Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

We made these cookies on the third anniversary of my mother’s death. My mom made a lot of peanut butter cookies growing up and my favourites were always when she added chocolate chips. I had recently exchanged some text messages with my niece who also had fond memories of peanut butter cookies at Gramma’s house…

three years gone

It’s been three years since we lost my mom. And it’s been one year since I started making my way through our family recipes for this blog – I’ve completed more than 100 recipes at this point (some are still scheduled to be posted). I find myself turning to baking in hard times – it’s…

Caramel Frosting

Adapted with help from Two Sisters Crafting. I used this frosting on Grandma’s fluffy chocolate cake and it was a delicious combination. Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup Earth Balance, cubed 1/4 cup soy milk 2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar Yield:  Frosting for a 2 layer 9” cake In large saucepan, combine the…

Fluffy Chocolate Cake

As the name suggests, it’s a light textured cake that is still quite moist and decadent. I topped it with caramel frosting which was a hit with our chocolate and caramel loving kids. Ingredients 2 cups soy milk 4 tbsp cocoa powder 1 cup vegetable shortening (replacing lard) 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups granulated sugar…

Best Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma wasn’t kidding when she called these THE BEST. The soft middle, crispy outside with coconut and chocolate chips put these usually “healthy” cookies squarely into the indulgent category. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups Earth Balance 3 cups brown sugar 4 eggs, beaten 2 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 cups flour 5 cups rolled oats 1 1/2…

Cornflake Drops

This was the third cookie recipe in the family cookbook that I tried that calls for cornflakes. A sweet crispy and crunchy snack best paired with a glass of a cereal “milk”. Ingredients 3 tbsp Earth Balance 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 2 eggs well beaten 1…

Sally’s Angel Food Cake

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The family cookbook did not have a recipe for angel food cake from scratch. There were a couple recipes for cake rolls or chocolate angel food cake that called for a box of angel food cake mix as one of the ingredients. I felt these were too much of a…

(Not Your Basic) Bran Muffins

Grandma called these “Basic Bran Muffins” but they are anything but basic. I had no idea what to expect, with the recipe calling for 2 different types of cereal that gets soaked in sour soy milk, but they are surprisingly delicious. The dates are an incredible addition and you get the bonus of happy bowels….

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are soft and chewy and especially delicious leveled-up with a generous addition of chocolate chips. Ingredients 3/4 cups sifted flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 cup Earth balance 2 bananas, fully ripe 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 cup rolled oats 1/4 cup…

Chocolate Carrot Cake

I made this cake for my mother-in-law’s 78th birthday. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect – would it taste more like chocolate cake? Carrot cake? What would the pineapple do to the flavour? In the end, the verdict is that it tastes as it’s called. A chocolate (pause) Carrot Cake. It’s moist, dense, cakey,…