Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies



I made these cookies during a Christmas baking escapade. They are so good!

Confession: I do NOT love cookies. These were amazing though. I was pretty excited about them.
They came out in perfectly round looking cookies which was a huge win for me!
My 6 year old walked in and asked if I was baking ice cream. These little beauties looked just like scoops of mint chip ice cream.

Ingredients
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla)
  • a few drops of green green food coloring (color to your liking)
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cream of tarter
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 10 oz. bag Nestle dark chocolate chips mixed with mint chips 
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar for about three minutes. It should be fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, green food coloring and peppermint extract. Cream for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Measure dry ingredients in a separate bowl or sifter. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Mix until combined.
  4. Add mint and chocolate chips. Gently stir to until incorporated.
  5. Spray cookie sheet. Drop cookies using a 2 Tablespoon size cookie scoop.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Watch for the cookies to begin cracking. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes. Transfer to cookie rack and finish cooling.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Soft Pretzels - Say What?! Seriously Delish!


1 T yeast
1 ½ cup warm water
1 tsp salt
1 T sugar
1/2 c pumpkin puree
3 ½ to 4 1/2 cups flour 
1/2 c sugar
1-2 T cinnamon
Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Stir in the salt, 1 T sugar and two cups flour. Add pumpkin. Beat till smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to make the dough easy to handle. Shape. Then brush lightly with 1 T water and 1 egg white that has been whipped with a fork and sprinkle with Cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 425* for 15-20 minutes.
*We dipped ours in cream cheese frosting but I think that caramel frosting would be amazing too!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Maple Syrup



Who knew that maple syrup was so incredibly fast and easy to make. Not to mention that it is delicious!! 

What you'll need:
1 cup hot hot water
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 T Maple flavoring

In a medium saucepan, combine water and both sugars. Stir constantly over high heat until boiling. Be VERY careful as this will boil over really easily at this point!

Reduce heat to medium-high and continue to stir constantly until all of the sugar has dissolved. Continue stirring mixture over medium to medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until mixture begins to thicken to a syrup consistency. Keep in mind that this mixture will further thicken when cool. *I tested mine by scooping a small amount into a glass dish and setting it in the freezer for 1-2 minutes* Remove from heat and stir in maple flavoring.Set pan in an ice bath and continue to stir mixture for 3-5 minutes to cool.
 
Serve over something yummy and enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Veggie Tray


We have all made that plain old, boring veggie tray. Spice up your table this year with this super cute Turkey Tray! He was so easy to make. 

You'll Need:
Lettuce
Pea Pods
Olives
Carrots
Broccoli
Peppers
Cucumbers
Anything else you'd like to add. 


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Healthy No Bake Cookies (that all 5 kids beg for!!)



What you'll need: 

2 cups rolled oats, ground fine (do not use quick oats!! YUCK!!)
1 cup ground flax seed (I got mine in the organic section of Fry's)
2 cups coconut, ground fine
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup nutella
1 cup raw honey
1 cup 60% (or higher) cacao chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla

I used my Ninja Master Prep Pro  to process the oatmeal and the coconut. I left some normal sized oats as you can see in the photo, but processed them slightly just because we prefer this texture. For the coconut I used Dried Young Coconut from Costco and I processed it in my Ninja until it was a powdery substance. Why? Well, because who actually like coconut flakes in their food? No one, that's who. I was out of my good raw honey, but this one is a good substitute. I then placed all ingredients into the bowl of my KitchenAid stand mixer with paddle attachment. Once everything is combined I used my cookie scoop to make approx 40 little "cookies" 2T. servings while my kids jumped up and down shouting and begging and trying to stick their little hands into the bowl. We each quickly ate one while we made our dinner and placed the rest in the refrigerator for later. I have been called "the best mom ever" multiple times tonight. They don't even know these were semi-healthy!



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