Recipe: Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies

blueberry thumbprint cookies

Oh fall is in the air! I like fall, the crisp air, the warm sun, yellow light, falling leaves. I also like the possibility held in new routines and adventures. Picky Princess started Kindergarten last week, which has led to all sorts of changes in our routine. It also means that I have quiet afternoons with her while Foodie Baby sleeps.

Cookie baking is always a favorite afternoon activity. Usually I make a big batch of healthy cookies so I can pack them as kindergarten garbage-free snacks. This week, however, we had a big box of blueberries to use up. So we made our own blueberry jam and put them in the middle of happy little cookies.

The cookie recipe itself was adapted from Martha Stewarts Cookies cookbook(absolutely the best cookie cookbook on earth). The original recipe is called Chocolate Thumbprints. Here’s our little spin on it:

Blueberry Thumbprint Cookies

Makes 2 dozen approx

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

approx 1 cup blueberries, rinsed

2 tbs sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar and vanilla on medium until smooth, approx 2 mins. Beat in flour on low until combined. For small balls of dough and place them one inch apart on baking sheets. Bake 8 minutes. Use your thumb to make an indent in the centre of the dough. Return to oven and bake about 5 minutes more, until turning slightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Meanwhile. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries and sugar. Stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Spoon jam into thumbprints in cookies.

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Recipe: Fudge Monkey Cookies

fudge monkey cookies

I really like to create my own recipes, for a number of reasons. But high on the list of reasons is that then I get to name them anything I want! Isn’t that fun? These cookies are both delicious and my new fave, simply because they are named Fudge Monkey Cookies. They are a cross between banana bread and brownies. Seriously, who doesn’t want to eat a Fudge Monkey Cookie? I do!

Blog posts have been few and far between these last couple of weeks. Why? Because I’m madly working on the cookbook! Stay tuned!

Fudge Monkey Cookies

makes approx 2 dozen

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup raw sugar(or brown sugar)

2 bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cups of spelt flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tbs cocoa

1/2 cup oats

handful of chopped pecans

handful of dark chocolate chips

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add bananas, vanilla and egg and beat until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl. In a small bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Drop tbs full onto parchment and bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe: Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal chocolate chip dough

The house is very very quiet. Picky Princess got new skates for Christmas from Grandma and Grandpa, so she and Sexy Husband are out in the chill skating. Foodie Baby is sleeping upstairs. The peacefulness brought a deep sense of….cookies. They were begging to be made!

My Little Family has been overwhelmingly gracious about being back to a life full of healthy food. I’ve barely heard a peep this week about meals featuring lentil salad, roasted kale, and bok choy. I know the peace will end soon; with pink cheeks begging for hot chocolate, giggling girls, piano practicing and the singing from the Studio that NEVER ends.

And I will greet the madness with…cookies.

chewy and easy

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 3 dozen

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup coarse raw sugar(demerara) use brown sugar if you prefer

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup spelt flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup oats

handful each of shredded coconut, pecans, chocolate chips (measure carefully 😉

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined. Drop by teaspoon full onto baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes. They will be slightly golden on the bottom, and chewy in the middle.

How’s that for easy?

Foodie Baby approves

Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

quickest cookies ever

Scenario: 8:30pm, babies in bed after a long day, home alone, craving chocolate. What’s a girl to do? Time for a new healthy cookie recipe!

This is my evening! So I called up my neighbor/bff and ask her about her delicious haystack cookies. She gave me the recipe and with a few teensy tweaks…voila! A healthy cookie with no flour, no sugar, and gluten free (as long as you use GF oats). Yummy and start to finish 10 minutes! I am currently getting chocolate fingerprints on my MacBook.

Also, if being yummy wasn’t simply enough, these cookies also win the prize for least-destruction-to-the-kitchen. This is kind of a big deal in my house. Sexy Husband is practically perfect in every way. He is thoughtful, completely responsible, an AMAZING Daddy, Sexy(obviously), and, believe it or not, the cleanest man who ever did live. Now some people (of course not me, never me) might say that his cleanliness borders on obsessive. I for one, am not going to complain that he is so largely involved in the keeping the house clean process. AND it must mean that he just really loves me that much more that he lets my random hobby and business be about how much of a disaster I can turn the kitchen into. (I honestly think if it wasn’t for the fact that he can EAT the output, he wouldn’t be impressed. Thank God I don’t scrapbook). He spends hours(not exaggerating) washing dishes. I adore him.  Not much mess from these cookies however. The dirty dish count for this project was….1 spoon, 1 pot. Impressive. So…you should make them.

Chocolate Coconut Haystacks

Directions:

In a medium pot, over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup of butter. Stir in 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1/2 cup of honey, 4 tbs cocoa(I use and highly recommend Cocoa Camino which is organic and fair trade and such good quality), 1 tsp vanilla. Once combined, stir in 1 1/2 cups oats and 1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut. Stir until oats and coconut are coated with chocolate mixture. Remove from heat and drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool. Enjoy.

***Tracey, smart and beautiful neighbor puts the zest of one orange in hers, making them extra grown up and fabulous.***