So as you can probably tell I couldn’t make up my mind, which led me to make not one, but three holidays desserts for Canadian Thanksgiving. I have already highlighted my (and seemingly everyone else’s) favourite ice cream treat, Butter Brickle, as well as a vegan-paleo options in my Pumpkin Spice Balls. So today I bring you Pumpkin Spice Snicerdoodles. With the inclusion of real purréd pumpkin, these cookies have a soft, almost cake like texture. They are light and tasty, and you can make the case that you are eating your vegetables while you enjoy them 🙂 Happy fall to all! Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles”
When I started upping my recipe game again last week, my amazing, talented friend Joanna (the woman behind Wellness with Joanna) commented how happy she was to see me back in the kitchen. Her encouragement (always) means a lot since she is one bad ass healthy lifestyle powerhouse. If I can accomplish half of what she does when I am a mama of two I will consider myself a massive success. So with her prodding I figured I would just keep all the new recipes coming your way instead of hoarding them on my computer.
This version of my cookie recipe came about after our (seriously wonderful) friend Sophia took a stab at my Flourless Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies. However, since the peanut butter she used was runny (or perhaps non-stablized) they didn’t firm up they way she had hoped. Non-traditional/healthy baked goods can be finicky because when you are trying to cut ingredients out you are messing with the tride and true chemistry of baking. Also, the texture and consistency of goods such as peanut butter vary wildly which impacts the overall product when you are skipping the flour. So be patient with the product and be creative with the process. Anyhow, last weekend we had a lazy Sunday of church, binge watching the Jinx and baking. This afforded me ample time to find a solution to Sofia’s predicament by adding a little PB2 to my dough. However, during the process Jameson sweetly requested something with a hint of chocolate. So I threw in some chocolate chips and the result was pretty great. Enjoy! Continue reading “Flour-less Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies”
As you know we have been church hunting non stop since arriving in NYC. Then alas through Crossfit Jay met an exceptionally wonderful girl who invited us out to church. Thanks to her generous and inclusive spirit we have cultivated the most exceptional church family, and met people that really have changed how homey New York feels. Every other Thursday there is a bible study, but I have been cooped up in a lecture hall every Thursday night this semester. So it is with great excitement that I exclaim that tonight is my first evening of freedom to enjoy the company of those we have come to hold dear. Horray! So naturally with two finals and three summer classes stand between me and mastering all of education I decided to bake cookies for tonight rather than crack a textbook (It seems to be a theme this year). So please enjoy the fruits of my procrastination. These rich, seriously delicious cookies do not disappoint. Continue reading “Chocolate Drop Cookies”
So it’s official. I have a cookie problem. One that I cannot even dignify with a valid defense. Midterms kicked it into high gear, and the job hunt has fueled the fire. The evidence against me has been building up over these last few with post after cookie post, so now all I can do is admit it. I love cookies, and these peanut buttery treats are no exception. The inspiration for this batch came via the fact that my mom is visiting my grandparents and I am not so secretly wishing I was back on the west coast with them all. My grandma makes hands down, the best peanut butter cookies known to the human race. So I tried my hand at a version, that is vegan, and isn’t too loaded with anything that will kill you. So indulge and enjoy. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Cookies”
I have officially worked my brain to capacity. 30+ peer reviewed articles and legal statutes later and I think I have enough knowledge to craft an adequate position paper on the martial rights of persons with disabilities (fingers crossed). I have left a permanent impression of myself on my couch the past few afternoons as I have chipped away at my scholastic to-do list. So what I need now is refueling, both mentally, creatively and physically. Which is where these cookies come in. I have a basic cookie dough recipe I tend to use for the base of all my cookies and lately I have been craving ginger snap, so I decided to play around. The result was fantastic on the first attempt.
Oh, and they’re vegan.
And another thing, the only real molasses in them is in the brown sugar. So they’re healthier than the traditional variation of this cookie.
Alas, in my books today was a successful day -cookies and academics included. Continue reading “Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies”
I have been feeling a touch overwhelmed with the everyday, mundane demands of life as I juggle graduate school, teaching, job hunting for the fall and figuring out what comes next; all well striving to quell a bout of homesickness that has resurfaced after having to say good bye to our two sets of wonderful family who just left NYC. I now it is all going to turn out, and that given time I will have answers to all the questions I am seeking. However, nonetheless in times when my nerves feel a little more frayed than usual, and my normal disposition of moderate over thinker is on overdrive I am diligent to carve out time to cook or bake. It is how I combat stress. So today I bring to you a batch of Vegan cookies that are as simple and they are quick to whip up. Thus allowing the baker to promptly return to their lengthy list of tasks that need accomplishing or those journal articles sitting on their desk unread. But before you return to everything that awaits, take some times to unwind by prepping (and eating) these cookies that Jay swears may just be the best he has ever eaten. Which is good because he’s eaten a lot of them lately as my brain has been desperately in need of multiple study and life breaks. Enjoy! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Snickerdoodles”
Today is Martin Luther King day here in the US of A, and I am days away from the commencement of semester two (hooray!). I have been a touch under the weather, which resulted in my first taste of the American healthcare system (but more about that later with a new recipe to sweeten the deal) As such I laid pretty low for Friday and Saturday as I regroup and organized for the coming semester. However, we made up for all the lazing over the remainder of the long weekend. Starting with our weekly Sunday morning ritual of Tim Hortons (Canadian Pride) and church at Hillsong NYC with the always wonderful Alyssa and Erin.
We closed out Sunday night with dinner at RedFarm and a stroll through the West Village with the stunning Robyn (no seriously, she is stunning. Like professionally stunning as in being utterly gorgeous is her career) and her exceptional boyfriend, Peter. The combination of engaging company, steaming seaweed infused green tea and a spectacular sunset over Jersey made it one of those evenings that make your world a little brighter and your heart a little happier.
As for today, I have been bustling around in our quaint kitchen whipping up a fresh batch of cookies to welcome my darling friend Meredith to the neighborhood. I haven’t dared a baking endeavor since we moved south of the border, simply out of fear that I no longer have access to my well stocked kitchen which most importantly includes my sexy, stainless steel Kitchenaid mixer. All my normal culinary tools are tucked away in boxes after they didn’t make cut for what we could cram into the cute crossover we drove across the country to our new manhattan home. So these delectable cookies were done old school. Butter creamed by hand and batter batted with old fashioned sweat and muscle strength. Turns out you need very little to make exceptional cookies -so whatever your kitchen looks like enjoy these moist, soft wonderful treats.