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Cookies for the Teachers

June 2, 2014

cokies cookiesAs a student I have experienced lots of teacher strikes, missed days of school and walk-outs in high school. However, this year I am on the other side of the battle as a practicing teacher. 

I’m one month away from finishing my first year of teaching. It’s been a rewarding experience full of learning. Yes – as a teacher I am still learning. Learning doesn’t end in the classroom – we are all lifelong learners (as I was taught in my education program). Even if I weren’t a teacher, I would still believe this statement. No one can say that they ever stop learning – no matter the content, the subject or idea we are continuously learning and shaping our world around us through these experiences. I believe that education is important. Thus, I am standing on the picket line for my first ever strike along with fellow colleagues. 

Last week was our first day of rotating strikes in BC, and this week I’ll be on the line again. It was great to talk to other teachers, to inform those driving by, giving us a honk (or, other times a not-so-nice gesture or plain looking away altogether). However I do hope that our strike will bring about some much needed changes to help those students in our classroom that need it the most. 

It was nice to see public support from students parents and family, bringing the teachers coffee or snacks along with homemade signs. This week I said I would bake something to share with the teachers – simple chocolate chip cookies. 
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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 36
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 sticks butter
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup quick oats
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. ¼ cup sugar
  6. 1¼ cups brown sugar
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 2 tablespoons almond milk
  9. 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 2 cups dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Sift together the flour and baking soda and set aside.
  2. Pour melted butter in the mixer’s bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar. Cream the butter and sugars on medium speed. Add the eggs, 2 tablespoons almond milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  3. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture and oats until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Chill dough in freezer 10 minutes.
  5. When ready to bake, heat oven to 375F.
  6. Scoop chilled dough onto lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
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Cookies, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Recipe

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (6 ingredients)

May 7, 2014

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies // bakeaholic.caFlourless Peanut Butter Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

Sometimes you just need cookies. Fast. And sometimes, you need them to be wheat-free, and fast. 

Like sometimes, when your fiancé is out of town and you want a cookie, but don’t want a huge batch because you will likely eat them all. in one night. when you’re missing him. 

Re-Enter these delicious cookies that I made for Vancity Buzz – only this time, they’re peanut butter. They only make about 12-15 cookies, and you can definitely freeze them for eating later (on another night when you’re lonely). 

The reason I love these cookies is because their so easy to whip up, and there are no flour substitutes. They freeze easily once made, however the dough would be tough to freeze on its own because it’s so sticky. 

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

I threw in some raw, un-roasted/unsalted peanuts along with chocolate chips. I also tossed in some quick-oats in the second batch to see how they’d hold up, and I was pleasantly surprised at how deliciously chewy they were still. I’d definitely make an entire batch with the oats. I love a good oat cookie. 

Regular cookies – chewy, soft almost meringue-like in texture.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

with added quick oats – chewier and thicker

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies // bakeaholic.ca

These cookies store really well, usually I’ll leave them on the counter the night I make them and they’re still perfectly chewy, soft and moist the next day. 

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
A chewy, delicious flourless cookie.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Natural Smooth Peanut Butter (oil stirred in/combined well)
  2. 1/3 Cup Liquid Honey, slightly warmed (about 20-30 seconds in the microwave)
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1 tsp. Vanilla
  5. 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  6. 1/2 Cup Chopped Dark Chocolate
  7. 1/4 cup raw peanuts (optional) (unsalted, un-roasted)
  8. 1/2 cup quick oats (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 Degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat (strongly suggested) - or grease well.
  2. In a stand mixer/medium bowl with handheld blender combine Peanut Butter and Honey with Egg. Beat until combined, scraping down bowl.
  3. Add in Baking Soda – continue to mix two to three minutes on medium-low. The dough will begin to thicken, it will be sticky.
  4. Mix in by hand with spatula the Chopped Dark Chocolate, and/or peanuts.
  5. Scoop and drop using small ice-cream scoop or teaspoon onto baking sheet about two inches apart – they will be more of a free-form cookie in a slight ball shape. You only want a small amount of batter as they will puff/spread nicely into perfectly round cookies.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until browned, they will puff up. Cool on baking sheet.
  7. To make with quick oats, add in before stirring in the chocolate chips/peanuts.
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Christmas, Cookies, Holidays

Personalized Gingerbread Men

December 20, 2013

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 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… (which is only 5 days away!!!!)

Today is a wonderfully white snow day in Metro Vancouver. 

The fluffy white snowflakes began falling late last night and we woke up to roads blanketed in snow. Snow makes everything look beautiful. 

I hope it sticks around for Christmas. We haven’t had a white Christmas in Vancouver for a few years.. oh how lovely it would be. 

However, snow in Vancouver creates chaos. Unlike most people, I actually put on brand new all weather tires a couple months ago so I was pretty prepared for the cold weather and ice. Whereas a lot of people in Vancouver don’t have all weather/snow tires, and if they do they wait until after it is already snowing to put them on….

I’ve been watching Twitter all morning and the list of accidents/cars in the ditch keeps growing.. Stay safe out there people. 

What better way to celebrate a snow day (if you’re lucky enough to be home today and enjoy it!) than to bake. A warm house filled with baked goods while snow falls outside is a perfect winter afternoon to me.

I have a certain love for ginger baked goods (such as these GingerStamp cookies) – the aroma is delicious. These are soft and chewy gingerbread people with a spicy ginger bite. To make them a little more personalized, without using royal icing, I used a small letter cookie cutter to imprint our family members initials on them. They would be great for table setting cards – or on top of presents. 

Stay warm inside on this snow day and bake yourself a gingerbread army. 

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The dough itself is easy, and only requires about an hour to chill. Little kids can help with rolling out cutting out the cookies, and even decorating if you want to add frosting. 

Gingerbread Cookies
Yields 24
Soft and chewy personalized Gingerbread Men
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Prep Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  5. 2teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  7. 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  8. 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  9. 1 large egg
  10. 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
Instructions
  1. 1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. 2. Beat butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Mix in eggs and molasses.
  3. 3. Add flour mixture, mixing on low until just combined. Divide dough in half and wrap each in plastic.
  4. 4. Refrigerate until cold and firm, about one hour or up to two days.
  5. 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 1/4-inch thick. Cut into shapes of your choice, I used smaller gingerbread men cutters. If you want to personalized them, lightly press a small letter cookie cutter into center of the cookie. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone baking mat.
  6. 6. Bake cookies until crisp but not dark, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
Notes
  1. Store in airtight container on counter for up to a week, or freeze.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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