I decided a few days ago that gelato would be a fun birthday treat. I decided on vanilla with hazelnut chocolate spread and chopped hazelnuts.
I have made Hazelnut Gelato before (recipe here) and it’s yummy. But I wanted guests to have the option of plain gelato, a variety of chopped nuts, chocolate sauce and the hazelnut spread.
The key to a great vanilla ice cream or gelato is using the best vanilla extract you can find, or really splurge and use vanilla beans. Continue reading
I really like these cookies, they’re simple to make and gluten-free. But one thing about them is they a terribly sweet. So I decided to see what would happen if I cut the sugar down considerably.
They turned out super – not too sweet and super peanut butter flavor. Changes are in blue.
Peanut Butter Cookies (Revisited)
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
Cream ingredients together and drop by spoonful onto a baking sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press down the dough. Bake at 300 degree F for 10-13 minutes.
This usually gets a good, soft cookie, but I was wanted to try for a crispier outside. But they are prone to burning. So at the 13-minute mark, I turned off the oven and let them sit for 5 more minutes. They turned out perfectly – crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.
Going to make them again soon.
*Four layers because that’s what I had around the house. You can add whatever else makes you happy.
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I have to go to a funeral and wanted to take something sweet. I find chocolate helps. Lots of chocolate.
I don’t make these very often, because they are super rich and my Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are usually enough.
They’re easy and just a touch above regular chocolate chip cookies. This is a full batch, makes about 4 dozen cookies. Great for your holiday cookie boxes.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds or peanuts), chopped
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This is my Perfect Apple Crisp (recipe here), using the stovetop method. Creates a tasty filling topped with great, crispy top.
A friend gave me a container of peach cobbler and of course, I couldn’t return it empty. She’d never had Strawberry Bread before, so I went with that.
She cannot tolerate wheat, so I substituted a gluten-free flour. And I had extra walnuts, used those instead of pecans.
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I had a couple of apples about to go bad and decided to make something new. I hadn’t done a strudel in a long time and the recipe seemed simple enough, so here we are. I made two small dishes, so I could freeze one.
- 2 1/2 cup sifted flour
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 3 tsp. boiling water
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Not surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of processed food in the house. I generally make things from scratch. And this week I was really craving something sweet and there was not a cookie or candy bar in sight. Luckily, I keep a LOT of ingredients in the house. There are always chocolate chips, nuts and raw coconut flakes in the cupboard/refrigerator.
I didn’t have the time to make cookies, so these bars were born.
Dark Chocolate-Caramel-Walnut Bars
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 8 oz 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips
- 1/2 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
- 4 oz of caramel chips
- shredded or flaked coconut (I use raw, unsweetened)
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