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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

September 14, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Chocolate, ginger, molasses, and pumpkin are all amazing. But when you put them together, you have a cookie that’s beyond amazing. Who knew all of these flavor profiles played so well together?

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As suggested by the title, these cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. Upon exiting the oven, they have a subtle crunch, but this fades over time into a wonderfully squishy oblivion. Once in a while, you’ll get a bite of sweet, slight-spicy crystallized ginger to zing your palate and keep things interesting, while melted chocolate chips keep everything creamy and sinfully rich.

Am I making you hungry yet?

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My apologies for not posting anything recently–school started three weeks ago, and my schedule is incredibly rigorous. Writing blog posts have given way to writing critical analyses of Hawthorne, and developing recipes have gradually become developing procedures for separating sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate in an aqueous solution. I must be putting you to sleep by now, so I’ll stop. You get the idea. 😉

Still, I try to find a way to try a new dish or dessert every weekend…although unfortunately, some of my recent experiments have been failures. 🙁 I really don’t like when that happens–it means I spent often two or three hours working on something I can’t do anything with, and I wasted ingredients, too. But failure is a part of life, and sometimes, you just have to accept it and move on.

Back to cookies!

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To make things easier for you all (and save me a little time so I can head off to zumba class), I have decided to try a new format and put my recipes in a card format both in my recipe index but in the actual post. I can get little VERY ramble-y and I think it would be more convenient to see the recipe in a more condensed format. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

These cookies are a piece of cake to make. (Even though they are cookies…haha.) Basically, you combine all of the wet ingredients in a bowl…

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…sift in the dry ingredients…

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…add in some chocolate and ginger, scoop onto a baking sheet…

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…then bake, cool, and devour! (You don’t even have to wait for them to cool…)

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 20 min
Total Time 35 min
Yield 2 dozen cookies

2 cups of creamy almond butter

1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of allspice

A pinch of cloves

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a plain old bowl), mix together the almond butter, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Sift in the coconut flour,  ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times, then fold in the dark chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, take out a heaping tablespoon of dough and use another spoon to push it onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake until just firm to the touch and hardening on the outside, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring to your plate or an airtight container for storage.

Note: These only stay crispy on the outside for about 12 hours before they significantly soften. For the best results, serve these cookies the day of–but they’ll still be delicious after they become even softer and chewier. 


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So what is your favorite fall cookie? Leave me a comment here (or on Facebook) and let me know! 🙂


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

September 14, 2014 Print this page

These are like fall in a cookie…if fall was to have an liaison with chocolate and crystallized ginger. These are super soft and chewy, so if crunchy cookies aren’t your jam, these are for you!

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 20 min
Total Time 35 min
Yield 2 dozen cookies

2 cups of creamy almond butter

1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of allspice

A pinch of cloves

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a plain old bowl), mix together the almond butter, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Sift in the coconut flour,  ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times, then fold in the dark chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, take out a heaping tablespoon of dough and use another spoon to push it onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake until just firm to the touch and hardening on the outside, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring to your plate or an airtight container for storage.

Note: These only stay crispy on the outside for about 12 hours before they significantly soften. For the best results, serve these cookies the day of–but they’ll still be delicious after they become even softer and chewier. 


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Chickpeas and Dumplings

September 2, 2014 Print this page

The idea for this soup was born when I wanted to make my chicken soup but had just eaten chicken for dinner the night before. What was a girl to do? Well, make it without meat, that is…and throw in some chewy, doughy dumplings! Voila–chickpeas and dumplings. 

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 min
Yield 6 servings

FOR THE CHICKPEAS:

2 cups of dried chickpeas

2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (one with active enzymes, like Bragg’s)

1 strip of kombu (found in the Asian section at grocery stores)

OR 1 15-ounce can of pre-cooked chickpeas

FOR THE SOUP:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

1 large onion, chopped finely

4 large carrots, chopped finely

2 stalks of celery, chopped finely

1 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

6 cups of vegetable stock (preferably homemade or low sodium)

1 cup of apple cider

FOR THE DUMPLINGS:

1 1/2 cups of almond flour

1/2 cup of tapioca powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/3 cup of vegetable broth

Directions

First, cook your chickpeas. I always make my beans from scratch–canned beans always give me indigestion, and personally, I find home-cooked beans to have much more flavor. 

Soak the chickpeas in a bowl of warm water and the apple cider vinegar overnight. This will help lower the level of anti-nutrients (like phyates and lectins) and break down the long-chain carbohydrates that are difficult for your body to digest.

The next day, drain the chickpeas and rinse them well with fresh water. Place them in a medium saucepan, cover with fresh water (enough to cover the beans by at least 2 inches), and bring it to a boil. Once bubbling, add in the strip of kombu (a kind of seaweed that also has enzymes to help break the beans down), and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the beans are soft and tender, about 2 to 3 hours.

Now that your chickpeas are ready, get started on the soup base.

In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat until beginning to sizzle. Add the arrowroot powder and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to help brown it a bit.

Next, add in the onion. Let it saute for five minutes, then add carrots and celery.

Let all of the veggies saute together for another 5 minutes, then pour in the salt, poultry seasoning, and turmeric. Stir to cover the vegetables with the spices and let saute for another 2 minutes.

To the vegetables, add the cooked chickpeas, vegetable stock, and apple cider (the SECRET ingredient!). I made my own vegetable stock, but if you use store-bought, please purchase the low-sodium variety! Increase the heat to high and bring everything to a boil, then turn it down to low and cook for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the dumplings, adapted from this recipe.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almond flour with the tapioca powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/3 cup of vegetable broth. Pulse for about 30 seconds until a soft dough is formed, then simply roll into balls and drop into the soup for 25 minutes.

Serve hot and eat with a big old spoon. Enjoy!


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Chickpeas and Dumplings (gluten-free + vegan)

September 2, 2014 1 Comment Print this page

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As nights and mornings gradually grow colder, I love having something warm to eat. While summer weather is beautiful and I do adore Sun Gold tomatoes, nectarines, and grilling, fall and winter are my favorite seasons for food. Soup, stews, and braises are truly some of my favorite things to cook: throw everybody in a pot, cook over low heat for a long time, and remove the lid to discover broth-infused veggies, perfectly-cooked beans, and meat that falls apart with the touch of a fork. There is nothing better on a dreary November night. Nothing. Except a molten chocolate lava cake.

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Perhaps September 2nd is a bit premature to start talking about fall food, but I started school last Monday, and school means fall, so there. I want my soup and I want it now.

Especially a soup as tasty as this one!

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The idea for this soup was born when I wanted to make my chicken soup but had just eaten chicken for dinner the night before. What was a girl to do? Well, make it without meat, that is…and throw in some chewy, doughy dumplings! Voila–chickpeas and dumplings.

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In addition to being incredibly filling and warming–it kept me warm all through the freezer that is my French class (to quote my teacher, “Pourquoi il fait toujours froid dans ma salle de classe?!”)–this soup provides a healthy serving of vegetables and a good source of protein from the beans and dumplings. Traditional chicken and dumplings includes cream, but I decided to leave it out–we didn’t miss it in the slightest. (We don’t like cream soups very much, anyway.) You’ll be too busy sipping away at that flavorful broth, perfectly accented by my secret ingredient.

Want to find out what it is? Keep reading–and make this dish while you’re at it. 😉

First, cook your chickpeas. I always make my beans from scratch–canned beans always give me indigestion, and personally, I find home-cooked beans to have much more flavor.

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Soak 2 cups of chickpeas in a bowl of warm water and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (one with active enzymes, like Bragg’s) overnight. This will help lower the level of anti-nutrients (like phyates and lectins) and break down the long-chain carbohydrates that are difficult for your body to digest.

The next day, drain the chickpeas and rinse them well with fresh water. Place them in a medium saucepan, cover with fresh water (enough to cover the beans by at least 2 inches), and bring it to a boil. Once bubbling, add in a strip of kombu (a kind of seaweed that also has enzymes to help break the beans down), and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the beans are soft and tender, about 2 to 3 hours.

Now that your chickpeas are ready, get started on the soup base.

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In a dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until beginning to sizzle. Add 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to help brown it a bit.

Next, add in 1 large onion chopped into small pieces. Let it saute for five minutes, then add 4 large carrots and 2 stalks of celery also chopped into small pieces.

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Let all of the veggies saute together for another 5 minutes, then pour in 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of poultry seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric. Stir to cover the vegetables with the spices and let saute for another 2 minutes.

By the way, vegans and vegetarians–poultry seasoning does not contain any meat, quite the opposite, in fact: it’s a combination of lots of yummy herbs like rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and others.

To the vegetables, add the cooked chickpeas, 6 cups of vegetable stock, and 1 cup of apple cider (the SECRET ingredient!). I made my own vegetable stock, but if you use store-bought, please purchase the low-sodium variety! Increase the heat to high and bring everything to a boil, then turn it down to low and cook for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the dumplings, adapted from this recipe.

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In the bowl of a food processor, combine 1 1/2 cups of almond flour with 1/2 cup of tapioca powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/3 cup of vegetable broth. Pulse for about 30 seconds until a soft dough is formed, then simply roll into balls and drop into the soup for 25 minutes.

Serve hot and eat with a big old spoon. Enjoy! 🙂

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What is your favorite fall soup? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


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Pumpkin Spice Frosting

December 21, 2013 Print this page

The quintessential fall flavors, all in one delicious frosting. Serve on top of Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes.

Ingredients

Prep Time 5 min
Cooking Time
Total Time 5 min
Yield Enough frosting for 8 cupcakes

1/2 cup of palm shortening

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (preferably fresh)

1/3 cup of maple syrup

1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder

2 teaspoons of coconut flour

A generous pinch of salt

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, arrowroot powder, coconut flour, and salt together on high speed until light, fluffy, and doubled in volume, about 5 minutes.

With a spatula, scoop the frosting into a pastry bag or a ziploc bag with a corner zipped off, then seal, twist the top, and push the frosting down towards the tip.

Pipe onto Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes.


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