Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

I had a lot of Rosemary leftover from Thanksgiving hor d’oeuvres , and wanted to use it up before it got bad! I once made a dessert that was a rosemary grapefruit bar and was very great, so I wanted to make another dessert with rosemary in it and decided to try these Lemon Rosemary Shortbread Cookies:

https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/lemon-rosemary-shortbread/

This blog always has great recipes, and this one can be added to the list! Very delicious and nice find!

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Mint Oreo Balls

When shipping for some Thanksgiving Day goods, I couldn’t resist trying a new Oreo flavor when I saw these mint Oreos. They tasted just like thin mints! As great as the original cookie was, I wanted to make them into Oreo balls so I could freeze them for a while! The only problem was I forgot I needed some cream cheese to make Oreo balls, so I looked for other methods and instead added 4 tbsp of melted butter to the food processed Oreo crumbles, and then rolled them up into 24 different Oreo balls! Tastes like thin mints!

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread with Cinnamon Streusel

I found this great looking recipe in the same magazine I found the mini pear recipe, and decided to give this one a try as well because I love pumpkin and cranberries so much! I also bought some oranges that I was going to zest to throw in the streusel, but when time came to make it I completely forgot! Anyway, it was a really great recipe all around because the pumpkin bread cooked through very well, the cranberries add a great flavor pop and the streusel is perfect! Definitely great new holiday bred recipe!

Paleo Chocolate Cheesecake

My moms birthday was last week, and she has been eating paleo for a while now so I wanted to make her a birthday cake that aligns with her food choices! She is a chocolate lover, so I decided to make this recipe:

https://detoxinista.com/raw-chocolate-cheesecake/

I used that recipe for the filling/cheesecake portion of the dessert. I really wanted to try a crust with dates, though, so I used this recipe for the crust part:

https://www.texanerin.com/paleo-chocolate-cheesecake/

I actually wanted to make the whole bottom recipe, but didn’t have enough time for the coconut cream part. However I am glad I was able to combine both recipes because I thought they were both great, and most importantly my mom loved it! I am a fan and am happy to save these recipes for future use!

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies

This weekend, my sister used up an old banana using this recipe:

https://www.dashofsanity.com/healthy-peanut-butter-banana-cookies/

Man am I glad she found this because these cookies are incredibly tasty! They are so soft and melt immediately in your mouth. Not to mention, both the banana and peanut butter flavors are prominent which is an awesome combination together! I have been eating them all week, I just can’t resist!

Lemon Energy Bites

After I made the chocolate chip, coconut and oat energy bites, I was on an energy ball high and wanted to make another kind. I was craving lemon, so I decided to look up recipes for a lemon energy bite. My favorite one I found was this one:

https://lifemadesweeter.com/lemon-energy-bites/

When I made them, though, I decided to try and soak the cashews before I made them. I soaked them for a couple of hours and then made the energy bites. I also didn’t have desiccated coconut, and instead used unsweetened organic coconut flakes. They were awesome! They pretty much just taste like a lemon cookie bar. Can’t wait to try more energy bite variations in the future!

Pineapple Bread

Today on instagram I saw this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie and decided to give it a try:

https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2018/08/23/pineapple-bread-recipe/

I would have to try and make it again because I would like to make some adjustments, but it was a good recipe! The inside wasn’t baked enough and I didn’t taste as much pineapple as I would have liked, so next time I would just add more pineapple and bake it longer! First time didn’t work out the best, but definitely want to make it again to try and make improvements because I enjoy the recipe, and especially the use of healthier ingredients!

Northern Ireland Fifteens

This summer, one of the places I went to was Belfast, Northern Ireland. Some of the locals there baked some “Fifteens” and they were absolutely delicious! A friend and I decided to make them last night for a friend gathering we had tonight, and they were a hit among everyone! Here’s the recipe for the Northern Ireland specialty:

http://www.elsaeats.com/2017/03/northern-irish-fifteens-recipe/

It actually took two tries to get the condensed milk to digestive biscuit proportion right, but on our second try we added a little at a time and then added just enough to still be able to mold the log instead of way too much like we did the first time! It was delicious, and a nice taste of Northern Ireland back at home here! O haven’t tried it with the graham crackers yet, but will have to soon because I am almost out of the digestive biscuits I brought back home with me!