Weekend Baking: Raw Peanut Butter Banana Pies

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Good morning! I have such a sweet tooth, and everyone knows it. But I do love some healthier alternatives to refined sugars and this treat is just that. Here is the raw, vegan, and gluten free peanut butter banana pies. IMG_6046 You will need: (makes 8 mini pies)

Cream filling:

3 bananas

4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 1/2 cup of almond milk

Crust:

1 1/2 cup of pitted dates

1/2 cup of almonds

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

To start, line a muffin tin with cling wrap or parchment paper. Blend the cream filling in a blender until smooth & set aside. Place all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and whaz everything up until a ball forms. Separate the crust into each muffin cup and pat down well. Separate the banana mixture on top of date crust. Put in freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, I added coconut whip cream, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate shavings.

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This is a super easy dessert to make, and it tastes amazing! You can make it ahead of time, and it will hold for a 2-3 days in the freezer. Let me know what you think about this dessert in the comments below.

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Weekend Baking: Easy Apple Pie

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Good morning everyone and Happy Easter! For me, today will be a day full of yummy food. I hope yours is full of yumminess too! For this weekend's baking post, we have the easiest apple pie! This will impress your friends and family for sure, and they will have no idea how easy it is to make! For the crust, you will need:

2 cups of flour

2 tsps of salt

1 cup of butter

1 cup of water

*And a food processor

For the filling, you will need:

6-8 apples, cored and sliced (I used a mixture of gala, macintosh, pink lady, granny smith, and cortland)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 tsps of cinnamon

1 tsp of ginger

1/5 cup of flour

To start, place all of the crust's ingredients into a food processor and mix until it becomes a ball of dough. Knead it a couple of times then wrap in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes. (You can make this dough up to 2 days in advance)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. For the apple filling, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Leave the apple mixture for at least 10 minutes so the juice can be absorbed (this is key to the cooked gooey filling you'll want).

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Divide your dough into two pieces and roll each out to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Grease and line your pie pan with the crust, and add the apple filling. Add a couple pieces of butter on top of the filling for added yumminess.

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For the top piece of dough, you have a couple options. You can leave it as is and crimp the crust and cut a slit in the centre. You can make a lattice top. Or you can do what I did and make little apples. I bought little pastry cutters that imprint a shape, and I went to town with the apple cutter for this pie. I layered the top of the pie with several little apples, covered it with a light egg wash, and popped it in the oven.

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I first baked the pie for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and let it bake for another 30-40 minutes. You want the inside to be more on the dry side and the top to be golden. applepie7applepie8apple pie

Enjoy the pie with family and friends and serve with either whip cream or ice cream! This will become a go-to for you, and then you can experiment with different fillings. Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments!

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Morning! What's better than an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie? Maybe a vegan and gluten free one that everyone you know can enjoy! Although this recipe is vegan and gluten free, it couldn't be more simple. These cookies are absolutely delicious, and got the non-Vegan-Gluten-Free person approval. So you know they're good. chocoat2

You will need:

1 cup of oats 1 cup of gluten free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill all-purpose flour) 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of chia seeds (If you don't have chia seeds, you can use flax) 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of sea salt 3/4 cup of apple sauce or canola oil 1/3 cup of almond milk 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 - 1 cup of chocolate chips

To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and mix the wet in another. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix well. Add in the chocolate chips.

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Using an ice cream scoop or a rough estimate of 1/4 cup, make balls of dough. Flatten each ball to about 1/4 inch thick and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

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Once out of the oven, let the cookies cool for at least 20 minutes so they can settle and stick together well. Enjoy!

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Weekend Baking: Madeleines

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever tried Madeleines? If yes, you know just how wonderful they are. If no, go buy a madeleine pan & make these immediately! They're so easy for being a French cookie, and they take only minimal ingredients to make. If you're interested in fluffy yet crisp pillows of wonderfulness then continue reading. madeleines5

You will need:

4 tbsp of melted butter (cooled)

1/2 cup of flour

1/8 tsp of baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Juice of half an orange

2 eggs

1/4 cup of sugar

*NB: This recipe will make about 18 Madeleines, which is roughly one and a half pans.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, preferably an electric stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and orange juice until they become thick, and a pale yellow colour. This should take about 5 minutes or so if mixed on high.

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Pour in the melted butter and mix gently. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand, and don't over mix!

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Fill the moulds 3/4 ways up in the pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until they're slightly golden. madeleines3

Once out of the oven, and left cooled for about 30 seconds, tip over onto a cooling rack. madeleines4

Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Irish Soda Bread

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honour of this Celtic holiday and my heritage, I'm celebrating. I don't go out drinking green beer or anything, but rather, wear green and feel lucky. Oh and like all holidays, I like to eat so I also like to have some traditional Irish food. Today's post celebrates Irish culture as it's all about Irish soda bread! It's quick, easy, and very tasty. You'll be able to knock out this bread quickly, which makes it even more appealing. There's also no yeast involved, and the ingredients are very sparse. Once you make it, you'll want to make it all the time! irish soda bread 1

You will need:

3 2/3 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 3/4 cup of buttermilk*

*If you don't have buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 3/4 cup of milk, and leave it for 5 minutes.

To start, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a mixer with a dough hook or a bowl if you're comfortable doing it by hand, add in all of your dry ingredients. Let them combine together, then add the buttermilk. Mix until everything comes together and starts looking like a ball of dough. You'll need to knead the bread for about a minute or so. Do this on a floured surface as the dough is quite sticky. Once it's shaped into a circle, cut a cross into the centre. The cross should extend to almost the outside edges, and should be fairly deep. Bake in the oven for about 20-15 minutes or until its golden brown.

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This bread is best enjoyed warm with butter or as an accompaniment to a stew or soup. You can also add in a handful of raisins as that is also very traditional. This bread is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for a St. Patrick's Day feast!

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Weekend Baking: Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are everyone's favourite so they're the perfect treat to make on the weekend. They're comforting, warm and gooey, but these ones have a bit of a twist! They have sea salt on the tops. I'm a big fan of salty and sweet together in a dessert. These cookies will settle your cravings, and will leave you happy. You will need:

1 cup of softened butter

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp of vanilla extract

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1/2 tsp of salt (plus more sea salt for topping)

2 cups of chocolate chips

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until it becomes fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until it becomes creamy. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in into the wet ingredients gradually. Stir in the chocolate chips. (Its important to stir the chocolate chips in and now beat them because you want the chips to stay whole) I like to use a mini ice cream scooper to portion out the dough and then I roll them into balls. Top each ball with sea salt, and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Let them cool, and enjoy! chocolate chip dough ball2 chocolate chip dough ball1 salt chocolate chip cookies salt chocolate chip cookie

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Raw Brownies

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This is the second instalment of Weekend Baking! For today's recipe we're making vegan and gluten free raw brownies! These are healthy, delicious and super quick to make since there's no baking involved! They're like a version of protein bars so you know they're good for you. These are perfect to make on the weekend because you can enjoy them all Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the week too! You will need:

1 cup of dates, pitted

1 cup of raw almonds

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 teaspoons of raw cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of water (if need for binding)

A food processor

To start, put all of your ingredients into your food processor. Whaz it up! If it's not coming together naturally or is too dry, add in a little water.

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Once it mixed well and combined, line a square pan with cling wrap, and dump it out. Flatten out the mix with a spatula or your hands, then cover and pop in the fridge for 1 hour at least.

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After it's settled and hardened, you can cut into it and make squares. raw brownie 3

Enjoy!

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These are full of goodness, are healthy, and barely take anything to do. If you keep them wrapped or put them into a container, they will stay fresh for a good week or so. You can add in flax seeds, other nuts, dried fruit, or anything else that meets your fancy! They're as flexible as you are.

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Weekend Baking: Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Coconut Cookies

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Hello everyone! Happy March! We are officially closer to Spring as of today. I'd like to introduce a new series of posts that will be called Weekend Baking. Weekend Baking posts are comprised of recipes that are super easy, quick, and can be either on the very healthy side or on the kinda naughty side. Either way, they'll let you in on my weekend baking and hopefully it'll inspire you to do some too! Today's recipe is the banana coconut cookie. They're vegan, gluten free, and offer you some healthy brain food while still in a cookie form.

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You will need:

1 banana, mashed.

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 cup of almond meal

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

To get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You can easily add all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and combine. Once combined, use a mini scooper or a teaspoon to portion out your cookies and roll them into balls. Bake for about 7-10 minutes.

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These are super simple and full of whole foods. They'll take no time whatsoever, and you can enjoy a freshly baked cookie on the weekend without spending the whole day on them. Enjoy!

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Brain Food: Healthy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Along comes the Winter semester and crunch time for university students everywhere. Brain food is very important to sustain yourself in the times of exams and essays. When I think of brain food, I automatically think of bananas! Bananas are high in fibre, potassium, and many other things. This banana bread is gluten free, low in sugar, and has lots of add-ins that creates a super banana bread! banana bread

You will need:

2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup of butter, melted (I used vegan butter)

1/3 cup of sugar (I used coconut sugar)

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup of flax seeds

1/3 cup of oats

2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour

*You can make this with regular all purpose flour and without the xanthan gum if gluten free isn't necessary.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mash your bananas, and add in your melted butter. Add in the egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Add in the flax seeds, oats, chia seeds, coconut, and mix together. Lastly add in the xanthan gum and gf flour. Mix thoroughly and pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the centre is no longer wet. banana bread2banana bread 1banana bread 3

This banana bread is super easy to make, takes no time at all, and is a healthy sweet treat! It's great for snacking on, or you can use it    as a breakfast or lunch with peanut butter or cream cheese on top. You can substitute any of "healthy" extras for chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit. I personally make this banana bread all the time, and especially when it is crunch time and I need a little healthy yet comforting boost in the snack department.

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Sunday Brunch: Gluten Free Ginger Pear Almond Waffles

That's a long title. But with long titles, comes deliciousness. (That's not really true, but in this case it is) For christmas, I received a waffle maker! It has become the perfect addition to my little condo, and I've been really enjoying the delicious waffles it makes. Last Sunday I made easy gluten free waffles, and decided to jazz them up. The pear mixture I made to top the waffles is like a simplified version of a compote. It's easy, delicious, and really makes a Sunday (or any day for that matter) special. pears waffle

For the waffles you will need:

1 cup of gluten free flour

1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum

1 egg

1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy will do)

Butter or oil for cooking

For the pear mixture you will need:

1 pear, sliced

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of sugar (I used coconut sugar, but any kind will do)

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A handful of almonds

To start, heat up your waffle maker and mix together the ingredients for the waffle batter. In a pan on medium heat, add the butter. Once the pan is hot, and the butter has melted add in the pears, sugar, and spices. Allow the pears to be coated in the butter mixture, and soften. This will take about 4-5 minutes, which is about the same time as the waffle will take. Add in the almonds and spoon your compote on top of your waffle. Add a little maple syrup if you're a fan, and enjoy. pearspears waffle1

You can make this with apples, walnuts, anything you have on hand. Add some cinnamon or icing sugar at the end, whip cream or even ice cream. Enjoy it with a cuppa or coffee!

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Vegan & Gluten Free Basil Pesto Pasta

Pasta is near and dear to me, but I'm not the biggest fan of tomato sauce, and let's not even mention tomato meat sauce. Pesto, light cream sauces, and even rose sauces are definitely my cup of tea. This recipe calls for a basil pesto that is vegan, gluten free, and supremely easy to make. A pesto for me is basically a leafy herb, oil, a nut, and some seasoning. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You will need:

Pasta (I'm using a gluten free pasta, but feel free to use anything you have on hand)

A good handful of fresh basil

1/3 cup of pistachios (any nut will do)

Teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of olive oil

Optional: a teaspoon of almond milk (unsweetened)

To start, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook your pasta. In the meantime, add all of your ingredients to either a food processor or blender, and mix it up! You don't want the consistency to be too liquidy, you want it to still have a texture. You can store the pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to a month or freeze it for up to three months. Drain your pasta, add in a couple of tablespoons of pesto, and let it simmer together for a couple of minutes. I added in a teaspoon of almond milk to make it a little creamy, but this step is completely optional. Plate your dish, and enjoy!

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Pesto is easy, super affordable, and a great thing to have on hand. Add it to pasta, sandwiches, and pizza. It's so versatile, and just pumps up the volume on any dish.

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Orange Pomegranate Scones

Scones have a special place in my heart. They're fluffy, buttery, and can be either sweet or savoury. They're also the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa or any warm drink. Scones warm my soul. pile of scones nc1c edit

If you'd like to make these easy orange pomegranate scones, you will need:

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tablespoons of butter

3/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand. Add the pomegranate seeds, zest and juice of one orange. Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed. On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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Serve these scones and they will become a hit! You can add in cheese, herbs, or any other fruit that meets your fancy. They're completely versatile, and also pretty budget friendly.

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Scandinavian Apple Cake

I love Scandinavian food, culture, and design. It's very simplistic, cozy, and provides a great warmth as well. I stumbled upon an apple cake recipe, which is delicious and literally the easiest cake recipe ever. You're going to want to make this all the time. It is that scrumptious! (and gorgeous, if I say so myself) whole apple cake nc1c edit crop

You will need:

3 mugs of the same size.

The cake is equal parts flour, sugar, and eggs. Fill up the first mug with 3 eggs. In the next two mugs fill up the sugar and flour to the same height as the eggs.

1 apple

1 teaspoon of sugar and cinnamon (for the apple)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your eggs until they are a creamy colour, and very fluffy. They will become a similar consistency to a meringue. Add in your sugar and flour gently.

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Pour the batter into your pan. Slice your apple into thin pieces, and coat with the sugar and cinnamon. You can make a design with the apple slices on the top of the cake if you'd like. Pop the cake into the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden and the centre is no longer wet.

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Once your cake is cooled, I think it's nice to top it with icing sugar. Icing sugar is just so pretty. Serve with coffee or tea, and enjoy it! It is super easy and dirt cheap to make, and you'll receive so many compliments about it. apple cake sideapple cake slice nc1c edit

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Twelve Days of Baking: Upside Down Pineapple Cake

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day with your friends and family! And that you're eating delicious food! Today is the last day of the twelve days of baking, and it is featuring the festive upside down pineapple cake! IMG_4670

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 can of sliced pineapple

8 maraschino cherries

1/4 cup of brown sugar

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the eggs with the sugar. Add in the flour, baking powder, milk, and vanilla extract.

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Grease your springform pan, and sprinkle the brown sugar in one layer along the bottom. You need to coat it very well. Add your pineapple slices (7 around, and 1 in the centre). Pop the cherries in the centre of each piece of pineapple. IMG_4649

Pour the batter over the top of the pineapple and cherries, and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until dry in the centre. Let it cool before you remove it from the pan.

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Very carefully, flip it upside down (hence the upside down pineapple cake). The top will be nice and caramelized, while the cake is fluffy and delicious. Serve and enjoy!

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I'm serving this cake for my Christmas meal, and I'm sure everyone will be impressed! I hope you have enjoyed the Twelve Days of Baking on my blog. Let me know what you think in the comments. Enjoy your Christmas and you'll be hearing from me soon!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Shortbread Cookies

This is the 11th post of my series of the 12 days of baking. Today's post is all about shortbread cookies! With this recipe you can leave them as is, or add in whatever you desire! IMG_4710

You will need:

2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of butter, softened.

To start, mix the butter with the sugar so it can form a creamy mixture. IMG_4561

Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture will become a little hard to stir by hand so I recommend using an electric mixer.

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From here you can divide the mixture into 3 dough balls. I added a 1/4 cup of earl grey tea into one ball. Another ball I added 1/4 cup of chopped white chocolate and a 1/4 cup of chopped dried cranberries. The last one I added into a 1/4 cup of a chopped up skor chocolate bar. Add whatever you please, or leave them plain! They will be delicious no matter what.

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Each ball needs to be turned into a log, and then must be wrapped in cling wrap. Before you can cook these cookies you need to keep them in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour (they can be left for 3 months in the freezer). Once you're ready to bake your cookies, cut each log into about 12-15 1 inch coins.

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Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until they're golden on the bottom. Serve and enjoy! IMG_4697IMG_4707

The last day of baking is coming tomorrow and I have to say its a good one! Enjoy your Christmas eve!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Caramel Chocolate Brownies

Merry Christmas Eve! Today is a special day because there will be TWO baking posts! One is this post, and another will be coming this evening. The last day of baking will be tomorrow, Christmas Day! (And that's a good one!) Today's post is all about caramel chocolate brownies! They're easy, delicious, and oh so addictive!

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You will need:

12 ounces of chocolate (chips, squares, or anything you have)

1/4 cup of butter, softened

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Caramel (homemade, store-bought or even a can of dulce de leche)

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Melt your chocolate on a double boiler. Mix your butter with the sugar, and add the rest of the ingredients aside from the chocolate and caramel together. Mix thoroughly. Add the chocolate in slowly, and once again, mix thoroughly.

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Pour your brownie batter into a square pan. IMG_4553

Add the caramel (I used homemade) and make swirls through the batter with it. IMG_4556IMG_4558

Pop them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the centre is dry. Let them cool, cut into squares, and serve!

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These are highly addictive. I am eating one as typing up this post. Uber delicious, uber easy, and uber special with the caramel!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Layer Cake

As Christmas approaches, it's nice to have an easy recipe that you can count on to make for your guests. The Cinnamon Swirl Layer Cake is this. And sometimes you just need a piece of cake and a warm cuppa on a cold night, and this cake can aid in that too. IMG_4494

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar (+ 1 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 cup of butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl. IMG_4458

In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly, and mix thoroughly.

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Grease your cake pan (I used a 7 inch pan), and pour in half of the batter. Mix together the cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar together in a small bowl, and add half of that mixture to the cake batter.

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Pour the rest of the batter on top, and add the rest of the cinnamon sugar to the top. IMG_4463IMG_4465

Pop in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until its golden brown and dry in the centre. IMG_4471

Once cooled, top the cake with powdered sugar and chocolate shavings. You can add more of both to each piece of cake when sliced on a plate. Add some whip cream, and you've made this simple cake fancy! IMG_4506IMG_4525

This cake is great for a party or just to have on hand if you have people dropping by during the holidays. It's delicious, light and fluffy, and the swirl is sure to impress your guests!

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Just like the chocolate bark, this recipe is a little bit of a cheat during this time of year. I love baking so I'll always make time for it, but other people have much busier schedules than I do, which means less time for baking. This recipe uses Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough, but feel free to adapt your own chocolate chip cookie recipe to it! (I've tried this recipe both ways and it works perfectly with both!) IMG_4474

You will need:

1 roll of Pillsbury cookie dough (or your own recipe)

1 cup of nutella

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

48 mini marshmallows or 12 large marshmallows

A handful of crushed candy canes

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the cookie dough, nutella, cocoa powder, and cinnamon into a bowl and mix very well.

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From here, you could easily make little balls and pop them in the oven for double chocolate chip cookies.

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For the peppermint hot chocolate cookies, you'll need to roll them out into little balls first. Once you've done this, squish the balls into flat rounds, and add 2 mini marshmallows or 1/2 of a large marshmallow to each cookie round.

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Enclose the marshmallows inside the dough and make a round ball. Add your crushed candy canes to the top, and pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes.

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These cookies can really impress people because they're stuffed. They're really delicious once out of the oven because the marshmallow is very gooey. Enjoy these cookies with a warm drink or send them as a yummy gift to someone. They're easy, quick, and impressive!IMG_4408

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Twelve Days of Baking: Simple Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are perfect. They're crisp on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. Not to mention they're covered in cinnamon and sugar. Just yum. Yum yum yum. I've adapted a traditional snickerdoodle recipe to be easier and quicker, making them the ultimate christmas cookie! IMG_4308

You will need:

2 3/4 cup of flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 cup of softened butter

1 1/2 cup of sugar (+ 3 tablespoons)

2 eggs

tablespoon of cinnamon (+ 1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of shortening

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients, except for the extra 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, butter, vanilla extract, and shortening. Slowly add the dry into the wet ingredients, and you have your dough! In a small bowl, add the rest of the sugar and cinnamon. Make little balls of your dough and toss them into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

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Once done, lay them on a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper, and pop them in the oven for 12 minutes. Once they're out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack so they can stop cooking. Continue this until they're all done. You should get about 3 dozen cookies out of this recipe!

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These cookies had my family going nuts. They're so delicate and delicious, and not overly sweet! Enjoy them with a coffee, tea, or decadent hot chocolate. Give these cookies as a gift or bring them to someone's house, and you'll be sure to become popular; the compliments will be overwhelming!

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Twelve Days of Baking: Cherry & Pistachio Chocolate Bark

I love baking, but sometimes you're in a little bit of a hurry or you're feeling a little tired and taking the time to bake isn't really appealing. A solution: chocolate bark! Bark is delicious, easy to make, and can be gifted to those special friends and family of yours during the holiday season. IMG_4230

You will need:

1 cup of chocolate (whatever you have on hand)

1/2 cup of shelled pistachios

1/2 cup of dried cherries

To start, either melt your chocolate in a double boiler or place in the microwave to heat for 30 seconds intervals. Between each interval, stir the chocolate. After about a minute or so, it should be melted to perfection. Add the pistachios and dried cherries and mix very well. Lay out the chocolate mixture onto a board or pan that is lined with parchment paper. Now you have two choices: 1. leave your bark to harden and cool by itself or 2. place in the freezer or fridge. The fridge option will have your bark done within half an hour. Once it has cooled, just break up the bark! You don't need to get fancy as it looks better rustically broken. You can either serve the bark at a party or wrap them up in little baggies with ribbon for your friends and family. It will become a hit! Trust me!

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