Sunday, April 29, 2012

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles



  Here is a cookie that I know everyone LOVES, I know my family does, so when I tweaked one of my recipes and tasted this cookie I couldn't believe how good it came out. I have to say it again, even though these are healthy cookies, you wont taste that, it's amazing how majority all my treats have that good, wholesome taste.  You can make them for your family also.

Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles

½ cup unsalted butter (softened)
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

 Preheat oven to 375

 Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add egg and continue creaming until light and fluffy.
 Stir in vanilla.  Measure whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt onto creamed mixture. Stir together just until mixed completely.  In a small bowl, combine white sugar and cinnamon.  Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place in cinnamon sugar and cover dough completely.  Place snickerdoodles on parchment paper baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cool on wire rack

Makes about 2 dozen

ENJOY!

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Book Review / The Necessity of an Enemy

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This book review is very fitting for today (Sunday) because it is a Godly read.  I haven't had time for such reading of books, when I have my quiet time with the Lord, I read my bible verses and write in my journal, so I excited to be able to take the time to read this wonderful book "The Necessity of an Enemy" the title tells it all.  We have enemies around us at all times, from people, mindsets, weaknesses and certain situations that try to destroy your passion for God's plan for your life.  The author Ron Carpenter, Jr. is a pastor and has had his obstacles with the enemy trying to destroy his destiny, but God gets all the glory, and comes out on top.

What I got out of this book reading, was that when we accept God as our personal savior, the enemy starts that same minute, tests, trials and tribulations will come your way to build your strength.  You need to know that when the enemy comes against you, you must be doing something right, or your breakthrough is right around the corner.  Its the enemies role to create certain circumstances around you that challenge your faith.  Peter didn't walk on water, he walked on the word/faith. Remember the bigger the enemy, the bigger the footstool. God will use your enemy as your footstool, thanks you Jesus.

I give this book 10 stars, it is a must read, for all of God's people, to understand and have faith in God and his plan for your life.

~Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord~


I was sent a copy of this book to give an honest review Blogging for Books

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Whole Wheat Nutella Cookies


Since I made Deep Chocolate Healthy Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting, I have been a little obsessed with Nutella, I want to make a couple more treats with it.  So today I made an easy Nutella Cookie, any one can make these, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.  These are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.


Ingredients
1 cup Nutella
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Blend all ingredients together. Form into small balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Press down firmly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 7-8 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

ENJOY!

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Sponsored Post / My First Crayola




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Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday



~Jayda is wearing her new cupcake apron, she was helping me make cupcakes and cookies ~ she wanted to eat another cookie, but I was making them for an event.  So she made a puss face, she is something else~


~I think she is OK now~

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Deep Chocolate Healthy Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting




Not sure if Nutella is new on the market or not, but it seems like there are so many desserts now that have this special ingredient Nutella in it, so when I went to BJ's I picked up a big jar, because I wanted to see what was so special about Nutella, well if you haven't tried it please go and get some, it is so good, rich and did I mention good.  I wanted to make frosting with Nutella, and it came out delicious, after I was done piping my cupcakes (I just piped a dollop of frosting, because I didn't want to overwhelm the cupcake) I found myself licking the piping bag (did I say that out loud), I really outdid myself this time.  I made a deep chocolate healthy cupcake that complimented the Nutella buttercream frosting.  I made these for an event today, they are going to love them.



Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp salt

2 fresh eggs

1 cup of buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp vinegar

1 1/2 cups canola oil

1 cup light brown sugar
Mix all wet ingredients and then add dry sifted ingredients, mix thoroughly. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full, bake for 18-20 minutes.



Nutella Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup Nutella
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 tbsp milk

 
Beat butter until smooth. Add Nutella and beat together until thoroughly combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency. Pipe your frosting onto your cupcakes you can also add some chopped walnuts on top for some crunch. 
ENJOY!


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Flourless - Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies




  
If you have a peanut butter cookie recipe, throw that recipe in the garbage and put this one in its place, that's what I did.  This is the easiest, moistest, most peanut buttery tasting cookie that I have ever had, and I am not just saying that.  The best part is this healthy cookie is flourless, gluten free and GOOD!  My kids love this cookie, when they see me taking peanut butter out for a recipe they say mama are you about to make those cookies, its too funny.  I also made these for my homeschool coop group for a party and it took about 10 minutes and all the cookies were gone.  Just remember while you are eating them; that they are a healthy treat.  So you don't have to worry if you eat 3 or 4. 

Here is the recipe:
Ingredients
Preheat oven 350
1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter
(I use the kind with the peanut oil on the top)
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 fresh egg
1tsp gluten free vanilla (or homemade if you make your own)

Directions

Add all ingredients to your mixer and mix until well incorporated. Using a small scooper, roll like a ball, place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and then press down with a fork, to give it that pressed look.  Bake for 10 minutes, let sit for 2 minutes, transfer to wire rack.

Makes about 30 cookies
Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Guest Post - All Things Blogs


Today I am happy to have Sarah from All Things Blogs come over and bring us a guest post; on her blog she has the most wonderful craft tutorials,  please go over and check them out.  It's a little different today, No Healthy Treat, I will be back on Monday with a new recipe. 


Hi!

So excited to be guest posting at Pamela's Heavenly Treats! I love her blog by the way!  Her desserts look absolutely delicious!!!

This tutorial is for decorating a $1 journal from Target!
For those who do not know what Washi tape is, it's a Japanese tape made from rice paper, most stores do not refer to it as "Washi tape", it is currently growing very popular too!


Supplies: $1 journal found in dollar section at Target, hot glue gun, ribbon, Washi tape, and scissors.

 Here's what my journal looked like!  The Washi tape I used was kind of see through so the design still showed through the tape.

Put the Washi tape on front cover tucking it in on the inside of the notebook, and bring it around to the back and tuck it in again.

Keep doing that for the rest of the Washi tape.  Then make a bow using your own technique or go to this tutorial.  Then hot glue it on wherever you want the bow to be! Enjoy, hope you guys liked the tutorial!

Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial!  Thanks Pamela for letting me guest post!
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ABC's Of Me!



I belong to the blogging community, voiceBoks. It's a great community for parents, I've met such awesome people there - so glad that I was invited to be part of all their fun!

One of our "challenges" this month is to blog the "ABC's" of Me. If you haven't tried to do this before, you should - it is a much harder than you might think. And fun! So here we go the ABC's of ME!

 
A - Almighty what I love to call the Lord each and every day.
B - Bible which I read during my quiet time with the Lord.
C -Christian what I strive to be each day a follower in the right way.
D- Dessert what I love to make (as you can tell by my blog)
E- Entertain I love to have people over, esp my mommy friends
F -Flavor something that you need when you are baking, esp with whole wheat
G - Grace It has been what has sustained me
H- House (Home) which we are planning to build in a few months
I - Island I would love to get on a plane and go right now
J - All my kiddies except one starts with the letter J
K- Kids The Lord gave me 6, 5 boys and 1 baby girl I love them with all my heart
L - Love How I feel each day when I look at my family
M- Milk what you need to drink when you eat my whole wheat honey cookies
N - Nap time (don't need an explanation)
O- Opinion I think we all have them
P - Of course for my name Pamela
Q- Quiet what I am hearing right now, because it early in the morning
R - Read something I love to do each and every day
S- Sun the weather is warming up now I just love it when the sun is shinning
T - TV My little one loves the Bubble Guppies, she doesn't care what anyone is watching she wants to watch her show
U- Undergrace The name of my husband's production business
V - Value I know the value of a dollar, I am very frugal, coupon lover
W - Weather I love all the seasons, but mainly spring
X - Xtra - I know that's not how you spell it, but that's all I could think of I would love to have some xtra quiet time just me and the Lord
Y- Yard sale I am having one today, with my neighbor, trying to get rid of some of this stuff
Z- Zebra - Beautiful looking animal, and I like him in Madagascar

Friday, April 20, 2012

Springtime Cupcakes / Birthday Playdate




We had such a wonderful play date birthday party for Jayda Grace, she was shy at first but then she started being herself, there wasn't really supposed to be theme, just pink and purple, but I found these cute flower plates with Happy Birthday on them, and matching decorations, I thought hey that's a cute little theme.  So I decided to make Springtime Cupcakes with Green Buttercream Icing (for the grass) with decorations on top homemade marshmallow fondant Bumble Bees, Flowers and Butterflies.  Thought I did a nice job, all the kids and parents were impressed.  I made my famous Vanilla Cupcakes and complemented it with my classic buttercream icing just add a couple drops of Wilton green icing coloring.





 This is an apron that my friend made for her, isn't it precious!

 Birthday Girl


My Kiddies


I am linking up here!





Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know I said that I wasn't going to be on today, but I just had to come on this morning, and after I homeschool my two little ones I will get to baking for our party tomorrow.  Can't leave you without a recipe.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
Set oven to 350
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (your dough will be stiff).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips or chunks.
  4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto parchment papered baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft).
  6. Remove from oven and cool slightly then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
This recipe makes about 3 dozen

ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blueberry Cupcakes (Whole Wheat)




Who doesn't like blueberries especially in a cupcake, and a healthy one at that.  I made my vanilla cupcake recipe and puree a small amount of fresh blueberries about 1/4 cup, so that it's almost juice, so that when you mix it into the batter they are really small fine pieces, they will bake into your cupcake and when you bite into it you can taste the blueberry goodness from the frosting to the cupcake. 

For the frosting I use my Classic Buttercream Frosting and just add Wilton blue icing coloring to your frosting and then frost them whichever way you like, its seems like these days I like to just pipe a dollop on top of my cupcakes, its a little faster than actually piping all around the cupcake.  It makes your cupcakes look cute! 

~I am getting ready for Miss Jayda Grace 2nd birthday party on Thursday, I have to try to make some fondant farm animals, so I have to start today preparing, so I can make sure they come out correctly :-) and some pretty flowers (at least I already know how to make those) so I had to be short and sweet today, you will see all the party pictures and the famous cupcakes in Friday's post~


ENJOY!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mango Cupcakes (Whole Wheat)

~Thank you to all my followers who helped me make it to the TOP 10 in the Foodie Blog 2012 contest, I was #7 which is great didn't even think that I would out beat all the other blogs, many thanks to all of you.~
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Can you say refreshing, tasty, fruity cupcake that describes this mango cupcake that I made.  It has a distinct flavor to it, very tropical, tastes like a tropical pound cake.  So go on out and sit by the pool side with your Mango Cupcake (whole wheat and healthy of course). 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

2 fresh eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
1 cup canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar

2 mango's (cut and chopped)

Mix all wet ingredients and then add dry sifted ingredients, mix thoroughly.  Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full bake for 20 minutes for standard cupcakes and 12 minutes for mini cupcakes.

Mango Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 pureed mango (for topping)
1 tbsp fresh mango juice

Mix butter, cream cheese, vanilla and mango juice, then slowly add powdered sugar.  Frost your cupcakes anyway you wish, I just piped a dollop of frosting on mine, and add pureed mango on top for a little garnish.  You will think you are in the Caribbean Island when you bite into one of these.

ENJOY!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Fondant Flowers

My entry into Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss is sponsored by Appliances Online and the Bosch Washing Machines

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I made fondant flowers for the first time, and they came out so beautiful, I am really proud of myself.  I used my homemade marshmallow fondant recipe and then I used Wilton icing coloring to make blue and yellow fondant, those were the colors of the event that I was making the cupcakes and flowers for.  I have to say that kneading the color in the fondant is a lot of work, it took me about 25 minutes for one color, its a workout!  I made red velvet, vanilla pudding and lemon blossom cupcakes, and they came out so moist and good.  When I dropped them off, the people were so excited with how they turned out which is exciting for me to see.  So I guess I am moving on up in the cupcake and cookie business, I know no how to do a little decorating. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Lemon Blossom Cupcakes
Vanilla Pudding Cupcakes
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Marshmallow Fondant Flowers










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Friday, April 13, 2012

Etsy - 10% Coupon Code




Go on over to  Pamela's Heavenly Treats Etsy Shop and enter WEEKENDSAVINGS for 10% off your order this weekend!  This is for my wonderful followers!

Have a great weekend!

Top 10 Foodie Blog 2012


Thank you to all who have voted everyday for me! Today is the last day to vote. I am now #7 in the top 10 YAY! on Voiceboks Top 10 Foodie Blog 2012, Click here! and look for my blog and vote. ~Thanks so much to my wonderful followers~
 
 
I am busy today making 6 dozen cupcakes for an event this afternoon.
I will be back tomorrow with event pictures, I even made homemade marshmallow fondant flowers to put on the cupcakes, and they turned out beautiful, I am moving on up the ladder in this cupcake decorating!
 
 
~Happy Friday~

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pamela's Heavenly Treats - Etsy Shop



I wanted to take a minute of your time, to tell you about my Etsy Shop where you can get my dry ingredients to make my heavenly treats.  I have cupcake and cookie mixes and even have one baked item in my shop, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.  I opened the shop March of this year, and have had a lot of love shown to me, people sending me wonderful messages and I had one sale so far. 

~Here is what I offer~

S'more Cookie Mix
Vanilla Citrus Cookie Mix
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookie mix
Chocolate Surprise Cookie Mix
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (baked)
Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
Vanilla Pudding Cupcake Mix
Chocolate Cupcake Mix

You already know that I bake with 100% whole wheat flour, and the finest ingredients, all you have to do is add a few common ingredients and you will have your own Heavenly Treat.

Thanks so much for looking at my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mini Vanilla Confetti Cupcakes


~PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!! ~I am STILL in the top 10 YAY! on Voiceboks Foodie Blog 2012, Click here! and look for my blog and vote. Thanks so much to my wonderful followers, you can vote everyday. The voting ends April 13th.~

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These mini cupcakes are just the treat you need for a birthday, get together, holiday or just because.  They are so easy to make, take only 12 minutes to bake, and then you can get creative with your frosting colors and toppings.  The kids seem to like these much better than standard cupcakes because they can just pop these in there mouths.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp vinegar

1 cup canola oil
Mix all the wet ingredients thoroughly, and add your dry ingredients. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full bake 12 minutes, cool on wire rack, and prepare your frosting.


Classic Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened

3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

up to 4 tablespoons fat free milk
food coloring (any color)


Beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoon at a time.  Split your batches up and add food coloring to each batch and stir with rubber spatula to get the nice color you want.  You can pipe the frosting on or put the frosting on with a flat spatula, and then get creative and put on some FUN jumbo confetti (I found these at Michael's in the baking section). 
ENJOY!
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Whole Wheat Banana Split Cupcake


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This is a DELICIOUS cupcake and it does taste just like a banana split.  My husband and kiddies loved this cupcake.  So I wanted to share this with my readers.

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)
1/2 cup fresh strawberries (chopped)
1/2 cup fresh pineapples (chopped)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)

Oven 350
Mix all your wet ingredients and add your dry ingredients to the mixture mix well.  Fill your cupcake liners 1/2 full, bake for 20 minutes.

Banana Whipped Cream Frosting

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 banana (mashed)
walnuts (chopped)
chocolate syrup
cherries

Mix heavy cream, vanilla and banana until well blended, it will be a little runny, but that's how you want it, place in fridge for about 30 minutes, then frost cupcakes add walnuts, chocolate syrup and top it off with a cherry.

ENJOY!

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Be Blessed Today!





John 3:16 ~"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."


Have a Blessed Easter / Resurrection Sunday!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

No Bake Peanut Butter Nests

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Since its Spring season and Easter is tomorrow, I made No Bake Peanut Butter Nests, I got this recipe from  Couponing & Cooking one of my favorite recipe blogs,  I just tweaked the recipe a little to make it a healthy treat.  These are so easy to make, and take only about 10 minutes and you are done, and they are the cutest little cookie. 

No Bake Peanut Butter Nests





Makes 12 to 14

1/4 cup peanut butter (I use Natural Organic)
1/8 cup butter or margarine, softened (2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Peanut M&M's

In a small bowl, whip the peanut butter and butter until creamy. Add the sugars and whip until smooth. Add the cinnamon, vanilla extract,  flour (add the flour slowly in case you need slightly less than recipe indicates) and stir until combined.  Now you will have a big ball of dough, I mixed that with my hand to get it nice and smooth.

The dough should be easy to work with and form into balls , roll the dough into 1 inch golf ball-sized shapes, gently push in and insert the M&M's candy.   Refrigerate for about 1 hour or freeze.  Take out and let thaw a little, and then dig in.  See how easy that was, and you have a wonderful Spring / Easter cookie that you and the kids will love. *You can also make the dough up and freeze for a later date.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Whole Wheat Lemon-Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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No matter what season it is, who can resist chocolate, if its chocolate chips, chocolate bar, chocolate icecream, chocolate cookie or a dollop of chocolate frosting!  I made these Whole Wheat Lemon Vanilla Cupcakes with the intention of topping them with some lemon - vanilla frosting, but I wanted some sort of chocolate that day, so I made up my chocolate buttercream YUMMY frosting and just put a dollop of frosting on top of the cupcakes and they were so good! So I want to share this healthy recipe with you.

Whole Wheat Lemon-Vanilla Cupcake

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp vinegar
1 cup canola oil / applesauce

Mix all the wet ingredients thoroughly, and add dry ingredients.  Fill cupcake cups 1/2 full bake for 20 minutes, cool on wire rack, and prepare your frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, SIFTED
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
up to 4 tablespoons fat free milk
1/4 cup of Hershey Dutch Cocoa
 
Beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cupcakes, get a cup of cold milk and ENJOY!


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Whole Wheat Vanilla Citrus Cake Cookies

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Today I will be sharing a Cake Cookie recipe, you might be saying HUH!  These cookies are like cake, they are so moist and good.  I call them Whole Wheat Vanilla Citrus Cake Cookies.


Ingredients

1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp buttermilk *I make my own~ vinegar and fat free milk*
2 tsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

Mix wet ingredients, and them add in you dry ingredients, you will notice that the texture of the batter is like a cake batter, that is fine that's why I call these cake like cookies.

Use a small scoop  and put 12-15 scoops on your parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake on 350 for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.  Your kitchen will smell like an orange orchard when they come out the oven.
Once they are cooled, you can leave as they are, or do like I did and make them all neat and the same size, and cut out with a round cutter.  These cake like cookies can also be used to make cookie sandwiches, where you pipe frosting on one side of cookie and put another on top.




~There you have it Whole Wheat Vanilla Citrus Cake Cookies~

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday


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