October 1, 2010

Baketivist Idea: Bakezines for the Holidays

by IsaChandra

Introducing someone to vegan baking is a cinch. Just provide them with some simple recipes! The problem is, cookbooks can be daunting and an online recipe is kind of impersonal. With all the social networking and email lists these days, if you send someone a link they probably won’t even open it.

If you create your own little bakezine, your friends & family will find it almost impossible not to try their hand at a few vegan treats. You can send the zine as a holiday card if you just leave space on the back for the address and staple it shut. that way no envelope is even required and it will get even more personality with the postage markings. Win win win!

Here are a few tips and ideas if you need ‘em.

1) Use reliable recipes that you love.
2) Pick only a handful of your faves, 3 to 5 is good.
3) Try to choose the ones with the simplest ingredients (no egg replacer or agar agar, for instance).
4) Write your own intro. For example “I first made these for a bakesale to raise money to put a disco ball on the corner of 24th street.” Write whatever your experience was with the recipe. Even if it doesn’t seem interesting to you, it will bring warmth and happiness to the recipients! Promise. You can mention where the recipe is originally from, but it’s your zine, so say what you like!
5) Handwritten is fun! If your handwriting is legible, that is.

Above all, have fun and speak from your heart. People will get excited about baking and especially about baking vegan! It’s liberating to not have to worry about the finickiness of dairy and eggs, not to mention the salmonella, so most new bakers really do take to vegan baking.



  • October 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm: Mo

    This is an amazing idea! Love it!

  • October 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm: Jessica

    I am so doing this! Thanks! -J

  • October 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm: veganlisa

    My friend and I have already made a plan to Bakezine together this month. I have been trying to finalize my 5 recipes. Your post was the perfect inspiration.

  • November 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm: Gary Loewenthal

    This may not be the most original comment to such a wonderful novel idea, but it is sincere: I love it! Will share far and wide as best I can.

  • November 2, 2010 at 3:22 am: Rachael

    Link to some instructions on zine-construction posted on the Facebook note: http://veganeatsandtreats.blogspot.com/2007/12/annual-holiday-cookbook-diy-explanation.html

    I can’t wait to make these for my friends!!! Such a cute idea.

  • November 5, 2010 at 12:43 am: SaraJane

    Wow, great idea. I’ve been trying to figure out what to send along with the jams that I made for gifts this year. I’m so doing this.

  • November 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm: Monked & Fifed

    Ok,I host a cookie swap each year and now I’m looking for the BEST cookie recipes to try to pass off
    to my attendees…any suggestions?

  • December 27, 2010 at 4:59 am: Patrick

    Oh my god, I just did this (and I hadn’t read this beforehand). I’m glad you’re spreading the idea.

  • October 30, 2011 at 10:00 am: birrrd

    I just stumbled over that post here while I’m looking for a few recipes to do exactly this: a little zine to spread the idea of vegan baking. and maybe introduce some blogs and cookbooks i love at the same time.
    there are too many people that always come up with that stupid face when you tell them it’s possible to bake without eggs, butter and milk. “WHAAAT?”

  • November 17, 2011 at 6:13 am: Gia

    Hi everyone, I’m going to be opening up an all vegan zine distro soon and will be accepting submissions soon. If you’re interested please email me at curedollyyy@aol.com. Thanks!

  • January 15, 2012 at 5:01 am: EmmaLee

    really, I’m just more interested in getting the recipe for those pine nut cookies! *googling*

  • June 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm: rachel

    One could also give gifts of homemade vegan cookie and cake mixes, with the instructions of adding oil, vinegar and water. So simple and beautiful. Just use the corresponding amount of soymilk powder that will be reconstituted in the mix with the corresponding amount of water that you call to be added.

  • August 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm: RobinM

    Thanks for the FABULOUS idea!! Gonna start on one right now!!

  • September 7, 2012 at 3:52 am: Maggie

    Where is the recipe for these cookies

  • December 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm: Stephanie

    Great idea, just made mine! Last year I baked a bunch of cookies, and included the recipe cards when I sent them out. This was a fun way to step it up. I used the inexpensive / easy to use Pages program for the layout, and used artwork that I blogged about this year.

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