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The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

The BEST “Edible” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Late on saturday night as I was preparing an object lesson for my primary kids at church, I realized I had kinda run out of time to bake the 60 cookies that I wanted to give to them for a handout! Instead, I decided to make some cookie-dough balls — if my primary kids were anything like my own kids, I knew they would much prefer these anyway! I substituted the egg in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for milk, to make them “edible” and quadrupled the batch. We had SO many left-over, that the adults got to eat some too–and they were a HUGE hit. I don’t think as many people have asked me for one of my recipes as much as this one! So, I told everyone i’d post it on the Blog! I was going to halve, and maybe even halve again, the recipe–but the batch turned out SO spot-on perfect, that I didn’t want to mess it up. They are soft and creamy, with the perfect balance of salt, and sugar and vanilla! I know this recipe makes a lot, but you can freeze any left over cookie dough balls, or make cookie dough ice-cream, or just hand them out to everyone you know to make them love you! ;-)

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Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

Coconut Panna Cotta with Nutella Sauce & Strawberries

I fell in love with panna cotta when I tried it for the first time in Greece last summer. I came home and recreated a couple of different recipes–both of which were full fat and full of cream, but this week I decided to make a slightly lighter, healthier version. Lately I have been obsessing over coconut, so I decided to make a version with low-fat coconut milk, and top it with nutella and strawberries– just because that’s one of the most delicious combinations I could think of! The coconut panna cotta was smooth, creamy, sweet and subtle, and the rich chocolate and strawberries were just so divine with it! I love recipes like this, that are so delicious, pretty and elegant, but are SO quick and easy to make! I hope you guys love these as much as we do!
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Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Christmas Wreath “Peace” Cupcakes

Tomorrow my son is having a fun pre-school christmas pajama party, so I signed up to bring some cute christmas cupcakes. My son {and most kids} LOVE jelly beans, so I thought I would make a jelly bean christmas wreath with some edible glitter, and a “P” for peace. They were SO EASY and fun to make that I thought I would pass on a quick how-to! I hope you like them!
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Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Oreo Truffle Figgy Puddings

Last week was kind of a crazy week, which might account for why I have fallen off the planet lately! We had 5 christmas parties to attend in 4 days, then my daughter Gemma and I went to see the nut-cracker ballet together on our first mummy-daughter date over the weekend. I have been having a blast, but amidst the constant chaos of running around, a part of me just wanted to snuggle up under a blanket with some hot chocolate and watch Elf! {Probably a sign that I am getting older… I turn the big 3.0 in a couple of weeks! So just a heads up, I might just fall off the planet again!} For one christmas party I was assigned to bring something yummy! I love excuses to bake, and since my mother in law gave me the biggest box of Oreos you have ever seen in your life, the other day, I thought I would make some delicious Oreo truffles! I made them a little more “fancy” by putting a raspberry inside, and covered them in even more chocolate on the outside– chocolate on chocolate is my kinda dessert! I decorated them like cute little figgy puddings, so they were the perfect thing to take to a christmas party! But they’d also be the perfect thing to snack on whilst snuggled up watching cheesy christmas movies too! So whatever the occasion, I hope you enjoy!

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Candied Apples

Candied Apples

I LOVE candied apples, or as we call them in England “Toffee apples,” and knew my kids would love them even more! So this fall I was determined to learn how to make them! I have actually wanted to make them every autumn for the last few years, but have been a little intimidated because they just seemed so laborious and complex, and I knew I wouldn’t get them to look or taste as good as the gourmet varieties sold around here. Washington State is renowned for their apples, and we live amongst orchards in a big apple growing community here in Mattawa, so we get amazing BIG, fresh delicious apples of almost every variety! I should have used some of those to make these toffee apples, but I actually went to the store and brought some in tricities! Haha. Then yesterday a friend of mine delivered a whole box of galas to me, so I should have waited! {But, I guess it’s just a good excuse to make more!}
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