Ginger Molasses Cookies

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These spiced cookies smell and taste great any time of year.

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ cup molasses
½ granulated sugar, to roll the cookie dough in

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combined the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the margarine and sugar until creamy.

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Add the egg, vanilla and molasses and beat, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

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Add the flour mixture slowly and beat on low speed until just combined.

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Chill the dough for 1-24 hours.

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Using an ice cream scoop, form balls and roll in granulated sugar.  Bake for 10 minutes.

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Confetti Shortbread

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This recipe is originally from Mom on Timeout and it is is my second variation of this shortbread. I based it on the Cranberry Orange Biscotti from last month, although these ones aren’t vegan. You can easily swap the butter to make them vegan if you want!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles
zest of one orange
2 tbsp milk
additional sugar for coating

Directions:

In a large bowl combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar. Cut butter into small cubes, add to dry ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter.

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Add vanilla, milk, and sprinkles. Combine with your hands until forms a dough.

Roll dough into a log (2 inches in diameter). Roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 3 days.

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Preheat oven to 325˚F.

Cut slices of cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick. Coat cookie slices in additional sugar.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool and use royal icing if you wish.

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Cookies can be stored in a container on the counter or frozen for later.

Special Purim Edition: Hamentashen

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Here are two easy ways to bake hamantaschen cookies for Purim. Fill them with jam, chocolate chips, chocolate spread, prune/apricot or poppyseed filling. The first recipe is from kitchen-tested.com and the second is a cake mix hack with a unique taste from naomi_tgis. The folding technique is from toriavey.com. The latter site has multiple filling recipes from scratch.

Cake Mix Hack:

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Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines classic yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¾-1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cake mix, eggs, margarine and vanilla until well combined.

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Add the flour and mix until the dough begins to come together.

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Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness.

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Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to roll out rounds and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Spoon not more than 1 tsp. of filling into the center and fold into a triangle.

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First, grasp the left side of the circle and fold it towards the centre to make a flap that covers the left third of the circle.  Grasp the right side of the circle and fold it towards the centre, overlapping the upper part of the left side flap to create a triangular tip at the top of the circle.  Grasp the bottom part of the circle and fold it upward to create a third flap and compete the triangle.  When you fold this flap up, be sure to tuck the left side of this new flap underneath the left side of the triangle, while letting the right side of this new flap overlap the right side of the triangle, creating a “pinwheel” effect.  Pinch each corner of the triangle gently but firmly to secure the shape using your fingers which you can lightly moisten with water. Bake for 13 minutes, rotating the racks halfway through.  Makes approximately 24 hamantaschen after the dough scraps have been rerolled as necessary.

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From scratch:

Ingredients:

2 eggs
½ cup grapeseed oil
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until well combined.

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Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and transfer to the food processor.

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Pulse until the dough begins to come together.

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Proceed as per the previous recipe with rolling, filling and shaping.

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Bake at 350F for about 15-16 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through.  Makes approximately 20 hamantaschen.

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

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This recipe is originally from Mom on Timeout and is absolutely delicious. I swapped the almond extract for vanilla extract and change the butter to be margarine – making these a great vegan treat.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 + 1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup margarine, cut into small cubes
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
additional sugar for coating

Directions:

Put cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor and pulse until cranberries are chopped into smaller pieces.

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In a large bowl combine flour and other 1/2 cup sugar. Cut margarine into small cubes, add to dry ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter.

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Add vanilla, zest, and orange juice. Combine with your hands until forms a dough.

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Roll dough into a log (2 inches in diameter). Roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 3 days.

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Preheat oven to 325˚F.

Cut slices of cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick. Coat cookie slices in additional sugar.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool and use royal icing if you wish.

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Cookies can be stored in a container on the counter or frozen for later.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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Adapted from How Sweet Eats/Jessica Merchant, these cookies both look and taste great.  A terrific combination of tart lemon and sweet sugar.
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Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon extract
Powdered sugar for coating

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and sugar until smooth.

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Add the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon extracts and beat until well combined.

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In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Transfer the flour mixture to the mixer and blend until just combined.

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Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

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Preheat oven to 325F and form 21 cookies by using a 1 ½-inch (4cm) ice cream scoop and shaping into balls. Coat them in the powdered sugar then bake on 3 baking sheets covered with parchment paper for 12 minutes.

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Homemade No-Rise Donuts

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I made these for a holiday party and they were a huge hit. Simple to make, don’t take time to rise and are lightly fried instead of deep fried. These will be a go to favourite that remind you of a classic bakery donut. Special thanks to VLK for being the master frier and helping make these donuts.

This recipe comes directly from Bigger Bolder Baking and is completely unchanged. It worked perfectly completely unchanged (I successfully doubled it)

Ingredients

For the donuts:

3 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs
vegetable oil for frying (I used Grapeseed oil)

For the Glaze:

Chocolate:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Vanilla:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Cinnamon Sugar:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

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In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, melted butter and eggs. Mix well and add to dry ingredients

Whisk or combine dough using your hands and transferred to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough to be approximately 1/2 inch thick.

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Heat 1 inch of oil in a large frying pan. Should take 5-7 mins to heat on medium low.

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Prepare glazes (as instructed below)

Using a 1 large and 1 small circle cookie cutter (size of your choice) cut out donuts.

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Place donut (and donut hole) in the frying pan for approx. 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Once flipped and fried on the other side remove from pan and place on rack to cool.

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Glaze donut. For chocolate glaze one side, and vanilla and cinnamon sugar glaze both sides.

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These keep well in a container for a day. They are best served immediately.

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For the Glazes:

Chocolate: Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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Vanilla: Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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Cinnamon Sugar: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

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Coffee Cake

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This is an adapted nondairy nut-free version of a recipe from a late patient of mine from many years ago, Mrs. JB, who was a kind, sweet, nurturing Bubby to her adoring family.  I always think of her when I bake this cake.  In addition to being called Bubby B’s Coffee Cake, it also became known as the Anniversary Cake when I was able to help “save” my friend BF on one July 1 many years ago when he did not have a gift in hand for his very special wife until I pulled one of these out of the freezer.

Ingredients:

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¾ stick unsalted pareve margarine (6 tbsp)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup Tofutti sour cream
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups cake and pastry flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Filling:

½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9-x by 5-inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the margarine and sugar until creamy.

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Add the eggs, one at a time and scrape down the bowl.

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Add the sour cream and vanilla and blend again until well combined.

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In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

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Add the flour mixture to the mixer and blend on low until just combined.

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Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and cocoa in a small bowl.

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Place half of the batter in the loaf pan and sprinkle with half of the filling.

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Cover with the rest of the batter and then cover this with the rest of the filling.

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Swirl the batter gently with a sharp knife.

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Bake for 55 minutes.

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Quadruple Almond Biscotti

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Adapted from Bonnie Stern’s Triple Almond Biscotti, this recipe uses almond paste.  The combination of almond paste, almond extract, Amaretto and slivered almonds provides a delicious nutty flavour. Perfect to dip in your morning cup of (almond flavoured) coffee.

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Ingredients:

7 oz. almond paste, coarsely grated using a box grater (I used Solo brand, purchased in US)
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. pure almond extract
1 tbsp. Amaretto
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups slivered almonds, toasted and cooled

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the grated almond paste, sugar and margarine until well combined.

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Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the extracts and Amaretto.  Beat until creamy.

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In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowly add the flour mixture to the mixer and blend until just combined.

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Fold in the almonds.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2-24 hours.

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Form the dough into 4 logs, each approximately 7×2.5 inches (16x6cm), 2 per baking sheet; they will expand.

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Bake for 40 minutes then allow to cool for 20 minutes.

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Lower the oven temperature to 300F and cut the logs on the diagonal into ½ inch cookies. Transfer the cookies cut side down to the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

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Flip the cookies over and bake for 10 more minutes.  Makes approximately 40-44 biscotti.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I tasted these cookies in a professional competency tutorial and immediately asked MA for the recipe.  They were delicious, filled with oats, chocolate chips and raisins. The recipe originally comes from AverieCooks, with one slight modification to use bread flour to make them chewier, and margarine to make them non-dairy. As well, I doubled the recipe from below to make extra, because who doesn’t want cookies that count as breakfast lying around. Yes, I believe this should count as a healthy balanced breakfast. This recipe makes about a dozen medium sized cookies.

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup bread flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Beat egg, margarine, sugars, and vanilla until well combined.

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Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt)

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Scrape down the bowl and add the dry ingredients. Beat until combined.

Scrape down the bowl, add chocolate chips and raisins and mix until combined.

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Roll the cookies into balls just larger than a golf ball, and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (and up to 5 days).

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Preheat the oven to 350˚F and bake for 10-13 minutes until golden brown.

Vegan Date Squares

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This adapted Smitten Kitchen recipe is a great way to use dates in a dessert or breakfast square/bar. Dates are very sweet and therefore very little sugar is needed in this vegan recipe.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for the filling:

3 cups pitted dates, chopped
1 ½ cups water
Zest of a mandarin/clementine/orange

Ingredients for the crumbs:

4 tbsp. demerara brown sugar
½ cup raw or turbinado sugar
1 cup olive or coconut oil
1 ½ cups large flake oats
1 ½ cups plus 4 tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. dried nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan, combines dates, water and zest over low heat, simmering for 10 minutes, until liquid has absorbed and mixture has thickened.

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Set aside while you make the crumbs.

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the sugar and oil together.

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Add the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, and salt and pulse until the mixture forms a coarse rubble.

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Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

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Dollop the date mixture over it and use a small offset spatula to spread the mixture smoothly over the crumbs.  Sprinkle remaining crumbs over date layer and press lightly to cover.

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Bake bars for 25 minutes, or until light brown at the edges.  Cool in pan and then cut into squares.  These freeze well.

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