Nanny’s Molasses Cookies

Soft, pillowy cookies, bursting with holiday flavours of molasses and cloves. These are one of my most special family recipes. If you love cookies, keep reading for a lot of Canadian cookie love!

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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Moist, flavourful zucchini muffins are studded with oats and chocolate chips. No one will guess that they’re whole wheat, refined sugar-free and packed with vegetables!
If you have a garden, if you know someone with a garden, if you live anywhere near someone with a garden – you have probably benefited from a gigantic zucchini crop! I’m not sure why it’s always zucchini…I guess that the plants produce a lot and tend to all get ripe at the same time. Last summer I had a lot of zucchini, but it was the cucumber I couldn’t keep up with. This year I’ve only had 2 cucumbers but my zucchini is at its peak right now…I just picked one that weighed almost a pound and a half!

 

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Olympic Donuts

Hello again! After a longer than intended hiatus, I’m finally back into blogging mode. I had planned to take a bit of a break in June, thanks to the insanity that is the end of the school year. Life continued to intervene in a variety of ways through July, but I’m back at it now with a special treat just in time for the Olympics!

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Strawberry Streusel Shortbread Squares

 

Crumbly shortbread, juicy strawberries and sweet streusel  – these squares have it all! Pretty, portable and oh so tasty, they’re a great dessert for summer.

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Strawberries have always been one of my favourite foods.  I spent a whole week blogging about them last summer – my very first theme week!  So I’m super excited to be a part of a Strawberry Celebration with Canadian Food Creatives. We are a group of Canadian food bloggers who get together to share recipes on a common theme. Thanks to Amanda at The Cinnamon Scrolls  for hosting this month’s party! Follow the links below or check out #CDNFoodCreatives on social media to see all of the strawberry awesomeness!

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink, hearts, and togetherness in these cupcakes! Vanilla cupcakes and frosting are swirled with pink and topped with minty candy hearts.

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As I came in from shoveling snow to bake these cupcakes, I was thinking about how much I associate snow with Valentine’s Day. The first year we were dating, my husband and I spent Valentine’s Day huddled in my dorm room weathering a massive blizzard (massive even by Canadian standards.) Perhaps because of the chance we’ll be snowed in, we’ve never been into fancy Valentine’s plans. It’s usually a nice dinner and dessert at home, followed by a cozy movie or game night. Since V-Day is a Sunday and we have the Monday off (thank you Joseph Howe), I imagine we’ll be watching Downton Abbey live instead of off the DVR for a change!

These adorable cupcakes are the perfect dessert for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. They’d also be really cute for a school party.

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Slice and Bake Heart Sugar Cookies

These slice and bake heart cookies are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. With adorable hearts baked right into the cookie, they’re almost as easy as their store-bought cousins, but way better tasting!

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While I’ve already posted Halloween and Christmas versions of these cookies (and been amazed at their popularity), these hearts are actually where it all began. I pinned this recipe from Lauren’s Latest eons ago.

I spotted the pin on one of my boards while searching for inspiration for a Halloween treat, and my pumpkin slice and bake cookies evolved from there. However, I didn’t actually look at Lauren’s post until I started thinking about Valentine’s Day cookies. She uses a cookie cutter to form the colored inside of the cookie, which is way simpler and more precise than what I’ve done previously. So consider these cookies Slice and Bake 2.0!

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Quick Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls? Soft, fluffy dough; gooey cinnamon swirls; butter or icing melting over the top. They’re a classic treat, but cinnamon rolls have a reputation for being time consuming. And we tend to assume that “quick cinnamon rolls” spring from a refrigerated tube. I’ve got the solution to both those problems today – cinnamon rolls made totally from scratch, ready in under an hour!

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I think cinnamon rolls are the perfect snow day treat. They can be a leisurely breakfast, since you’re not rushing to get out the door. Or perhaps a special dessert or decadent snack. Baking is a great way to keep cabin-fever-stricken kids busy, and this recipe has lots of tasks little hands can help with. We had our first snow day this week, and I managed to both relax and be productive. I worked on a recipe that I’m excited to share with you soon – it got rave reviews at school the next day!

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