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Everyone has foods that bring back the comfort of home when you were small. This week I have been feeling a little bit of homesickness, a rarity for me; and I have the distinct memory of my mother’s peanut butter cookies fresh out of the oven. The food memory has been haunting me all week, so this morning I decided that it was about time that I did something about it! I hunted down the recipe and did some quick changeroos. The original recipe is neither vegan or gluten free, so I did some altering on my own. The end result brought me right back to my five year old cookie stealing days… (who’s been stealing from the cookie jar?… or was it just my family who used to sing that).

Hot out of the oven

GF, Vegan Peanut butter Cookies

1/2 cup earth balance

1/2 organic natural peanut butter

1/2 cup cane sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 flax egg (1 T flax + 3 T water, stir and let sit until it begins to thicken)

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup gluten free flour (today I used spelt, but I’m sure brown rice would also work)

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

 First, preheat the oven for 350 degrees

Grab a large bowl and begin to measure out the wet ingredients. (Earth balance, peanut butter, sugar, flax egg, vanilla)

Once measured, mix them up.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix up the dry. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix up until nice and smooth.

Next, prepare your pan. For us, we use a SILPAT. A nifty and very handy device that doesn’t require greasing and allows your cookies to slide off easily and evenly cooked. If you don’t have a SILPAT around, just oil the pan lightly.

Put a half cup of sugar (your choice of kind, we used cane sugar, in a small bowl) Roll each cookie into a ping pong ball shape, and then roll in the sugar until nicely coated. Place each ball on the pan. Smoosh with a fork in a criss-cross pattern

The Smooshing Process

Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Keep a sharp eye on them because these cookies taste best when just barely browned on the bottom and edges! Enjoy a taste of my toddler years 🙂

Love, Robin and Katie

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Cupcakes, cakes younger and cuter sister that gets all the attention. We made these after a very long day of work and grumpy people. We’ll admit that by the time we both got home from our individual days it was quite late, almost 11. However, a cupcake always makes the spirit (not to mention the belly) feel a little happier; so it is our personal opinion that ANY time of the day is cupcake time. For our pick me up we decided on:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chai Buttercream 

Cupcake Therapy

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Soy Milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup agave

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup gluten free flour (we used brown rice :), but I’m sure spelt would work wonderfully)

1/2 cup of dark cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven for 300 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix the milk alternative of your choice with the cider vingar. Let sit for at least 5 minutes or until well curdled.

Add coconut oil, agave and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.

In another larger bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the wet to the dry then mix until combined. Try not to mix too much more than necessary to keep the bubbles in the batter. This way your cupcakes will be nice and fluffy with air.

Fill a cupcake pan with liners or spray with oil lightly. Use the 1/3 cup to carefully pour batter into each cupcake nook. Let cupcakes cook for 25-30 minutes until nice and springy. They should look like little domes.

Fresh out of the oven 🙂

Place cupcakes in a cool spot to cool, and prep your Chai Buttercream Frosting!

Chai ButterCream Frosting

Brew one large tablespoon of loose leaf chai in 1 T of hot water. Set aside.

Chai Brewing

While this is brewing, measure out 1 1/2 -2 cups of icing sugar in a large bowl

add 1/4 cup earth balance

Use a hand blender to blend the mixture until a nice smooth texture forms. Add in tea, as well as the loose tea leaf. Blend again. Place icing in fridge.

*For best texture results, it is better to make the icing the day before and let it fully set in the fridge.

When you have either a) waited as long as your grumbly tummy and nostrils can handle, or b) exercised a very high level of restraint which we have yet to master, and waited until the cupcakes are completely cooled; Ice your cupcakes. Bite, fall in love, feel better and bite again. Repeat. 

Bite me. Love me.

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