Baking cookies


After All the Banana chips cookies Banana chips cookies I made the other day were gone; (thats how delicious they were) I had to bake another batch, but this time I doubled the recipe to accommodate the demands for these delicious cookies…

Today I had a helper in the kitchen to help me bake, she is as cute as she can be, my two years old gorgeous granddaughter Bella and my one year old handsome grandson baby Isaiah!

So here is how Bella’s day went baking the cookies…

I am concentrating here!

How many cups you said!

You said to mix them by hand now? Ok I do it! I do it!!

I think they are mixed!!

I know how to scoop them out, I could do it! By the way did you notice my apron?? How cute Am I!!

Ok one more scoop…

I am working hard here for my cookies

Scraping the bowl to get the last bit of these delicious cookies…

Not me…..I am chilling watching my movie…. I don’t do kitchen!!

Checking if I got everything out of that bowl…yes I think I did…

Time to put the banana chips on top, see I am good at following recipes hehehe

I think I got them all, hummm did I? I think I have…

Time to bake the cookies…

My work here is done for now….

The apron is coming off!

I worked soooo hard today I needed a drink to relax until the cookies are done!!

Did you notice how good I am!!! I am just ignoring the photographer!! No smile here…

No matter how hard she try I am not smiling! Just ignore her…….Anywaaaay orange juice is sooooo good for you after a hard day working in the kitchen…

Yummmm juice is that good!! Ok ok I cracked a little smile for her but still ignored her at the same time… she is pushing it isn’t she?!

Yep setting here and looking as handsome as I can be watching my movie…

Which one!!!

Oh this one looks good to me, yummm!

Are you kidding I have to do the dishes? Why me!!

Here I go again doing all the work around this kitchen…

Actually I am just playing with the water hahahah I tricked that photographer…

Ask Isaiah to wash the dishes!! He didn’t do anything! Just watching his movie…look at him! He is a bum…

Sorry big sister you are on your own, just let me know when the cookies are done!! Look at me!!! See how handsome I am…

Thank you for reading my story for today, talk to you soon, love Bella…

I wanted to share this story with everyone to just show how much fun and exciting it is to have kids in the kitchen no matter how old they are… to let them help you and share the experience with them is the most rewarding feeling you could ever have..

I enjoyed the same experience with my older granddaughter Nashwa when she was Bella’s age, she just celebrated her eleventh birthday few days ago and one of the smartest young ladies you will ever meet, and becoming more gorgeous every single day I might add…she learned at a young age to love and appreciate homemade cooking and baking…

Banana chips cookies


Banana chips cookies

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Today I realized that I have saved a lot of banana chips from the so called tropical mix nuts and tropical fruit bags that we buy from the health store, every time I buy a bag I realize more and more that they are just full of banana chips and hardly any mixed nuts or any tropical fruits…I tell you it was driving me crazy every time I opened a bag!!

I started removing the banana chips from the bags and saving them in a glass jar so I could get to the mixed nuts and the fruits easily, today I tried to add more but the jar became so full I could not close the lid and I was already in the baking mood as it is, so I started gathering ingredients and that’s how this delicious cookie recipe was created…

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I didn’t want to bake a banana bread with the chips, I didn’t think it will work as the chips will stay hard unless I soak them in milk or water but I didn’t feel like taking the extra step and wait until they are soft…

I am becoming a big fan of using almond flour in my baking, it’s a healthy alternative to using flour, it’s gluten-free and the best nutritional option for a diet or to avoid carbs and calories, even though this recipe has a little of whole wheat flour! it’s easy to replace it and just use almond flour instead… I also been using a lot of coconut oil in my baking to replace the butter just to avoid unhealthy fat…

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These healthy cookies will let you say what is wrong with eating one or two more cookies? who is counting right?!! Not me, my husband and I shared two before they even made it to cooling rack, that’s how delicious they were…

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I loved how the cookies turned out, they had a hint of molasses from the sugar-free brown sugar that I created by mixing the molasses with the low-calorie sugar… oh yes they are sugar free… just a healthy and delicious cookies…

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The flax-seed flour added a nutty flavor to the cookies, and that’s another healthy ingredient I been experimenting with lately.

Pre-heat oven to 350

1/2 cup coconut oil room temperature

1/2 cup of monk-fruit sugar or any low-calorie sugar

1 tbsp. molasses

1 egg room temperature

1 cup almond flour

1/3 cup flaxseed flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup chopped banana chips

10-20 whole banana chips

1/3 cup rolled old fashion oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment whip the coconut oil with sugar and molasses until creamy, about a minute. Add egg and mix until completely incorporated.

In a separate bowl add almond flour, whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, chopped banana chips, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flaxseed flour.

on low-speed add the almond flour mixture to the bowl in thirds, turn the speed to a medium high and mix for few seconds.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, with two tbsp. ice cream scoop, scoop the batter and place on the baking sheet about two to three inches a part.

Press one of the whole banana chips in the center of each cookie, press it firmly so the cookie spreads a little.

Bake for 20-22 minuets or until golden brown.

Cool cookies in the pan for few minuets, remove and cool completely on cooling rack but that’s if you could resist the aroma…

Notes: to get most cookies out of this recipe use a smaller ice cream scooper or a large tablespoon to make them drop cookies, but I liked the cookies on the large size…. To turn this recipe to a completely vegan recipe replace the egg with vegan egg substitute.

Enjoy!!

Winter is coming


I love everything about winter!

I love the clothes and how crisp and clean the air….

I love the smell of delicious cookies baking in the oven doing winter, it makes the house smell like haven….

Sugar free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chips Cookies


Sugar free Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chips Cookies

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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These Oatmeal cookies are filled with delicious Raisin and Chocolate Chips, I love making them and my granddaughter loves to eat them.

preheat oven to 350

1 Cup Splenda brown sugar

2 Cups all purpose flour

2 Tsp. baking soda

1/2 Tsp. fine salt

1 1/2 Cups old fashion oats

1/2 Tsp. cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 Cup of raisins

1 Cup mini chocolate chip

2 sticks of unsalted butter soften

2 eggs at room temperature

1/2 Tsp. ground vanilla or extract

line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set a side.

Add butter and brown sugar in to a stand mixer bowl with the flat beater attached, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed until it has smooth consistency.

Add eggs one at a time making sure its fully incorporated.

Add Vanilla and mix well for a 1 minute.

In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon, add to the sugar and butter mixture in third, mix well for 1-2 minute.

With a medium size ice cream scope, scope the cookie dough on to the prepared cookie sheets making sure to leave 2 inches between each cookie.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, remove to cooling racks and let them cool completely, store in airtight container for up to two weeks, if they last that long 🙂

Enjoy!

Ma’moul Cookies


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  • Servings: 16-18
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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When I make some of these delicious cookies it reminds of me of my mom when we used to make them for the holidays, they are the most famous and delicious cookies made in the middle east at that time of the year.
Every home you visit or bakery you walk by the aroma of butter and Ajwa (date paste) is in the air.
Ajwa is grinded dates that mixed with nutmeg and all spice; it is delicious in cakes and cookies.

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Pumpkin Cupcakes


Pumpkin cupcakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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You got to love the holiday, the smell of pumpkin and spices sure makes everything nice. I came up with this sugar-free pumpkin Cupcake when I had a leftover fresh pumpkin that I had made for pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner, pumpkin freezes really well. added a secret ingredient to make it taste nuttier. these cupcakes are sweet, delish and definitely this recipe is a keeper.

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