Classic Sugar Cookies

These classic sugar cookies are a hit for young and old and are super easy to roll, cut and bake. 

I remember as a young child it didn’t matter the occasion. If there was an occasion there were sugar cookies. My mom always had them ready when we walked in from school. While I love the look of royal icing, it changes the taste of these cookies and not for the better so I like to stick with basic sugar on top. 

After visiting Disney during Christmas a few years back and purchasing the Mickey cookie cutter, it has become my fav cutter at Christmas time.  Brings back so many magical memories and certainly adds a little extra fun to the holidays. 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of salted butter

2 cups of granulated sugar 

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract 

5 cups of all purpose flour 

2 tsp baking powder 

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together butter and sugar. Cream until smooth scraping the sides well. 

2. Beat in the eggs and vanilla scraping the sides well. 

3. Mix in the flour and baking powder. 

There is no need to chill the dough if you want to make them right away.  It is ready to roll 🙂

4. Roll out your dough on a floured surface (I roll about a 1/4 of the dough at a time). Roll to about 1/2 cm thick. Some people like them thicker (around 1cm) but I love them thinner. Either works. 

5. Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out your desired shapes. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

6. Add sprinkles of your choice (BEFORE you bake them). 

7. Bake in over for 8-10 minutes until the edges start to change a slight colour. Let cool completely before stacking. 

Happy baking!

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Rock Cookies

  
Don’t be fooled by the name. These cake like cookies are sure to be a hit with the kiddos.  My mom baked these for us when we were kids and we couldn’t get enough of them. I love the raisins and nuts but my sister always likes her plain. Great either way!

Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients 

3/4 cup of brown sugar 

1/2 cup of  salted butter 

2 large eggs

1/4 cup water

(Optional raisins/walnuts)

Sift:

1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 tsp soda

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice 

Directions

Beat sugar and butter until smooth

Add eggs one at a time until well blended. 

Add sifted ingredients in 3 parts alternating with 1/3 of 1/4 cup water. 

Drop teaspoonful onto parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. 

Kids will love these!

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

  
Okay so this recipe is soooooo easy and I am excited to share it with you. Whip up a batch on the fly for any event. Annnnd the good news is you can substitute your favorite chocolate bars or nuts, etc…

Ingredients

4 cups icing sugar 

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 salted butter

1/4 cup milk 

1tbsp vanilla 

Reece’s peanut butter cups (I buy the large bag from Walmart that has 10 or 12 individually wrapped mini cups. $2) You will need 2 bags. 

Directions:

Place parchment paper in 8×8 greased pan. Chop one pack of chocolate and sprinkle on the bottom. 

Sift sugar and cocoa and place into a microwaveable bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of milk and place butter on top. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir well and add vanilla extract. Stir until Smooth and pour over chocolate pieces. Spread in the pan. Chop the next bag of chocolate, sprinkle on top and press down. Put in fridge until set (overnight). 

Chop into small square and enjoy!

Balsamic Salad Dressing

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So my husbands sister visited us from France and made us a tomato salad that was Delish! If you are like me, my garden is full of tomatoes and fresh herbs and I am always looking for ways to serve them. This dressing is low in fat and tastes great!

Ingredients
100ml extra virgin olive oil
100ml balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 sprigs fresh basil chopped fine
1 Clove garlic chopped fine
Salt/pepper to taste

Directions
Put all ingredients into a container with lid and shake well then serve on salad of choice (we loved it with a variety of chopped tomatoes or cucumbers).

Enjoy

Strawberry Jam Gone Clean

So strawberry season is upon us and I love, love, love them! I decided to whip up a batch of clean strawberry jam. Best part is it only takes a minute to make!

(Makes 2 cups)

Ingredients
2 cups of fresh,washed strawberries (stems removed)
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
3tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend. (Mix as long as you like to get the consistency you desire).
Pour into a jar and put in fridge for 24 hours before using.

You can double/triple this recipe. After the 24 hours in the fridge you can even freeze this jam and enjoy it all year round!

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Chips and Salsa

Looking for a clean snack that is super easy, low in calories and tastes great? Chips and salsa will do the trick.

Nachos

Preheat oven to 350

Ingredients:
Large whole wheat pocket pita (more than 1 if you’d like)
Pink salt

Directions:
Cut pita into 8 triangles and seperate the pocket. Place pitas in single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with pink salt or spice of choice.
Cook for 4 minutes and turn over and cook another 2 minutes until crispy.
Serve right away or allow to cool and place in airtight container.

Salsa
(Was so excited to use my cilantro from my garden)

2 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion
4 medium tomatoes
Large handful of cilantro (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
Salt/pepper to taste

Finely chop onions, garlic, tomatoes and cilantro. Add spice, stir. Put in fridge for at least an hour and serve with chips 🙂

Hope you enjoy it as
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Kim’s Guilt Free Cookies

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Yup that’s right! Guilt free. (As long as you don’t eat the whole plate).

I purchased coconut sugar last night (I had no idea it existed). And because baking has been an obsession since I was a little girl I had to get to baking right away. I made this recipe up as I went and luckily I got it first try. I’d love to hear about any of your variations of this recipe :).

These cookies are soft and cake like. Hope you love them as much as I do.

Ingredients
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup coconut sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk of choice
2 cups oats
1/3 cup ground flax seed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp pink salt
1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
1 cup nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.
Put milk and oats in a bowl, stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
Beat butter and sugar together until smooth.
Add two eggs and beat well.
Add oat mixture and mix well.
Add ground flax, flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
Add nuts and dried fruit and stir until mixed.
Drop by heaping tablespoon on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.
Allow to cool and enjoy.
Makes 36 cookies

D’s No Bake Energy Balls

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Okay so another friend of mine is an amazing cook and is always sending awesome treats our way! Supporting my clean eating, he shared this sweet treat and I think these are mouth watering! Of course any of you who have ventured to the baking section on my blog will see I love to bake and I love making cake pops for my kiddos and their friends. So I took D’s recipe and added a little twist. Both recipes are attached 🙂

Ingredients
1 cup oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Roll into 26 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

To make cake pops
Use 1/4 cup dark chocolate chopped finely (instead of 1/2 cup). Melt 1 cup of dark chocolate. Dip top of stick in chocolate and insert into the balls about 1/2 way. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then dip the ball quickly into melted chocolAte and let the chocolate drop off. (I usually tap the bottom of the stick with the back of a spoon to get as much chocolate off as possible. Place in fridge to harden. Add a drop of melted chocolate to the top if you wish and add a nut or dried fruit. This would make a fun and impressive clean dessert for friends and family. Enjoy. Id love to see your creative ideas.
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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Who doesn’t love pizza?! I made this for the kiddos today and they gobbled it up. And gonna add some to their bento lunch boxes tomorrow. Like make this every week and know the recipe by heart. After you try it I am sure you will too!

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
2 heaping tsp of fast active yeast
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1tsp basil(optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder(optional)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed (today I used 1/4 cup whole wheat flour instead due to allergies at school)
Pizza sauce
Toppings
Mozzarella cheese

Directions
Put the water in your mixer
Add the yeast and stir. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Add salt, honey, oil, basil and garlic. Stir. Add the flour and ground flax.

Mix with dough hook attachment for 5 minutes on low. Place in floured bowl and put a towel on top. Allow to rest for 30 minutes in a warm area.

Flour a pizza pan and press dough onto pan. Add your fav sauce toppings and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8 slices.

Clean Waffles

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Dust off your waffle makers friends!!!

I guess you can say I’m in a sharing kinda mood the past 24 hours. I am just so amazed by my lifestyle changes and the endless possibilities it has to offer! Made these waffles today. I added 2 tsp of brown sugar but you can omit that if you like. :).

Ingredients and prep:

1/2 cup oats
2 cups milk
(Put these two ingredients in a small bowl and allow to rest for 10 minutes).

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dash pink salt
(Mix these ingredients together in a separate bowl)

2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
(Add these ingredients to rested oat mixture and whisk well).

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Allow to rest 5 minutes.

Spray/ brush waffle maker with olive oil or coconut oil. Pour 1/3 cup of mixture in waffle maker and cook.

Serve with fresh fruit and a little pure maple syrup. (Not gonna lie, they taste amazing with nothing on it. A great snack for on the go).

Makes 8 large waffles. 199 calories for each large waffle (4 triangles).

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