I have a cookie addiction lately. I don’t know if it is the cool weather (because nothing warms you up like a cup of tea and fresh from the oven cookies!) or simply my sweet tooth rearing it’s head but I have been craving cookies like they are going out of style. In fact, as I blog about this recipe I am also deciding which cookie recipe to try tonight. I might even have to dedicate an entire pinterest board to cookies as every recipe I come across sounds delicious. I don’t know if there is anything more comforting than warm, fresh baked cookies- and either a cup of tea or glass of milk to go along with it. And the most comforting of all cookies has to be chocolate chip. One of the most basic, simple recipes in existence and so delicious!
Besides fantasizing about cookies I have been busy enjoying the Fall weather and scenery on PEI. This weekend, the hubby and I took a mini vacation to the island to visit some friends and have dinner at the hands-down best restaurant on the planet. The Dunes. Which is actually a whole lot more than just a restaurant- they sell pottery, jewelry and some of the most amazing hand-made furniture I have ever seen. But the food is the best part. Their chef uses local food, everything is cooked fresh and they are extremely knowledgeable about being gluten free (they ever offer GF desserts!) Here are just some of the awesome things the Dunes has to offer
And this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture there- it is a bench made from recycled fishing boats- how great is that?
We had a perfect little weekend getaway. It was the last weekend the Dunes was open this year (it is a seasonal business) and I am already counting down the days until next Spring when we make our next trip over. In the meantime, I’ll be snacking on these simple, delicious chocolate chip cookies from Real Simple. It is a very basic chocolate chip cookie recipe like your grandma would make…and it is delicious!
Back to the Basics Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free!)
- 2&1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 1&1/2 cup coconut sugar OR 1&1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients then cream in the butter, eggs and vanilla. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon out the batter and roll into small balls then flatten a bit with your palm. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadians out there! My long weekend was filled with food (and lots of it!), playing with the dogs and a nice, long drive around Elgin, NB with the hubby. We started out yesterday bright and early sharing breakfast at a local restaurant with my family and finished it with turkey dinner with JD’s family. I think my belly was full from first thing in the morning until my head hit the pillow last night. In between all the eating, we managed to sneak a Sunday drive out in the countryside around Elgin, NB. Sunday drives have been a sort of tradition with JD and I- we usually start by stopping at a local cafe for a big mug of coffee and spend hours driving around listening to the radio and enjoying each others company. It is nice to take a break from our busy life to just be with each other and is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. And it always amazes me how many picturesque places there are so close by.
Pollet River, New Brunswick
And the best scenery of all is in our own backseat
The weekend was so busy I barely squeezed in any time in the kitchen. But I did manage to find time to make these gems- pumpkin chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. A gluten-free girl has to be prepared for family dinners and show up with her own dessert. I will admit it- the pumpkin pie covered in whipped cream and apple pies covered in ice cream did make me resent my gluten free status for a minute- but these cookies satisfied my sweet tooth and kept my belly happy. And my gluten-loving husband gave them his approval as well- so I encourage everyone to give them a try. The original recipe comes from the one and only Bethenny (yup! THAT Bethenny…and she used banana instead of pumpkin which I think would also be delicious but pumpkin seemed more appropriate for the season.)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- 1&1/2 cups oat flour (I use Cream Hill estates- it’s GF!)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another then blend together. Fold in the chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out small balls of batter onto the cookie sheet. Flatten with your hand (these cookies do not spread out much during baking) and bake for 12 minutes (until crisp and slightly browned around the edges.) These go well with a big mug of coffee or tea.