White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

1 C vegetable shortening
1 1/2 C brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla
2 C all purpose flour
2/3 C cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
~2 C  white chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Cream the shortening and sugar by hand
  • Add applesauce and vanilla and beat by hand until well combined
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and mix until well combined
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Drop 1 Tbsp of dough for each cookie onto ungreased cookie sheet, about 1 – 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350°F
  • Remove from oven and let cool on pan for about 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack

These cookies come together quickly and easily; you only need to use one bowl!  There are no eggs and the only dairy is in the white chocolate chips, so by swapping them out for a non-dairy chip or just omitting them entirely, you can make the recipe dairy free as well.

They are very soft, chewy, and chocolatey.  We love them at our house and I hope you enjoy them too!

God bless

Old Fashioned Doughnuts (Baked)

Ingredients

1 C All-purpose flour
1/4 C Whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/3 C unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 C buttermilk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Spray a 6-well doughnut pan with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, whisk or sift together the flours, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt
  • In a separate bowl, combine the oil, sugar, apple sauce, and vanilla and mix until well combined
  • Add the wet ingredients and buttermilk to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (batter will be very thick and sticky)
  • Spoon batter into a piping bag
  • Pipe into prepared doughnut pan, smoothing out the doughnut batter as necessary
  • Bake at 350°F for 12 – 15 minutes
  • Cool in pan about 2 minutes
  • Cool completely on a wire rack

If desired, dip hot doughnuts in melted butter and then in granulated sugar for a sugar topping

This Old Fashioned Doughnut is for nutmeg lovers!   It’s so good plain or dipped in sugar and perfect with a cup of coffee.  Being baked, it’s also not as heavy tasting as a regular fried doughnut.  I hope you enjoy it!

God bless!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Eggs)

Ingredients

1 C unsalted butter, melted
1/2 C granulated sugar
3/4 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
1 – 2 tsp vanilla (personal taste preference)
2 C All-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Combine the butter and sugars and beat by hand until well combined
  • Add apple sauce and vanilla and mix well
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart
  • Bake for 8 – 9 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool on pan for about 2 minutes
  • Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack

These chocolate chip cookies bake up light, moist, and chewy.  They’re easy and fun to make with kids since there are no eggs to crack and no raw egg in the dough.  This recipe makes about 2 dozen medium sized cookies.

Enjoy and God bless!

Double Chocolate Muffins (made with protein powder)

Ingredients

2 C. all-purpose flour
1/3 C. Chocolate protein powder
1/4 C. Cocoa powder
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C. Brown sugar
~2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 large eggs
1/4 C. Vegetable oil
1 C. Milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Spray a 12 count muffin pan with cooking spray
  • Whisk together dry ingredients
  • Add chocolate chips and whisk until chips are coated
  • Add wet ingredients and stir until just combined
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan evenly
  • Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes (insert toothpick into center of muffin, it should come out mostly clean)
  • Let cool in pan about 10 minutes
  • Cool completely on a wire rack

These muffins are incredibly moist and so chocolatey! I added thinkThin Protein & Probiotics chocolate powder for a tiny extra boost to my muffins and they are absolutely delicious.  But you can use whatever protein powder you prefer, or omit it altogether.

If you do not use the protein powder though, you may want to add a touch more cocoa powder and/or use a little less milk. I suggest using 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cocoa powder and start with only 1/2 cup of milk and then add more milk as necessary to achieve the right consistency, if the protein powder is omitted.

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as my family does!

God bless!

Brown Sugar Pancakes

Ingredients

1 C. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 C. milk
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Directions

  • Whisk together dry ingredients
  • Add wet ingredients to dry and whisk until completely combined and all lumps are gone
  • Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat
  • Pour about a quarter cup of batter for each pancake
  • Flip when bubbles just start to form and pop
  • Pancakes are done when both sides are browned (about 2 minutes each side, generally)

These pancakes are easy and delicious!  We added chocolate chips, bananas, and strawberries to ours too.  This recipe makes about 10 small pancakes.

I hope you enjoy them!

God bless!

Blueberry Lemon Baked Doughnuts

Ingredients

1 C. All-purpose flour
1/4 C. Granulated sugar
1/4 C. Brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/4 C. Fresh blueberries
1/2 C. Whole milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Spray a doughnut baking pan with cooking spray
  • Sift together the dry ingredients (excluding the brown sugar)
  • Add the brown sugar last to the sifted dry ingredients and stir until combined
  • Add blueberries and stir gently until berries are coated, being careful not to crush the berries
  • Whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (batter will be wet, like a cake batter consistency)
  • Spoon batter into a piping bag
  • Pipe batter into pan
  • Bake at 350° F for about 15 minutes
  • Remove doughnuts from pan immediately
  • Cool completely on a wire rack

These baked doughnuts are very light and cakey.  They are sweet and balanced with just enough tartness.  We couldn’t stop eating them!

Enjoy and God bless!

Classic Chocolate Cake (Decorated for St. Patrick’s Day)

Ingredients

2 1/2 C. All-purpose flour
1/2 C. Cocoa powder
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp instant coffee granules

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
1 C. Granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1 C. Heavy cream
1/2 C. – 1 C. Milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Spray one 9″ square baking pan and one 9″ round baking pan with cooking spray (or two rounds, if you just want to make a standard double layer cake)
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and instant coffee granules
  • Cream together butter and sugar in a separate bowl
  • Add eggs and vanilla to butter/sugar mixture and mix well
  • Add wet ingredients and heavy cream to dry ingredients and mix
  • Add 1/2 C. Milk to batter and mix to combine (continue to add small amounts of milk to batter and mixing until you reach a thick, but liquidy batter)
  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pans
  • Bake at 350°F for about 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  • Cool in pans about 10 minutes
  • Cool completely on wire rack

This cake is moist and has a nice classic chocolate taste.  It’s simple to make and comes together quickly.  For St. Patrick’s Day, once the cakes were completely cool, I made a buttercream frosting (dyed green, of course) and frosted the square cake for my base.  I used a plain edged round pastry cutter to cut three circles out of the round cake and cut out a small piece to be the stem of my shamrock.  I then arranged the peices to look like a shamrock and dusted it with powdered sugar.  You could also frost the shamrock, if desired.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a blessed and happy St Patrick’s Day!

God bless!