I have noticed that more and more people nowadays can't have gluten, and some can't have dairy, either. I have just found this amazing blog that has no gluten or dairy. How fantastic is that for those out there who long for a comfort food, but is loaded with gluten? In fact, sometimes having gluten and dairy free stuff even tastes better, and I'm betting it's loads better for you. Just the other day I made a brownie recipe, and the main ingredient is black beans! It tasted just like brownies, the texture was divine, plus it didn't have any sugar! You never would have guessed! Here is the link to the other blog: http://cookingglutenfree.blogspot.ca/
I find the hardest recipe to find is a easy, non-complex hot cocoa recipe. Look online. There are billions of recipes, but how do you find the right one!? The other day, I was going through some hot cocoa recipes on Pinterest, and I saw this recipe. It looked so easy, and there was no strange ingredients that you have never heard of, or even powdered milk (which I have never had, but it smells bad, so why try it?)! Besides, who wants to fuss around with ingredients with only a slight chance of it working out? This is the comfort food for everyone. Here is the recipe, and and the link to the site. Have a very merry belated (or early) Christmas! http://onecharmingparty.com/page/9/
Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Pour in water, and boil at medium heat. Let boil for 2 minutes, but don't let it burn. Stir in milk and stir until warm, but don't let it boil. Take the pan off the stove and stir in vanilla. Serve warm, with or without toppings.
Here is a great, sugary frosting recipe. It goes wonderfully with the sugar cookies, and you can put so many designs on it.
2/3 cup softened butter
4 cups sifted powdered sugar (icing sugar)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add chosen decoration after frosting the cookie, cupcake, cake, or other baked good. Enjoy!
Tip: at your local baking goods store, they should have frosting bags and nozzles. They can make cool designs.
Who doesn't like homemade cookies? Or should I say, who doesn't like sugar? These are some fantastic cookies, except those who do not like vanilla should put in a bit less, because they are very strong. These are great with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg (please use free range)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted flour (to give it a light texture)
1/4 teaspoons salt
Cream butter and sugar together. Mix in egg and vanilla, then add flour and salt gradually and stir until well mixed. If you want to use a cookie cutter, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Otherwise, use a spoon and drop little dollops of dough onto the baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees Celsius (347 Fahrenheit) for 10-15 minutes. Once cool, eat plain or add frosting.