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Paleo Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Paleo Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Happy 2018 everybody! It's been 2018 for two weeks now and I must admit, 2018 has me feeling pretty uninspired in the kitchen. Forget about baking, meal planning for the week has even been a struggle. The same meals have been in rotation for a while now and I need some new ideas! These cookies are actually one of the regulars at my house, but I decided to spruce them up a bit and share the recipe so I don't leave y'all hanging for too long without some fresh content! Now that I think about it, it's actually the perfect time to share these with you all because they're so diet-friendly since they're paleo and don't have any refined sugar. They are the ultimate guilt-free chocolate chip cookie in my opinion. The ingredients are simple and so is the process. The original recipe comes straight from the healthy baking queen herself, Monique of Ambitious Kitchen . I could not have found a more perfect cookie base to work with. Consistency wise, they are th
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Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Is it not completely insane that 2018 is less than a week away?! I am in shock. This is my official last recipe post of 2017 and it's a special one because I have again accomplished something new in my kitchen.....I made Swiss meringue buttercream! 2017 was definitely the year of trying new things. I made caramel for the first time. I tried Italian meringue macarons. Heck, I even rebranded and redesigned the blog! And now I am ending the year with a buttercream I have been wanting to try for forever. But let's take it back a little bit! My inspiration for making these cupcakes came from my dear husband who is obsessed with the peppermint mocha drink from Starbucks. (Shout out to Starbucks for being open on Christmas!) He drinks it year round and I thought to myself, wouldn't it be fantastic to make a cupcake version of it? And wouldn't it be more fantastic to use this opportunity to make Swiss meringue buttercream? Yes, the answer is yes. Although the name of

Gingerbread Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Macarons with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

The last time I made macarons , I told you guys about how I tried the Italian meringue method and instantly fell in love with it, right? Well, my feelings still stand true but the search is not over. The Italian method itself gives more successes than failures, but I have not settled on using it for good. My plan is to try as many different recipes as possible to see which one my oven produces the best results with. This weekend, I actually went back to the French method. Natasha of Cake Merchant posted her fail-proof recipe and obviously, I had to try it. She does things a little differently in terms of mixing the batter and beating the egg whites, and I think she's on to something. These were the fullest macarons I have ever made! You can literally see the difference. Since I've always had a problem with hollows, I was over the moon when I opened one of these babies up. And as you probably already know from the title of this post, they are gingerbread flavored!

White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bark

White Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bark

So, it seems that this time of the year, peppermint is a really popular flavor. Personally, I have to admit, I am not a fan, b ut when I saw this bag of M&Ms at my local supermarket, I was instantly inspired to bake something with it. I've never made any type of "bark" before, but the idea of brownie bark suddenly came to me and it sounded amazing. And I knew if I paired it with these white chocolate peppermint M&Ms, it would be a total hit for the holidays. Just so you guys know, making bark is like the easiest thing ever. You cannot mess it up. The secret ingredient to this particular brownie bark is dry milk powder, which keeps the bark from becoming too crunchy. I was so excited about trying this recipe that I forgot to buy this crucial ingredient. But my mother-in-law came in clutch because she actually had some in her pantry! I knew then that it was destined for me to make this bark. Now, I had a few different ideas about how I wanted to include t

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse & Praline Pie

Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse & Praline Pie

Thank you MI-DEL for sponsoring this post. Get inspired with holiday recipes here and purchase your own MI-DEL Pie Crust at Walmart stores nationwide! ...And we're back with another installment of chocolate meets pecans! Last week, I shared these cookies with you and they were such a hit, I knew you guys would love a pie recipe of the same flavor combo. I made this pie extra special and by that I mean, it's gluten-free! So, more of my readers can enjoy it, as well as my family members who follow a gluten-free lifestyle. I gotta tell you, finding good gluten-free products out there isn't the easiest. It's a hit or miss. This MI-DEL graham style pie crust was a definite hit. It was all there in the flavor department, and as a matter of fact, MI-DEL pie crusts are actually 30 grams thicker than other brands and the proof is in the pie. Also, they are the only pie crusts with ingredients I can pronounce and the only pie-crusts on the market that are allergen-

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Can you believe it's almost December? 2017 seriously just flew by us. Someone make time go by slower! I know one person who is definitely excited December is almost here, and that is Kayle of the blog, The Cooking Actress . Her little man is due to arrive 2 weeks from now...and we are throwing her a virtual baby shower today! Surprise Kayle! Kayle is one of the very few food bloggers I have met in person, and the crazy thing is, we met accidentally! We both moved to Ohio in the same year but we live an hour away from each other, so the odds of us randomly bumping into each other at a grocery store were crazy slim...but it happened! We were pretty mind-blown. She is totally the sweetest girl ever and deserves the best! One look at Kayle's blog and you could probably figure out that she loves cookies. So, what better way to celebrate her than with a slew of cookie recipes! I chose these turtle thumbprint cook

Pumpkin Cream Puffs with Maple Caramel Glaze

Pumpkin Cream Puffs with Maple Caramel Glaze

So, we turned back our clocks last week and I was NOT ready for that. I mean, is any food blogger ever really ready for that drastic one hour loss of natural lighting? It's devastating, every single time. And especially for those who aren't full time bloggers, like myself, I'm struggling to find time in my days to bake and photograph. Thankfully, cream puffs are something you can prep for ahead of time. I made this delicious pumpkin cream filling, as well as the phenomenal maple caramel sauce a day before. So, all that was left to do was to bake some pate-a -choux, and fill 'em up. I usually pipe my pate-a-choux with a bag, but I recently discovered that a cookie scoop does the job just as well. And, you can guarantee they're going to be the same size and somewhat of the same shape. For all you pumpkin lovers out there, these cream puffs are for you. They are amazing. The sprinkle of fleur de sel on top really takes the flavor to the top. Now I just have t

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