Friday, April 15, 2016

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Now that Spring is officially in the air, I thought I would share my flower shaped cinnamon sugar cookie recipe.  I made these a few months ago, in the middle of winter, on one of the only snow days we had.  The cookie cutters that I found in a small shop in Falmouth, MA made it extra fun, and my daughter enjoyed adding the sprinkles onto the flowers with me.  This is a basic sugar cookie recipe, with the addition of cinnamon, and the replacement of white flour with organic whole wheat, and switching out the eggs for soaked chia seeds.  I love the little chewiness of the chia seeds, but you could definitely just use eggs instead if you prefer. When my kids are helping me and getting their hands into everything, I like knowing there is no raw egg in the dough they are playing with, so the soaked chia seeds are a nice alternative.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies

Coconut Lime Sugar Cookies
Welcome Spring!  This recipe honestly tastes more like Summer, with the tropical lime and coconut flavors, but why not get a jump start on the warmer months of the year!  Granted this winter has not been so bad here in Pennsylvania, but the 60 degree days and the flowers beginning to bloom in my yard are always a welcome sign of the season to come. I made these sugar cookies for my softball team's end of season party last June and for some reason never got around to sharing them, or making them again for that matter, which I really need to do. Based on a very basic sugar cookie recipe*, this creation uses coconut oil, coconut nectar and shredded coconut, along with lime zest, to add an amazing pop of flavor to an all time favorite cookie.  Like most sugar cookies, these taste better after a couple of days, when the flavors really come together.  And with organic whole wheat flour and healthy coconut oil, they are a treat that is actually great for you and your family!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Guinness Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
with Baileys Cream Cheese Frosting
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I actually made these amazing cupcakes last year for St. Paddy's day, but never got around to finishing this post until the holiday had long since past, so I was waiting until this year to share with everyone.  I am sure most of you have seen recipes like this circulating in the previous days and weeks on social media, and I am sure there are lots of different ways to make Irish liquor infused treats.  This recipe of course uses mostly organic ingredients, a lot of whole wheat flour, high protein Greek yogurt, and antioxidant rich dark cocoa powder.  Of course there is a ton of sugar in the frosting, which is honestly so good you could eat it with a spoon, but this is a dessert after all.  For a holiday.  And they go great with a strong beer, or an Irish coffee!  May the luck of the day be with you all!!