Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now that we have Chocolate Chip Cookie covered, you all know what comes after! Duh, DOUBLE Chocolate Chip Cookie 😀 If you still haven’t checked out my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, you must right now! I guarantee you’re not gonna regret this. And once you’re done making those, I highly recommend prepping for a batch of these, because why the hell not?! Or you could bake both simultaneously. I’m not judging, really. That probably is the best way to go about it 😛

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The Best Damn Chocolate Chip Cookie

I know a recipe is pretty damn good when I, of all people, cannot stop eating it. Random fact about me- I don’t have a sweet tooth. A bite or two pretty much suffices for me. But oh boy, is this cookie good?! You know how vampires cannot stop sucking on blood once they taste it? THIS COOKIE IS THE HUMAN VERSION OF BLOOD! Aside from that lame Twilight vampire reference, I do not kid you friends. This cookie is the ultimate test of human willpower. It’s like you have died of ultimate pleasure and gone straight into heaven. Well I’m certainly not going to heaven otherwise, might as well enjoy cookie heaven! Come on, a cookie (or two) a day is not so bad right? We will just burn it out by running a couple extra miles, yeah? Good job, you guys!

Okay, I’m not brag about how good these truly are. You’re gonna have to find that out yourself. All I can say is, you’re welcome! 🙂

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Sweet Potato & Orange Snickerdoodles

This is my 4th attempt at trying to write this post. For some weird reason, my internet has been acting up for the past couple of days. It’s such a pain. However, apparently 4th time is a lucky charm for me, so I’m gonna swing with that. First of all, Happy New Year to all the (few) amazing people who bother to read my bullshit 😛 For those who are here for the first time, welcome and happy new year! ❤

2017 was a great year, now that I think of it. From jumping off a 170 ft high bridge with nothing but a rope attached to my feet to taking my first solo trip to Coorg, I feel so grateful to have met such amazing people along the way and actually call them my friends today. I also worked in a professional kitchen for the very first time! I think that’s pretty cool. Traveling to UK was definitely the highlight of 2017! On the baking front, I feel I’m at a much better place than I was a year ago. Well, I did make Sourdough Poee (a cross between a traditional Goan bread & sourdough) twice a day for A month! So I’m kinda happy about that. To put it simply, we have so much to be thankful for, and I’m so so happy to have experienced everything that I did the past year. I hope all of you had a great great year as well! 🙂

Sweet potato & orange snickerdoodle

Speaking of 2017, I have one last recipe to share from 2017. I was just kinda swinging this one, but oh boy, was I pleasantly surprised?! So much that it’s making an appearance on the blog! Now that’s something, haha. I love sweet potatoes. If I had to rank my top 5 vegetables, it would definitely make the cut. When I moved back to Nepal, I really didn’t think I would ever spot them here. BUT, guess what I found here! YAS- Sweet potatoes! Woohooooo! Clearly you can sense the excitement here. If any of you are from Kathmandu, you must visit the Saturday farmer’s market at Le Sherpa. It is the place to live by, trust me! Okay, coming back to the point- these sweet potato & orange snickerdoodles are the bomb! They taste beautiful- yes cookies can be beautiful. Perfectly crisp on the outside and so delicate on the inside- and so flavourful. You get the drift right? Now they aren’t vegan, and my lifestyle has slipped quite a bit in the past month but I promise, this is the last one. And also I promise that you won’t regret making these! So do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a new year cookie- let’s just call it that haha. Happy baking you guys! ❤

Sweet potato snicks

Recipe adaptation: www.countryliving.com

 

Makes: 24-28 cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 280 gms of all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 110 gms salted butter
  • 130 gms sweet potato puree *
  • 50 gms icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 gms coconut sugar **
  • 1 large egg ~ approx 50 gms
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest

For rolling

  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 60 gms castor sugar

 

Method

For the cookies

  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda and cinnamon powder in a medium bowl.
  • In another large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
  • Add the sweet potato puree, icing sugar, vanilla extract and coconut sugar and beat until well combined.
  • Add the egg and beat again.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until all the flour is well incorporated. Do not over beat.
  • Lastly, lightly fold in the orange zest into the cookie batter. The batter will be a little sticky. Cover with cling film and chill for 2 hours.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silpat.
  • Mix the castor sugar and cinnamon powder (for rolling) in a small bowl.
  • Scoop about 1 tbsp of cookie batter and roll into balls.
  • Roll the balls into the sugar-cinnamon mixture and place on the prepared baking tray. Flatten slightly with a fork or your palm. They will spread slightly.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy them as it is or sandwich with a chocolate whisky sauce.

 

Notes

*- You can either use canned sweet potato puree or make your own. I made my own by boiling some sweet potatoes until tender. Drain the water and then puree in a blender. Fresh sweet potato puree ready to use.

**- You can substitute coconut sugar for castor sugar.

 

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Peanut Butter & Cacao Energy Bites

So I’ve been really getting my sweet cravings lately. Like literally after every meal. That’s quite unusual for me since I don’t essentially have a sweet tooth. But I ALWAYS look at the dessert menu first lol. I’m one of those people who are excited about desserts from the start of a meal but by the time you actually come to the desserts portion, you are too full. Does it happen with any of you? Or maybe I’m the only weirdo haha 😛

Energy bites are definitely the best thing ever! They are light, yet filling and definitely do the trick of satisfying your sweet cravings without burdening your waistline. No extra 20 minutes on the treadmill for these guys, woohoo! I love how quick these are to put together and you don’t have to be a culinary mastermind to make them. Just throw everything into one bowl and give it a good stir. Tadaaa! Energy bites are super versatile and you can literally make them in any flavor. I went with the classic peanut butter-cacao combination because well, I was craving peanut butter. (Seeee you don’t have to deprive yourself of the food you like because of a healthy lifestyle). There is a lot of goodness packed into one bite here. You get your protein dose from peanut butter and oats. Oats are also a high source of fiber. Cacao are great anti-oxidants and flax seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Bottom line: they are damn good! 😀

Peanut butter cacao balls

Peanut butter energy bites

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Makes: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey / maple syrup if vegan

 

Method

  • In a medium bowl, add the oats, flax seed meal, cacao powder and coffee powder. Mix well.
  • Add the peanut butter and honey/ maple syrup and mix well until everything comes together. Form 1″ balls. You could also make bars out of them. Refrigerate until use.

 

 

 

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Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe has been requested by so many of you, and I’ve finally sat down to really write it. I’m sorry for that little delay there, blame it on exams! We can all hate it together now, haha. First of all, hi guys! How have all of you been? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, with all the gorgeous, flavourful food. We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving here in India, but I’m so thankful to all of you for constant love and support. Thank youu xx.

Are you excited for the festive season? I surely am! We decorated our tiny Christmas tree today, and it’s definitely kicking in now. Yay! This is our first Christmas of the blog and I am going to do a lot of festive baking once exams are overrrr! 4 down, 1 to go. Be ready for all that yumminess coming your way 😀 Coming back to our cookies, oh aren’t they just perfect! I made these as a healthy snack (yes, cookies are my snack!) to munch on while studying. Turns out, before I could reach for the second one, my dad had already finished them all! He loved it so much. He couldn’t believe that they were gluten free, and are only sweetened with honey and a bit of brown sugar. Oh, did I mention they are eggless? I guess we are all happy now!

Due to my recent diet changes, I sort of refrained myself from eating all things dessert. That’s quite a task when you’re a baker yourself. However, that’s also the advantage. I have always liked eating healthy, but I was kind of hesitant to explore the healthier alternatives for desserts, mainly because I had never had a good experience with them. A lot of the places where I tried ‘healthier’ desserts tasted like soap or nowhere close to being called desserts for that matter. Trying out options myself, I have realised that healthy can be just as delicious and satisfying. Why not satisfy your cravings without the guilt? These cookies are the perfect example for that. They are so wholesome yet unbelievably delicious, with all the good things. Perfect with a cup of tea, or coffee. Hope you enjoy. Happy baking! 🙂

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Just a few points to remember:

  • Do not forget to lower your temperature (like I did). They are extremely sensitive and can burn within minutes.
  • I like to line my baking tray twice just to ensure the bottoms don’t turn black. First with a foil paper and then a parchment/baking paper.
  • Chill the cookie dough for at least an hour to reduce spreading. They will still spread a bit.

 

Recipe adaptation: Passionate about baking

MAKES: 18-20 cookies

INGREDIENTS 

  • 100 gms salted butter, at room temperature
  • 80 gms honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 30 gms brown sugar
  • 200 gms almond meal
  • 100 gms rolled oats
  • 50 gms dark chocolate chips

 

METHOD

  • Line a baking tray with a baking paper. (I like to line twice) Keep aside.
  • In a small bowl, heat butter, honey and vanilla extract over low heat until the butter melts. Mix well. You can use a microwave as well.
  • Whisk in the baking soda and brown sugar. Add the oats, almond meal and chocolate chips to form a cookie dough. It will be a bit sticky. Cover with a clingfilm wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 140 C.
  • Make small balls out of the cookie dough and press lightly with your palm (They will spread and flatten out in the oven so don’t have to press too much). Keep sufficient gap between them, about an inch or so. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. You might want to keep an eye on them just to make sure they don’t burn.
  • Let it cool on the tray for 5 minutes as they are very tender when straight out of the oven. Enjoy with your cup of tea/coffee.

 

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