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Top 5 Christmas Cookies For The Budget Baker : The Grocery Game Challenge 2016 #4 Nov 29-Dec 4

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Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs Start Now In Your Kitchen.   This time of year budget bakers are on the hunt for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune. Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies. You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies that you can bring to a holiday cookie-exchange or to wrap up as gifts for friends and family. I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them. Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives. I must admit my wife’s family is quite amazing when it comes to baking and the holidays. There is never a holiday that we don’t show up at the in-laws house without our Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law has a huge spread on the dining room table and her side table full of Christmas cookies, Christmas cakes, Panetone, Chocolates of all descriptions. Turtles comes […]

Double-Crust Mincemeat Pies Part 2

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CHRISTMAS MINCE PIES A couple of weeks back I promised you that as soon as 4 weeks was up after making part 1 of this recipe the mincemeat filling we would get started on making some mincemeat pies. You can read about “What is mincemeat pie?” and “The history of mincemeat pie” in the link above if you want more background about this lovely festive treat. Today I am using the mincemeat that has been maturing over the last few weeks. As I opened the jar of mincemeat filling that I recently made my heart just melted it took me right back home to eating Christmas pies with my family with a cuppa tea! My sisters and I would always fight over the mincemeat pies as there was five 0f us in the family. There would always be couple of mincemeat pies left and after mum got hers we were down to the last one which we would wrestle over. My dad on the other hand doesn’t really like mince pies as he prefers his apple pies. My kids were there when I opened the jar of mincemeat asking what we were going to make today as a family because […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

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HOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance. With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all. Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture. This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls […]

Chickpea Coconut Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s Hiding In Your Cookie? I know what you are thinking, cookies made with chickpeas sound disgusting but the truth is far from that. You know from previous posts that I am a chickpea fan and will use all kinds of chick peas to create recipes for our menu plan. These are the crazy cookies of the year for me I think but they work and I’m sure once you make them you will agree that you can hardly taste chickpeas at all in the cookie. The best thing is that it’s a cookie recipe for kids and they won’t even know they are eating healthy chickpeas in their favourite chocolate chip cookies. Where did my crazy cookie idea come from? As I was getting ready to cook my dry chickpeas in the crockpot I had this thought about making cookies with chickpeas. There was something about the colour and texture of the mashed chickpea that reminded me of what the batter for chocolate chip cookies looked like. That’s when the bright idea hit me to try and create cookies with chickpeas. I’m like to make a mess in the kitchen exploring new foods so why not give it a […]

5 Ingredients: Simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were baked as a last minute treat the other night because I was laying in bed and was craving chocolate. So, we both ended up in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these peanut butter chocolate chip beauties just for me because the wife is on a low-gi diet. Although we did whip up a batch of cookies for her last week which we called a biscotti of sorts so she’s had her cookie fix. Typically whenever chocolate cravings start I want to reach for something like my fudgy brownies but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. So peanut butter chocolate chip cookies was what I had set out to make although my cowboy quickie cookies did come to mind too. I do like thick chewy peanut butter cookies so I tend to make them chunky. I was eating hot, fresh from the oven soft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold  milk faster than you can say, homemade. Ok, well not that fast but peanut butter cookies are probably the easiest cookie you could ever make. I prefer homemade cookies vs store bought cookies any […]