Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Well, here it is. The best Chocolate Crinkle Cookies you’ll ever eat. Thanks to the people at Americas Test Kitchen who did all the real work in developing this recipe, I merely tweaked it. This is a Dairy Free recipe now 🙂

This is what I did…

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Assembled the ingredients…minus the vanilla… that elusive vanilla!

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Combine the eggs, brown sugar, espresso powder and vanilla

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stick the crisco and chocolate chips in a microwave safe container

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Not quite ready after 30 secs

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Ready after another 40 secs

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Had my helpers add the melted chocolate into the egg mixture, on low

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Combine the dry ingredients together

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add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined

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and there’s the batter! Let it rest 10-15 minutes while you prep your pans

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Fit your parchment to size

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Ready to Rock and Roll

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Using a Mini Scooper, drop 1 scoop into a bowl of sugar

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toss it in the sugar so you are able to handle it without it becoming a sticky mess!

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ready-to-bake

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They’ll bake at 325 Degrees for 12 minutes on the center rake. Bake each tray alone! (they don’t like sharing the oven)

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Pose them in front of a black wall for lots of drama and try not to eat them all 😉

Good Luck with trying not to eat them all.

I literally had to hide them from my son who was sneaking them whenever he came into the kitchen…I’m pretty sure he single handedly at 10 in one day!

Here’s what you need…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1 Cup FLour

1/2 Cup Cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

1 1/2 C brown sugar

1 tsp finely ground espresso

1 tsp vanilla

4oz  dairy free chocolate chips

4 Tablespoons Crisco or dairy free butter

Granulated sugar in a bowl for rolling

Powdered Sugar in a bowl for rolling

Parchment paper and cookie sheets

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Preheat Oven to 325°F. Combine eggs, brown sugar, espresso and vanilla

Melt chocolate chips and crisco. Add to wet ingredients

Mix dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda). Mix until just combined.

Rest batter for 10-15 minutes, then roll in granulated sugar to form a ball, followed by rolling in powdered sugar to coat completely.

Arrange on cookies sheets with 2″ spacing not more than 11 on a tray.

Bake for 12 minutes, one tray at a time.

THEY WILL LOOK GOOEY AND UNCOOKED. Don’t be fooled, 12 minutes is perfect and they will solidify as they cool. Let them rest on the cookie sheet until the next batch is done cooking

ENJOY!

Unicorn Birthday Party

I love unicorns. I have forced them on my 2 year old daughter. She kind of loves unicorns. She’ll get there. But to help her along, I hyped up the idea of having a super cool, super sparkly, super rainbow-filled unicorn birthday party….and, in her adorably deep and raspy words,

she “y-oved it!”

No Unicorn Party is complete without these 11 things…

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1) a gold glitter unicorn 2)rainbow straws and 3) “unicorn horn” lollipop   4) temporary unicorn glitter tattoos

 

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5) unicorn headbands 6) Unicorn literature

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7) pink glitter plates 8) rainbow chevron napkins 9) a rainbow frosted cake

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10) a gold tinsel backdrop

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and of course 11) a 2nd cake with clouds, rainbow and unicorn

IMG_4437Correction…there are 12 things you need for a complete Unicorn Birthday Party…. 12) an adorable little birthday girl!

P.S…..

When having a breakfast birthday party, as we did here… don’t serve donuts with breakfast! There was no room left for CAKE!!!

Happy Birthday Lucy Lu!

 

Chocolate Dairy-free Pudding!

Very recently, we discovered our precious little Lucy Lu has joined her brother’s ranks in  being anti-cow’s-milk. He has been allergic to cow’s milk in every way, shape and form since he was born, and so I became quite resourceful in covering my recipes into dairy-free treats. So with new development in my daughter’s digestive journey, going dairy free is easy as pie…or pudding, in this case.

Here’s what I did…

Ingredients...almond milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, cocoa

Ingredients…almond milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, cocoa

in the stove pot, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and cocoa

in the stove pot, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and cocoa

to the milk add vanilla. add milk to stove pot of ingredients to make a chocolate milk mixture.

to the milk add vanilla. add milk to stove pot of ingredients to make a chocolate milk mixture.

add egg yolks, 1 at a time, combining thoroughly

add egg yolks, 1 at a time, combining thoroughly

keep stirring over low heat until pudding becomes thick

keep stirring over low heat until pudding becomes thick

thick and smooth

thick and smooth

set in the fridge for 4 hours or longer

set in the fridge for 4 hours or longer

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the face of approval

Here’s what you’ll need…

Chocolate Dairy-Free Pudding

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/3 cup cocoa

1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar

2 cups Almond Milk

7 egg yolks

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1) combine dry ingredients

2) add milk and stir until smooth

3) turn heat on Med. Low

4) add yolks, 1 at a time, stirring constantly to avoid lumps

once thickened, remove from heat and transfer to ramekins to chill, covering the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap so a skin doesn’t form.

5) chill in fridge for at least 4 hours

6) serve with whipped cream, berries or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Garlic Knots

What’s a girl gonna do with oodles of pizza dough? Make garlic knots of course! Making homemade pizza dough is way easier than it seems. Not as easy as buying from the freezer section of the store, but definitely more rewarding. We eat a lot of pizza (a whole lot) so I figured out a few recipes to incorporate the extra dough, and here is one of them.

Garlic Knots. Bitesize. Addictive. Irresistable.

Here’s what I did…

I combined the yeast, warm water,  and a bit of sugar

I combined the yeast, warm water, and a bit of sugar

I added salt, oil, sugar and 1 cup of flour to make a slurry...the yeast is getting happy

I added salt, oil, sugar and 1 cup of flour to make a slurry…the yeast is getting happy

added the rest of the flour slowly

added the rest of the flour slowly

until it looked like this, just pulled together into a sticky ball

until it looked like this, just pulled together into a sticky ball

consistency of dough should be very "squishy"

consistency of dough should be very “squishy”

after kneading about 5-10 minutes, with lots of throwing it down on the work surface, the dough gets smooth and is still very tender

after kneading about 5-10 minutes, with lots of throwing it down on the work surface, the dough gets smooth and is still very tender

cover and let rise in warm area

cover and let rise in warm area

it grew rapidly

it grew rapidly

and kept growing after I punched it down

and kept growing after I punched it down

the dough...soft as a pillow after rising an hour or more

the dough…soft as a pillow after rising an hour or more

roll out as long as your hand breadth

roll out as long as your hand breadth

tie in a knot

tie in a knot

 a great way to keep little hands busy

a great way to keep little hands busy

ready to go

ready to go

while the knots are cooking, I pull out my olive oil that's been marinating minced garlic

while the knots are cooking, I pull out my olive oil that’s been marinating minced garlic

add some fresh herbs, slat pepper, and more garlic

add some fresh herbs, salt,  pepper, and more garlic

once cooked, they can be dumped in a big bowl

once cooked, they can be dumped in a big bowl

toss them in A LOT of garlic Olive Oil.... A LOT I SAID!

toss them in A LOT of garlic Olive Oil…. A LOT I SAID!

cook for another couple of minutes before eaten so they are fragrant and watm

cook for another couple of minutes before eaten so they are fragrant and watm

Here’s what you’ll need

Garlic Knots

1 c. lukewarm water

1 package fast acting yeast

1 tsp.+  salt

1/2 tsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 c. (whole wheat flour optional for this 1 cup)

 1.5 – 2 c. flour additional

1/4 c. “good” Olive Oil

8 heads of Garlic, minced

1 tsp. dried parsley

s/p to taste

bake knots at 425º for 5-10 mins

Gluten-Free Turkey Meatloaf

I’m a big fan of classic home cooked meals. And, somewhere in the middle of my comfort food heart, sits a little plate (or big one) set aside for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Mr. Meatloaf was tugging at my heartstrings yesterday morning, (because crazy person that I am, as soon as breakfast is finished, I’m thinking up dinner) so guess what was for dinner….meatloaf and potatoes. Well, turkey meatloaf because we were out of beef, and pierogis because we were out of potatoes. So, turkey meatloaf and pierogis….well, wheat/gluten free meatloaf because I’m following my “limited bread” diet…kinda, and dairy-free because my oldest son has a milk allergy. Whatever kind of dinner I ended up with, it was home cooked, comfort-licious!

Here’s what I did….

meat, eggs, almond milk, oats, onions, savory, parsley, salt and pepper  (pay no attention to the oil and garlic salt...they snuck in without asking)

meat, eggs, almond milk, oats, onions, savory, parsley, salt and pepper
(pay no attention to the oil and garlic salt…they snuck in without asking)

stir the eggs

stir the eggs

add 3/4 cup milk

add 3/4 cup milk

add 3/4 cups oats

add 3/4 cups oats

add some salt

add some salt

add 1/2 teaspoon savory

add 1/2 teaspoon savory

a good bit of parsley, fresh is SO good in this recipe but if all you have is dried, thats ok

a good bit of parsley, fresh is SO good in this recipe but if all you have is dried, thats ok

I had some leftover onions from our cheeseburger dinner...

I had some leftover onions from our cheeseburger dinner…

chopped em up and tossed them in

chopped em up and tossed them in

once all the other ingredients were mixed in, I added the ground turkey

once all the other ingredients were mixed in, I added the ground turkey

plop

plop

so that's what it looks like...kinda...eeew

so that’s what it looks like…kinda…eeew

didn't want to wash another dish so this one's getting some foil

didn’t want to wash another dish so this one’s getting some foil

small loaf pan covered in foil and trimmed up nice

small loaf pan covered in foil and trimmed up nice

sprayed with oil to prevent sticking

sprayed with oil to prevent sticking

rub that baby down

rub that baby down

preheat the oven to 350ºF and let it cook for 50 mins.

preheat the oven to 350ºF and let it cook for 50 mins.

add a spoonful of the meatloaf mixture to pan with 4 tablespoons of butter....the gravy is not dairy free

add a spoonful of the meatloaf mixture to pan with 4 tablespoons of butter….the gravy is not dairy free

add 4 Tablespoons of flour......and it's not gluten free either

add 4 Tablespoons of flour……and it’s not gluten free either

Cook, while stirring, until bubbling

Cook, while stirring, until bubbling

add some Heavy Cream...definitely not dairy free

add some Heavy Cream…definitely not dairy free

add beef stock or beef bullion and water

add beef stock or beef bullion and water

slice the meatloaf when cool enough to handle

slice the meatloaf when cool enough to handle

quickly grill the slices on a hot griddle, coated in Olive Oil, to bring out flavor and color

quickly grill the slices on a hot griddle, coated in Olive Oil, to bring out flavor and color

the grand finale.....Delicious Gluten-free, Dairy-free meatloaf with gravy.

the grand finale…..Delicious Gluten-free, Dairy-free meatloaf with gravy, which is loaded with dairy and gluten. Options people, Options.

Here’s what you’ll need…

Grain-free, Dairy-freeTurkey Meatloaf Recipe

(Adapted from my good friend Kathleen’s recipe)

1 lb ground turkey

2 eggs

3/4 cup almond milk

3/4 cup oats

1/2 teaspoon savory

1 teaspoon dried parsley (use double if using fresh parsley)

1/2 cup onions chopped

1/2 Tablespoon salt

 a few cracks of Black pepper

Gravy Recipe

1 Tablespoon meatloaf mix

4 Tablespoons butter

4 Tablespoons flour

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup of beef stock OR 1 cup water and bullion