I’m finally returning to blogging and couldn’t be happier about it! Long story short, sometimes launching a new site isn’t as easy as you’d thought it would be. However, IT IS totally worth it. I LOVE my new site – so a HUGE thanks to Wooden Spoons Kitchen for taking my ideas and crafting them into this beautiful design.
But hey guys, just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean that I haven’t been baking up a storm. And sometimes the best kind of recipes just happen to be cookies; so as a thank you for your patience, I bring you the BEST cookies I’ve made in quite sometime.
Chewy flourless cookies made with homemade pecan butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips for a unique treat that tastes like a bite of pecan pie. No flour or butter used in this easy recipe!
I spent Memorial Day weekend in New Mexico with my Grandparents. They live 20 minutes south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas and while there isn’t much to do, I cherish spending time with them. I’m planning on sharing a few special memories and details about my trip in a post soon. I think I gained a few pounds for eating all of my Grandma’s baked goodies and sopaipillas.
We’ll catch up on all that fried goodness later. Today, these cookies are calling your name. After all, it’s time to get back to work and you’re probably in need something a little sweet. I can feel it. I know you well by now.
Remember a few weeks ago when I shared a simple recipe for Homemade Pecan Nut Butter? It reminded me of a slice of cozy pecan pie and I absolutely could not stop digging my spoon into the jar. It’s smooth and ridiculous delish, plus only takes a few minutes to make in your food processor.
I’m actually going to make it for a friend’s wedding this weekend. She’s having a PB&J late-night bar and asked me to make some unique nut butters. CANNOT WAIT.
Could this be the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe ever? Made with quinoa flour and coconut oil, this cookie will surprise you with flavor and texture. They’re so easy to make and best of all, you’d never know they’re gluten-free or made without butter!
There should be an explanation for my absence from the blog. As in, why would I leave you this long without a recipe? Shame on me. I do that a lot. But hey, I’m back now and I made you cookies!
First, how was your weekend? I had a little mini vaca in Arizona; it made me realize how much I miss the warmth of the sunshine. I swear just being outside brought a smile to my face. When will someone figure out how to create Vitamin D cigarettes? You know without any junk. Just pure vitamin D. I’d puff on that energy. For reals.
In all seriousness, I love mini vacations because it gives me time to relax, forget about work and just enjoy the little things in life. Like margaritas. Lots of them.
Besides margs, Tony and I hiked Camelback mountain, consumed frozen yogurt til our bellies hurt, and saw the second 300 movie in 3D. We’re kind of movie nerds BTW.
Wanna know what else I did? Worked out every single day while I was there! Usually I bring my Jillian Michaels DVDs when I travel and never end up using them, but this time I had no excuses; the weather was beautiful enough to run outside. Even if it was only three or four miles, it felt good to get my exercise in.
Well and you know… when I’m not working out my main thoughts are about cookies. Outrageously delicious, ooey-gooey, mind-blowing cookies.
Before I shove more cookies in your face, I have some very exciting news to share!
I’m headed back to Australia!
During college, I studied abroad on the Gold Coast and it literally changed my life. I’m not sure if it was the travel aspect or meeting new people, but I felt like a new person after living there. Most of all, I felt so lucky to meet one of my best friends, Susie.
Susie and I hit it off right away; it’s as though we were sisters, I swear! We met in a public speaking course at Bond University and immediately clicked. Our daily ritual consisted of drinking soy lattes, eating white chocolate chip macadamia nut muffins, and laughing nonstop. We supported each other, shared secrets, and talked about what we wanted to do when we graduated from college. Of course, we both had big dreams: Susie wanted to be a reporter or a pilot (she now flies a small private jet), and I wanted to own my own business (check!). Now it’s been nearly four years since I’ve seen Susie, but our friendship hasn’t changed one bit.
Well, except for the fact that she’s getting married! And best of all, I’m beyond thrilled that she asked me to be her Maid of Honor! I won’t be there to help her plan many of the details, but we’re going to Skype and I’ll do as much as possible from America! She deserves this happiness more than anything.
Super chewy White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies. These cookies are made with coconut oil and whole wheat flour for a hearty cookie that everyone will love!
I’ve always believed that doing little things is what really matters in a relationship. You always look back and appreciate those moments.
Oh you know, like those times when your boyfriend opened the car door for you. Or when he wrapped you in his jacket because you were freezing. The moments when he gave you a kiss on the forehead when you were down. When he made you dinner because you were too busy to cook for yourself. When he showed up with flowers just because. All of the little things add up. To me, they matter.
Okayyyyyy it’s true, I’m a romantic at heart; I always have been. And the best way I know how to show I care is by baking. I’ve found that a way to a man’s heart is with cookies. Because let’s face it: no one can resist a freshly baked cookie. Especially my cookies.
This holiday season I’ve been baking more cookies then I know what to do with. Too many to eat, too many to give away. I wish you guys could come over and eat cookies with me. And drink wine. Because I like wine. A LOT.
But seriously, I need to be put on a baking restriction. I’m considering locking my mixing bowls and flour in a closet until January.
Sorry that I’ve been away for quite sometime. The holiday season is our busiest time of year and I’ve been working extra hard on the new Gold Medal Flour website.
Most of you know that I work as an Editor/Community manager for Gold Medal Flour; recently we decided to create some scratch baking videos to keep you all inspired during the holiday season. This is the first video of many, but I hope it encourages you to hop in the kitchen and bake something sweet!
Out of all my cookie recipes on my site, my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are my absolute favorite. They’re slightly crispy on the edges, but soft and full of caramel flavor right in the middle. You can even stuff them with Nutella if you’re feeling really ambitious; I highly recommend it!
Check out the video to see what makes these cookies so unique… then get baking.
Find the recipe for my Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies here.
I’m on vacation right now. Except I’m still in Minnesota… just spending some time with someone special. I’ll have to fill you in on that later. It’s a pretty cute story. But let’s just say, I’m incredibly happy. Yesterday we went to the apple orchard and I’m hoping to make an apple pie or my best apple crisp. Tonight we’re making my favorite turkey meatballs (make them!).
With this mini staycation, it’s been great to take a break from the internet and blogging. In fact, I recently cracked my iPhone screen so while it’s being repaired, I don’t have access to Email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. At first I didn’t know what to do but found myself actually paying attention in conversations and not constantly checking my notifications.
But today, I just couldn’t resist blogging because you definitely need these ginger oatmeal cookies in your life.
I was experimenting when I made these. I knew that I wanted to create a cookie for the holidays and nothing beats a chewy molasses cookie, but what was going to make it special?
A little brown butter. And a little oatmeal for a perfect chewy texture.
I’m heading to Boston next week for a 5 day vacation. I literally cannot wait! I’ll be visiting my good friends from Australia; we’ve kept in close contact over the years and try and visit every so often.
Boston has great weather this time of year, too! I’m excited to check out some restaurants and explore a bit so definitely let me know if you have any suggestions!
I also have a new obsession to share: Banana bread breakfast cookies. Normally I would say regular cookies, but since these taste like banana bread AND oatmeal, I’m really quite in love. And when chocolate chips are thrown in the mix? OMG!
Plus they only take 15 minutes to make and clock in at around 60 calories per cookie. YES!
This really isn’t even a recipe. It’s me telling you to mix two things together for sweet satisfaction that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
For reals. No weird processed ingredients from a box. Just all natural stuff.
Dairy free. Gluten Free (use GF oats). Nut free. Vegan. Vegetarian. I think they’re a good breakfast (or healthy treat!) for whoever you are. That is unless you’re allergic to bananas or oats. Sorry!
Ultra chewy oatmeal cookies with layers of coconut and chocolate chunks. Made with coconut oil instead of butter! The best chocolate chip oatmeal cookies you’ll ever have!
There are so many things I want to accomplish. Too many things I want to bake. Too much joy I wish to create.
But right now? All I’m thinking about is Fall. The sweet cinnamon smell that seems to be everywhere, the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves, and pumpkin pie in my belly. Summer was sweet, but I’m ready to bake until I can’t anymore. So let’s start right now.
Cooooooooooooookiessssss. I feel like I really owe you them; it’s been far too long.
Cookies are a big deal to me. They’re here to bring you joy.