Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

Hehehe last week I got my official Foodblogger cookie swap e-mail.


I was pretty much ( read: totally) bouncing off the walls!! I’ve participated in the past and to be honest, there’s nothing that gets me in the holiday spirit more than cookies.

Oh and Santa of course … speaking of which – the big guy made his appearance this past weekend!!


This of course makes it okay for me to even start talking about Christmas!! Some of our stores have already started playing carols … too early?!? When do you put up your tree? Is it already up? I have a feeling ours won’t go up for at least a couple weeks … I’m thinking at least until the first weekend of December. The holiday season is always a special time for my family and I – and cookies only sweeten the deal.

Even if you’re not quite in the holiday spirit just yet ( and yes, I know there’s still American Thanksgiving) it’s always a good time for cookies!!

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These particular cookies are a new mixture of sweet and savory – they’re cake like and definitely a heightened version of an everyday chocolate chunk cookie. And the colour and smell of the mango baking away are sure to tantalize your taste buds… also, look how yellow they are!!


Dark Chocolate Chunk Mango Coriander Cookies

1 Large mango; peeled and diced

1/4 cup water

1 cup gran­u­lated sugar

1 Tbsp fresh coriander, minced as fine as possible

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks



Pre­heat oven to 325 degrees F.

In a blender / Food processor combine mango and water. Blend to a thick pulp.

In a small bowl, combine sugar and coriander – rub together to flavour the sugar.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, cream together shortening and sugar mixture.

Add eggs and mango puree.

Fold in dry ingredients, and add in chocolate chunks.

Scoop onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.


Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of my Canadian Buddy-old-pals!!

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This long weekend ( like many long weeks) to me is the official kick off of fall … warmer clothes, my heat goes on in my condo (yippee)..it’s also the official kick off of hockey? YEEESS!! Hahaha .. you can take a girl out of Canada, but you can’t take the Canada out of a girl.

Do you guys remember making hand turkeys when you were younger? … I’m pretty sure I did in elementary school … and then things got a lot more sophisticated when we began making placemats in grade 5. Those were the cool days!!


This weekend Mr. LTSL and I will be spending it with family, there’s sure to be lots of food and probably a few post-turkey naps tossed in.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, filled your loved ones … and a little (or a lot) of turkey doesn’t hurt either. And while the focus maybe on dinner, I have a breakfast that will blow your family away.


Almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And then you take a bite, and you’re in love.

Pumpkin Walnut Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread


 1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

2cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

n a medium sized bowl, heat milk and butter in microwave for 1 minute should be warm to the touch. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Mix until well combined. If the dough is too sticky, add 1 table spoon of flour at a time, until you get a firm dough. On a lightly floured surface, place dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

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 ½ cup Pumpkin Puree

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice

¼ cup walnut halves

1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin spice. Set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to approximately an 11 x 15-inch rectangle. Spread the pumpkin  mixture uniformly on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Starting lengthwise, roll the dough like you would a cinnamon roll. Pinch together the edges to seal.

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Using a sharp knife, cut the rolled dough in half lengthwise. Pinch together one end of the dough and braid the two long strands. Pinch together the remaining end. Form the dough into a circular shape and pinch together the pinched ends. To create a pumpkin swirl wreath.  Transfer the circle to a lightly greased cast-iron beaten egg. Gently tuck in walnut halves sporadically around the dough. Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve.


Enjoy, remember to take a moment this weekend to remember how lucky we are to live in such an amazing country – with all of the opportunities presented to us. Take a moment to be thankful for great friends, your health and you’re happiness. It’s the simple things … like how amazing your house now smells ;)