Saturday, March 17, 2012

Trail Mix Cookies

5 down 95 more to go....

I'm going to have to pick up the pace on this.

My favourite thing about trail mix is that even when it has M&Ms it still feels healthy...When you transform trail mix into cookies you kind of loose that ohhhh healthy feeling...but they're so delicious it doesn't really matter!

Taken from: "Joy the Baker Cookbook"


2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup M&Ms
1 cup coarsely chopped roasted and salted peanuts
1/2 cup raisins

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lines baking sheets with parchment paper.

2) Whisk together Oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.

3) In a stand mixer cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and then the vanilla until combined. Add in the dry mixture all at once and mix together on low speed until well combined.

4) Fold in the peanut butter chips, peanuts, M&Ms, and raisins.

5) Roll tablespoon sized balls of dough and place onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. Rotate the baking sheet half way through (mine took 12 minutes to bake).

Monday, March 12, 2012

Single Lady Pancakes

Pancakes are awesome. But too much of a good thing almost always results in an entire afternoon wasted curled up on the couch in pancake-coma.

No more....the perfect pancake recipe for one!

Single Lady Pancakes from the Joy the Baker Cookbook

1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp old fashioned oats
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
5 tsp vegetable oil
dash of vanilla
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk

add ins:
1/4 cup blueberries
zest from half of an orange

Taken from: "Joy the Baker Cookbook"


1) Whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together oil, vanilla, and buttermilk.

2) Add wet ingredients all at once and stir until well combined. Fold in the blueberries and orange zest.

3) Melt butter in a frying pan and cook over medium heat until bubbles form and flip over. Cook until golden brown.

Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles

I don't want to brag, but I'm really awesome at procrastinating. I've found the trick while procrastinating is to find another task that you can attach some importance to and then you don't even have to feel poorly about yourself for procrastinating.

So, instead of cleaning my apartment, I made cookies. Totally a productive task. My apartment is still a mess....but I have cookies. I think this was a good choice.

Recipe: Slightly adapted from "Joy the Baker Cookbook"
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla
vanilla bean scraped of seeds

For the topping:
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Taken from: "Joy the Baker Cookbook"

1) Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

2) In the bowl of stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla.

3) Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Place the dough in the fridge for about half an hour while the oven preheats to 350 degrees F. While you're waiting mix together the ingredients for the topping in a small bowl.

4) Scoop table-spoon sized balls of dough and roll in the topping. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until slighly golden.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I remember as a child begging my Mom to depart from her usual purchase of plain cheerios for some kind of chocolate and sugar laden breakfast cereal and whenever she would very occasionally indulge us, watching the milk slowly turn into chocolate milk.

Now I have granola that does that....pretty much the best thing ever...totally healthy and good for you because it's granola but also chocolate.

Taken from: "Joy the Baker Cookbook"


4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cocoa powder and salt.

2) In a small sauce pan heat the remaining ingredients until bubbling. Add the honey mixture to the oats and toss until all the oats are well covered.

3) Using baking sheets covered in parchment paper, bake the granola for 20 minutes or until it's toasted and fragrant. Store in an air tight container.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Brown Butter Blueberry Muffins and a Couple of Life Goals

Oh Joy....Joy the Baker I mean. On February 28th she released her amazing 100 recipe cook book. And on February 29th, I took a leap (get it???) and decided that I would make all the things. Originally I had no real time frame associated with this goal, but I guess I'm feeling pretty damn ambitious because I decided that I'd have this done by the time I return to school in the fall.

So now, lets talk about these muffins. This recipe was one of the first things to really grab my attention so I decided they would be the first thing that I would make on this baking challenge. Brown butter has the ability to make vegetables taste like candy, so the incorporation of brown butter in baked goods can only be a good thing and in the case of these muffins it's a pretty fantastic thing and I'd highly recommend you make these a part of your life.

My other life goal is really only slightly related to baking and probably has more to do with some pretty deep seated and highly repressed self loathing, but I've signed myself up for is the Esprit Ironman distance triathlon in Montreal on September 8th....the only real connection between this and the baking challenge is that it will hopefully help to keep me not obese in the process of trying baking 100 different recipes in about 6 months. Plus perhaps this baking challenge will mean I'm not constantly hungry in the months leading up to the race?

One down....99 more to go!

Taken from "Joy the Baker Cookbook"....obviously.


For the Muffins:
7 Tbs unsalted butter
1/3 cup milk
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups of fresh blueberries

For the topping:
3 Tbs butter - cold
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 Tbs sugar

1) preheat oven to 375 degrees F and prepare a muffin pan.

2) Brown your butter - remove from heat when butter solids become a medium brown colour and smells nutty. Pour butter into a small bowl to allow it to cool slightly.

3) Whisk milk, egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add the butter and whisk until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add the milk mixture and fold in the blueberries. Your batter should be really thick, this is ok. Divide the batter between 12 muffins cups.

4) To make the topping, combine all of the ingredients and rub together with your hands until crumbly. Sprinkle batter evenly over the muffin batter.

5) Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and crisp.