Category Archives: vegetarian baking

Coconut Macaroons

This is the first in a series of two recipes for coconut macaroons. The cookie is sweet with a tropical flair. It is filled with tasty coconut and the goodness of vanilla. For a special treat drizzle the finished cookie with chocolate or butterscotch.

Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS
coconut macaroons

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups sweetened coconut

1 egg

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

food colouring (optional)

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Almond Toffee

Almond toffee is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s easy to make, has a satisfying crunch, and is perfect as a homemade gift to those you love. Try substituting the nuts with cashews or pumpkin seeds for a different flavour.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter

Almond toffee

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 tbsp corn syrup

3 tbsp of water

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp baking soda

almonds

sea salt

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Cranberry Almond Shortbread

Cranberry almond shortbread are tangy crunchy and sweet. They’re festive and perfect on any holiday tray. Try with hot chocolate or your favourite cup of tea.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1cup soft butter

1 cup icing sugar

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup sliced almonds

2 tsp vanilla

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Caramel Corn

This time of year I think about my grandmother.  She passed away many years ago but I have many fond memories of visiting her house every weekend.  On special occasions she would pull out her tattered recipe book and make some special treats.  Caramel corn was one of those recipes and I carry on the tradition of making it at Halloween and Christmas.  Sweet and crunchy this recipe is sure to please carollers or trick or treaters.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup popcornCaranel Corn

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

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Mae’s Shortbread

Mae's shortbread

Mae’s shortbread is a recipe that my mom received from a close friend when I was little.  My mom took the recipe and made it into a special treat for holidays. She’d meticulously cut out shapes of birds, bells and trees.  These days I just roll the dough in a log and cut into disks for when  I need a quick treat for friends and family.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

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Peanut Butter Bites

At Christmas my family celebrates with food and family.  One cookie which turns up again and again is the  recipe for peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for any celebration or for when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterPeanut Butter Bites

3/4 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate

1/2 cup milk chocolate

sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.

Line a cookie tray with a silicone mat.

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Cherry Biscuits

Cherry biscuits are a great treat for a mid day snack. The tart cherries work perfectly with the savoury dough. They are wonderful paired with Garlic and Chive Biscuits on a Christmas platter.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup cold diced butter

1 1/3 cup almond milk

1 beaten egg

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Chocolate Peppermint Candy

At this time of year it’s nice to have a sweet treat in the house to share with visitors.  One of my favourite sweet combinations is chocolate and peppermint.  Chocolate Peppermint candy combines these tastes in a melt in your mouth confection.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 bag milk chocolate chipsChocolate Peppermint Candy

1 bag white chocolate chips

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp peppermint extract

candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS

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Old Fashioned Apple Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie until I tried it with tangy spy apples.  The apples are just sour enough to cut the sweetness of the sugar and the fat of the crust.  The recipe would be just as good with granny smith apples.

PIE CRUST

5 cups flour

Apple Pie

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

ice cold water to make 1 cup

FRUIT

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

5 cups Spy apples

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