Vegan Ginger shortbread bars


IMG_8225IMG_8214IMG_8215IMG_8217IMG_8219IMG_8224I adapted this recipe from Deborah Madison’s vegetarian cookbook replacing butter with the vegan option Smart balance as well as a few other tweaks.  It’s softer and richer in my opinion than with real butter (I have nothing against real butter here, I just find myself avoiding dairy more and more these days)  It’s a super simple recipe and  a totally delicious treat.

Ingredients: 3/4 C rolled oats, 1/2 pound Smart balance butter replacement (1 Cup), 1 C light brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbs ground ginger, 11/2 C flour, 1/2 C dark chocolate chips (dairy free kind).

1//Preheat the oven to 350.  Beat your Smart balance ‘butter’ and sugar together until creamy and light.

2//Add in the salt, ginger and rolled oats.

3//Add in flour and choc chips.

4//Spread the batter into a 9×12 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

5//Let cool on a rack, cut into squares and enjoy!

This is great for a dessert treat with almond milk:)

Ginger pecan snowball cookies


gingersnowballsI’m getting really into baking right now; I want to find that recipe that I can pass on to my kids and that they’ll want to pass on too.  Maybe it doesn’t work like that though, you can’t plan on everything; but it’s nice to think about.  When I was a kid my mom made snowball cookies like these and they were my favorite holiday cookie.  This recipe (from Taste of home mag) adds a little ginger which I love. Here’s what I used:

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Ingredients: 1 C butter, softened// 3/4 C + 1.5 C confectioner’s sugar, divided// 2 tsp grated lemon peel// 2 tsp lemon extract// 2 1/4 C cake flour// 1 C chopped macadamia nuts (I used pecans)// 1 C chopped crystallized ginger (hint*don’t buy it from the spice section–it’s way more $–you can find in nuts area)

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1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 3/4 C confectioner’s sugar until it’s blended. Beat in lemon peel and extract. Gradually beat in the flour into the creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and ginger. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until it’s easy to handle (hint*mine was REALLY crumbly and not easy to handle so I added a sprinkle of water to help shape the cookies)

2. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes at 350.

3. Roll warm cookies in confectioner’s sugar and let cool on wire racks. When cooled roll them again in the conf. sugar.  You’re done!  Yummy holiday cookies!

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Salty ginger & grapefruit martini


grapefruit martini ginger grapefruit martini ginger grapefruit martiniI mixed this recipe the other week as a slight take on the Salty-dog which is vodka and  grapefruit juice in a salted glass.  Since I have a slight martini obsession, as you guys may have noticed, I made just that and will definitely make this one again!  I love how the ginger flavor mixes really well with the grapefruit and salt; it’s just enough.

Here’s the recipe: //2 parts vodka//1/2 part ginger liqueur//1 part triple sec//2 1/4 parts grapefruit juice

Rim your martini glass with salt; I used margarita salt.  Shake the mixture over ice and strain into your martini glass. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.  I hope you like it!