted caramel so badly so that sauce would remedy so much desire that my body has been bottling up. Yup, all the unhealthy stuff!

  3. After seeing this recipe I have to say I’m most excited to try the maple cream sandwich cookies but the maca and chicory root latte sounds amazing too!

  4. Those cookies look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I for one, had not heard of the website and am enjoying checking it out now.

  5. These look pretty awesome! I probably will try it next week for my husband “lunch cookies” (yes, I make a batch of cookies every week for my husband’s lunches) They look not too sweet which is part of the reason why I bake cookies for my husband, heck he thinks snickerdoodles are too sweet, well, at least for lunch time.

    I did also see a cool recipe for pancakes for the Yum Universe cookbook. Those looked pretty tasty too, and would be a great dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream. Mmmmm…

  6. Would love to win Heather’s book. I am excited to make these cookies as my kids love all things Maple! Maybe I will make them for their nordic team to fuel their race (if we can get ourselves to share ;-)!

  7. Individual Super-Veggie Pot Pies sound great. I love pot pies and can eat them all winter.

  8. I love baking and would love to be able to share these with my family and friends who still have a hard time believing tasty treats can be good for you too!

  9. For some reason, the sauces have caught my eye – specifically the Sweet potato sauce and the Salted caramel sauce.

  10. Welcome home, Gena! So really enjoyed your New Years musings and reflections, particularly about loosening food while on travel (I read this while doing the same in paris so it was particularly well timed for me!). Vieques is on my bucket list, glad you loved it!

    This post got me thinking – would you consider doing a round up of your favorite and most inspiring blogs and websites – the ones you mine for weekend reading, links, recipes, health articles, etc? You often link to sites I’ve never heard of, and I bet I’m not alone as a reader who would love an updated roundup of your very favorites that we might be able to bookmark and read as well. Just a Thiught!

    Happy happy 2015!

  11. I’m excited to try the salted caramel sauce. I am developing a recipe myself and I was looking for a vegan caramel sauce recipe. This should do nicely.

  12. Do I really HAVE to choose between Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower, Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce and Sweet Potato Sauce? Cause they all sound DELICIOUS!

  13. Do I really HAVE to choose between Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower, Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale with Miso Dijon Sauce and Sweet Potato Sauce? Cause they all sound DELICIOUS!

  14. Heather’s blog turned me on to using chicory root tea as a healthy and caffeine free substitute for coffee. I love it! All of her recipes look so yummy, especially the sweet treats. Gotta try these maple spice cookies!

  15. That Brussels sprout recipe with miso sauce sounds amazing. Miso is one of my favorite favors, so I’d love to see how Heather puts it together with kale and Brussels sprouts.

  16. I’d love to make the salted caramel sauce! I hope you have a safe trip back home!

  17. The maca and chicory latte sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to make these cookies – they look delicious!

  18. My parents love chicken pot pie, so I would love to try this super veggie pot pie recipe to introduce them to a healthier alternative!

  19. These look so yummy! I’m thinking of just doing the oatmeal cookie version. Sounds perfect with a cup of tea on this incredibly raw day!

  20. I’m really intrigued by the lemon dulse spread that’s on the blog. I’m always up for trying new ingredients, and I’ve never tasted dulse before, so this recipe might be a good introduction…

  21. I’m excited to try the roasted butternut squash soup! I actually have butternut right now 🙂

  22. Hi Gina,
    Yum Universe sounds like an absolute winner of a book! Can’t wait to make the Maple Spice cookies!
    Wishing you a safe trip back to NYC.

  23. The Vanilla Bean Icecream! And I would put some of the hot fudge sauce on top!

  24. You had me at the Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies. And the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup!

  25. How can I chose just one! I’m excited by the whole book!
    But if I had to choose … it would be Creamy Broccoli & Red Pepper Macaroni.

  26. I’m a dessert girl but some of the less sweet recipes (like the pot pies) sound incredible!

  27. I want to try her mung bean power pancakes with spicy kimchi. It’s been a while since I’ve made my own kimchi.

  28. I have been hearing a lot of great things about chicory root lately, so I’d love to try to the Maca & Chicory Root Latte!

  29. I would love to bake some ‘guilt-free’ treats for my coworkers in 2015 🙂
    Happy New Year!