Easy Homemade Toffee

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of Almonds
  • 1 pound of unsalted butter (4 sticks)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 bag (12 oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt flakes

Directions:

  1. Chop up almonds by pulsing them in a food processor.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone pad.
  3. Sprinkle half of the almonds onto the baking sheet.
  4. In a large saucepan, over low heat add the butter, salt and sugar.
  5. Turn heat up to medium/high, stir occasionally, to melt the mixture and bring it to a boil. It is ready when it turns an almond brown color, about 10 minutes.
  6. Pour the mixture over the almonds on the cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and use a spatula to spread the chocolate around.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining chopped almonds over the top of the chocolate layer.
  9. Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the top.
  10. Let it cool completely and then cut into squares.

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“Healthy” Cookie Dough Bites

These bites size desserts are do addictive. They aren’t overly sweet, which makes them really easy to pop more than just one at a time!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Grind the oats and nuts in a food processor for 1 minute.
  2. Then add the honey, vanilla, coconut oil, and chocolate chips and use a spatula to mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Using a 1 tablespoon to measure, roll into balls.
  4. To Freeze: Place balls in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 20-30 minutes. Store in a mason jar or tupperware in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from Goop.

Deconstructed Pumpkin Pie

Last year in Martha Stewart Living magazine I saw a recipe for pumpkin mousse and always wanted to try it out but never got around to it. Recently, I got a request from a YouTube viewer to do a pumpkin recipe for fall and thought it would be the perfect time to test out the pumpkin mousse. I didn’t end up using Martha’s recipe because it called for gelatin and I didnt want to use that, but I found a recipe just as good and made some minor changes. You can definitely make this recipe in a bowl but thought it would be fun to put in small mason jars. They can act as favors and/or place cards at your next dinner party. You all know I’m a huge fan of double duty items when it comes to entertaining.

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Materials:

  • Mason Jars
  • Twine
  • Tags

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
  • ½ can condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • Cool Whip
  • Cinnamon Candied Pecans
  • Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs

Directions:

  1. Place the pumpkin puree, condensed milk, ½ cup of heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove into a medium saucepan and stir over medium heat.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and allow the mixture to cool completely and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours. You could make this part of the mixture the night before and let it chill.
  5. Smash cinnamon candied pecans in plastic bag with rolling pin. Set aside.
  6. Place the chilled pumpkin mixture and remaining 2 cups of cream into a stand mixer and whip until it thickens..
  7. Fill pastry bag with mousse and squeeze into mason jar. You can also just spoon it in, but you will get cleaner sides with the pastry bag.
  8. Add layer of graham cracker crumbs.
  9. Add layer of Cool Whip.
  10. Top off with layer of the crushed cinnamon candied pecans.

Pumpkin Mousse Recipe adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon. 

Coconut Macaroons

As promised here is the recipe for the Coconut Macaroons I made yesterday. The kraft takeout boxes were the perfect transportation for the macaroons to the BBQ party.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (14 ounces) unsweetened flaked coconut
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (about 4 ounces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or coat generously with nonstick cooking spray).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar, and salt until frothy. With a fork, stir in coconut until moistened.
  3. Drop mixture by packed level tablespoons onto prepared sheet (cookies will not spread). Bake until lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in microwave (20 second intervals) and then drizzle over macaroons.

Original recipe from Martha Stewart (I use unsweetened coconut vs. sweetened)