SmartPhone Santa Cookies

December 11, 2011 in christmas, cookies, Food Porn

Happy Holidays everyone! Things have been simply crazy this year – some good some not good – such is life. Am hoping to post some newer stuff – as always delicious – soon.

I recently had to get a new phone – my blackberry dated back to the Jurassic era and was just not working anymore – so I bought an iPhone.

I am so loving it. Even for spontaneous food photography!

I have been using my food photography as wallpaper images on my iPhone and have been enjoying images I have not seen in ages.

I thought that I would share one of them with you all. (for free of course)

While surfing on your smartphone CLICK THIS LINK to get a larger version of the image above – save it and then use it as wallpaper!

Let me know if you decide to use it.

Seasonal delights: Pumpkin Spice chocolate chip cookies

October 16, 2010 in cookies, Food Porn


As we all move into the holiday season, many of us will be gearing up to do quite a lot of baking and then cooking on Thanksgiving and the end of year holiday feasts.

One of the things I love about this time is cooking with pumpkin and also the traditional spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and even cardamom.

When I was invited to the Baking with Betty event at General Mills, I learned about a special edition product called “Pumpkin Spice Cookies” (see below) and I even got to meet the woman who worked to develop the recipe, the packaging and the marketing for this product.


She was very proud of these cookies and was eager to hear how we all felt about them.

In theory, they sounded delicious. I FINALLY found the mix in my local grocery store and now, after making them and sharing them with my family, I know they are delicious in practice!

I added chocolate chips because I had an open bag – simply awesome.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate chip cookies - Betty Crocker

[I bought this mix myself and was not obligated to discuss them here on this blog. I just share them because I found them delicious!]

Crunchy Hippy Fresh Ground Whole Wheat Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

January 26, 2010 in cookies, Food Porn, recipe


A fact of life with kids and school these days – Snack Must Be Provided For Snack Time.

Week after week I have to find a snack that the kids will eat but which is not nasty like cheezits or chips or other sorts of candy.

Sometimes they go in with cheese, other times homemade saltines, some times homemade bread.

The little ones had half a day today and were quite adamant about wanting cookies so I decided to make some cookies that I would not feel guilty (well not TOO guilty) about letting them eat. These will also last for a few days as snacks.

I ground my own whole wheat flour for this recipe. It would be better for us if the berries had been pre-sprouted (like you see in this post – Making Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour) but I went ahead with unsprouted ones. Sprouting substantially inactivated phytic acid in the flour.

Ok, without further delay, please enjoy these healthy snacks!

Crunchy Hippy Fresh Ground Whole Wheat Chocolate Cranberry Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white granular sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (Freshly ground from fresh whole wheat berries)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet bakers chocolate, broken/shaved into chunks
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


Set oven to 375 F

Using your wheat grinder or a dry jar on your Vita-Mix, grind your wheat berries until well ground, measure 1 cup and put into bowl. Next, grind 1 1/4 c oats, put in with ground wheat. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, salt, add dried cranberries.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, put butter, and white and brown sugar. Cream until fluffy. (2-3 mins?) Add 1 egg and your vanilla, mix well.

Sift in the dry ingredients slowly. Add chocolate shavings.

Form golf ball sized dough balls with your hands.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Put on greased parchment on cookie sheets.

Bake your first batch about 15 minutes. If you want them wetter, cook next batch less, crispier cook them longer.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

[This recipe was inspired by this one but added quite a lot more crunchy hippy cred *winks*)

Raw Food: Date Coconut cookies – 100% raw & nut free

February 21, 2009 in cookies, raw

Raw Food: Date Coconut Sunflower and Pumpkin seed cookies

I have been experimenting with the dehydrator and blending, mostly modestly sweet to savory things. Today’s raw food recipe is more about the sweet. These date heavy cookies should not be eaten every day unless you are trying to gain weight.

I suggest only making as much as you will eat over a few days so that you are not storing them for a long time. They retain quite a lot of moisture even after drying overnight. I prefer them this way so that they are not crumbly.

I put them in the fridge to be extra sure.

I really enjoyed these cookies, they pack in a lot of flavor and of course they are 100% nut free!

Raw Food: Date Coconut Sunflower and Pumpkin seed cookies

Nika’s date coconut cookies – 100% raw & nut free


  • 1/2 c raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c raw pumpkin seeds (split)
  • 5 depitted dates (dried, organic)
  • 1/2 c organic coconut, medium shred
  • 2 T raw unheated honey
  • 1/4 c coconut juice (as needed to moisten)
  • 1/8 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

Add all ingredients to processor and blend until seeds have broken down and a dough is formed. Without enough of the coconut juice, the mix will just go around and around in the processor bowl. Adding just enough juice allows a dough to begin to form.

Do not make it soupy though!

Use a small cookie dough scooper and portion out onto paraflexx sheets. Press the cookies a bit flat, making sure all cookies are essentially the same size/thickness.

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

(paraflexx sheet)

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

Dehydrate at 135F for 2 hours and then turn down to 115F and allow to go overnight.

Raw Food: coconut date cookies

Remove after cooled and keep in cool dry place in a ziptop bag.

Raw Food: Date Coconut Sunflower and Pumpkin seed cookies

If you try this, let me know how it goes for you!