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Holy Cowvin: A Good Cookie (Which Happens to be Vegan)

Photo credit goes to Greg Schaler Photography; thank you to Sticky Fingers Bakery for permission to use the image!

The subject of vegan pastries really brings out some passionate feelings. There are those (usually non-vegans) who swear that they don’t taste as good as dairy desserts; there are those (usually vegans) who insist that they taste a whole lot better. As for the Cakespy crew? While few of us eat a strictly vegan diet, perhaps our vegan vs. non-vegan cupcake tasting best sums up our feelings: while they can sometimes taste different than their dairy counterparts, vegan pastries are often good--really good--once you get past certain preconceived notions.

However, sometimes a baked good comes along that is just so good that it defies labels: vegan, non-vegan, who cares—it’s just good.

And the Cowvin Cookie from the Sticky Fingers Bakery in Washington DC, is definitely one of these exceptional baked goods: a cookie bar comprised of a rich oatmeal cookie crust cradling a generous dollop of rich, creamy, delicious, dairy-be-damned frosting in the middle. In fact, it was an experience so pleasurable that East Coast Cake Gumshoe Jenny described it as so good that she saved the second half til later so that she could continue to savor the experience all day (got to love that restraint!).


And certainly, the Cowvin can be loved for its story as well as its taste: the name is inspired by a real-life veal calf by the same name who was rescued from becoming a special of the day by do-gooders in the DC metro area. The little guy was placed in the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland, where he lived out his days in bucolic bliss. Cowvin loved oats, so it seemed appropriate to name an oatmeal cookie-cream bar in his honor--especially since it is dairy-free!

Now that’s what we’d call a sweet treat—one you’ll enjoy whether you’re vegan or not!

Want to make ‘em? Well, you’re on your own there—the recipe’s top secret! However, the kind folks at Sticky Fingers wouldn't leave you hanging; they'll ship them nationwide for $18.50 per half dozen (so worth it) plus shipping and handling; order them (and other pastries too!) by phone: (202) 299-9700, or order online at stickyfingersbakery.com .

Or, if you're in the DC area, just go visit! They're located at 1370 Park Rd. NW, one block north of the Columbia Heights metro stop.

Sticky Fingers Bakery in Washington




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Reader Comments (23)

Yay for vegan baked goods!! Those Cowvins look so yummy, I love all things oatmeal. I remember eating those little debbie oatmeal pies as a kid, I would imagine these are eons better.
As far as vegan vs non-vegan desserts... well, I'm certainly biased, but most desserts can be done well without dairy and omnivores would never know the difference. Others are more challenged... while I love the taste of vegan cheesecake, many would say they are not the same. And of course I'm still searching for a vegan version on angel food cake, not sure I'll ever see that.
Thanks for highlighting Sticky Fingers Bakery! I may need to place an order...

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterVegan_Noodle

oh my! too bad the recipe's not available as of yet. ;p

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterCeline

Sticky Fingers Bakery = vegan paradise in DC. those cowvin cookies look sinfully delicious!!

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

every time i think seriously about becoming a vegan, two things stop me from going for it. first, i love baking so much, and i'm just not sure i could do it as well without milk, butter and eggs (soy milk has a weird taste to me). second, leather shoes! it's really very difficult as a professional to avoid at least a little leather in your wardrobe (bags, shoes, briefcases, etc). so apparently these cookies could get me over the first problem... does that bakery happen to make nice cloth high heels as well? :-)

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Katy: They don't have vegan shoes, but apparently Natalie Portman the actress has you covered there:


aren't you glad you asked?

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

those look delicious - and vegan! I might have to make a stop at Sticky Fingers very soon...

Also, I wanted to invite you to a "chocoholic"-themed ice cream tasting party at Little Cakes Art Gallery in NYC featuring Wheeler’s Black Label Vegan Ice Cream.

There will be several different varieties of non-dairy chocolate ice cream (including Wheeler's favorite, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, as well as Vanilla and Pumpkin flavors in case you're not such a huge chocolate fan) all put together in a lovely little tasting party held at Little Cakes.

Here are all of the details:
Little Cakes Art Gallery
625 East 6th Street #1B
New York, NY, 10009

This Sunday, January 20th from 1-3PM.

RSVP if you can make it! Give us a shout on our email: icecreamproject2007@yahoo.com or call 617-216-9087.

Thanks and hope to see you there!


i literally said that out loud when i saw these amazing treats. I'd love to find the recipe.

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

ooh thanks for featuring a vegan baked good... and such a delicious-looking one at that!

I looove Sticky Fingers and wish they would relocate to Dallas!

found your blog through the Chocolate Nerd. what a lovely blog you have :)

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterK & S

Washington D.C.? Booo! They ought to be in Washington State with me.

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Jean Walden

Those Cowvin Cookies are enough for me to wish I could plan an entire trip to D.C. - I've never visited Sticky Fingers but I so wish I could! Hehe, I bookmarked the Sticky Fingers website because I'm nursing the idea of ordering a happy little half dozen of those babies. Thanks for your awesome feature on them and making me aware!

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Red Vegan

zomg, oatmeal cookie with cream filling????? that's SO not playing fair!

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterLiz²


January 17 | Unregistered CommenterAnticiPlate

Vegan Noodle: Yes! They are not only great bakers but they're all so very nice too!

Celine: Maybe some nice buddy will treat you to a half dozen! :-)

VeggieGirl: Sinfully delicious is RIGHT!

Wheeler's Frozen: Bummer, We're not in NYC, but wish we were right now!!!

Kelly: Right?? Isn't the picture tantalizing?

Chocolatecoveredvegan: Road trip! :-)

K+S: Thank you for finding us! Hope you will come back!!

Kelly Jean: Well, shipping and handling isn't too bad...

Ruby Red Vegan: Like I said to Chocolate Covered...road trip time!?

Liz Squared: Yea, don't they look good!?

Anticiplate: You said it!

January 17 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Oh my what a great cookie for any vegan - looks so delicious!!

Rosie x

January 18 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Woah. I think I need to get my butt on down to DC one of these days. Not like my butt really needs any more sweets though...

January 18 | Unregistered Commenterbittersweetblog

Rosie: Vegan or not, super tasty! Next time you're in the states...

Bittersweetblog: But the calories burned traveling...what better way to regain your strength than with a Cowvin??

January 18 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Oh no, those look AMAZING! But too expensive for my pocketbook (tear)...

I am totally down with vegan baking, as I make a mean vegan cupcake.

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Lydia: We feel your pain. Maybe you'll have some distant relative leave you money soon or something. Mm, what kind of vegan cupcakes do you make??

January 19 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I've made eggnog cupcakes from Baking Bites and cookies and cream cupcakes from chow.com, but both were recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the world. I really loved them.

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Oh, delicious. I adore that book. I actually used to work for the photographer of it! What a small world, huh?

January 23 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

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