Herb de Provance Cranberry Shortbread cookies

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At the rate I’m going, I might as well start referring to my blog as a cookie corner!! While, I’ve clearly proven I’m crazy for cookies – there’s something about a sweet and a touch savoury shortbread cookie!! This particular recipe has a good crunch to it, it would hold it’s own next to any cup of tea – a pipping cup of coffee or hungry little ones looking for a yummy snack.

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Also, I can’t even describe the amazing smell of these as they bake – almost like spring time flowers. You can thank the herb de provance!!

Can we talk about this AH-MAZING herb blend … since discovering it late last year – I pretty much add it to everything under the sun!! Cooking beef –   herb de provance ; lamb – herb de provance ; salad dressing – herb de provance ; making muffins … herb de provance and cookies, dude – that could do with some herb de provance!! It’s a combination of Rosemary, Marjoram, Thyme, Savory and lavender aaaahhhh soooo good!!

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Dear I say, these may be my absolute favourite non-chocolate related cookie ( I had to be specific, because we all know nothing can come between me and a chocolate chip sea salt cookie fresh from the oven!!). It’s THAT delicious!!

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Herb de Provance Cranberry Shortbread cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Herb De Provance

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

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Directions:

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and extract.

Add flour, Herb de Provance, cranberries and sea salt. Mix until combined.

Divide dough and shape into 2 long cookie-logs.

Wrap each in parchment paper and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and bake for 17 minutes.

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…. And then, you’re more than welcome to send me some 🙂

p.s … I apologize for all of the double exclamation mark-ness of this post … they just make me that excited (!!)

Tropical Brown Rice Pudding

Could there be anything more comforting that warm rice pudding? Especially since it’s only -2847596 oc outside today. WHY-IS-IT-SO-COLD?!?! … don’t answer that, I know I live in Canada. I love it. I hate it … not the country, just the cold. I bleed maple syrup … seriously, I’m such a sap ( haha – get it, maple syrup .. sap … I’ll stop!)

Oh, look at this!!

Rich

creamy

cinnamon-clove-y

sweet, but not too sweet

like a warm hug, ready for you any time you are.

Since it’s January and I’ll be throwing chocolate in your face before you know it, – I’ve healthified this recipe.

Sort of.

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I also use coconut water.

Dude, can we talk?! For the longest time, I remember my parents drinking coconut water – ever since I was little. Now, the price has skyrocketed since it’s now the coolest thing on the block to drink. Blah.

My pudding, I want to believe it’s healthier.

It’s healthier – and packs pretty dried fruit jewels and nuts.

And Rum. Note: you can totally use water instead of rum. But if you like rum, use rum. I’m now annoyed with my over use of the word rum – because it reminds me of bum.

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Eat pudding with me please. Another note, to completely annoy the skittles out of your rainbow, as I made this recipe I pranced around my condo singing p-u-ding-ding, makes me want to sing-sing.

Seriously, my husband – he’s the luckiest chap in town.

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Tropical Brown Rice Pudding

1/2 C dried cranberries

¼ cup Malibu rum

2 ½ cups coconut water

1 C short-grain brown rice

¼ Tsp Sea Salt

4 C milk

1/3 C honey

½  tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ cup chopped apricots

¼ cup chopped walnuts

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In a small bowl combine dried cranberries and Malibu rum. Set aside and allow to soak.

In a pot, combine coconut water, brown rice and sea salt.  Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer 40 minutes.  You will notice, the rice will slowly begin to absorb all of the coconut water

Remove rice from the heat.  Add the milk, honey,  vanilla, coconut extract and cinnamon to the pot with the rice and stir well.

Bring to a low boil over medium-low heat, stirring often. Cook for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat – add cranberries, apricots and walnuts stir to combine well.

Top with apricots and walnuts and a drizzle of extra honey, for a little extra pizzazz!!

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Happy Friday, Darlings

xox

Fall Oatmeal Harvest Cookies

Surprise – – Surprise I have cookies for you to celebrate the 1st of October!!

It’s love.

My love for you … and cookies that is. 

Let’s rewind for a second though, OCTOBER 1st?! How is it that the year is just zipping by?

Next weekend, is Thanksgiving – and then Halloween –  and then American Thanksgiving (yes, I celebrate both :$ …with lots of food of course) – then Christmas parties – holiday dinners – Kris Kringle – Christmas Eve – Christmas Day and before we know it it’s New Years Eve 😦 . Throw in a couple birthdays, anniversaries, LTSL events and …..

*yawn* I’m tired just thinking about all of it.

The truth is, I say it exhausts me (and it does) but I love it. I love it all. Especially Christmas. LOVE LOVE LOVE  LOVE CHRISTMAS. It’s a big deal in the LTSL home, and not just for the cookies, although they do help to sweeten things up.

Speaking of cookies – – Lookie, lookie what I have for you.

These little puppies were highly highly highly inspired by this week’s Sunday’s With Joy. See, I sat down to read over this weeks recipe for Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies. I started making a couple of adjustments … tweaking here – – tinkering there and before I knew it — I pretty much had a brand spanking new cookie

But these cookies do have sweet potatoes in them. And they also have carrots … and oatmeal… and nuts … can we call this a breakfast cookie, since there’s all this yummy-healthy stuff in it? AND THERE’S NO BUTTER … and not much sugar. Don’t worry … I’m not turning health monster on you … but remember life is about moderation and if a cookie can be counted on the healthy side of moderation

WE HAVE A WINNER!!

Fall Harvest Oatmeal Cookies

* inspired by Joy’s Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies*

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1 cup cubed sweet potato ~ seasoned with 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt, 1 Tbsp Honey.

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Large Eggs

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups Flour

3/4 Cup Rolled Oats

1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

1 Tsp Ground Ginger Spice

1 Tsp Sea Salt

1 Cup Trail Mix

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1/4 Cup Flax Seeds.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 oc. Prepare baking tray for your vegetables.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together seasoned sweet potatoes and carrots. Arrange on baking tray and roast for 25 minutes.

 

Remove from tray and mash. Your sweet potato, carrot combination should resemble thick mashed potatoes.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 oc.

In a large bowl, combine sugars, eggs, olive oil, vanilla extract and mashed vegetables. Set aside.

  

In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and sea salt.

Combine your wet and dry ingredients, and mix well.

 

Add trail mix, cranberries and flax seeds.  Mix. Scoop onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.


Happy October Sweet Hearts, enjoy everything this cozy month has to offer

xox