The Gift of the Magi: Vegan Urban Cookies

This year I decided to “go local” for client gifts. I ordered 11 dozen cookies from Phoenix-based Urban Cookies because I heard they were good, and kept my fingers crossed that they would be well-received by my clients.

While I was on the phone ordering from co-owner Shaun, I said something about having not tried them since I was vegan. She told me they actually do make vegan cookies, but you have to order them in advance.

I have a few family events coming up and debated ordering some to bring to them, but Shaun said you had to order them in batches of two dozen, which is more than I’d need. And, since I didn’t know if they knew how to “do” a vegan cookie (or if they were an after-thought, since they aren’t on the online menu) I decided to not take the risk.

I picked up the dozens of non-vegan cookies on Thursday and handed them out to my clients, who seemed very happy with the choice after they tried them. I even commented to one of my clients that, “They make vegan ones, but I don’t really need two dozen cookies.”

Low and behold, today I received a box of two dozen vegan Urban Cookies from the same client I talked to about them on Thursday! Apparently she had already ordered them before I gave them to her (but to be fair, she’s the one who told me they were good initially). I sent a note to Shaun at Urban Cookies about the coincidence and she responded, “Funny thing – we were actually afraid you were going to ask for the vegans when you picked up your gifts – we were trying to come up with a creative way to politely tell you ‘no.’”

And now I can confirm – they are AWESOME! Even the omnivores in my office are oohing and ahhing over them. They are perfectly soft, chewy and delicious. Not very many made it home!

Urban Cookies vegan oatmeal chocolate chip

Here are the ingredients (click to enlarge):

Urban Cookies vegan cookie label

And: note to Urban Cookies – please put “vegan options available” on your website!

To top it off, another client sent a box of vegan Sun Flour Baking cookies that were fabulous, my father-in-law made us vegan brownies for a family gathering last Saturday, and we made our own batch of vegan press cookies on Sunday.  I think I’m going to explode!

Normally I’m not given many holiday treats that are vegan, but this year is over the top with sweetness! I hope you have as equally wonderful of a holiday season, full of vegan goodness!

You can find Urban Cookies on 7th St just north of Highland/South of Camelback Rd., on Twitter and on Facebook.



Filed under downtown Phoenix, vegan food, vegan Phoenix

4 responses to “The Gift of the Magi: Vegan Urban Cookies

  1. 4legsgood

    Update: Today I got homemade vegan pepperment chocolates from one co-worker, and homemade vegan chocolate peppermint cookies from another. So much for that diet!

  2. These look super yummy! I want to try to make them myself! Thanks for sharing. Jenna (

  3. Those cookies look very good! I’m gonna try that soon. Pita Jungle has a great Vegan menu with a lot of food that I like. Here is a link to the list of meals that are vegan at Pita Jungle:

    • 4legsgood

      I love Pita Jungle! Their cilantro-jalapeno hummus is the best! That reminds me that I haven’t written anything about them yet!

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