Pumpkin Panlevi – Panlevi are eggy sponge cookies eaten often for breakfast in the Dutch Caribbean on islands like Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. In this variation, I used pumpkin to made a Vegetarian friendly eggless version of this Caribbean cookie.
Although I have never had panlevi before, my cousin who grew up in Curacoa (a place I only visited on vacation) likes them and told me about them. They are not very sweet so a perfect cookie to have on a holiday morning for breakfast, with some fruit and tea, after staying up late the night before. Try these for something new, on New Year’s Day!
I got a recipe for these little fluffy cookies and found out, I was not a fan. I am not vegetarian by any meaning of the word and eat eggs all the time, but these were just a little too eggy for me. Maybe that’s why these are commonly had for breakfast. So I decided to make my own variation and I made them completely eggless for all the pure Vegetarians out there. However this is all subjective as people I shared the cookies with loved them. If you’d like the try the traditional version of the cookie, check out the recipe here. Although mine don’t have quite the same height without the eggs, I think mine tasted better and they still have the same fluffy texture as the original!
Since my version has no eggs and no butter, it is a low fat sweet – added bonus – low calorie but high flavor!
IN THE MAKING
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2/3 cup cooked mashed pumpkin (if you have extra pumpkin when you make it, here is another delicious recipe to try)
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick spray.
- Sift flour, baking powder, salt and mace in a large bowl.
- Add sugar and pumpkin and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Beat heavy cream until frothy, about 5 minutes. Fold cream into pumpkin and flour until just combined.
- Using a scoop or a tablespoon, drop cookies on cookie sheet, leaving space between.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!