Coconut Linzer Cookies

Holiday cookies are a really big thing in my family. Every Christmas my mother and I bake something like a billion different sorts to give out to family and friends. One of my favourites is the hazelnut Linzer cookie, an extra crumbly and buttery cookie filled with raspberry jam. These cookies are pretty similar to that seasonal favourite but they are also loaded with coconut flavour: coconut flour and sugar make these holiday cookies delicious and flavourful, plus they are also gluten free. They are fairly easy to put together and make a great home-made gift.   Coconut Linzer Cookies Ingredients ½ cup hazelnut meal 1 ½ cup coconut flour ½ tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp baking powder ¾ cup coconut sugar ½ cup butter (at room … [Read more...]

The Homemade Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout cookies are only sold for a short 6-8 weeks every year. You can only sell so many to receive your cookie badge! So, what about the remainder of the year when the rest of us are starving for the delicious Girl Scout cookies, but there's no troop selling them? You make the homemade Girl Scout cookies! In addition to being about to make them (and eat them!) any time you want, making the Girl Scout cookies homemade allows you to control the ingredients. No weird chemicals, GMO's or corn syrups if you are in control of making them! 1. Thin Mints by The Little Epicurean - Those thin, melt in your mouth cookies. The classic cookie come to life in your own kitchen! I bet you can't eat just one! 2. Trefoils/Shortbreads from Fork & Beans - Though these cookies require a … [Read more...]

Chestnut, chocolate & pears cookies

Being Italian, eating chestnuts during the holidays is a must, whether it’s roasted chestnuts that I picked up in the woods with my family, chestnut paste on toast or chestnut flour in baked goods, I think that nutty sweet flavour just makes every food taste cosier!  The combination of chocolate chip cookie (i.e. one of the cosiest food in the world) and chestnut taste absolutely awesome! Brown butter and pear just make everything more nutty and flavourful! Chestnut flour is naturally sweet so these cookies contain less sugar than most chocolate chip cookies, pears also keeps them chewy on the inside while the outside is nice and crispy. Inspired from the Top With Cinnamon Cookbook Recipe (makes 15 cookies) Ingredients 5 oz butter 1 cup chestnut flour ¾ cup + 2 … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas

Let's face it, Back-to-School season is both exciting and daunting. Students are excited for new possibilities and a fresh, new start. It's daunting for moms and dads because of we have the responsibility of making sure the kids get a healthy breakfast before taking off for a long day of school activity. Send them to school on a full belly and they can concentrate on their assignments. Send them to school on an empty belly and they listen to their bellies rumbling instead of the teacher teaching. I've gathered a bunch of quick and easy breakfast recipes and ideas that will keep them full and focused until lunch time. /1/ Mini Whole Wheat Cinnamon French Toast Waffle Dunkers - Running late this morning? These french toast waffle dunkers can be made days in advance and frozen ahead … [Read more...]

23 Cookie Exchange Recipe Ideas

  I love this time of the year!  Cooler weather, time with family and holiday baking!  Every year my friends and I have a cookie exchange, a time to get together, catch up and snack on delicious cookies!  The fun part of a cookie exchange is that everyone brings a different cookie to try.  Sometimes there are classic recipes and sometimes people bring new creations that they have whipped up.  I try to bring a new cookie each year and each year it has been a huge hit!  Are you looking for a few new cookie exchange recipe ideas?  I've rounded up some of my favorites! Glazed Butter Toffee Cookies :: Couponing and Cooking Gingerbread Magic Cookies :: The Kitchen is my Playground Chocolate Vanilla Christmas Bark :: The Taylor House Peppermint and Chocolate Cookies :: Pink … [Read more...]

Wild and Crazy Grilled Desserts

Desserts aren't usually the first thing that you think of when you think of the grill. It's usually savory things like kabobs, chicken and even pizza! You'll want to change the way you think of grilling foods after you see these desserts! Who knew that sweet and grilled would make such a fantastic combination? 1. Grilled Espresso Glazed Doughnuts by Half Baked Harvest - Y'all, these are for-real homemade donuts. Real yeast and rising to make the perfect grilled donuts. Done. 2. Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple from Oh Sweet Basil - Such a simple little dessert, but the flavor makes a huge impact! You can't go wrong when you cover anything in butter and brown sugar, am I right? [sc:adsense ] 3. Chocolate and Marshmallow Stuffed BBQ Bananas by What's Gaby Cooking - No clean up … [Read more...]