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Baking with Almond Flour: Snickerdoodles

Grain-Free Snickerdoodles

As we’re transitioning from the Whole30 diet that we followed last month, I thought it might be fun to experiment with some grain-free baking.  We have added small amounts of natural sweeteners, butter, and cheese back to our diet this week but won’t be adding any wheat back for a little while yet.  This Snickerdoodle recipe from Deliciously Organic works perfectly for us at this stage because it uses almond and coconut flours in place of all-purpose wheat flour and is sweetened with a combination of honey and coconut sugar.  I followed Carrie’s recipe exactly and these were simple to make and they turned out perfectly.  The only real difference between mine and hers was that I used the convection setting on my oven when baking them.  Even though I turned the temperature down and shortened the baking time, the coconut sugar browned faster than I was expecting.  They didn’t burn, but they definitely have a delicious though unintentional caramel flavor.  Next time I’ll bake them without convection and then see which I prefer. Continue reading →

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Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Strawberry Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month?  Apparently Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 1984 to be National Ice Cream month and the tradition has continued since then.  I suppose it makes sense that the hottest month of the year goes hand in hand with the coolest treat around, but I hadn’t really heard of National Ice Cream month until I was contacted by Tillamook to see if I was interested in playing with some of their ice cream to create a treat to celebrate this special month.  I certainly don’t need an excuse to consume ice cream in the summer, but it was a lot of fun sampling some new Tillamook Ice Cream flavors and coming up with an ice cream treat to share with my family and with you. Continue reading →

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Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread

Christmas isn’t here yet, but I’m already craving cookies like crazy.  This morning I was looking through different cookie recipes I’ve posted in the past and I ran across this recipe for Brown Sugar Shortbread that was hidden in a post about Lemon Shortbread from a few years back.  Since these cookies are so delicious, I decided it was time to give them their own space to shine.  Keep in mind that a batch of shortbread packaged in a cute box or tin makes a wonderful gift! Continue reading →

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Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies

When it comes to dried fruit, cranberries do not top my list of favorites.  I love raisins, prunes, dried apricots, dried peaches, and dried tart cherries any time of the year, but it’s rare to find a bag of dried cranberries in my pantry most of the time.  However, when Thanksgiving rolls around, I start thinking cranberries and the dried ones inevitably start showing up in my green salads and baked goods and continue to do so through January.  They add a festive pop of color and the flavor pairs beautifully with oranges, one of my favorite things to eat in the winter.  I do use the fresh ones for holiday cranberry sauces and relishes, but I think dried cranberries are wonderful in cookies, muffins, scones, and green salads. Continue reading →

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Scandinavian Rosettes Recipe

Rosette Pattern

Pretty, aren’t they?  These delicate, crisp, lightly sweetened Scandinavian Rosettes are as delicious as they are beautiful.  The “cookies” are made from a thin, crepe-like batter that is quickly deep fried on specially shaped irons.  Rosettes are traditionally made during Christmas time and are a delight to make, share, and eat. Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk

Sometimes you just have to bake cookies.

It’s been a busy summer.  I’m going through some pretty serious life changes – stressful life changes.  But as we all know, life never slows down to let us deal with tough situations.  The world doesn’t stop spinning just because you need a break.  So sometimes, in the middle of everything, you’re the one that has to stop.  Yesterday, in the middle of an afternoon filled with a million other things I was supposed to be doing, that’s just what I did. Continue reading →

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My First Madeleines

Madeleines on Plate

I have a confession to make.  Before making them myself, the only madeleines I had ever tasted were from Starbucks.  No one had ever made them for me, I’d never had a special pan to make them myself, and somehow I managed to spend a weekend in Paris once without tasting either a madeleine or a macaron—sad, but true.

I’ve always been curious about madeleines.  I mean, is there really anything special about them other than their shape?  Obviously Proust thought so.  But what makes them so magical?  And the big question—are they cookies or tiny little cakes?  Well, curiosity got the better of me one day so I bought a little package of madeleines at Starbucks.  And even though I knew that what I tasted out of that little plastic package was probably not a great representation of the classic French cookie (or is it cake?), I fell madly in love with the madeleine. Continue reading →

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews

Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas for naming these cookies! Wow, what a turnout!  I never thought I would be able to choose between all the great submissions, but I finally decided on a name that is simple, catchy, and to the point:  Dark Chocolate Cherry Chews.  Thanks to E’Beth Garren for the winning submission!  I’ll be sending out a surprise gift, as promised.

So let me talk a bit about chocolate chip cookies.  I’m not one of those bakers who is on a quest to find the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I generally use the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse bag and I think they’re great.  But as you well know, I do enjoy experimenting with recipes from time to time! Continue reading →

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