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…

Sweet Buns

This is a great recipe for Family Day – homemade bread feels so intergenerational to me. It evokes memories of my mother and grandmother leaning over the counter as they knead in the kitchen, the overwhelming smell permeating through the house. Kneading bread is one of the few hands-on teachings my mother ever gave me…

Sugar Cookies 2

Happy Valentine’s Day! Grandma’s cookbook included two recipes for sugar cookies (click here for the other recipe). Notably, this recipe calls for vegan sour cream or yogurt, which I thought offered a subtle sour note to balance the sweet of the rest of the cookie. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth balance 1 cup granulated sugar 1…

Zucchini Loaf

I worked on this recipe a few times before deciding it was just right. The brown sugar in place of the white sugar helps with depth in taste, moisture and colour. Grandma called for raisins but our family much prefers walnuts. Both varieties are pictured. First Ingredients 3 cups grated zucchini 5 1/4 cups flour…

Dumplings

This recipe is perfect comfort food – it brings me right back to my mother’s kitchen. Even with the large number of dumplings this recipe produces, there would never be a single dumpling left in the pot. Unfortunately my wife isn’t a fan (her comment was “wet biscuits? why?”) – but I’m hoping my kids…

Johnny Cake

This was in Grandma’s cookbook in the breakfast section. It’s lighter and smoother than cornbread – a great alternative for a morning treat. Ingredients 1 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup soy milk 1 1/4 cup flour 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or Earth balance) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1…

Kourabiethes – Greek Shortbread

A delicate, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread for any occasion – but I have decided to categorize this as a “holiday” recipe because they are reminiscent of grandma’s whipped shortbread, the powdered sugar, of course, brings snow to mind, and they are simply divine with the use of a clementine where the recipe calls for an orange. I…

Foundation Cookies

I have been very curious about this recipe since I first saw it in Grandma’s cookbook. It took me a minute to figure out what she meant by “foundation” in the title and then realized that these are a sort of “base” cookie recipe to which many different variations can be added. They are a…

Ginger Cookies

Is it really Christmas without a gingerbread cookie? While these aren’t actually gingerbread – the molasses and ginger will hit the same spot and their soft chewiness will bring a little extra holiday comfort. These won’t last long in our house. Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar (+ ½ cup for rolling) ¾ cup Earth balance…

Darlene’s Fruitcake

Darlene was a good friend of Grandma Donna. Of my grandma’s few fruit cake recipes, I chose to try this one first because it required the fewest ingredients and had the shortest baking time. I like that’s it’s lighter and less fussy than traditional fruit cake, something I would enjoy for breakfast with a cup…