Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
Molasses Crinkle Cookies
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    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Servings Prep Time
    38-40 cookies 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    9-10 minutes 3+ hours
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies stacked five high and tied with a white ribbon and decorated with an acorn.
    Molasses Crinkle Cookies
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Servings Prep Time
      38-40 cookies 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      9-10 minutes 3+ hours
      Ingredients
      Servings: cookies
      Instructions
      1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
      2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream butter and brown sugar until light.
      3. Add oil and molasses and beat until combined. Add egg and beat until fully incorporated.
      4. Mix in flour until well combined.
      5. Flatten dough into a round disk and chill for a minimum of three hours or overnight.
      6. Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking trays with parchment.
      7. Divide dough into equal portions using a tablespoon or weigh (I used 20g each). The dough balls should be an approximate inch in diameter.
      8. Roll each ball in sugar to coat completely. If the dough has warmed while you were rolling, rechill rolled dough for about 10 minutes to firm up again (this prevents the cookies from overspreading). Arrange prepared dough on baking trays placing at least 2" apart. There's no need to flatten cookies. Sprinkle the tops with additional sugar.
      9. Bake cookies on the middle rack for 9-10 minutes only. Remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
      Recipe Notes

      -Start these cookies several hours ahead as they need time to chill.

      -Using coarse sugar makes for a pretty holiday cookie.  It will take a little more coarse sugar than granulated sugar for rolling.

      -I find the dough warms up too much while rolling into balls, especially if taking the time to weigh each one. Therefore, I suggest that you rechill the rolled balls for about 10 minutes to prevent too much spread. You can do this before rolling in sugar, after rolling in sugar, or once they are prepped on the baking tray (this is great if you can fit the tray in your fridge)

      -At 20 grams each, I get 38-2 3/4" cookies.

      -Do not overcrowd the cookies on the cookie sheet and do not overbake. These cookies are wonderfully chewy at the 9-minute mark.

      Stroganoff Meatballs

      Stroganoff Meatballs
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      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Stroganoff Meatballs
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      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6 people 55-60 minutes
      Cook Time
      35 minutes
      Ingredients
      Beef Meatballs
      Stroganoff Sauce
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      Beef Meatballs
      1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
      2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix until incorporated. Roll into 1-ounce meatballs (about 2 tbsp each) and arrange on a large baking tray lined with parchment. Will yield about 38 meatballs.
      3. Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven. Reduce heat to 350°F.
      Stroganoff Sauce
      1. While meatballs are cooking, heat oil in a large dutch oven. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté until most of the liquid has evaporated and starting to brown.
      2. Add 2 cups water and OXO soup base and heat to a simmer, stirring to dissolve. Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Add to pot, whisking constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat and whisk in mushroom soup until smoothed out. Stir in sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, paprika and pepper.
      3. Add meatballs to the sauce and stir gently to coat with sauce. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately over noodles, rice or potatoes.
      Recipe Notes

      -It is a must to use beef soup base (preferably Knorr OXO Beef in a Mug)  I have tried to use regular beef bouillon cubes and powder, however, they do not have the same level of beef flavour and are not recommended for this recipe.

      -Meatballs can be made and cooked up to a day ahead.  Keep covered and chilled until ready to use.  Cook casserole for 40-45 minutes if using cold meatballs.

       

      Apple Galette with Almond Pastry

      Apple Galette with Almond Pastry
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        Servings Prep Time
        8 slices 50-60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 1+ hours
        Servings Prep Time
        8 slices 50-60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        40 minutes 1+ hours
        Apple Galette with Almond Pastry
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 slices 50-60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 1+ hours
          Servings Prep Time
          8 slices 50-60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          40 minutes 1+ hours
          Ingredients
          Pastry
          Filling
          Servings: slices
          Instructions
          Pastry
          1. In a large bowl combine flour, almond flour, sugar and salt. Cut butter cubes into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter or a knife until the flour is crumbly with small bits of butter.
          2. Drizzle water and vinegar over flour mixture and toss with a fork until dough just starts to come together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and work gently to bring everything together and the dough has smoothed out.
          3. Roll dough into a ball and then flatten into an approximate 6" disk. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
          Apple Filling
          1. Peel and core apples and then cut them into thin slices. Drizzle slices with the lemon juice as you slice to prevent oxidization.
          2. To the apples add the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to combine.
          3. In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk.
          4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
          5. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to an approximate 13" circle adding a sprinkle of flour to the top and bottom as you go to prevent it sticking.
          6. Trim dough to a neat 12" circle by using a plate or pie plate as a guide (see note). Roll dough onto your rolling pin and transfer to a large parchment-lined baking tray.
          7. Pile filling in the centre and spread out towards the edge leaving a 1 1/2" border of plain dough.
          8. Fold the dough edge up and over the filling, crimping slightly as you go around. Sprinkle the apples with dots of butter. Brush the pastry with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes until the pastry is golden and apples are tender.
          9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into wedges and serving with ice cream.
          Recipe Notes

          -The pastry does not have to be a perfect circle. If you'd like a nice rustic look you can leave it as you roll it as long as it is an approximate 12"-13" in diameter and 1/8" thick.

          -If you like a neater look you can also arrange the apple slices in a concentric circle.  I'm partial to piling the apples in as they fall.

          Cherry Almond Danish

          A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
          Cherry Almond Danish
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
            Cook Time
            25-28 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
            Cook Time
            25-28 minutes
            A slice of Cherry Almond Danish sits on a white plate with a fork to the side. The plate sits on a flowered cloth that is draped over a wooden tray with a cup of black coffee in the upper right corner.
            Cherry Almond Danish
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
              Cook Time
              25-28 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              8 1 1/2" slices 40 minutes
              Cook Time
              25-28 minutes
              Ingredients
              Danish
              Glaze
              Servings: 1 1/2" slices
              Instructions
              Danish
              1. Combine cherries and sugar in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until cherries are soft and syrupy about 10 minutes.
              2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water. Stir into cherries and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full boil.
              3. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
              4. Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a heavy baking sheet with parchment.
              5. In a small bowl cream together cream cheese, 1 tbsp of powdered sugar and vanilla.
              6. Lay puff pastry sheet on parchment and stretch slightly in width and length to 11-12".
              7. Using a pastry scraper or knife cut 1" wide fingers on the top and bottom third of pastry (length of fingers will be 3-4") and the centre 4" portion will be uncut (see photo).
              8. Spread cream cheese evenly along the centre uncut 4" portion of pastry.
              9. Spread cherry filling evenly on top of the cream cheese filling, leaving the fingers uncovered.
              10. Pull fingers across filling, alternating sides as you go (it's ok to have some small spaces in the pastry). Tuck any excess pastry underneath.
              11. In a small bowl whisk together egg and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Brush generously onto pastry.
              12. Bake in preheated oven for 25-28 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven to a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
              Glaze
              1. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk or cream. Drizzle over pastry while warm and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
              2. Serve warm, cutting into 1 1/2" slices.
              Recipe Notes

              -Toast almonds in a preheated 350℉ oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring once.

              -Using a pastry cutter to cut fingers allows a clean cut without cutting through the parchment.

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
              Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                54 cookies 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                10-12 minutes
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
                Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  54 cookies 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  10-12 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cookies
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
                  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
                  3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
                  4. Add egg and molasses and beat to fully incorporate. Stir in vanilla.
                  5. Add flour mixture, oatmeal and coconut. Mix until just combined and dough comes together.
                  6. Line baking trays with parchment or silpat mat. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, scoop out dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
                  7. Bake one tray at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.
                  8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on tray for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.