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Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Everyone has a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe but not many have a go-to oatmeal cookie recipe.

As soon as I pulled these out of the oven and tasted them these became mine.

Chex is launching this month a line of oatmeal including flavored oatmeal packets and sent me some to try. I’m glad gluten-free oats aren’t a “specialty” food anymore and it’s easier to get classics like packaged oatmeal. The maple brown sugar flavor was by far the best breakfast I’ve had in a while.

Instead of loose oatmeal this recipe uses quick-cooking packaged oatmeal. It’s an easy way to add a lot of flavor. When you’re baking it’s better to use quick-cooking oats than rolled oats because they’ll bake faster and softer. 

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

I made mine with chocolate chips, but if you wanted to make these healthier you could add chopped walnuts, pecans, or even dried blueberries! Basically, if you’d have it with a bowl of oatmeal, it’s going to go great with these cookies. 

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 14 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 24 cookies):

  • 3 packets Chex gluten-free maple brown sugar oatmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free or regular flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oatmeal packets, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, and baking powder.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract, butter, and eggs and mix thoroughly until it makes a soft dough.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and flatten them out just a bit before putting them on a nonstick baking tray. 
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the bottoms begin to brown. 
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bananas get a worse rap than any other fruit. You never hear of people who refuse to eat blueberries or mangoes; what makes the banana so loathable?

If you do love bananas then this is the right cookie recipe. They aren’t overly cakey or fruity–they’re just right.

The flour I used was Betty Crocker’s gluten free baking flour. It’s mostly rice based which keeps the cookies light and airy. If you use wheat flour I’d suggest all-purpose or cake flour.

Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made mine with coconut oil and the flavor was even better. If you don’t have coconut oil, try adding shredded coconut.

Banana White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 18 cookies):

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil(coconut oil works well here)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips 

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the banana, eggs, oil, and vanilla. 
  3. Add in the baking powder, sugar, flour, and salt and mix well until it makes a soft dough.
  4. Fold in the white chocolate chips evenly. 
  5. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and flatten them to about 1/2 inch thickness before putting them on a nonstick baking tray. 
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the bottoms begin to brown and the top is crispy. 
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Low-Fat Chocolate Coconut Loaves

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I hate the word low-fat, because instantly it conjures up thoughts of dried pastries and a total lack of flavor. That’s nothing anything like these loaves are, soft and bursting with a sweet flavor right out of the oven.

Instead of butter or oil, these are made with two favorite tricks: Greek yogurt and evaporated milk. They’re much better options in baking than low-fat or non-fat margarine because of the simple ingredients and don’t change the flavor.

I used a mini-loaf pan because that was what I had, and the portioning worked out perfectly. Just reheat one at a time and it’s like having a freshly baked breakfast. Since low-fat pastries dry out faster, I’d recommend freezing half of the batch and thawing it later in the week(if you think the first batch will last that long).

Low-Fat Chocolate Coconut Loaves

Low-Fat Chocolate Coconut Loaves

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 8 mini-loaves or 1 large loaf):

  • 1 3/4 cups +2 Tablespoons gluten-free all purpose flour(or wheat flour)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 5oz can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1 5.3oz vanilla Stonyfield Greek
  • 3 eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes until well mixed.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and beat until it forms a thick batter.
  4. Grease 8 mini-loaf pans or one large one and pour the batter in.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until the loaves rise and the center has set. If you’re making one large loaf, wait 40-50 minutes before checking if it’s done.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing from the pan and slicing.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

I can’t believe I haven’t made something this simple yet. Brownies + Reese’s cups. What more do you need?

When it comes to brownie recipes, I have a few favorites that I stick by. On occasion I’ll try a mix, but homemade usually comes out better.

Whether you’re making your own or using a mix, this batch will definitely come out better. Seriously, with peanut butter cups how could you go wrong? Once these cool, the milk chocolate sets again and the peanut butter has a roasted, nuttier flavor. It’ll definitely be a hit with your peanut butter lovers.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 16 servings):

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your brownie recipe according to directions.
  3. Grease an 8×8 baking pan well and pour the batter into the pan.
  4. Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place them evenly around the pan on top of the batter pressing them in gently.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes according to directions.
  6. Remove and let them cool completely before cutting.

 

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

If you read this blog often, you might not think I eat anything other than dessert. Hopefully this shows otherwise.

Of course I eat savory food every day, several meals a day. But I hardly ever blog about it because I’m someone who’s content with having the same meal for lunch every day of the week, every week of the month. The same with dinner, too. It’s an anomaly when I make something new.

I don’t always make frittatas but I enjoy them every time I do. How can you go wrong with eggs, cheese, and vegetables? It’s good for a group or to have and heat up the leftovers the next day and an easy way to switch up the meal rut.

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 4 servings):

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup mushrooms, washed
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheese(I recommend gouda if you can find it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crack all of the eggs into a large bowl and make sure there’s no shells in it.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the mushrooms until they’re golden.
  4. Beat the milk, salt, and onion powder into the eggs.
  5. Grease a 9-inch baking pan well on the bottom and sides.
  6. Pour the egg batter into the pan.
  7. Dump the mushrooms into the egg and spread evenly. Add half of the cheese on top.
  8. Add the spinach on top of the batter and press down with a fork or utensil. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes or until the center has set.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting.

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

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It’s a good think I never made a resolution to eat less sugar because if I did I’d be doing horribly at it.

I always like to have something sweet after dinner, whether it’s part of a chocolate bar or just a handful of chocolate chips. That’s probably why I buy a bag and end up finishing it before actually making a recipe. Oops.

These cookies are simple because all I had this weekend in my pantry was simple ingredients. But simple can be all you need.

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Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 18 cookies):

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and baking soda.
  3. Fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips evenly.
  4. Roll the dough into 1-ounce balls. Lightly press down on the balls with a fork in a criss-cross pattern to flatten it to about 3/4-inch thickness.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the tops are firm to the touch and the edges begin to brown.
  6. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool before moving to a separate plate.

 

Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

Caught the day before Valentine’s Day with out a dessert? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

These are some of the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. At first I was sure they wouldn’t work and would come out flat as a pancake but I’m glad they didn’t. And they tasted great, too!

These cookies are chewy and crunchy. The texture reminds me of a Little Debbie oatmeal raisin cookies. They’d be perfect for making sandwich cookies with raspberry jam or ice cream sandwiches. I only made half a batch because 9 seemed like more than enough, but these would be just as good for a party as they are for a valentine.

Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

To make sure these are 100% gluten-free make sure you’re using gluten-free oats. These cookies would probably work gluten-full with regular all-purpose flour but I haven’t tried that myself.

Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 18 cookies):

  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 cups oat flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs

*I always make my own by blending oats in a high-power food processor.

Gluten-Free Nutella Cookies

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat all of the ingredients together until well mixed. If your Nutella is hard to mix you might want to soften it a bit first.
  3. Roll the dough into balls and place them on a non-stick baking surface. Do not flatten them out at all.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are firm.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool before moving.

My Favorite Gluten-Free Cookie Recipe

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The toughest thing about being gluten-free is not knowing where to start out. You go from baking and cooking with “flour” to suddenly having to choose between 30 different flours and starches that you’ve never heard of before and have no idea what to do with. Most of the time you don’t even know where they come from(Sorghum flour? What’s a sorghum?).

These cookies are my favorite because you’d hardly know they’re gluten free from start to finish. They’re made with almond flour—everyone knows what an almond is—and don’t have any weird starches or gums you’d have to search high and low to find.

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Besides that, they just taste good. Soft, gooey, and pillowy like a classic Tollhouse cookie. What’s not to love? Whether you’re new to gluten-free, just dabbling, or an expert, this recipe is worth the try.

Change up the recipe by adding pecans or walnuts into the batter. This time around I used dark chocolate chips and miniature chocolate chips.

You can see the original recipe that I posted almost 3 years ago(!!) here: http://www.thewannabechef.net/2011/05/04/almond-flour-chocolate-chip-cookies/ There are plenty of useful reviews and comments to help you make the perfect gluten-free cookie.

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Bailey’s Frosted Brownies

Bailey's Frosted Brownies

Some weekends I don’t want to cook a thing.

I want to go out to eat for every meal, forget I have a blog, and never pick my camera up.

Maybe it’s guilt, or maybe it’s sensibility. Maybe it’s something in between. I’ll inevitably find something to make, for myself or a friend, and at the end I’ll be happy I have something delicious that’s homemade, that I can call my own, and that cost a quarter as much as if I got it somewhere else.

I baked these brownies reluctantly, took photos of them frantically, and shared them happily. Sometimes the best push to cook something comes not from doing it for yourself, but from doing it for others. Do yourself a favor and bake some brownies for someone else.

Bailey's Frosted Brownies

Oat flour is more crumbly than regular flour and even other gluten-free flours. When baking with it, make sure to grease your pans liberally and add a dusting of powdered sugar on top before frosting to keep the top intact.

Bailey’s Frosted Brownies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 1 8 x 8 pan):

For the brownies:

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4oz bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 1/3 cup Irish cream

For the frosting:

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Irish cream

Bailey's Frosted Brownies

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the oat flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt together the chocolate and butter.
  4. While the chocolate is melting, beat together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and Irish cream.
  5. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter into the egg/sugar mixture while whisking until fully incorporated. Don’t go too fast so that the raw eggs don’t cook upon contact.
  6. Add the chocolate mixture in with the dry ingredients and mix completely.
  7. Pour the batter in a greased 8 x 8 pan.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Let these cool completely before frosting.
  9. To make the buttercream, beat the powdered sugar, butter, and Irish cream heavily until it’s entirely mixed. Add a touch more buttercream if it’s too dry at first.

12 Months Of Recipes: 2013

“Oh God, not another list!” is admittedly what I think whenever someone posts one of these year-end roundups. Bear with me if you feel the same.

Last year I had gone through all my posts from 2012 and picked my favorites from each month. I liked the idea a lot and wanted to do it again. Most months were a struggle to pick just one recipe—a good problem to have I imagine.

Here are all of my favorite recipes from each month of 2013. I hope you browse through them and find a favorite, too.

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January: Vegetarian Buffalo Chicken Dip

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February: White Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

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March: Maple Hazelnut Granola

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April: Homemade Strawberry Sauce

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May: Red, White, and Blue Stuffed Strawberries

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June: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

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July: Reese’s Lovers Bark

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August: Gluten-Free Cornbread

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September: Coconut Caramel Muffins

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October: Low-Fat Butternut Squash Casserole

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November: Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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December: Hot Amaretto Mochas

Here’s to another delicious year of recipes!