The Best Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The best old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies

HOME BAKED GOODIES THAT REMIND YOU OF YOUR CHILDHOOD One of my favourite types of cookies growing up were old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookies which I would help my mum make in the kitchen at least once every couple of weeks. Most of all I remember the smells of all the spices and dipping my finger in the black treacle for a little taste. I don’t know many kids who aren’t fans of eating cookies and most parents enjoy creating cookies as one of the first recipes they teach their kids. I’ve already taught our son how to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and he’s not even two yet. I’m sure he’ll forget all about it but I have photos to prove he loved mixing and squashing the cookies with a fork. Memories are a good thing. I’ve posted two oatmeal raisin cookie recipes that I’ve created on the blog over the years which I can easily say stack up to being some of the best I’ve made especially the Oatmeal Raisin Spiced Rum Cookies which are to die for. Since we’ve got the little guy now and he loves oatmeal raisin cookies too I wanted to make something […]

No-Bake Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Squares (Low-Carb)

NO BAKE SUGAR-FREE PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES

A SUGAR-FREE DESSERT RECIPE FOR ALL OCCASIONS Not everyone can enjoy sugar-laced treats especially when there is a holiday such as a Birthday, Christmas, Easter and even Valentine’s Day. There are however some amazing sugar-free peanut butter squares that I want to share with you today that I adapted from a recipe I found online. My wife no longer consumes sugar and with Valentine’s Day coming up I wanted to surprise her with something sweet that I knew she would love. She’s a peanut butter enthusiast even though I’m not the biggest fan I must say that these sugar-free peanut butter squares are pretty amazing. It’s important that you buy unsweetened, no-salt peanut butter for the recipe. Peanut butter traditionally has quite a bit of sugar so make sure you read the labels carefully. How much sugar is in peanut butter? Even though your sugar-free peanut butter is only crushed nuts you will still have 1 gram of natural sugar per tablespoon (15g) and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you can buy organic peanut butter that is unsweetened and just crushed peanuts…even better. You’ll pay around $5-6 a jar. The coconut oil we use is Grace premium virgin coconut […]

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts For Valentine’s Day

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOVE AND SWEETS We love jam tarts of just about any description in our home so when a special occasion pops up like Valentine’s Day I don’t mind baking up a few batches for my family and friends. This Queen of hearts jam tarts recipe boasts a beautiful pastry filled with either raspberry or strawberry jam followed by a light dusting of icing-sugar. If you’ve ever wanted to create your own jam tarts, today I will show you how easily I was able to make my recipe and how you can do the same in your kitchen. Most men and women are scrambling at the last-minute to get a Valentine’s Day card and treats but with a bit of planning you can make these Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts for Valentine’s Day and your loved one will love you even more…if that is even possible. Other simple Valentine’s Day recipes for him or her which you can make and add to a Valentine’s Day Gourmet Basket, Bake Sale or for guests. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Cherry Cheesecake Blueberry Cheesecake 5 minute Hazelnut Chocolate Fudge Cherry Pie Minis Coconut Custard Tarts […]

Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

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FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]

Sweet Peach Crumble Bars

SWEET PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

FRESH PEACHES NEVER TASTED SO GOOD If you love peach desserts with fresh peaches I’ve created these gorgeous, sweet peach crumble bars for you that will take your mind off of anything that is bothering you while you sink your teeth into one of them. Although these peach crumble bars are perfect as a fall or winter treat they will also make a great peach dessert for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. What I like about having easy desserts in my recipe repertoire is that I can turn to them in an instant to create something that tastes like a bakery made it. I’m a big fan of bar recipes because they are easy to eat and transport as a snack for work or for those who go to school. My coconut cherry pie bars are one of my favourite but I am also passionate about these peach crumble bars that are sweet and hit the spot. Peach Varieties In Ontario we are lucky to have delicious home-grown peaches in many varieties and produce 82% of the national production according to Ontariotenderfruit.ca where you can learn all about Ontario fruits including availability, storage and handling and some […]

The Best Pumpkin Brownies with Chocolate Icing

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PUMPKIN LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EATEN IT BEFORE I know you are probably sick of seeing pumpkin recipes BUT you MUST check out these pumpkin brownies if you are a brownie lover. I promise this will be the last pumpkin recipe for the season as we move over to festive treats, meals and side-dishes for the holidays. It’s no secret that I am passionate about brownies since I talk about them often since I created my signature fudgy brownie back in 2012. The best part about these pumpkin brownies though is that if I didn’t add pumpkin spices then you would have no idea about the pumpkin puree. This is a great way to sneak in some pumpkin nutrition to your diet. A bit of healthy works for me in a dessert of any kind. Since I’ve played with pumpkin in the kitchen these past few weeks I had some pumpkin puree left in the refrigerator that I didn’t want to waste. I was thinking about what I wanted to make and I remembered a CBB fan telling me that she makes zucchini brownies. From that moment these pumpkin brownies were created. I wanted my pumpkin brownies to have the […]

Pumpkin Biscotti with Pumpkin Spice Icing

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THE PUMPKIN SCONE SWITCH-UP Last Sunday I shared my Pumpkin Scone with Pumpkin Spice Icing recipe on the blog and the moment I bit into it I knew I could change-up the recipe and make Pumpkin Spice Biscotti. I love when recipes can double-up, which means you can create two different recipes at the same time. This is always handy when you have a bake sale to bake for or you are having a party or lots of guests over to the house. My wife adores biscotti because of the crunchy texture especially with a hot cup of strong coffee or mug of tea. The last batch of biscotti I made was Nicola’s lemon biscotti because my wife wanted me to try her recipe. She was more than thrilled that I was finally making pumpkin biscotti and when they were done she gave me the thumbs up which made me proud. I never know how a recipe will turn out but this one I was quite confident that it would be a success. I’ve made biscotti recipes many times but I’ve never created one from a scone recipe before. Making Pumpkin Biscotti If you’ve already make my pumpkin […]

Cinnamon French Toast With Mango

CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST WITH MANGO

AN EASY FRENCH TOAST RECIPE Most people have the ingredients to make Cinnamon French Toast in their house but they might not know how to make it. Believe me making Cinnamon French Toast is so simple you will be making if often like we do in the Yeassaey house. Breakfast foods for most people consist of muffins, oatmeal, bagels, cereals, smoothies, fruits, yogurt, eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, hashbrowns, toast and so on. Sometimes it’s nice to go the extra mile and splurge to make french toast or even pancakes. I’m sure many of you out there will admit to eating breakfast on the run most days but it really is nice to sit down to a proper breakfast to savour the wee morning hours before work or on the weekend. I’ve had oven baked french toast before and it’s good as well but it will take you a bit more time. This recipe is for the speedy person in you especially if you have a crowd of hungry eaters waiting at the table. Our son is now a year old and once in a while we like to make what we call back in the UK, ‘Eggie […]

Spiced Apple Bread

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SIMPLE QUICK BREAD If you are looking for apple recipes you’ll want to add this spiced apple bread to the menu this week. Apples are everywhere in September especially at the farmers markets where you can buy bushels of them for a reasonable price. Also, with the Fall season around the corner apples are waiting to picked from the trees so now is a good time to harvest them. Now that the leaves are falling to the ground and seasons are changing this spiced apple bread is the perfect dessert. Quick breads have long been a favourite in many households not only because they are easy on the budget but they are fast to make. I’m a huge fan of apples and since I had a spare can of apple pie filling in my pantry I decided to create this spiced apple bread. Typically I would make my apple pie filling or apple sauce which you can do or you can use this shortcut that I’m taking to use up a pantry item so it doesn’t go to waste. If you don’t have apple pie filling in your cupboard like me you can easily substitute with a homemade spiced […]

Little Shortbread Lemon Tarts with Raspberry Drizzle

SHORTBREAD LEMON TARTS

BUTTERY SHORTBREAD THAT WILL MELT IN YOUR MOUTH I’m going to call this shortbread lemon tart recipe one of the best I’ve made to date. Although I’m biased when it comes to my own recipes I really do think I’m on to a winner here so I hope you will all test this recipe in your own kitchen. Since Mr CBB brought to the table the wonderful Dundurn Castle Shortbread which was a hit all over the internet two weeks ago I am going to share my fabulous shortbread lemon tarts with the most die for filling ever. I promise you that everyone will have seconds and beg you to make more as these shortbread lemon tarts really are that delicious. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I create in the kitchen because it’s always hit or miss when developing recipes. The reason I decided to make the lemon tarts was that my boy’s Football Club is holding a bake sale for their Raiders Days. All of the proceeds from the bake sale will go towards helping the team purchase new equipment. My husband suggested that I bake my famous cinnamon buns and mini apple pies. Those are two […]

Ooey Gooey Coconut Cherry Pie Bars

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CHERRY PIE SWITCH UP! I’ve been after something sweet to eat lately and these Coconut Cherry Pie Bars hit the spot. My wife and I love Cherries and after a recent trip to her parents house we left with a huge shopping bag full of them. My father-in-law has many cherry trees on his property and asked us to please take some as they can’t eat them all. They hate to see the fruits fall to the ground and waste so they try to give them to friends and family to eat up. Last year I made Cherry Ricotta Turnovers with homemade Marshmallow cream with cherries from their property and this year I’m making Coconut Cherry Pie Bars. I’m a huge fan of bar recipes because you can easily eat them on the run and they are the perfect snack size treats for break time or dessert. If you are wondering where the ooey gooey part of the Coconut Cherry Pie Bars is coming from it’s the condensed milk. Anytime you used condensed milk it adds depth and creaminess to any recipe and I find it keeps the bars moist so I chose to add a layer in this […]

Coconut Strawberry Cream and Orange Creamsicle Jello Pudding

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JELLO MANIA We have been creating new recipes in the Don kitchen and today I am sharing one that I call Strawberry and Orange Creamsicle Jello Pudding. My kids dive in when I make this so it doesn’t last very long around our house. Coming up with Jello dessert ideas may prove to be tough because most people stick to the box directions. The catch is if you understand how to make basic Jello it’s easy to manipulate the recipe to create something you can call your own. Sometimes it takes trial and error but you won’t have to worry about that today. I’ve perfected my Jello recipe for you. Jello ingredients typically calls for the Jello crystals and water, it’s that simple to make. Today I’m going to show you how you can create Jello mania in your home. Your friends will ask you for your secret recipe. Some of the top Jello flavours on the market today are Cherry, Lime, Strawberry, Berry Blue, Orange, Lemon, Grape and Raspberry just to name a few. History of Jello Jello or jelly as the UK calls it, is something we would make special on birthdays because you can’t […]