Smells Like Christmas Spirit: Colossal Ginger Molasses Cookies

Countdown to Christmas is on, but it never really feels like Christmas until my apartment is filled with the smell of Christmas. For some of you, a fresh cut pine tree does the trick, but for me the ginger molasses cookies coming out the oven is the official marker that Santa is on his way!

While you’re decking the halls, crack Mariah Carey loud, bake these cookies and smell the Christmas spirit!

Colossal Ginger Molasses Cookies

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  • 1 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (for coating)

Assembling the Cookies

  1. In a stand mixer, combine butter and 2 cups of sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time – scrapping the bowl down as you go. Stir in molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture until combined.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350*. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roll chilled dough into large balls (2 inch diameter). Coat balls in granulated sugar and soften press tops of the dough balls down. Bake for 12 minutes. Sprinkle cookies, fresh from the oven, with left over sugar and place on wire rack.

Enjoy,

-Adele

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‘Tis The Season (for remembering): Caramel Pizzelle

‘Tis the season for remembering! Christmas is synonymous with nostalgia. There are certain traditions, certain songs, and certain bakes good that bring you right back to a moment, a memory, a person. Pizzelle did that for me this year; it brought me back to my tight lipped, side smirking Nonno. You see, my Nonno didn’t even like pizzelle, he would question why we waste our time making it. While making these cookie with my Nonna and Zia I was reminded of how much he did not like them, but how much he loved seeing his grandchildren’s faces light up when they were put on the table and disappeared by handfuls in seconds. Somewhere up there, he’s smiling down, shaking his head that we wasted our time making them and can’t wait to see them disappear into his grandchildren’s bellies on Christmas Day.

Caramel Pizzelle 

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  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. caramel flavour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Assembling the Pizzelle

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and let cool slightly. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sugar and caramel flavour. Once the butter has cooled slightly, slowly stir into eggs and sugar.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until perfectly combined.
  3. Once pizzelle maker is heated, place a tablespoon of batter into maker and let cook for 30 seconds. Remove from pizzelle maker and let cool on wire rack.

Enjoy,

-Adele

Feels like Home to Me: Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns

I have always been obsessed with the notion of ‘home’. Perhaps it is because my dad is a house builder or that the majority of my Pinterest boards are filled with kitchen, walk in closet, exterior landscaping, and secret library designs. I had a friend explain to the theory that home is not a place but a feeling. So it is the feeling of home I’m so in love with, not the building of it – that calming feeling of knowing you are exactly where you’re suppose to be, surrounded by unconditional love always. It is not a place, it is a feeling that exists regardless of location. Okay I’ll explain…

I visited my dad the other day and walked into the kitchen just like any other visit, expecting to see him sitting at the desk checking the messages on his landline, or sitting at the table finishing dinner. Instead, when I turned the corner, I saw one of the most familiar, comforting faces I could have ever been surprised with: my friend, well more of little brother from another family, was leaning perched against the kitchen counter like he had done almost every day since I was 12 and he was 10. He was home from his wonderful, successful life in England for a visit for the first time in over a year! I wrapped my arms around him, fought off some tears and was equally overwhelmed with happiness, surprise and reassurance that no matter how many km away, how many ocean lengths, or time zones somethings just stay the same. Seeing him there with that smirk and hearing his laugh, that felt like home. I felt like home.

This year I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with an extra helping of thanks from my feeling of home. If this feeling of home had a scent it would be pumpkin cinnamon buns to be exact. Make them and share them with the ones you’re thankful for this weekend and everyday, the ones that make you feel like home.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns

  • 1/3 milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of quick rising yeast
  • 2 1/4 cup flour, plus more for dusting

Filling

  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Maple Drizzle

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Assembling the Rolls

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and milk until lukewarm. Stir to melt butter and set aside. In a stand mixer, mix together pumpkin, sugar and nutmeg until combined. Slowly add milk and butter mixture, then egg and yeast. Gradually add flour until dough forms. Dough will be very soft.
  2. Transfer dough from mixer to a greased bowl. Cover bowl and place in a warm room to allow dough to rise (1 to 2 hours).
  3. Once dough has risen, knead on floured surface and roll into rectangular shape. Spread margarine onto dough and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough long wise.
  4. Spray an 8 inch spring form pan with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper. Cut dough into 1 1/2 inch thick rounds and place into spring form pan making a circular pattern. Cover and place in warm room for 1 hour to rise.
  5. Preheat oven to 350*. Place buns into oven and bake for 25 minutes, covering the buns in aluminum foil at the 15 minute mark.
  6. While buns are baking, prepare the maple drizzle. In a bowl add margarine, icing sugar, milk and maple syrup. Using an electric mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth.
  7. Remove buns from oven and let cool slightly. Remove spring form pan and pour maple drizzle over buns. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Enjoy,

=Adele

It’s College Game Day! Salted Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Chips 

The greatest part about sports? Hands down, game over: fan culture. The greatest fan culture in North American sports? Easy, college football.

Stadiums are packed with upwards of tens of thousands decked in their school colours and screaming whatever traditional chant they know.  Waiting hours in line with painted faces, custom t-shirts and bristol board signs all in an attempt to be caught on ESPN College Game Day broadcast. It’s. The. Best.

So really this is only fitting snack that matches the outlandish passion of these fans and the essences of the university diet all while celebrating the kicking off the 2018 College Football season. Roll Tide!

Salted Caramel & Chocolate Dipped Chips

  • 1 bag Ruffles, plain
  • 20 caramel squares
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp shortening
  • Coarse sea salt

Assembling the Chips

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place caramels and whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl. Put in microwave for 30 seconds and stir until smooth caramel sauce forms.
  3. Dip chips into caramel to cover approximately 1/2 the chip and place on parchment paper. Place in freezer or fridge for 10 minutes to cool.
  4. While caramel dipped chips are cooling, combine shortening and chocolate chips in a bowl. Microwave or double boil on stove top to melt chocolate. Dip caramel chips into chocolate and place back on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  5. Place back in fridge or let sit at room temperature for chocolate to set.

Enjoy,

-Adele

#SweatingForTheWedding: Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! Welcome back pumpkin spice season, I’ve missed you!

With the start of the most glorious and delicious season comes my last instalment of the #SweatingForTheWedding recipes. So before I can go all Taylor Swift ‘Begin Again’ on this new season, I’m sending this bridesmaid wedding prep off with a pumpkin spice bang jam packed with nutrients. These are so easy to make and are the perfect pre-workout munchies on the heavenly, crisp autumn mornings!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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  • 2 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp chai seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate carob chips or regular white chocolate chips

Assembling the Breakfast Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, pumpkin, and seeds. Mix until fully combined.
  3. Roll dough into 1-2inch balls and flatten into circular patty shape.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt carob chips or chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring each time. Once melted, lightly drizzle over cookies.

Enjoy!

-Adele

Life’s Short, Eat the Ice Cream Cake: Mini Chocolate Ice Cream Cakes

There are two things I know for certain.

  1. No matter how long a life is, it is always too short.
  2. Melting ice cream has healing powers.

Life is short, so eat the ice cream as it melts. That’s all there is to it.

Mini Ice Cream Cakes

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  • 1 pkg Dunkin Donuts Mocha Oreos (or regular Oreos), crushed
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 tub ice cream, softened, flavour of your choice (I used Chapman’s Chocolate Ripple)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Assembling the Ice Cream Cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350* and line 4-inch spring form pans with parchment paper.
  2. Mix crushed Oreos and melted butter in a bowl until Oreo pieces begin to stick together. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Spread generous amount of Nutella over Oreo crust to cover completely. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Spoon ice cream over Nutella layer to fill the remainder of the spring form pan. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Pack ice cream down in each pan to create room for ganache layer.
  5. In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips with whipping cream until ganache forms (about 1-2 minutes).
  6. Spoon a thin later of ganache on ice cream and sprinkle remaining Oreos on top. Freeze for 4-6 hours.

Enjoy,

-Adele

 

S’more Summer Nights

Finally, this weekend was the first hot weekend in nearly 10 months! With the promise of summer officially just around the corner (and my birthday), I got the sweet reminder of how magical summer nights are. The sun sets deep into the night, the smiles on friend’s faces are brighter and the stresses of the world seem to fade into the humidity. The world need s’more summer nights, so here’s a treat to match the magic of the season of sunshine, freckles, and late nights.

 

S’mores Bark

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  • 2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 4-5 graham crackers, broken
  • 1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 solid milk chocolate bars (I used Jersey Milk)

Assembling the Bark:

  1. Place all semi-sweet chocolate chips into slow cooker on high. Allow chocolate to melt, typically 7-15 minutes.
  2. Once chocolate is melted, pour melted chocolate into a 9X13 pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate in 30 second intervals until it is melted. Once melted, add spoonfuls of the white chocolate to the semi-sweet chocolate. Using a knife swirl the white and semi-sweet chocolate together.
  4. Sprinkle graham crackers onto chocolate and then add marshmallows on top.
  5. Place in the oven on broil for 2 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly golden.
  6. Remove from oven and add chocolate bar pieces to the top.
  7. Let set at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Break into pieces.

Enjoy,

-Adele