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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone should have at least one go to recipe when you need something in a pinch. For example, if you tell me you’re coming over for dinner last minute, you’re probably going to end up eating Mac + Cheese, with an appetizer of deviled eggs and a side of cucumber salad (clearly I’m more of a baker than a cook!). But if you tell me you want a fast and easy batch of cookies then I’m going to make you these little (little in this case means fat and chewy) ones. I used to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and my Little and I would make Chocolate Chip Cookies all the time. She was new to baking and the two of us would whip these up then indulge all within an hour. We’d leave minimal mess and have lots of opportunities for chocolate chip snacking while we were (in)patiently waiting for them to bake. The bottom line is, these cookies are simple, fast, mess free and require only basic baking skills to master.    Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar […]

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are the perfect example of simple, chewy and delicious gluten free cookies that compete with their glutinous cookie cousins for top spot. Plus they have peanut butter and chocolate…so what could be more perfect than that?

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Gluten Free Sweet Vanilla Donuts 

Soft, flavorful and sweet these donuts are small and mighty. They stand alone as a delicious treat and are enhanced with icing because really, what isn’t? They’re gluten free but I guarantee no one will ever know (or believe you when you tell them you used almond milk!).

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Who says you can’t have chocolate pudding for breakfast? When I first discovered chia seed pudding I was hooked! What do you mean I can eat chocolate and call it healthy? Well except that one time that I went a little crazy and added peanut butter chips to chocolate pudding and topped it with whipped cream… Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is fool proof, insanely delicious and great for bringing to school or work. Chia seeds are mostly flavourless and act like a sponge to soak up whatever is around them. They puff into jello-like little seeds that combined make a pudding texture. Packed full of nutrients and fairly inexpensive, chia seeds are the solution to any and all breakfast woes. Ps. Even my picky, eggs and bacon loving boyfriend is hooked on this breakfast. Edit Ingredients 2 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 cup milk of your choice 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (or 1 tbsp of you want it really, really chocolatey. Keep in mind cocoa is bitter so increasing the cocoa will force you to increase the sugar) 1/2 tbsp stevia or sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla Optional toppings such as berries or nuts Steps One – Combine all ingredients except optional […]

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Easy Cinnamon Buns (without yeast!)

  Have you ever been in a situation like this: You make cinnamon buns one random night two years ago. Several months later you attempt to find the recipe, fail, and end up making a different recipe that doesn’t turn out as good. For the following two years you keep thinking about that original recipe and what exactly you googled to find it. Then one seemingly inconspicuous day, completely by accident you find the recipe and rejoice by immediately blogging it so you never lose it again. That’s the story of this post. Despite cinnamon buns being fairly simple to make, finding a recipe that works in the high elevation I live at (3000 ft above sea level), that doesn’t require hours of rising (because I want to eat them now, not in 3 hours), and allows for lots of room for customization is challenging. These simple cinnamon buns require only ingredients you probably only have at home and bake within 15 minutes. Meaning you can eat your cinnamon buns in less than an hour…bonus! These cinnamon buns are soft, flaky and sweet with room for customization with raisins, nuts or anything else you can think of. Ingredients Buns 3 […]

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Simple Marshmallows 

Fluffy and sweet, gooey and flavourful, homemade marshmallows are worth the effort. They will impress at breakfast potlucks, spice (sweeten) up your scores, and make Christmas morning hot chocolates that much more special.

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Easy Baked Cinnamon Donuts 

A few years ago when I was just starting to experiment with baking I decided I wanted to make mini donuts. Armed with a recipe from the depths of the Internet and whatever was in my pantry, I carefully shaped the dough and attempted to deep fry each one in a frying pan. What I ended up with was crunchy, not cooked gooey messes soaked in oil and far from delicious (or healthy). I have lots of admiration for people who deep fry their donuts with excellent results, but after that day I gave up on the donut dream until I stumbled upon a donut baking pan at Bed Bath and Beyond. Since then my donut game has been much stronger and I’ve been baking them for breakfast potlucks ever since. I’m so thrilled to share this recipe because these donuts taste just like the mini donuts you get at carnivals and fairs. They’re baked and the prep work is minimal making it completely realistic to make them in the morning before a potluck or after work when you’re craving a sweet snack. Soft and cake like, these donuts will have people asking for the recipe and wondering where you […]

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Pumpkin Spice Brownies

   It’s that time of year again. You can suddenly see your breath, raking leaves is added to the “to do” list, and scarves and big sweaters become everything again. Arguably to thousands of busy students and coffee drinking office workers, the highlight of September is the return of all things pumpkin spice. If you’re like me, pumpkin spice drinks, candy and baking makes crisp cold Calgary days much more bearable.  Pumpkin Spice Brownies are the pumpkin spice baking launch point you’ve been waiting for. They’re soft and sweet, indulgent but can be made bite size so you still have room for your PSL.    Ingredients Dough 3/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup melted butter 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs at room temperature Chocolate section  1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup chocolate chips Pumpkin section 1 cup pumpkin purée 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp nutmeg Steps One – Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a rimmed pan or casserole dish.  Two – The first step is making the dough which will later be divided into two sections- pumpkin and chocolate. […]

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Asiago Cheese and Black Pepper Scones (no biscuit mix required!)

Until a few years ago, scones were this mysterious biscuit/bread/cake thing that was reserved for fancy cafes and high teas at the Fairmont. I finally had my first scone when I was on vacation in San Francisco and I realized that scones may be amazing at high tea but they’re just as great for a quick breakfast. Despite coming to the conclusion that I don’t have to be in my finest outfit to enjoy a scone, I still had no idea where to begin with making them. Frankly, for the last two years I had zero interest. I thought they would be way too difficult and would require some sort of fancy UK baking technique that I was way too amateur to even attempt. Much to my surprise, scones are easy to make. They’re borderline fool proof and remarkably impressive to people who have feared them for years (like me). This Asiago and Black Pepper scone recipe can make made in 15 minutes or less, with one bowl and minimal prep work. They take less than 20 minutes to bake and another 5 to cool and last at least three days if sealed up. They have a sharp taste that […]

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Dark Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks and Coconut Shreds

Does anyone else find baking to be an amazing way to relax and destress? If you read my last post on When life gets in the way of food, then you’ll know the last few weeks have been exceptionally hectic and busy for me. If you’ve ever had a puppy then you’ll know that despite the cute puppy eyes, 3 month old puppies are a tremendous amount of work and frankly a little stressful. It’s been a while since I last had a chance to dream up a recipe and bake something. So this past weekend I tired out the pooch and got down to business. I wanted a cookie that focused on the softer flavour of coconut and white chocolate, with a hint of the richness that cocoa powder brings. I love this recipe because the cookies are moist without being buttery and super soft. Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa powder 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 1 1/2 cup white sugar 2 eggs at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut Steps One – Preheat oven to 325 […]

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One Bowl Banana Muffins 

I woke up bright and early Saturday morning with three over ripe bananas and dreams of starting my day with fresh banana bread. I went downstairs, gathered my ingredients and began mixing and mashing and soon my batter was beginning to take shape. I opened the drawer where we keep the pans and everything seemed too flat…I looked a bit further and my standard 9″x5″  baking pan was no where to be found. Panic ensued as I tore apart the kitchen in search of my one and only bread pan. After 20 minutes of searching, my rumbling stomach and heated oven left me no choice: alter the recipe and bring out the muffin tins. Little did I know that this missing bread pan would lead me to an easy and delicious banana muffin recipe. These little guys can be made in one bowl. This means your Sunday morning mess will be minimal. They bring out the banana taste without the  too sweet aftertaste that sometimes comes with over ripe bananas. And most of all they stay moist for days, even when left uncovered or on counter tops.   Ingredients Three large overripe bananas 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter 3/4 cup […]

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Summer Sugar Crinkle Cookies

These summer style sugar cookies are light and fun with a colourful hit of sprinkles that will make you skip the icing and reach for seconds. This version is light on the sugar and focuses on the flour-sweet taste of sugar cookies that you love.

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