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Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins
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Getting Ready for Game Of Thrones With Sweet Oatcakes
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Mid Week Chat With Some Light & Airy Sugar Cookies
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Sugar Puff Cloud Cookies
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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting
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Lucky Charms Cereal Martini
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling
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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug
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Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins
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The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting
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Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies + Cookbook GIVEAWAY
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Blueberry Lemon Glazed Muffin Top Donuts
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Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free Option)
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Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
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Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies
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Peppermint White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with!  These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious – perfect for Saturday morning breakfast.

On a scale of 1-10 on the yummy scale, these cinnamon roll muffins are a 11.  Watch out.

One afternoon I was craving cinnamon.  It seemed like everywhere I looked I saw a cinnamon roll on twitter, on the street, in a window, and every time I closed my eyes.   All I wanted was a cinnamon roll, ok maybe I wanted two, but I wanted them quick. I didn’t want to wait hours for yeast to rise, my belly was singing “feed me cinnamon rolls” so I came up with this great Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins which will get you delicious cinnamon rolls in less than 20 minutes! Dangerous, I know.

These Muffins use the same idea of my Monkey Bread Muffins by using refrigerated biscuits to quicken up the recipe.  After baking, then we make a creamy vanilla frosting to pour over them, which you’ll see will melt beautifully and just warm your heart with happiness.  

Enjoy friends… enjoy!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with! These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious - perfect for Saturday morning breakfast

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

It only takes 12 minutes to make these Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins! No yeast or rising needed! All you need is Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits.

 

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For the muffins
  1. 2 cans of 7.5 oz Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits (or other brand)
  2. 1/4 cup butter - melted
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the frosting
  1. 2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
For the muffins
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a dozen muffin cup sheet with nonstick spray. Spray it good - on the bottom and sides.
  3. Mix melted butter, sugars and cinnamon in a plastic bag.
  4. Take each biscuit and rip it up into 6 pieces. Put the biscuit pieces in bag and shake to coat evenly.
  5. Place 8-10 pieces of biscuits into each muffin cup to evenly fill them up.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute. Then remove from pan, the muffins should fall right out.
For the frosting
  1. Mix powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in bowl with hand mixer.
  2. Add milk and continue to mix until it reaches a "frosting" consistency.
  3. Pour frosting over warm muffins, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 10-12 muffins.
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Now I’m off to make another batch of these!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Muffins made ready in 12 minutes! Use refrigerated biscuits to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls with a powdered sugar icing that your kids will fall in love with! These Cinnamon Rolls are quick and delicious - perfect for Saturday morning breakfast

Getting Ready for Game Of Thrones With Sweet Oatcakes

You guys, the season premiere of Game of Thrones is on this Sunday, are you excited as me?

You either have 2 responses:
YES!
I don’t watch Game of Thrones

If you say “YES!” then I slap you high 5, hug you and give you my love!
If you say “I don’t watch Game of Thrones” I still hug you because you’re nice, but I need to know why you don’t watch it!

If you haven’t been watching the last few seasons, then you need to catch up because it is my favorite show on television and I get so much thrill from Sunday nights that it’s hard to put into words.  Recently I finished reading all the Game of Thrones books which left me in sadness for about a week because I had no idea what to do with my life anymore without these books.   I’m also interested to see how this is going to change how I watch the show, as I know so so so so much, but the show likes to change things a bit.  

You want to know how excited we are? We just ordered HBO specifically for Game of Thrones.  That’s dedication.  And then once it’s done for the season, we’ll remove HBO.

To get in the spirit I wanted to make a sweet that would be the perfect treat to bring to a Game of Thrones party.   Along with your Cersei wig and your white cloak, I think you should totally whip up a batch of the Sweet Oatcakes!   You already know Sansa is obsessed with Lemon Cakes, so let’s stay in the cake family but give it a oat twist!  These oatcakes are sweet but have plenty of crunch making them the perfect and addicting snack! I dare you to eat one….! 🙂 If you eat more than one though, it’s ok, they’re only 113 calories a piece!

Even Jon Snow likes them. PS. Hi Jon Snow.  *Wiggles Eyebrows*. 
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I’m House Stark all the way, even though my Starks are disappearing. What House are you?

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1 cup rolled oats, ground in a food processor
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease two 9 inch round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  2. In a bowl cream together butter, salt, brown sugar and vanilla. Add in the baking soda, flour and oats and continue to mix.
  3. Divide the dough in half and press into cake pans, smoothing out so it takes up the entire base of the pan and is smooth on the top. Prick the dough on top with a fork in a pattern if you'd like.
  4. Bake the cakes for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. My time is always 37 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and loosen edges with a butter knife.
  6. Wait 5 minutes then carefully turn cakes upside down to get them out. Immediately after, using a pizza wheel, cut each round cake into 12 pieces.
Notes
  1. Makes two dozen oatcakes.
  2. One oatcake = 113 calories.
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Mid Week Chat With Some Light & Airy Sugar Cookies

Happy Half Way During the week Friends!  

How’s your week been so far?

Mine has been one of those weeks where I just need a few cookies (we’ll get to that).   Matthew and I are currently hard at work on a new business venture, so there’s been lots of brain storming, strategy meetings and just out loud get it all out stress talks.   We have a big dream, and this isn’t going to be easy, but we’re trying to start our own virtual reality creative design agency.  Some of you guys already know we work as artists under Reed + Rader where we work in fashion and advertising creating fun videos.   Reed + Rader is still highly alive but there’s so many things we want to do outside of our style and aesthetic of what we create.    We’ve always taken on a strong art director role in our work, so it makes sense for us to try to push this to the next step outside of just what we do.  Right now we’re gathering a strong team of programmers and artists to start working on projects to get the buzz out there.  Matthew and I are extremely excited as we think this could be the next big step for us and we believe strongly in the idea and pushing this to the world.  It’s not going to be easy, and we know that, but we’re always up for a challenge!  I’ll be sure to share upcoming news to you guys! Wish us luck!

On the artist side of things, we recently just finished up 3D portrait videos for fashion magazine, V Magazine.  It’s a Spring fashion story so it’s full of floral patterns and soft colors.  Some of the clothing featured is:  MIU MIUDOLCE & GABBANATHOM BROWNECHRISTOPHER KANE, AND PRABAL GURUNG.
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Besides that we’re working on some other projects that I can’t just share yet, but they’re all fun and we’re excited for them!  We’re also talking at the FITC Conference in Toronto at the end of the month.  I’ve never been to Toronto but we will be there for a  few days so any suggestions on what I should see (or more importantly what I should eat) please let me know! So work wise, between this and the new agency venture, we’re busy!

Then there’s the garden which is full swing with the start of Spring.  We had some important planting days we had to do, so keep a look out on those posts!  Many veggies are in the soil and more are on their way! We also found a surprise in the soil.. but I’ll keep that for a new post!  

And lastly, there’s Brooklyn Farm Girl, which I love because I love you guys!  Isn’t it amazing the friendships you can start with just leaving a comment on a cake recipe exclaiming you want to stuff it in your face, then next thing you know you’re pen pals and know how many fish they have.    You guys are real cool.  I don’t think I tell you enough but whoever reads this, it really means a lot to me.  Just to be able to share recipes and stories and receive so many smiles and laughs in return, you really know how to cheer me up sometimes.  Do you know what you deserve?

COOKIES! Let’s see your best cookie dance.  Oh yeah, to the right, to the left, now shake that cookie ookie ookie ookie! 

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These Light & Airy Sugar Cookies are going to hit the spot just right.  You guys know I have a thing for super soft cookies so these ones definitely fit that category.  They’re your typical delicious sugar cookie but these are so light and moist inside.  And even better.. are you ready? 51 calories a piece.  That means you can eat 10 of them, right?  Cookies = dinner, didn’t you know?  

So go ahead, kick your feet up and enjoy mid week with these cookies!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter - melted
  4. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 2 1/2 cups flour
  10. additional sugar to coat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  2. In a large bowl cream together sugars, butter and oil until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
  3. Mix in flour and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, flatten the balls to 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until very light brown.
  7. Remove and cool.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies
  2. 1 cookie = 51 calories
Adapted from King Arthur
Adapted from King Arthur
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Sugar Puff Cloud Cookies

These cookies taste like clouds because they are that light and fluffy.   You will throw one in your mouth and it will melt away with sweet flavor.  Oh these cookies guys.

These cookies taste like if a sugar cookie got cozy with a butter cookie.  They have the taste of a sugar cookie, but the melt away in your mouth affect that a butter cookie has.  To me this is pretty much a match made in cookie heaven.

Matthew surprised me with the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion cookbook and I’m pretty much obsessed with it.  One night while in bed I bookmarked way too  many calories in cookies, flipping through each page declaring “I must make this!”.    With that said, prepare for a bunch of cookie recipes in the next few weeks, but you guys don’t mind that right?

How I feel about all cookies:

Now onto these Sugar Puff Cookies!

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Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 3/4 cup butter
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  6. 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl cream together sugar, butter, salt and vanilla with mixer.
  4. Add cornstarch and flour and continue to mix until combined.
  5. Form tablespoons of dough and place on cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until slightly light golden brown.
Notes
  1. This makes 20 cookies.
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Peanut Butter Donuts With Vanilla Frosting

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had a donut.  Are you that way too?

I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I’ve always battled, basically my eyes tell me to eat all sugar treats in front of me.   Most recently I broke open a bag of Halloween Oreos that I have been saving.  Do you want to know what is the most depressing thing about these delicious cookies? They’re 100 calories, a cookie.  My heart breaks just thinking about that.  These cookies are so good I’d like to eat 6, not 1.    And then there’s my middle of the night chocolate kisses I have been eating.  I found a bag of kisses in the back of my cabinet and suddenly I feel like I need to eat multiple ones when I wake up during the night.  Do you hear someone opening a plastic bag at 4AM in the morning?  Don’t worry, it’s just me, standing in the dark, eating kisses, while cats circle me because they think it’s time to play.   Then with chocolate melting in my mouth, I make my way back to bed.  Horrible, aren’t I?  Do you have a sweet right now that you are misbehaving with?

What else do I love? These peanut butter donuts with vanilla frosting.  I had it in my head I wanted to start baking more with peanut butter so these sweets were made.  I’m so happy I made this choice, the peanut butter is a great addition and it sure makes a filling donut. These would be pretty perfect for breakfast too.  Start out your day with a donut, talk about a reason to wake up in the morning!

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Hurry before they’re all gone!

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For the donuts
  1. 1/3 cup chocolate peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the vanilla frosting
  1. 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons milk
  3. very small pinch of salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 teaspoon melted butter
Optional
  1. Sprinkles
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix peanut butter and sugar until fluffy. Add milk, oil, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Then pour this dry mixture into your wet mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Pour into your donut pan bake 9-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes.
For the vanilla frosting
  1. Add all ingredients together in small bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. One at a time, dip your donuts into the vanilla glaze. If you using sprinkles, then dip into bowl of sprinkles.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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Lucky Charms Cereal Martini

Lucky Charms is my childhood.  Do you have a cereal that is like that?

You might have seen on Instagram a few weekends ago where I was having my Saturday morning breakfast with my beloved Lucky Charms. Rewind the clock 20 years and you’d see the same picture, except I grew a few inches and have a few more cats.
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Do you notice the marshmallows are all green? I know, adorable right? It’s because this year Lucky the Leprechaun is turning 50 years old (his Birthday is March 17) so they created a limited edition green Lucky Charms!   Are you like me and can just eat the marshmallows by the handful?  They’re addicting.
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Want some marshmallow history? I got it for you.  Red balloons? A rainbow? The blue diamond?  These are childhood memories!
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To get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and to show some yummy green love, why not use Lucky Charms to make something not expected, like a Rainbow Martini?  This is a adult Martini here, but why not be creative and make a juice martini for the kids?  Little Sally can have a orange juice with marshmallows crushed on the cup lid while Mom boozes it up along side her on a Monday afternoon.   Cheers.

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Ingredients
  1. 10 marshmallows from Lucky Charms® cereal (red, orange, yellow, green or blue)
  2. 1 oz vodka or gin
  3. 4 oz tonic water, lemonade or white cranberry juice, well chilled
  4. Splash of fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
  1. Place marshmallows in the bottom of martini glass. Pour vodka over marshmallows; stir slightly to dissolve if needed. Top with tonic water and lemon juice.
Notes
  1. Make 6 cocktails, 1 of each color, to make a rainbow!
  2. Rub fresh lemon slice around rims of martini glasses to moisten. Dip moistened rims of glasses in crushed marshmallows.
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. 

Do you guys like Cream Puffs? What kind of question is that?  Do you like soft pastries with a vanilla pudding cream mixed inside?  Of course you do.   As a kid I remember Cream Puffs fondly from our weekly market trip we would take.  They would always be in a refrigerated glass display and I would always make a mess when eating.  Some things never change.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.
Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

These puff pastries will bake extra light and fluffy.   They taste just like the bakery!  I love all the cracks that form when baking. 

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. When you fill the cream puffs you can use a pastry bag or a good ol spoon.  

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 These are great for finger desserts, a sweet afternoon snack, bake sales and holidays! Enjoy! Try not to eat them all at once!

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For the Vanilla Pudding Cream Filling
  1. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 cup milk
For the pastry puffs
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Mix together pudding mix powder, heavy cream and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a light boil and stir until it forms a pudding consistency. Take off burner, put into bowl, cover and put in refrigerator to set.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large pot bring water and butter to a boil. Lower heat and stir in flour and salt. Stir until the mixture forms a dough ball. Take off heat.
  4. Add eggs to the pot and mix with hand mixer until combined well.
  5. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool to touch, then slice each puff in half. Fill the bottom part of the puff with pudding mixture with a spoon or pastry bag. Put the other side of the puff on top.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 10-12 cream puffs.
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 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly

Stop your perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe searching.  The answer is here.  Take my hand, I’m taking you to the Chocolate Chip Cookie mothership.

A few years ago there were quite a buzz on a popular recipe that the New York Times featured, it was a close adaptation to Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip cookies. If you’ever ever had a Jacques Torres cookie then you can agree they are some darn good cookies.    Turn the clock ahead almost 6 years later and I finally got around to make this cherished recipe that had people raving and gawking.  So I got all the ingredients ready and realized 2 things 1) I did not have the type of chocolate Mr. Torres recommended and I was not spending $12 on it, 2) Refrigerate the dough for 36 hours.  Wait, what?  This girl wants cookies now. 36 hours of waiting? Are you crazy?  In 36 hours the world could be over and here I will be, laying on the zombie apocalypse covered sidewalk crying out “But… my… cookies…are…. still…in the…refrigerator”.  No way.  No way.  I let them chill for 30 minutes, that’s all the willpower I have.

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So taking the original recipe and tweaking it with my own chocolate, changing the servings, amount of ingredients and size of cookies as well as the process for chilling, I have to declare these cookies The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever.  I’m totally being serious.  Not only are they quite possibly the prettiest cookies I ever baked, but they are just so perfect tasting.  They are everything a chocolate chip cookie should be, sweet, but salty on top.    Every single person I have fed these cookies to are amazed they aren’t bakery bought and then immediately eat 5 more cookies than they told themselves they would eat. They’re magic.

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Come to Mama you beautiful chocolate chip cookies.

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup bread flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick + 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 8 oz chocolate chips
  12. Sea salt to sprinkle
Instructions
  1. Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer cream butter and sugars together until light. Add egg and mix together. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients in and continue to mix until all is combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips into batter and stir with spoon to equally distribute.
  5. Put dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Drop tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. I can usually fit 12 cookies per sheet. Arrange chocolate chips to "poke up" on the cookies at this time to make for a more pretty cookie.
  8. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Eat warm, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies.
Adapted from Jacques Torres
Adapted from Jacques Torres
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug

I made this Chocolate Cake In a Mug for Lunch yesterday.   I know, the things I do for you guys.

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I have been craving chocolate cake the last few days.  If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen chocolate cake recipes being pinned at hungry speeds, sorry about that, I had chocolate hearts in my eyes.
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When I received the Irish Country Cooking cookbook I basically decided I wanted to cook every recipe in the book.  From Soups, Starters, Main Dishes, Vegetable Side Dishes, Dips, Cakes, Tarts, Pudding and more, every single recipe seems like it was made with such care and embrace.  Have you ever gone to a friends house to enjoy dinner and you can just taste how much energy, effort and pure love it’s made with?  This is how I feel about every single recipe in this cookbook.  I just want to hug every member of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association from passing on these recipes to me as they passed on through families from generation to generation.  I love this cookbook also because of all the romantic pictures shown throughout all the dishes, everything looks rich but at the same time like a real home cooked meal.  They also include tips in the book on how to cook for a crowd, how to cook on a budget and how to cook potatoes (of course!).  If you want to check out the cookbook, you can find out more details here.

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(Already picked a bunch of recipes to make!)

One of the recipes I needed to make immediately was the Chocolate Cake In a Mug.  You know how much I love mug recipes so I needed to give this a shot and I’m so happy I did.  Even though this is made in a few quick minutes in the microwave, it still is so chocolaty and rich.  It definitely tastes like warm chocolate cake that will treat your sweet tooth.   I also love this recipe because it’s individual servings. If you’re in the mood for chocolate cake but don’t want to feel the guilt of eating a entire cake (real talk) then this will totally do the trick.   I totally think this would be adorable for serving multiple friends their own mugs, or even making one mug with 2 forks to share with a friend.

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And how does it do when you tip it out of the mug? Beautifully…..

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Ingredients
  1. 4 dessertspoons flour
  2. 4 dessertspoons sugar
  3. 2 dessertspoons cocoa
  4. 1 small egg, beaten
  5. 3 dessertspoons milk
  6. 3 dessertspoons vegetable oil
  7. 3 drops vanilla extract
  8. 1 handful of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, sugar and cocoa in a mug. Stir in the beaten egg, milk and oil, then add vanilla drops and chocolate chips.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, and then eat in the mug or tip out on to a plate.
Notes
  1. A dessertspoon equals approximately 2 teaspoons.
  2. Want to make it extra chocolate? Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on top after it's cooked.
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
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Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins

Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won’t believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make!  My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too! 

I’m on a muffin kick right now.  My favorite muffins of the moment are the Fluffy Chocolate Chip and these Pumpkin ones.  I swear they can’t last in my kitchen with me around.   These muffins here make for a happy breakfast.  They have cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in them combined with chocolate chips so they’re bursting with flavor and some sweetness.

I still have some pumpkin puree left in the freezer from the Fall garden pumpkins.  As some of you know I’m kinda in love with our pumpkins and am known to a “pumpkin dance” whenever I spot the first pumpkin of the season.   

And because you asked me nicely… here’s my pumpkin dance.

Now go enjoy these muffins!

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix brown sugar, oil and eggs together. Add pumpkin puree and water and continue to mix.
  3. In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine. Add your chocolate chips and stir to equally distribute.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Notes
  1. Makes 12 muffins.
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Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won't believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make! My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family’s favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

Oh hello beautiful chocolate chip muffins, come give me a hug.

 These muffins make me kinda crazy happy.  They’re light, they’re moist and they are full of chocolate bites.  When you rip one open the chocolate will be soft and just melt on your tongue.   I love a breakfast that is there for me ready in the morning, so these muffins win all types of rewards for being the perfect breakfast treat.  They also win love for a afternoon pick me up, a post dinner dessert, or just being there to greet me whenever I want to say “hello beautiful”.

Try these Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins, I think you’ll like them too!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

 

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2/3 cup milk or vanilla almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup butter melted
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  11. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  12. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease your muffin cup holder.
  3. In a bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl stir together milk, butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and vegetable oil.
  5. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and gently mix to equally distribute them.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling them 2/3 of the way.
  8. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 10-12 muffins
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FLUFFY and EASY to make Chocolate Chip Muffins! This homemade recipe is my family's favorite! It makes delicious, moist muffins that are filled with chocolate chips! Make these light tasting yummy muffins for breakfast, snacks on the go or dessert!

The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is!  I’ve won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie.  I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them! 

You know I only share the best with you guys, right? So you totally have to believe me that these brownies are the best.

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is! I've won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie. I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them!

We finished these brownies in 2 days.  I went into the brownie box (what, you don’t have a brownie box?) for one and there was no more left.  My hands started to shake, “Matthew, did you eat the last brownie?!” I shouted.  He said yes.  My night was destroyed.   The next day I made another batch.  These brownies are THAT GOOD.  

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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It

I know the title is so dramatic but these muffins are full of drama.

 A few days ago I decided I was going to make some big ol blueberry muffins for some friends the next morning.   I put together a recipe, threw on my Brooklyn Nets apron and headed to the kitchen to start to put all the ingredients together.  

The batter was amazing.   When the batter reaches the point of a certain yumminess, then you know what you’re making is going to be the best ever.  I took a few tastes of the batter.  Perfect.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting recipe, including a dairy free option too!

Maybe this blog should be called Brooklyn Donut Girl.   If you haven’t noticed I’m a bit donut obsessed lately…

What else I’m obsessed with? Tea.  The craze started when I was elementary school and my mother started to serve me a cup each morning.  Let’s just say it rapidly increased to me declaring a lot of tea whenever I go through a airport.  It’s a strong love. 

First, let’s talk dandelions. Yeah, I’m talking about those pesky flowers you probably curse under your breath about when you spot them in your garden.  Of if you’re like me, you cut them up, tie a string around them, throw on a garden dress and pretend to have a wedding in the garden.  30 years old and forever a flower girl.    But did you know dandelions are good and healthy for your body?  Dandelions support the body’s natural detoxification process by stimulating the liver (oh lala) and supporting healthy digestion.    It also helps bloating (girl, you know what I mean), water retention, inflammation, upset stomachs, high cholesterol, helps you fight off viruses and boosts immunity, helps control weight control, works well with muscle building programs, great for Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes, amazing  minerals and viamins.  You can even use it as a face wash or use it in the bath tub for a great smelling time.  Did you know that Dandelions are named “the small postman” in Persian because of the thought that they bring good news?   So next time you’re craving a cup of tea,  look for the dandelion variety on the shelf, your body will love you!

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

But you can do so much more with Dandelion tea besides drink it, you can bake with it.  Oh yes, you know I just went there.  Dandelion donuts with chocolate frosting?  Oh I totally just went there.  Grab my hand, let me take you on a ride.

I love these donuts for lots of reason (besides the obvious that I am obsessed with this chocolate frosting and I look like a 3 year old who licked the bowl afterwards).    The Dandelion tea is such a great friend to these donuts in taste.  They add sweetness (which means less sugar, high 5) but also a hint of licorice which is a nice addition.   The dandelion is not overpowering at all, but instead acts like a supportive friend.

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Here are 2 great Dandelion teas made by Traditional Medicinals.  I really love the Leaf & Root variety for these donuts because it adds that slight licorice taste that I like (again, it’s slight, not overpowering).  Note: I’m actually drinking this in tea form while posting this. Obsessed. 
Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

You’ll want to put 2 tea bags with some milk on the stove. Most likely tea will escape your bag during this process.  No worries, just strain it afterwards.  Wait till you smell this.
Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

And then it’s donut time!

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

In this recipe I am giving you the dairy free and regular option, choose what works for you.

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
  2. 2 dandelion tea bags
  3. 1 cup flour
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
Frosting
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter - melted
  3. 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  6. Optional: Sprinkles of Choice
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan heat up milk and 2 tea bags over low medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain tea bags and any loose tea that fell out of the bags. Squeeze tea bags to get all the milk out. Throw away used tea bags.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
  4. In another bowl stir together milk/tea, egg, vanilla and oil until combined.
  5. Add milk mixture to your flour mixture and stir until mixed well.
  6. Pour into donut pan and bake 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, cool.
For the frosting
  1. In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together powdered sugar and butter until creamed well.
  2. Add milk, cocoa powder and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy and well combined.
  3. Once donuts are cool, dip them into the frosting to cover the tops.
  4. If using sprinkles, dip into bowl of sprinkles.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies + Cookbook GIVEAWAY

These cookies are butter cookies filled with dark chocolate peanut butter. Should I even say more or just stop here?

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Some of you might know this already but I’m a big fan of Peanut Butter & Co. You can imagine my audible gasp when I read a email that said they were releasing a new recipe book, 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams. Gasp again. And again. I had no idea that Dark Chocolate Dreams was the #1 selling flavor for Peanut Butter & Co, but I can imagine why.  Peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate.  Eat it out of the jar, spread it on pancakes or waffles, make cookies with it or ideally make every single recipe in this book. This cookbook encourages you to you make a new Dark Chocolate Dreams treat every single day of the month – from blondies to smoothies to crepes to tarts to cakes and everything in between.

The first recipe that stood out to me was the Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies. I love (!) butter cookies so you can imagine my happiness when I took a bite and it was chewy, moist and delicious. Then imagine my extreme happiness when I got to the middle and tasted chocolate peanut butter. Swoon.

As Lee Zalben says in the book “A day without chocolate – what could be sadder? Perhaps only a day without peanut butter if you ask me!”. I agree.

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Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg, salt and vanilla extract just until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the flour a little at a time and mix just until incorporated and dough like. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this is important, make sure to do it).
  4. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and use a spoon to press each down into neat circles. Use the top of the spoon to press a small well into the center of each cookie.
  5. Drop 1 teaspoon of the Dark Chocolate Drams peanut butter into the well in each cookie.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges of cookies turn golden brown. Let cool.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies.
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GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win both the 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams Cookbook and a giant 28 oz jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. So give it a shot, it might be your lucky day! To win this, just leave a comment telling me how much you love peanut butter.
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Contest ends: February 2 at 11:59PM EST.  Winner must be located in the United States. 
Update: Contest is over, Kelly won!

Blueberry Lemon Glazed Muffin Top Donuts

These donuts are crazy.  These donuts cray.

I made these one afternoon where I was craving blueberry and sweets.  Matthew and I each had one, and we went to our own desks to continue to work.  Then I heard Matthew walking towards me in the loft.  His plate was empty.  “Oh man, can I have another one of them?”

Isn’t that just the dream response?  

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I told him to eat his heart out.  Then we talked about how we should stop doing our work and dedicate our lives to donuts.  Oh maybe that was just me, I don’t know, these donuts hit me hard.  

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Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free Option)

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best!  Also included is a dairy free option!

If you were to ask me right now what is one of my most proud baking moments it would be these Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting.    These are good.  I’m talking real good.  I’m talking magical.  I’m talking swoon worthy, take a seat and enjoy the next minute of your life (it will be eaten quickly, you won’t be able to stop yourself).

And get this, they’re dairy free.

I know.

Are you amazed as I am? I hope so.

If I knew I could be making dairy free donuts that taste this rich and chocolaty I would have tried dairy free baking a while ago.    I really can’t get over how good these are.    They lasted about 2 days in my house because I could not control myself.   The donuts themselves are so rich, soft and cake like.  And the frosting? Goodness gracious.   How good is the frosting? Let’s just say I doubled the batch, one for the donuts and one to just eat which Matthew and I both did.  We grabbed 2 spoons,  and ate the frosting out of a plastic baggie over the next few days (ok, it lasted one day). Did you know you can put frosting in a freezer bag to freeze it?  Life changing.   The frosting is incredible.  Just writing about it has me all worked up and wanting to rush back into the kitchen and make another batch (I probably will).

So what I’m saying is if you love donuts, if you love chocolate, if you are dairy free or aren’t dairy free, you need to try these donuts. If there’s one thing I have posted on this blog that I really want you to try, these are high up there.    I’m begging here, please try them.  I want you to feel the chocolate sensation!


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!The frosting, oh god, pure ecstasy. 


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!The donuts, soft and cake like. 

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!Look at how soft these donuts are inside.  I just want to cry from happiness.

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

For the recipe, I’m giving you dairy free and regular ingredients.    Use whichever floats your donut loving heart.

Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free)
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For the donuts
  1. 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup milk or unsweetened almond milk
For the frosting
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter - melted
  3. 2 tablespoons milk or unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add oil, vanilla and milk and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into donut pan and bake for 12 minutes. Insert toothpick and if it comes out clean, donuts are done. If toothpick is not clean, bake for 2-3 more minutes or until clean.
  5. Let donuts cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan.
For the frosting
  1. In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together powdered sugar and butter until creamed well.
  2. Add milk, cocoa powder and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy and well combined.
  3. Once donuts are cool, dip them into the frosting to cover the tops.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Did you wake up recently and there was snow on the ground?  If so, what do you do?

Do you grumble because you have to march outside and shovel right away? Do you grab a cup of tea and cat, sit near the window and admire the white wintry beauty?  Do you throw on your boots and run out and play in the snow no matter what your age?  I fall into the 2 last categories.    

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

It’s funny, I always tell myself when it snows I will just throw on a coat and bundle up and not play in the snow, just admire it from a distance.  After all, I don’t want to get wet and freeze.  Then as soon as I step out into the snow and see the piled up drifts I turn into a 6 year old and suddenly here I am….
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So after we came in from the snow and took off our boots (for the cats to sniff cautiously) then I made some hot chocolate (dairy free!) to get my fingers warm as some of them were a bit unable to move.  After that I immediately needed cookies, I was craving them bad.  So I got out the supplies and these Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies were born.     Snowy high 5’s all around.

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

A few notes:
These are dairy free!  Dairy free baking is not as difficult as I feared, in fact it’s pretty darn delicious.  Even Matthew who loves his butter and milk said these cookies were great.  I’ve been experimenting alot and I made some dairy free chocolate donuts that I will post next week that will make you cry with happiness.  Seriously. Tears and all. 
This batch makes approximately 18 cookies.
For butter I use Earth Balance Buttery Organic spread.
The peanut butter and cinnamon really makes these cookies smell nice.
The cookies are moist but they have a nice crunch due to the oatmeal.  I love having a cookie I can sink my teeth into. 
I added chocolate chips, I used Sunspire Vegan Carbon Chips. In the past I have used these for dairy free chocolate fudge and they worked well, but in the future for any baking which involves melting or hot temperatures I probably wont use these chips as they melted pretty quickly.   I found out later that all King David chocolate chips  are dairy free and are sold at my kosher supermarket below my apartment building so I will be using them from now (they are so yummy, even eating them by the handful is a treat!).

Grab a cookie (or 2!).  Enjoy!

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Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

 

The recipe has both dairy free or regular options.  Pick whatever one works for you! 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies (Dairy Free Option)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter or vegan butter - melted
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup flour
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  12. 1/2 chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, white sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, beating until mixed.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and continue to beat until mixed.
  4. Add oats and chocolate chips, stirring with spoon until equally distributed.
  5. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Place rolled cookie dough balls on greased baking sheet. Place them 2 inches apart as they will expand. With a fork, press down on each cookie so they flatten out a bit.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Cool and enjoy.
Notes
  1. Makes approximately 18 cookies.
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Delicious Dairy Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies made with vegan butter and vegan chocolate chips!

Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies

What do you call these cookies?
Snowballs?
Russian Teacakes?
Mexican Wedding Cakes?
Butterballs?

I call them delicious.

Snowballs are commonly baked around the holiday season.  They are a form of Jumble which was a popular cookie pastry made in the Middle Ages.  Jumbles were popular during that time because they traveled and kept so well, thanks to their hard nature being made with nuts or seeds. Although in the Middle Ages they were known to keep these cookies around for a year without becoming stale, I dare you to keep them around for a week without eating them.   

These are one of my favorite cookies due to the crunch of the finely chopped pecans and powdered sugar you roll them in.  Do you love powdered sugar as much as I do? I hope so.  

I prefer using pecans for these cookies.  You want to make sure they are finely chopped so they don’t overwhelm the cookies so just take a handful and throw them in your food processor. A few pulses later you’ll have exactly what you want.
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You’ll also want to chill the dough for about 20 minutes.  Why do you want to chill?  These cookies have flour in them, so chilling the dough permits the gluten strands in the flour to cause a rubbery texture in the final cookie.  Also, having the chilled dough makes it much easier to roll some balls when it’s time to bake them.
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Enjoy these Snowballs!

Snowball Russian Teacake Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter - softened
  2. 1/4 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 1/4 cup flour
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  7. confectioners powdered sugar to roll cookies in
Instructions
  1. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla together in bowl.
  2. Mix flour and salt together in other bowl.
  3. Combine flour mixture with butter mixture, stir so blended together nicely.
  4. Add pecans and stir so they are equally distributed.
  5. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll dough in 1 inch balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until set but not browned.
  9. While still warm, roll each cookie in powdered sugar.
  10. Let cool, store in airtight container.
Notes
  1. Makes 18 Snowball Cookies.
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Peppermint White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Super yummy Cookies made with Peppermint White Chocolate M&M’s!  Each cookie has a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.  

Cookie Week continues!
Yesterday it was The Best Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, today it’s Peppermint M&M Cookies.  Are you ready for this?

One of my favorite candy treats of the holiday season is Peppermint M&Ms.  They are white chocolate, they are red and white festive candies and they just scream “The holidays are here!”.  Well they don’t scream it, they sing it to you softly because M&MS are very polite.   With these cookies, I have a pretty hard time making them due to the amount of M&M snacking I do in the process.  It goes something like this, shape a cookie, eat a few M&Ms, shape a cookie, eat a few M&Ms, repeat, repeat.  I should really start buying  2 bags of M&M for this baking session, one for cookies and one for my belly.

I love these cookies because they have a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.  In each bite you get a nice taste of peppermint crunch from the M&Ms.  If you like peppermint bark at all, I think you will love these.  Hope you enjoy these cookies! As always, be sure to grab a couple when snacking. 🙂

Super yummy Cookies made with Peppermint White Chocolate M&M's!  Each cookie has a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.

Super yummy Cookies made with Peppermint White Chocolate M&M's!  Each cookie has a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.

Super yummy Cookies made with Peppermint White Chocolate M&M's!  Each cookie has a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.

Super yummy Cookies made with Peppermint White Chocolate M&M's!  Each cookie has a sugary, peppermint, chocolate taste to them.

Peppermint White Chocolate M&M Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Crisco shortening
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  10. 1 cup Peppermint White Chocolate M&Ms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together with mixer Crisco, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and egg.
  3. Add in flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch mixing until fluffy.
  4. Mix in 1/2 cup M&M's and stir with spoon until evenly distributed.
  5. Form teaspoon size balls and place on slightly greased cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart.
  6. Push in the remaining 1/2 cup M&M's on the tops of the cookies.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
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