Monthly Archives: December 2017

Molasses Cookies


Molasses Cookies

Whenever we want a super snack, I bake up a batch of these yummy molasses cookies.  They have a pretty crackled tops and soft centers.  They remind me of my mom working in the kitchen and letting me help roll the balls of cookie dough in the sugar.

Make up a batch of these cookies and let the kids or grandkids roll the dough balls in the sugar.  Making some memories they will always remember.


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup sugar, plus 4 tablespoons sugar to roll the balls of dough in.
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat oil, molasses, 1/4 cup sugar and egg.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Add to molasses mixture and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Shape into 1 inch balls.

Roll in sugar.  Place on engrossed baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.


Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Believe it or not these chew, brownie like cookies are gluten-free.  Only problem is trying not to eat just one.  Full of chocolate bites and chopped pecans.  Only thing needed is a glass of milk.

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large egg whites at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (4 ounce) semisweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together powdered sugar, cocoa and salt in a large bowl.

Add egg whites, and vanilla into powdered sugar mixture.  The batter will be thick.

Stir in chopped pecans and chopped chocolate.

Mix until combined.  Drop 3 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet by the tablespoon.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until top of the cookies are shiny and cracked.

Cool and ENJOY!  Garbanzo Apple Cake gluten Free  Gluten Free Baking Mix

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cookies

DIY Christmas Blocks

DIY Christmas Blocks

We love-making homemade Christmas decorations in our family.  These blocks are so simple and easy to put together.  You can make them any size or colors to go with your Christmas decor.  Don’t forget these make some of these blocks for gifts to give to your friends and family.

I used 2×4 blocks cut into different sizes.  You can make your blocks any size you want.
Paint color of your choice
Ribbon cut to go around the blocks.
Scrapbook paper cut to fit front of the block.
Letters cut out to put on the front of the blocks.

I cut and sanded the blocks before painting.  Paint and let dry completely.  Glue on the scrapbook paper and letters.  Embellish with ribbon.

See how simple and easy these blocks are to make.  There are so many different ways and saying to make out of these blocks.  Have fun and enjoy!

DIY Christmas Blocks
DIY Christmas Blocks

If you want to make it even easier and something the kids can do.  Purchase some 3D Christmas stickers.  Have the kids paint their wooden block and have them apply the stickers on the block.  They will have so much fun.  Christmas Gift Jar  Let It Snow Wallhanging

Brownie Snowmen

Brownie Snowmen

While visiting my grandchildren in Fairbanks, Alaska they were bored and wanted to make a treat one afternoon.  Their mom didn’t have a reindeer cookie cutter (we will have to get her one) so we improvised and made snowmen instead.

The kids had a great time and the treat was delicious.

Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray so it will lift out easily.
Bake brownies from a box or use your favorite homemade brownie. Brownie Master Mix
Let cool and remove from pan.
Take a cookie cutter (we used snowman) and cut out the brownie shapes.
We decorated with eyes and red hots and piped on a frosting mouth.

Making Brownie Snowmen
Cutting out Brownie Snowmen

The grandkids had a blast and of course later we had to eat some of the snowmen.  This is how we like to spend our time together.  Family is everything.