Oh my goodness! It’s been 3 months since my last post! Sorry about that…I’m a terrible blogger. 😛 I’ve started volunteering at our local animal shelter, which has been an experience. There isn’t always a whole lot to do, but the people there are nice, and I enjoy seeing my furry friends. The day before yesterday I got the wonderful privilege of cleaning out cages! 😀 And I’ve been doing school, so I have some good reasons for having not written… (…of course procrastination didn’t have a thing to do with it….NOT…) 😛
So, let’s talk about this fantastic cookbook I found at the library a couple months ago! It’s called Naturally Sweet, and it’s done by America’s Test Kitchen, and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. 😀 Everything in it is made with sucanat, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. So no refined sugar! A lot of the recipes in it are made with sucanat, which I hadn’t heard of until I got the cookbook, but to quote Wikipedia, “It is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. The juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated, and cooled, forming small brown grainy crystals”. They also have the option to substitute coconut sugar for it, which I do since we don’t have sucanat.
Now, I’m not one of those people who eats healthy all the time, (unfortunately I don’t have the self-control for it. I love a good burger from McDonald’s and junk food too much) but I have been trying to eat better lately, mostly staying away from sugar, trying to pay attention when I eat and stop when I’m full, that kind of thing. But when you love to bake, it’s kind of hard to not eat sugar! But this cookbook has good recipes for cookies, cakes, frosting, frozen yogurt, and a lot of other things, all without refined sugar! I haven’t tried all of the recipes, but except for one recipe for lemon/poppy seed cookies that I didn’t enjoy, (I’m sure some people would like it, it was just a matter of personal preference.) all of the recipes I’ve tried have all been delicious! Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes from it, Molasses Spice Cookies! It’s a super easy recipe, and super yummy!
• Molasses Spice Cookies •
• Credit for the recipe goes to the Naturally Sweet Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen •
Molasses Spice Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon pepper (Or 1/8 teaspoon, as preferred)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (Or 3/4 cup + 2/3 cup Sucanat)
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves, allspice, pepper and salt in bowl.
In separate bowl, with mixer beat butter and coconut sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add milk, egg yolk, molasses and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture. Give dough final stir by hand.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheets. Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are slightly firm, 10-12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on sheet, than enjoy!
Credit: America’s Test Kitchen
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
So, I hope everyone had a good Easter! I had a lovely one. My sister and I colored some eggs, experimenting with different ways to color them, such as putting dye on a toothbrush, (Not one that we currently use ;D ) than flicking it so that it sprays onto the egg, (My idea) and using q-tips to put polka dots on them! (My sister’s idea)
Here are some photos of our egg art:
And after stuffing ourselves with way too much Easter candy, we walked a short nature trail with our dogs at the local park. And when we came home we had a yummy supper of pot roast! (Thanks, Mom 🙂 )
Oh, so on a different topic, I’m not very good at gardening, but this year I got some peppermint and parsley to grow! We shall see how long they last…. 😛
And I also got some little pansies in the clearance section at Walmart for like $0.60! Poor things were droopy and root bound, and now look at them! ⇓
All in all, I’m quite pleased with myself for remembering to water them frequently, and keeping them alive and well this long! 😀
And now this long post has come to an end, as I have some dishes to wash, and a kitty telling me she’s hungry. 🙂
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
♥ melanie ♥