Category Archives: Baking Adventures

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This week I baked for The Allison Family. My friend Ashley was sick with strep-throat and her mom, Donna, is battling cancer. My brother Tim went to prom with Ashley and I knew that she was going to have some friends over afterwards, so I thought they all would enjoy this treat! I decided to bake these yummy cookies for them that can be found on page 66 of this book: 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats by Suzanna Tee.

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8 tbsp butter (plus extra for greasing pan)
a heaping 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1-1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
6 oz. semisweet chocolate broken into pieces
6 oz. milk chocolate, broken into pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 large baking sheets. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Beat egg in. Add oats, milk and vanilla extract and beat together until well blended. Sift flour, cocoa, and baking powder into mixture and stir. Stir in chocolate pieces.

Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on the baking sheets and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until slightly risen and firm. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to completely cool.

God, please keep your hands over the Allison Family. Heal Donna and keep everyone in her life healthy. I pray that everything goes smoothly with Ashley graduating in May and heading off to college. Keep Amanda healthy and give Dave safe travels. In Jesus’ name I pray these things, amen ❤

Love,

Vicky 🙂

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Gluten-free Chocolate Cookies

My second cousin Shelly lives in Pennsylvania and she has 2 sons that I met last summer. Shelly just had heart surgery a few weeks ago and one of her sons has a gluten allergy, so God told me that I should bake them some gluten-free cookies to brighten their day! 🙂

I found a recipe online that I wanted to make them called “gluten-free vegan chocolate sandwich cookies” but I had a hard time finding all of the ingredients, so I ended up doing a lot of research and finally making my own gluten-free cookie recipe. I am happy to say that they turned out pretty good and I hope Jonah and Nicholas (and Shelly, too) like them very much! We’re mailing them today!

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 organic brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside this mixture. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar cane and oil. Beat until creamy. Mix in coconut milk and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and stir until combined. Refrigerate dough for one hour. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put balls of cookie dough on cookie sheet and then squish them down so they won’t spread. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Gluten-free cookies

God, please heal Shelly and watch over her kids as Shelly gets stronger and heals. Please have these cookies be a blessing to them and have every life she touches be blessed. Amen ❤

Vicky 🙂

Midnight Cookies for Uncle Shane

So…. in my last (and first) blog post, I shared with you about how I left cookies anonymously for a friend of our family’s. Well, it turned out that even though my intentions with being anonymous were good, it seems like that wasn’t a good idea after all because the beautiful recipient of my cookies didn’t want to eat the sweet treats until she knew where they came from. Ooops!

I can’t say I blame her, so from now on I will be sharing with you exactly who I am baking for and why along with the yummy recipe for the treat God leads me to make them. I figure that they are still blessed and I can still be a blessing even though they will know the treat was from me 🙂

For my next treat, God lead me to make Midnight Cookies for my Uncle Shane. He just moved here to Tennessee from California and I thought it would bless him to have homemade cookies. I went to visit him right when he moved in and he didn’t have hardly anything in his kitchen. I know he likes cookies and I thought it would make him happy to have a sweet, homemade treat. He is a really cool Uncle and I’m so glad he moved here!

Here is the recipe for Midnight Cookies featured on page 82 of 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats by Suzanna Tee. This recipe made 2 dozen cookies.

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  • 9 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup super fine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Sift flour. cocoa and baking soda and beat until well mixed. With damp hands, roll walnut-sized pieces of the dough into smooth balls. Place on the baking sheets, spaced well apart. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.

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Dear Lord,

I hope that these cookies blessed my uncle and that he enjoyed them. I hope that he will love his new house and be very here in Tennessee. In Jesus’ name, amen ❤

keep baking,

Vicky 🙂

The Gooiest Chocolate Cookies

Being homeschooled…. I have a little bit more time on my hands than the average 14 year old. I really like to bake and I really like to make people happy…. SO….. this blog was born.

I bought this book at Barnes and Noble 1001 Cupcakes, Cookies and Other Tempting Treats by Suzanna Tee. I have decided to bake things from this book (and from other good recipes I find) and give them to people God puts on my heart who I know might need some home-baked love to put a smile on their face. I will be telling you about who God wants me to bake for, what I am baking them, I will be giving you the recipe and telling you about my anonymous goodie drop-off!

I hope you are as excited about this as I am 🙂

The first person I will be baking for is a good friend of our family. Her kids have been sick lately and so has her dad. She has been very busy taking care of everyone and then she just got sick too, so I think she would really like to know that someone is thinking and praying for her and her family (and eat some tasty treats!)

Here is the recipe for The Gooiest Chocolate Cookies on page 148 of the book I mentioned above:

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  • 8 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5.5 oz. milk chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with non-stick parchment paper (I use stoneware so I skipped that step.) Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Place the egg and vanilla extract in separate bowl and whisk together. Then, gradually add to the butter mixture and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until well combined. Add 3.5 ounces each of the semi-sweet and milk chocolate and then mix well.

Spoon 6 heIMG_7651aping tablespoons of batter onto each baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Divide the remaining chocolate among the cookies and press in lightly.

Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

The cookies turned out how I wanted them to. They tasted really good and today I am going to deliver them anonymously. I really hope she likes them. 🙂

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Dear God,

I pray that my friend feels better and that You are with her and her family. Heal her and I hope she loves the cookies ❤ In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.