YumUniverse Giveaway & YUMMY Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies


Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies An Unrefined Vegan

Oh my. Where to begin with Heather Crosby’s new cookbook, YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-free, Plant-powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle? Gazing longingly at the Maple Spice cookies is certainly a good start, but there’s so much more. When I first leafed through YumUniverse I was taken with all of the beautiful photos – more photos than a cookbook needs, really – but I love that! Give me pretty pictures and lots of them! Photos of grains, of rivers and leaves, of landscapes, and vegetables – and of course of food! Lots of gorgeous food. And then I thought to myself: how does a person put together such a detailed book?? There really is a universe in there – a plant-based, whole food, gluten-free, low oil universe of yum.

YumUniverse Book Cover

This book is for YU. (yes, you).

This is the book for those contemplating the leap to plant-based eating; and it’s the book for those who are already plant-based but need some inspiration in the kitchen; and for those, like me, who still struggle a bit with gluten-free cooking and baking and need help. Start with the How and Why and then eat your way from breakfasts through desserts with stops along the way for baked goods, small plates, soups, snacks, and drinks.

I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for YumUniverse – along with many other fine sites. Thanks to Heather Crosby and BenBella Books for providing me with a review copy and a copy to share with one of my readers. Along with a copy of YumUniverse, the giveaway winner will also receive Heather’s e-book, The Holiday Survival Guide: 50+ Plant-based, Gluten-free Holiday Recipes!

And I did mention cookies – so let’s get to the recipe!

Holiday Survival Guide



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Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies

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  • Author: Heather Crosby
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 252
  • Yield: 10 1x


Oatmeal cookies times two with spiced cream filling. What’s not to love?



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


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Blend together all Spiced Cream ingredients until smooth and pop in the fridge to chill for 2–4 hours.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk or blend together all wet ingredients and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Fold wet ingredients into dry, and then add fold-ins.
  5. 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.)
  6. Bake 10–12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet. Transfer to fridge to chill.
  7. 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.
  • Recipe reprinted with permission from Heather Crosby and BenBella Books.



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Giveaway ends at midnight U.S. Central time on December 15. Open only to those residing in the U.S.


28 thoughts on “YumUniverse Giveaway & YUMMY Maple Spice Sandwich Cream Cookies

  1. The Vegan 8

    I think you are so amazing Annie!! You do so much and always give such wonderful reviews! You’re an angel. The book really does sound impressive and oh my gosh, those cookies sound and look incredible! Beautiful photos!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Awww, Brandi!! Thank you for the sweet words. You are one amazing woman, too!

      I’m just now getting caught up on reviews and I think in 2015 I will back off a bit. I LOVE cookbooks and I enjoy the reviews but it really takes a lot of focus and energy from my own recipes.

  2. kateydandelion

    I’m vegan, and I typically make pretty simple recipes that don’t rely on heavily processed ingredients. My husband is gluten-free though (not me. I love gluten and all the grains that contain it!)

  3. Amber

    Okay, seriously, those cookies look amazing! Can’t wait to make them! 🙂 I am vegan, and would like to learn more about gluten-free cooking/baking. Your review of this book makes me want to run out and get it right now!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Amber, this book is so helpful for those of us struggling w/ GF recipes! And it’s just plain gorgeous!

  4. Melissa

    I am most definitely a plant-based eater. And these cookie sandwiches look like they’re right up my plant-based alley.

  5. Martha :)

    I’m completely plant-based. This book looks amazing, and would definitely help with “what can I have for dessert” questions. 🙂

  6. laurablack842

    I am most definitely a plant-based eater. I am trying to move towards a raw diet. I suffer from the beginning stages of arthritis and I feel there is more I can do with my diet to relieve the symptoms.

  7. Krista F

    I am mostly vegan and gluten free. I’ve only recently transitioned and have found it surprisingly easy with blogs like yours! So many yummy recipes.

  8. Purnima Barve

    I am a plant-based eater, trying to reduce my oil intake, and trying to follow a whole foods, plant-based diet.

  9. Ivelina

    Those cookie sandwiches look amazing. I can see myself making them and enjoying them later with my coffee. I think my boys would love them, too. Thank you!

  10. Melissa K.

    I am about 95% whole food plant-based, with minimal oil. If something gluten free tastes great, I’ll eat it happily!

  11. Maryann D.

    My daughter is vegan and I am definitely trying to make a switch to whole foods, plant-based diet as much as I can.

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