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DIY GIFT- Christmas Cookies

10 Dec

BLOG-Mas DAY 10

Welcome to day 10 and the 3rd edible DIY. Today I will share 5 Christmas cookie recipes…sort of. What if I told you that you could make as many types of cookie as you want with just one base recipe? Ca-razy right?  Not only crazy but totally possible . From a simple sugar cookie recipe I will demonstrate how to make: Chocolate ,  Red Velvet, Peanut Butter, Apple Spice and of course a regular sugar cookie.

PREP

So you need to begin with a good sugar cookie recipe and make up as many baches as you require. I used a recipe from Joy of Baking which I have linked. I will still briefly  go through the process of making the batter but hers is far more in depth, so check it out.Her recipe makes approx 20, 4 inch (10cm) diameter cookies. I made up one batch which I divided into 5 parts.

PART 1- Making the Batter

WHAT YOU NEED 

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup butter (unsalted)

3/4 granulated sugar 

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract 

Sugar cookie ingredients



WHAT TO DO 

1) Combine and whisk dry ingredients in a bowl.

Dry ingredients 


Whisk


2) Beat sugar and butter together then add egg and beat until smooth, adding vanilla extract.

Butter, sugar and egg


Vanilla extract

3) Slowly add flour then beat until smooth batter forms

Add flour


Batter


Place the batter in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. This part is very important for cookies!

PART 2-Flavouring the Batter

Remember this is for 1 batch divided into 5, however the amount of flavourings you add is subjective depending on your preference.

WHAT YOU NEED 


Peanut Butter

1) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter- This gives a moderate peanut flavour, you can add more or less to suit you.

Chocolate

1) 1tbsp Cocoa powder- This makes it very chocolatey, if you prefer a milder chocolate flavour use less.

2) 1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels/ candy melts- I used both milk chocolate and white chocolate . 

Red Velvet

1) 1/4 tsp cocoa powder

2) Red food colouring (I had only a few drops so mine came out pink 😦

3) White chocolate morsels/candy melts

Apple Spice

1) 1/4 cup diced apple – I used a gala apple.

2) 1/2 tsp spices- I used cinnamon and nutmeg .

Flavouring ingredients .



WHAT TO DO

Peanut Butter

1) Mix in the peanut butter until batter is homogeneous in colour.

Mix



2) Replace in refrigerator for approximately 15 minutes to firm up again.

3) Portion into circular cookies in the size you wish (remember cookies always spread) and create the iconic peanut butter cookie crisscross with a fork.

Peanut butter cookie


Chocolate 

1) Mix in cocoa powder until fully blended.

2) Form you cookies then add the chocolate chips on top.

Chocolate cookie


Red/Pink Velvet

1) Add cocoa and food dye and completely mix in.

Mix



2) Form cookies and add white chocolate chips

Red Velvet Cookie


Apple Spice

1) Add apple bits and spices and mix

2) Form Cookies

Apple Spice cookie


Sugar Cookie

1) Use a cookie cutter and cut out cookies

Sugar cookie

Bake at 350 f (175C) for 10 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Remember, cookies like most baked goods continue to cook for a bit after coming out of the oven so the cookies may seem a bit soft at first but they will harden.

Finished cookies


Cookies



Package and gift!

Wrapped in wax paper


When I think of sugar cookies I think of Christmas time, the super sweet vanilla smell makes you feel warm inside. If you’re wondering how all these flavours work with a sugar cookie, the answer is they work beautifully. The background flavour and texture of a sugar cookie lends to sweetness and provides a light cookie with a good crunch but does not in anyway take away from the added flavours.

These make great gifts, my sister gave everyone sugar cookies about six years ago and it was fantastic.If you are thinking of doing this as with most DIYS I recommend making large amounts to cut down on overall cost. You can package off a few (like pictured here) and use them as stocking stuffers or fill up a tin or jar and give as a gift.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found a flavour you might like to try. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day.

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Grilled Banana Peanut Butter Pita

21 Aug

Hello

I wanted to incorporate grilling and something sweet so I threw this together. I also,made a coconut cream drink to compliment it.

This is great as a fancy but healthy breakfast option or a great evening snack.

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Pita bread (In my sweet summer salad pizza post I explained why Pita is such an affordable versitIle option )

2) Ripe bananas 1 banana per pita bread is fine.

3) Peanut butter- The one I have is pre blended with honey. If you are using unsweetened peanut butter you may have to add some honey to this recipe.

4) Yogurt- I used vanilla flavored yogurt because it adds sweetness and the flavour doesn’t overpower anything else.

5) Brown sugar- this is to sprinkle onto the bananas while grilling them.

6) Cinnamon 

7) Griddle 

The ingredients you need 

WHAT TO DO 

1) Turn the griddle on and let it heat up- If you don’t have a griddle or a grill or a pan with grill lines you can just as easily do this in a regular pan, you just won’t get the coveted grill marks but the taste will be the same.

2) Mix 2 parts yogurt with 1 part peanut butter (if you prefer a stronger peanut flavour you can do half and half )

Yogurt and peanut butter

Mixed concoction 

 3) Slice your banana lengthwise – I thought it would look better this way once grilled but alas…. this is easier said than done. It took me two tries to get these looking semi acceptable.  If you’re more comfortable slicing the banana the “regular ” way feel free.

Peel the banana



Slice the banana – 1st attempt 

Slice the banana – 2nd attempt 

4) Place the sliced banana on the griddle and sprinkle the sugar on top and grill until toasty brown.

Bananas on the grill

5) Spread the peanut butter /yogurt mixture over the pita ( I warmed mine up first)

Warm up the pita



Peanut butter mixture spread

6) Add the grilled banana then sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon top.

Finished product 




Coconut Cream drink 

I thought a nice creamy refreshing beverage would go along perfectly with this. Coconut compliments the banana and the peanut butter beautifully. I also had to jump onto the coconut milk trend.

Coconut milk like any other plant based “milk” is a bit of a misnomer as it is simply a liquified version of the white flesh found in dry coconuts. This is not to be confused with coconut water (I’ve heard some persons erroneously state they are the same thing) which is the clear liquid found in green coconuts and also not to be confused with coconut jelly, the translucent sweet gelatinous lining found in green coconuts.

I digressed…

Anyhow I love that the coconut is getting it’s due praise and people are finding new exciting ways to incorporate it into their diet. I must point out that coconut milk is very fatty(albeit good fats) and extremely high I’m calories so don’t  expect to replace your soy or rice milk with it consequence free.

Due to the fatty nature of coconut milk, the drink I made mixes it with the much more watery and lower calorie almond milk. You can use whatever type of you want.

This recipe makes 1 16oz glass of drink 

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Coconut milk/cream (1/2 cup)

2) Almond/Rice/Soy/Cow’s milk (approximately 2 cups)

3) Brown sugar (I used coconut sugar)

4) Cinnamon 

5) Nutmeg

The ingredients for the drink

WHAT TO DO 

1) Throw all the ingredients into a blender or nutribullet and mix for about 30 seconds. Alternately you can mix it using a spoon, just be sure to dissolve the sugar and disperse the cinnamon and nutmeg.

2) Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Coconut milk drink

3) To make a more adult version add a shot of coconut rum to this mix.

Coconut rum

I think you could make up a big batch of this to serve for a party -especially the adult version 😉 😉 

Enjoy your banana, peanut butter and yogurt pita with your coconut milk drink and have an awesome day!

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