Coconut Macaroons

A few years after my grandmother’s death, my grandfather gave me an old box of recipes that had belonged to her. They were almost entirely recipes from “Gurney” but there were some annotations from Grandma and sometimes her own recipes or adaptations written on the backs of the cards. I kept that old box all…

Porcupines

This was a really fun discovery among Grandma’s recipes. I found this recipe by accident, hand-written on the back of another recipe card. I actually had no idea what I was making when I started out but they turned out chewy (almost gooey) and made me feel like I was eating something healthy on account…

Crispy Rice Treats

Grandma’s recipe book was surprisingly missing this childhood favourite. Ingredients 1/3 cup Earth Balance 1 bag of vegan marshmallows (10 oz), I use Dandies brand 1/2 tsp vanilla 4 cups crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies are an obvious choice) 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) Yield: approx. 9 servings Line or grease a 7×9 baking dish…

Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Squares

I can remember my mom making these – as soon as I took the first bite I was reminded of a time we made them for one of my brother’s school bake sales. They are a bit softer than your traditional marshmallow-based crispy rice treat but I kind of like that. Given how sweet these…

No Bake Chocolate Cookies (aka Haystacks)

My mom made this one a lot, especially for birthdays and bake sales. They’re naturally gluten free! They are deceptively easy – you have to pay attention to getting the sugar mixture to the right temperature in order for them to set properly. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup sweetened…

Chocolate Covered Marzipan

This is a great holiday recipe that is completely vegan and gluten free. Homemade marzipan is actually very easy to make – the element of skill required in this recipe is tempering the chocolate. I’ve made chocolate covered confections back when I didn’t know what I didn’t know – that is, that just melting chocolate…