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French Macarons

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I am not going to lie, the macarons pictured are definitely my 2nd attempt! This French dessert is incredibly easy to prep, but very tricky when it comes to the baking process! The first batch I had made with my roommate, the batter looked beautiful, but cracked in the oven at 325 degrees.

My 2nd try I lowered the heat to 300 degrees while rotating the pan and they came out great, so I will spare you the head ache and two eggs!

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Dark Chocolate Balsamic Cookies

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Recently, I have been using balsamic vinegar, especially balsamic glaze in and on almost everything lately. It’s a fantastic way to bring a fresh acidity or sweet flavor to a savory dish.

With how busy I have been with work, I haven’t taken the time to experiment with baking. One of my favorite things with sweets is to play with tying in as many savory flavors as possible!  Balsamic vinegar being my new ingredient!

Surprisingly I learned, that vinegar actually pops up in a lot of baked goods as a quick and easy way to add an acid to a recipe. This allows a leavening agent like baking soda to get a little extra lift when added to the batter.

The balsamic vinegar in this recipe actually also gives the chocolate cookies almost a “chocolate covered cherry” taste!   Read more

Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

My favorite cake being Carrot Cake, I decided to whip up a variation on the recipe for all my vegan followers! I had help from one of my very talented vegan friends, Kaylee. Even though there were a few bumps in the road when it came to recipe testing, the end result was well worth it!

When it comes to vegan baking, ingredient substitutions are very important to understand. In this recipe, we decided to use canned pumpkin as a substitute for eggs. Low in both calories and fat, canned pumpkin is a healthy substitute for oil and eggs in a variety of baked goods. Even though it gives off a little pumpkin flavor, the other ingredients definitely over power the taste of pumpkin. I find that the pumpkin brings a lot of wonderful moisture to the dough as well! Read more

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