Category Archives: Desserts

Cinnamon-Sugared Candied Popcorn

We’ve been making Christmas treats all week for our friends and neighbors. I found this recipe of Cinnamon-Sugar Candied Pecans. I made the pecans and fell in love with it!! It tasted just like it does those cinnamon pecans you see and smell at the mall. I wanted to look up a cinnamon sugared popcorn recipe online but I couldn’t find one I liked. So I tried using the pecan recipe but substituted it with popcorn.  It worked out just fine. 🙂 Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels (~10 cups popped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Butter a large cookie sheet.
  2. Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water and vanilla extract. Add the sugar, cinnamon and salt to the egg mixture. Mix well.
  4. Pour the egg mixture on top of the popcorn in the large bowl while mixing the popcorn with a wooden spoon. Continue stirring the popcorn until the popcorn is evenly coated with egg mixture.
  5. Place the popcorn on evenly spread on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, stirring them every 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker Cinnamon-Sugared Pecans.

What other candies do you think you could make with this cinnamon-sugar mixture? 🙂

The Best Chocolate Cake in the World with Chocolate Mousse Frosting

For Micah’s 2 year-old birthday we made pretty much the best chocolate cake in the world. We got the recipe from an Irish friend we met while in Dublin. This cake is sooo good! Really… try it.

The Best Chocolate Cake in the World

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water

Cooking Supplies

  • 2- 9 inch round cake pans
  • parchment paper
  • 2 quart sauce pan
  • big bowl

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter the bottoms of two 9-inch round cake pans and fit a circle of parchment paper large enough to cover 1 inch up the side of each cake pan.
  3. Heat butter, brown sugar, and sweetened condensed milk in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved. Do not boil.
  4. Divide the sugar mixture between the prepared pans.
  5. Sprinkle 3/4 cup pecans over sugar mixture and set aside to cool.
  6. Combine the flour, cocoa, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
  7. Add the eggs, sour cream, canola oil, vanilla, and vinegar, and hot water and mix with a wooden spoon until the batter is smooth.
  8. Pour the batter into the cake pans — over sugar mixture
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a tooth pick inserted into the cake center comes out clean
  10. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes
  11. Run a knife around the edge of the pans and turn cakes out onto a cooling rack.
  12. Remove the parchment paper and cool completely before frosting.
  13. Frost cake with chocolate mousse frosting (see below).
  14. Add the remaining 1/4 cups of pecans to the top of the frosted cake.

Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Ingredients

  • 14 oz whipping cream
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Cooking Supplies

  • Hand mixer with bowl or Kitchen Aid
  • 2 quart sauce pan

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in sauce pan on medium heat.
  2. Add chocolate chips to sauce pan and stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
  3. Put the whipping cream in a mixing bowl and add melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Whip until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.

Cheesecake Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 package Cream Cheese, soften (8 0z)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar + 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2.5 cups Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together Cream Cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in cornstarch and vanilla.
  4. Stir in flour until blended.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls and press down cookie (or use a cookie press).
  6. Sprinkle with white sugar.
  7. Bake 12 to 14 minutes (cookies end up white)

Sweet Potatoe Pie

This is what we made with all those left over sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato = 3 Cups
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Intructions

1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

Flax Seed Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Ok so I went to a bridal shower today and I was just truly inspired to cook again. Dallin and I have been trying recipes with low sugar. This is a great one!

Preheat Oven

  • 350 degrees F

Ingrediants

The dough:

  • 2 tbsp sugar (only so the dough would rise, substitute what you like… ie. Molasses)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup wheat flour (if you freshly grind up the wheat it’s even better!)
  • 1/2 cup flax mill (take flax seed and put it through a wheat grinder or you can buy the flax mill)
  • 3/4 cup white flour (+ a little extra to knead, use more wheat if you like!)
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 1/4 olive oil

The filling:

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter to spread (I used Country Crock spread)
  • 1 apple chopped into tiny pieces (I used a hand chopper to do that)
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Make the dough, mix well water, milk, eggs, and olive oil.
  2. Then add sugar, salt, cinnamon, wheat flour, flax, and yeast.
  3. Knead and add extra flour until dough consistency.
  4. Let it rise for 1 .5 Hours, then knead again.
  5. Roll out dough as if you were making cinnamon rolls.
  6. Spread butter on dough.
  7. Mix the apple pieces, apple sauce, raisins, and cinnamon in a small bowl
  8. Spread apple mixture on the dough.
  9. Roll the dough as if you were making cinnamon rolls.
  10. Slice the dough and put in 9×12 casserole dish (Makes about 12 rolls)
  11. Bake @ 350 degree F for 40-45 minutes or until dough is set
  12. YUM… eat it while it’s warm! Add some honey if you want it sweeter but the taste is already great!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

No sugar added, no flour, no egg cookies! But don’t let that deceive you… these are really good! Try them before you judge them. They are puffy little cookies.

Serving Size

  • 16 cookies

Preheat Oven

  • 350 degrees F

Ingrediants

  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup applesauce (natural, no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup oil (optional)
  • 1/2 raisin or crasins (or mix it up)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. First mash the bananas really well if you haven’t done so already
  2. Add 1 cup of apple sauce
  3. Add oil if desired, I don’t really think it makes a difference
  4. Add raisin or crasins, vanilla, cinnamon, baking power, and baking soda.
  5. Mix well
  6. Then add oats, beat until cookie dough is light and very fluffy. (~5 Minutes in a kitchen aid)
  7. Make into about 2 inch round cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Make sure to flatten the cookie because the cookies don’t flatten in the oven.

Oatmeal Flour Snickerdoodle Cookies

Today I really wanted to eat cookies but I didn’t want to make it out of flour and I really wanted to see if I could make cookies out of oatmeal flour. Guess what?!? It worked!

Preheat Oven

  • 400 degrees F

Ingrediants

  • 4 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar (You can put less if you want to)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Additional 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend out the oats in a blender until you get a flour texture and measure out 2 3/4 cup of the oat flour
  2. Cream the oil and sugar together and add two eggs
  3. Stir together the 2 3/4 cup oat flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt
  4. Mix the liquids with the flour mixture
  5. Roll dough into quarter inch balls
  6. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
  7. Roll cookie balls in the sugar and cinnamon mixture
  8. Place on baking sheet
  9. Bake @ 400 degree F for 10 minutes
  10. Let the cookie cool before you eat it or else it will fall apart!