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8 Genius Desserts That Just Happen to Be Vegan

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When our Books Editor and Stylist Ali Slagle suggested I gather up all the Genius Recipes that just happen to be vegan, I didn't quite know what what I was getting into.

Well over fifty of the recipes featured as a Genius Recipe (nearly a quarter) are 100% plant-based—maybe because of their ingenuity in the face of strict limitations (see: "butter" and "cream" that are less perfect substitutes and more just smart and good-tasting in their own right), or simply because fewer ingredients mean less of a chance one will be ham. Five of the past ten recipes I've written about alone have been vegan. (Am I vegan? No?)

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So I decided to start small, and obvious: The eight desserts below lack cream, butter, and other dairy, thanks to crafty work with fruit, dark chocolate (yes, typically dairy-free, but do check the ingredients), and sometimes even tofu. Bet you can't guess where I hid the tofu.

Ovenly's Secretly Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ovenly's Secretly Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Margaret Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake
Margaret Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake
Hannah Kirshner's Best Ever (Vegan) Waffles
Hannah Kirshner's Best Ever (Vegan) Waffles
David Lebovitz's Chocolate Sorbet
David Lebovitz's Chocolate Sorbet
The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe
The Joy Kitchen's Roasted Cantaloupe
The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream
The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream
Hervé This' Chocolate Mousse
Hervé This' Chocolate Mousse
The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet
The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet