A recent holiday baking party resulted in a beautiful assortment of vegan cookies, including these cute jam dot cookies made with homemade persimmon jam filling. Loaded with healthy ingredients like oats, pecans, maple syrup and spices, these cookies are a perfect alternative to traditional holiday sweets.
Growing up as a kid, I loved our annual summer road-trips to visit my Ukrainian grandparents at their cottage in the beautiful Ottawa Valley. Besides getting to catch frogs and go fishing, one of the best things about visiting them was getting to indulge in all my granny's yummy baked goods. When I saw Swee San's post my mind was flooded with fond memories of sipping mint tea at the kitchen table (so we wouldn't drop any crumbs on the floor!), munching on what my granny called in her thick accent "roo-gahr-leck-ay".
Joelen proves that one little detail can completely make a recipe, and her homemade granola does just that for these breakfast muffins. "Aside from the true flavor of banana in each bite, the crunchy homemade granola swirled in and sprinkled on top adds such great texture." In fact, the granola pushed this muffin recipe right into Joelen's list of favorites!
Shanon's recipe "combines some very wonderful things: a buttery shortbread-type crust, golden caramel filling, sweet and tart cranberries, slightly salty pecans and rich bittersweet chocolate. Plus, they are gorgeous. Completely festive and appropriate for any type of holiday get-together."
Sweet raspberry and mild rosebud work in tandem to create a tower of pink wonderment. Is it girly? Is it romantic? Chiffon cake covered in raspberry cream - absolutely! Tastes even better on fine china... With a few good girlfriends around... And maybe even a glass of sherry...
These cookies make a great alternative to conventional cookies and granola bars because they're packed with protein and whole grains, and they're also safe for diabetics, vegans and those with gluten sensitivities. Dare I suggest they contain enough nutritional punch to stand in for breakfast with a side of fruit?
What's better than a sweet delicately flavored little cake served to friends? How about that same sweet cake covered in whipped cream and deftly piped with ganache and dark chocolate? Lovely time together indeed!