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Linzer Heart Cookies (vegan + whole-wheat)

February 10, 2016 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Cookies! Shaped like hearts! Valentine’s Day! Much pep!

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I don’t get why people hate Valentine’s Day so much. Me personally, I love a holiday devoted exclusively to love. Yes, I think that love should be woven into each and every day in as many ways as you possibly can, but in my opinion, it’s lovely that there’s a holiday dedicated to telling other people how much you care about them.  We so often walk through the world with our hearts closed, fearing that others will judge us for how we feel or sifting through our own business so intensely that we isolate ourselves…so it’s nice to have a little push on the calendar reminding us to show some compassion.

I think the real problem lies in all of the unnecessary pressure we place upon ONE day. You know the drill: you’ve gotta express romantic love, and for some reason romantic love means buying flowers and going out for overpriced dinners and physically manifesting that your love is real, somehow. Are flowers and dinners nice? Yes, of course, but that is in no way how you have to express your care for another person.

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One of my favorite things about humanity as a whole is the plethora of ways in which we can all love each other. We frequently get frustrated that someone else isn’t loving us in the way we’d like, which I think is often more of misunderstanding. Instead of getting caught in the quibbles (this is my new favorite phrase, other than fartbag, which is a different story), I believe that it’s far more beneficial to meet those we love halfway, recognizing that while some of us are big on public, dramatic expressions of passion, others are more subdued and prefer little notes and quiet moments. Neither form of love is “wrong”…they’re just different for different people, and the intention behind both can be equally as strong.

Always love others for where they are, unconditionally. Empathize and learn how to understand. That’s my philosophy. Also hugs. Hugs are my favorite thing in the universe. Always hugs.

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At the same time, though, you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship in order to be loved and feel love. First of all, platonic love is freaking awesome, and it isn’t expressed enough, in my opinion. Write passionate love letters to your friends. Get them flowers and presents. Give them kisses and cuddles. I mean, if that’s not your style, I get it, but why on earth is it a “bad” thing to show your friends how much you love them?!  Gosh, society.

But as I fervently expressed in my last post, you don’t even need another person to feel love at a particular moment in time: you, yes you, can love yourself. And that’s not selfish: it’s freaking awesome! It’s something I am proud to practice, and I encourage you to practice it, too.

Last Saturday night, I wanted to get out of the house, but all of my friends were either in a theater production or attending a dance. So I decided, hey, why not take myself on a date?

So, I burned myself a cheesy mix CD featuring my favorite love songs, and drove the half an hour to my favorite pizza place. I asked for a table for one, opened up a book of poetry I brought, and just sat in the middle of a crowded restaurant, by myself yet perfectly content reading Walt Whitman and chowing down on those delicious layers of cheese and tomato sauce. Afterwards, I went to Carvel and got my favorite guilty pleasure: a vanilla and chocolate swirl soft serve cone, dipped in chocolate and covered with rainbow sprinkles. As I sat in my car, making a complete mess of myself while singing along to Ed Sheeran, I thought about how much fun I was having just being me, doing my own thing.

Love others with all of your heart and all you’ve got, but darnit, love yourself, too. Dating someone is fun, but dating yourself is fun, too.

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OKAY PHILOSOPHICAL TALK IS OVER FOR THE DAY. It’s time for cookies. FREAKING AMAZING COOKIES!!!

My mom’s favorite cookies are Linzer Hearts, so these go out to her especially. They’re really lovely: raspberry jam sandwiched between two soft, slightly crumbly, slightly crunchy, slightly chewy cookies, dusted in a little powdered sugar. Yes, they’re a decent amount of work with all of the rolling and such, but they are SO worth it!

Make these for someone you love this Valentine’s Day. Or make these for yourself, because you love yourself too, right?! 🙂

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Linzer Heart Cookies

Ingredients

Prep Time 2 hr
Cooking Time 10 min
Total Time 2 hr 10 min
Yield 12-15 sandwiched cookies

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup of oat flour

1 cup of whole-wheat pastry flour

1 cup of blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of organic palm shortening OR softened refined coconut oil

1 cup of organic cane sugar

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder + 2 tablespoons of water

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of almond extract

FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM:

1 12-ounce bag of frozen raspberries, slightly thawed

1/2 cup-2/3 cup of organic cane sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder + 3 tablespoons of water

Pinch of salt

Squeeze of lemon juice

Directions

FOR THE COOKIES:

In a medium bowl, sift together the three flours and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening with the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides, and add the arrowroot/water mixture and extracts. Turn the mixer on low, then crank up to high and beat until everything is well-combined, about two minutes longer.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low just until no clumps remain. Add the remaining half of the dry ingredients and do the same. The dough should hold together pretty well in a firm-ish ball. If it feels too wet, add another tablespoon or two of whole wheat pastry flour.

Squish the dough together and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Pop in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight to firm up.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Liberally flour a clean rolling pin and counter space with flour. Cut the dough ball in half and roll one of the two halves out until it’s about 1/4-inch thick (approximately). (Put the other half in the fridge while you roll out the first one.) Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter lightly dipped in flour, cut out as many cookies as you can. Then, using a small circular cookie cutter (I actually used an apple corer), cut out a little circle in half of the cookies you cut. This will be so you can see the jam in the center once the cookies are assembled!

Place the cut cookies on the prepared baking sheets, squish the scraps together, and repeat the same process described above with the dough scraps and other half of dough.

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 9 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to arrive at room temperature.

FOR THE FILLING:

Option one: you are a lazy potato and use store-bought raspberries preserves. I only judge you slightly.

Option two: YOU DO IT THE ABBY WAY.

Put the frozen raspberries in a saucepan with the sugar, pinch of salt, and lemon juice. Heat over medium and, using a spoon, smash those raspberries like they were somebody you detest. Once the raspberries have mostly broken down and released their juices, whisk together the arrowroot and water and drizzle the mixture into the raspberries. Whisk it quickly and reduce the heat down to low. Stir constantly until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from the heat and put in the fridge to cool completely.

TO ASSEMBLE:

Take a cookie that DOES NOT have a circle cut out in the center and spread about a tablespoon or two of the raspberry filling all over. Carefully place a cookie that DOES have a circle cut out in the center on top. Repeat until you have no cookies left.

Put the cookies in an tight container and let them hang out overnight, or at least 3-4 hours if you’re impatient. Eat within 3 days.


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(Thanks for listening to me chatter. I’ve been writing a lot, lately. 🙂 )

Much love to all! <3


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Linzer Heart Cookies

February 5, 2016 Print this page

These are my mom’s absolute favorite cookies, and I don’t blame her! The combination of soft, slightly-crumbly, slightly-crunchy cookie with sweet-tart raspberry filling is absolutely wonderful. Make these for someone you love this Valentine’s Day–that special someone is going to be very happy when you bring him or her one of these beauties. 🙂

Adapted from this recipe

Ingredients

Prep Time 2 hr
Cooking Time 10 min
Total Time 2 hr 10 min
Yield 12-15 sandwiched cookies

FOR THE COOKIES:

1 cup of oat flour

1 cup of whole-wheat pastry flour

1 cup of blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of organic palm shortening OR softened refined coconut oil

1 cup of organic cane sugar

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder + 2 tablespoons of water

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of almond extract

FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM:

1 12-ounce bag of frozen raspberries, slightly thawed

1/2 cup-2/3 cup of organic cane sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder + 3 tablespoons of water

Pinch of salt

Squeeze of lemon juice

Directions

FOR THE COOKIES:

In a medium bowl, sift together the three flours and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the palm shortening with the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer, scrape down the sides, and add the arrowroot/water mixture and extracts. Turn the mixer on low, then crank up to high and beat until everything is well-combined, about two minutes longer.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low just until no clumps remain. Add the remaining half of the dry ingredients and do the same. The dough should hold together pretty well in a firm-ish ball. If it feels too wet, add another tablespoon or two of whole wheat pastry flour.

Squish the dough together and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Pop in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight to firm up.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Liberally flour a clean rolling pin and counter space with flour. Cut the dough ball in half and roll one of the two halves out until it’s about 1/4-inch thick (approximately). (Put the other half in the fridge while you roll out the first one.) Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter lightly dipped in flour, cut out as many cookies as you can. Then, using a small circular cookie cutter (I actually used an apple corer), cut out a little circle in half of the cookies you cut. This will be so you can see the jam in the center once the cookies are assembled!

Place the cut cookies on the prepared baking sheets, squish the scraps together, and repeat the same process described above with the dough scraps and other half of dough.

Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 9 minutes, or until just beginning to brown around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling racks to arrive at room temperature.

FOR THE FILLING:

Option one: you are a lazy potato and use store-bought raspberries preserves. I only judge you slightly.

Option two: YOU DO IT THE ABBY WAY.

Put the frozen raspberries in a saucepan with the sugar, pinch of salt, and lemon juice. Heat over medium and, using a spoon, smash those raspberries like they were somebody you detest. Once the raspberries have mostly broken down and released their juices, whisk together the arrowroot and water and drizzle the mixture into the raspberries. Whisk it quickly and reduce the heat down to low. Stir constantly until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Remove from the heat and put in the fridge to cool completely.

TO ASSEMBLE:

Take a cookie that DOES NOT have a circle cut out in the center and spread about a tablespoon or two of the raspberry filling all over. Carefully place a cookie that DOES have a circle cut out in the center on top. Repeat until you have no cookies left.

Put the cookies in an tight container and let them hang out overnight, or at least 3-4 hours if you’re impatient. Eat within 3 days.


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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream (vegan)

August 4, 2014 Print this page

I’ve made a lot of ice cream this spring and summer, but it has occurred to me that I’ve never tried a chocolate base. That had to change. And what doesn’t go better with chocolate than raspberries…and more chocolate?! 

Ingredients

Prep Time 2 hr
Cooking Time 15 min
Total Time 2 hr 15 min
Yield 6-8 servings

FOR THE ICE CREAM:

2 cups of raspberries (fresh or frozen)

2 14-ounce cans of full-fat coconut milk

5 ounces of dark chocolate, melted

1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar)

1/3 cup of honey (or coconut nectar)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder

1 tablespoon of vodka

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

FOR THE TRUFFLES:

1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk

3.5 ounces of dark chocolate

Directions

FOR THE ICE CREAM:

The first step is to make the raspberry portion of this ice cream. Take the raspberries and put them in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, using a spoon to smush the berries and help them release water, and bring to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce the heat to low and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and transfer to a high-speed blender. Blend completely, then add the 14-ounce cans of full-fat coconut milk, 5 ounces of melted dark chocolate, unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar), honey (or coconut nectar), and salt. Blend again, then transfer to a medium saucepan–I recommend you reuse the one you cooked the raspberries in.

Heat over medium and, once warm, remove 1/4 cup of the base. Whisk in the arrowroot powder, then return to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and add the vodka and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Push through a fine-mesh strainer into a heat-proof dish. Cover and refrigerate until cool to the touch, at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

FOR THE TRUFFLES:

In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk until bubbles begin to form on the surface. Once hot, turn off the heat and pour over 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to incorporate the newly melted chocolate and coconut milk. Transfer to the fridge until it solidifies, about 3 to 4 hours.

Using a small spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out a rounded half tablespoon of the chocolate/coconut milk mixture and roll into a ball. Once formed, roll in some cocoa powder and repeat with the remaining chocolate (you should make about 10-12 truffles), then refrigerate to firm up again, about 1 hour.

TO ASSEMBLE:

Cut the each of the newly-formed truffles into 8 pieces and put back in the fridge to chill while you churn the ice cream.

Speaking of which, take out the cooled ice cream base and put it in your ice cream machine. Churn according to your manufacturer’s instructions until the ice cream is the texture of rich soft-serve, about 20 to 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, add the chopped up truffle pieces and put them in the ice cream machine while it churns.

Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until hard, at least 6 hours and preferably overnight. The next day, let sit out for a minute, then scoop and serve!

 


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Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Ice Cream (dairy-free + vegan option)

August 4, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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I know what you’re thinking: “Abby, do you have to post another ice cream recipe?!”

And the answer is yes, yes I do. Because ice cream is amazing. And I love it. Especially when it tastes as amazing as this ice cream does.

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I’ve made a lot of ice cream this spring and summer, but it has occurred to me that I’ve never tried a chocolate base. That had to change. And what doesn’t go better with chocolate than raspberries…and more chocolate?!

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One amazing thing about adding chocolate to ice cream bases is that it makes the finished product especially velvety and creamy. I love this quality: every bite melts on your tongue in the most pleasant way possible. The raspberries add a little tartness, which nicely counteracts the chocolate’s richness, making for an absolutely delicious frozen treat.

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I made this ice cream on a Saturday afternoon, and by Monday night, all of it was gone. It was just THAT. GOOD. I hope you’ll make it and think the same. 🙂

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Ready to get ice-creaming? I am! Let’s go.

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The first step is to make the raspberry portion of this ice cream. Take 2 cups of raspberries–fresh or frozen, it doesn’t matter–and put them in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, using a spoon to smush the berries and help them release water, and bring to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce the heat to low and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

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Remove from the heat and transfer to a high-speed blender. Blend completely, then add 2 14-ounce cans of full-fat coconut milk, 5 ounces of dark chocolate, melted, 1/4 cup of unrefined cane sugar (or coconut sugar), 1/3 cup of honey (or coconut nectar to keep it vegan), and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Blend again, then transfer to a medium saucepan–I recommend you reuse the one you cooked the raspberries in.

Heat over medium and, once warm, remove 1/4 cup of the base. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder into it, then return to the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon of vodka and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Push through a fine-mesh strainer into a heat-proof dish. Cover and refrigerate until cool to the touch, at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

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Meanwhile, make the truffles to fold in later.

In a small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup of full-fat coconut milk until bubbles begin to form on the surface. Once hot, turn off the heat and pour over 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes, then use a spatula to incorporate the newly melted chocolate and coconut milk. Transfer to the fridge until it solidifies, about 3 to 4 hours.

Using a small spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out a rounded half tablespoon of the chocolate/coconut milk mixture and roll into a ball. Once formed, roll in some cocoa powder and repeat with the remaining chocolate (you should make about 10-12 truffles), then refrigerate to firm up again, about 1 hour.

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Cut the each of the newly-formed truffles into 8 pieces and put back in the fridge to chill while you churn the ice cream.

Speaking of which, take out the cooled ice cream base and put it in your ice cream machine. Churn according to your manufacturer’s instructions until the ice cream is the texture of rich soft-serve, about 20 to 25 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, add the chopped up truffle pieces and put them in the ice cream machine while it churns.

Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until hard, at least 6 hours and preferably overnight. The next day, let sit out for a minute, then scoop and serve!

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YES!!! ICE CREAM!!!

What is your favorite fruit to pair with chocolate? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


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Raspberry Frosting

October 18, 2013 Print this page

Ingredients

Prep Time 10 min
Cooking Time
Total Time 10 min
Yield 1 cup of frosting

1 cup of palm shortening (can substitute 1 cup of softened, unsalted butter)

1/2 cup of raw coconut nectar (can substitute raw honey or maple syrup)

2 tablespoons of coconut flour

1/4 cup of arrowroot starch

Pinch of salt

1 4-ounce bag of freeze-dried raspberries

 

Directions

Whip together the palm shortening, raw coconut nectar, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and airy, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, crush up 1 4-ounce bag of freeze-dried raspberries in the bowl of a food processor until a fine powder, about 30 seconds.

Pour the raspberries into the stand mixer and continue whipping for another 2 minutes until fully combined.

Fill a pastry bag or a plastic bag with a corner tip snipped off with the frosting. Pipe it all over the cooled Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes, making it as pretty or messy as you’d like. Top with fresh raspberries and serve.

 


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