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Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling - Weekend Baking » Strands of My Life. The best Chewy Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies! These cookies have everything in them.

The best Chewy Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies!

It's everything we need to make today a great day. Honey, brown sugar, rolled oats, toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, flax, cinnamon and fruit. It totally screeeeeaaams BREAKFAST! To me these are the best Chewy Apricot Almond Oatmeal Cookies for real! Oh...and ya...there's butter. It's just because 6 tablespoons (that's 85 g or 5 oz) is all you need to make these cookies as fabulous as they are. Ever bake up a batch of oatmeal cookies and the edges get over-browned and crispy before the center has time to bake at all? Answer: too much butter. Oatmeal cookies typically have less flour than regular drop cookies because of the oats. Even without half a pound of butter, these cookies stay super chew and moist thanks to the soluble fiber from the oats, brown sugar and honey.

First the dry ingredients are whisked up in a bowl. The butter, honey and brown sugar is beaten up with egg and vanilla until creamy. All the goodies are folded in. Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures. I have been wanting the Joy the Baker cookbook since before it even came out.

Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures

So I last week I ordered it. The only problem is that it’s a gift. I had to look through it though. Ya know incase there was a page missing or aliens has changed the writing. Peppermint Snickerdoodles. Is it too early to start talking Christmas? Healthy and Gluten-Free Cinnamon Persimmon Cookies (Only 4 Ingredients!) Persimmons are amazing.

Healthy and Gluten-Free Cinnamon Persimmon Cookies (Only 4 Ingredients!)

They're delicious. My parents started growing a bunch of fruit trees in their backyard while I was growing up, and now they have practically a whole orchard in the back of their house. Happy Chinese New Year! Today we celebrate the Chinese New Year: 新年快乐!

Happy Chinese New Year!

I am not Chinese, nor do I have Chinese relatives, but I live in a city with a huge Chinese community, so I feel it is the right thing to celebrate this special day. To do so, I made some special sugar cookies… they are eggless and have a pinch of Chinese 5 spice in the dough, just to stay on topic. You can find the basic recipe for Eggless Sugar Cookies here. I wrote the word “spring” on the cookies (since the New Year symbolises the arrival of spring) and I served them upside down as apparently the character for “upside down” in Chinese sounds the same as the character for “arrival”… so… spring has arrived! A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll: Cinnamon Roll Cookies. While my kids were playing outside the other day, it dawned on me: I have three children who can independently zipper coats, put on snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, and scarves WITHOUT MY HELP.

A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This is a beautiful thing... second only to being potty trained. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (dairy, egg, gluten and sugar-free options) Today’s guest post comes from Adrienne from the lovely blog, Whole New Mom.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles (dairy, egg, gluten and sugar-free options)

She shares a season appropriate recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. They are gluten and dairy-free. One note, feel free to use sprouted flour (whether wheat or gluten-free) in this recipe for even better nutritional value. -Kimi. Not your ordinary Gingerbread… and oh, I’m famous… Oooh, what a mysterious title.

Not your ordinary Gingerbread… and oh, I’m famous…

Not really all that mysterious, but it’s late and so, you know, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Also, ~famous~ is entirely relative in its use here, but we’ll get to that shortly. There are many things about this Gingerbread that do indeed make it extra-ordinary however. For starters it has Pomegranate seeds on it – how festive are those little buggers?! And then there is the piping – Eggnog Royal Icing. Whole grain carrot cake whoopie pies. Usually, the desserts for these Sweet Saturday posts are made the weekend before the post actually goes up.

whole grain carrot cake whoopie pies

So that means, while you guys are seeing these awesome, moist, flavorful whoopie pies for the first time today. Babyface and I have actually been eating on these all this past week. Well, not all week, technically. I think these suckers were gone by Wednesday. They were so good we couldn’t make ’em stretch out. For a hot second, I contemplated making another batch of these mid-week, but there is a reason why I make desserts on the weekend only. My Dad happened to stop by in the middle of my epic, weekly Sunday afternoon cooking extravaganza last weekend and snatched away one of the cookies (quality control, you know) before it was filled. Although, honestly, why would anyone ever one want skip cream cheese frosting?

Gingerbreads Heads. The season of giving will be upon us in just a few short days.

Gingerbreads Heads

I love December. People start baking and sharing sweets with friends and family … even people that might not normally bake any other time of the year. There is just something about the holidays and baking for others that makes people feel good to give.