Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cookies are an awesome way to go gluten-free on cookies, without sacrificing the rich chocolate flavor and chewiness. They have an egg white base with powdered sugar instead of regular granulated sugar, and bake flatter, but taste delicious.

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They are also very easy to make, and require that you only mix all the ingredients together in one bowl before baking!

Recipe below.

It’s More Than Just a Gift Card Pt. 2

Michael Metzler Jr.

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With this card you can buy

Fireworks for the fourth of july,

TVs, games, and even a fly,

The one thing is, it can’t make you die.

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But you can buy locks, dogs, and keys!

Cats, and worms, and sometimes fleas!

Ribbons, stuffing, ships and flags!

Hi-hats, teacups, big blue bags!

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Drums and cymbals, and lo, the flu!

Socks and sleeves, and shirts for you!

Red and green and white and blue!

There is no thing this card can’t do.

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So if you see this lying around

On a window sill, or, dare I say, the ground,

Do not hesitate, not for one minute,

For not a thousand bucks could win it.

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It is a priceless piece of plastic,

Not anything on earth could buy it.

So do not drop, eat or discard.

I tell you true:

It is more than a gift card.


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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake is an awesome way to go off gluten without even noticing! In fact, making a chocolate cake without flour allows it to be even richer, full of chocolate flavor, and very moist.

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When you eat this cake, you don’t even feel like you are going off gluten, because it tastes almost like brownies, and it’s hard to believe that there are no grains whatsoever in it.  You could even make it dairy free if you substituted coconut oil for the butter in the recipe.

This cake also allows the freedom to garnish with whatever you desire; fruit and caramel sauces, sprinkled with confectioners sugar, you name it. It is just as easy (if not easier) to make as regular chocolate cake and is just as rewarding.

So feel free to try it and let me know how it goes! (recipe below)


It’s More Than Just a Gift Card PART 1

Poem by Michael Metzler JR.

If you see this lying here

And see it littered far and near,

Do not question or dare discard;

I tell you: It’s more than just a gift card.

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You can earn free drinks, and sometimes more,

If you bring it to the store,

But be specific, not any store will do.

It has to be the store that gave it to you.

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Register this card for free awards

Register for boots and swords,

Register for lumps of clay

There are so many awards to get today.

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For, this card can get you swirled

Coffee in a cup, and yes, the WORLD,

If you grasp the chance and dash,

And do not throw it in the trash.

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It is plastic for good reason,

It can withstand many a season,

Biodegrade, it will not do,

But will remain just as your shoe.

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Do not think, not for a moment,

That this card is an unnecessary component,

Do not wait, do not think,

With this, you can remodel–yes–your sink!

For Pt. II, see my next post! 🙂

Recipe below:

 


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Christmas Sugar Cookies

For the Christmas season, sugar cookies are one of the most popular desserts to bake. This recipe was one my grandma used to make; it is slightly different from other sugar cookies because it uses powdered sugar, anise, and baking soda. It has a perfect texture, and the dough has perfect consistency for rolling out on a floured surface. Enjoy!

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10 Thanksgiving DESSERTS

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With the holidays just around the corner (and Halloween already behind us) now comes the time for planning how you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving, and then Christmas… Though most people plan Christmas first…

Anyhow, I’ve compiled some great Thanksgiving DESSERT ideas from around the web to get you thinking about what you can start preparing to bake!

 


  1. PUMPKIN PIE    on Michael’s Test Kitchen

First and foremost, of course is our PUMPKIN PIE, the most popular thanksgiving dessert, and most popular pumpkin dessert all around. For this one, I actually have a quick and easy recipe on my blog for pumpkin pie, check it out here:

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Pumpkin Pie on Michael’s Test Kitchen

   2. PUMPKIN ROLL      on Taste of Home

taste of home pumpkin rollAnother favorite of mine, pertaining to Thanksgiving and pumpkins, is the Pumpkin Roll. Basically a layer of pumpkin cake rolled around cream cheese frosting–very sweet and delicious! Check this great recipe out on Taste of Home.

 

 

 

 

    3. PUMPKIN BREAD  on Michael’s Test Kitchen

pumpkin bread mainAnother awesome and quick way to use pumpkins in your next thanksgiving baking project. Pumpkin bread is easy, takes hardly any time to make, and makes a very moist and sweet quick-bread. Slice and enjoy with butter or cream cheese. Check this Pumpkin Bread recipe out on my blog:

 

4. “Apple Pie by Grandma Ople”   from allrecipes

apple pie allrecipesYes, apple pie seems to be the most universally used pie for holidays or even birthdays. It is probably the most popular pie, and yes, of course can be used perfectly well for Thanksgiving. Unless you are already planning on making apple pie for Christmas, Apple pie is a great dessert to bake on Thanksgiving.  Check out this amazing recipe on allrecipes.

 

 

5. Candy Corn Cupcakes   on Michael’s Test Kitchen

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Candy Corn Cupcakes

These cupcakes are a great way to make a dessert based of the traditional Candy Corn. Check out this Thanksgiving dessert on my blog:

6. Pecan Pie    on Epicurious

OLD-FASHIONED-PECAN-PIE-07092017Speaking of traditional pies, Pecan Pie is one of those popular traditional desserts usually served on Thanksgiving or Christmas. It is incredibly simple, and if you haven’t tried it before, there’s always a first time for everything. Check out this great recipe for Pecan Pie on Epicurious:

 

7. Apple Cake    on Michael’s Test Kitchen

FLQQ8RJJ98R8570This Apple Cake is a great festive dessert with an awesome use of apples to create a quick & easy moist and spice-filled bread. Check it out on my blog:

 

 

 

8. Pumpkin Pie Bars    on Delish

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These pumpkin bars are a small version of pumpkin pie, reducing it into little bites, a very creative idea! Easy to make and of course great for the holiday baking season.

Check out this great recipe on Delish.

 

 

 

9. Molasses Marble Cheesecake    on Michael’s Test Kitchen

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Marbled Cheesecake

This cheesecake is great for the holidays, and has enough cheese in it for any cheese eater. Molasses is marbled into the filling to achieve the festive splash of brown, and the crust is made by crushing / processing molasses cookies.

Check out this amazing recipe on my blog!

 

 

10. Apple & Blueberry Layered Pie   on Michael’s Test Kitchen

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This apple & blueberry layered pie is an awesome twist on the classic apple pie, and is another amazing pie to put on your holiday-baking to-do list.

Check out this recipe on my blog!

 

 

 


 

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out additional recipes on my blog!

Apple Cake

The holidays are just around the corner, and this simple sheet cake is a great way to celebrate with baking. It doesn’t need much apples, and besides slicing, coring, and peeling the apples, the rest is easy and the result is a perfectly moist cake full of apples and cinnamon flavor.

 

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin season is here, so why not celebrate the upcoming holidays with a simple PUMPKIN bread recipe? This recipe is easy to follow and allows the option to make your own pumpkin puree, the recipe you can find on my blog.

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This pumpkin bread is a simple quick bread recipe full of pumpkin and rich with the spices of cinnamon and ground cloves.

I usually make my pumpkin recipes now with Homemade Pumpkin puree, and recommend you do, too. It makes it so that this major ingredient is fresh, and just pureed at home. Not that I have that much against canned pumpkin; the store-bought stuff is great if you are pressed on time and want to quickly and easily make a pumpkin dessert. Honestly, the taste isn’t compromised all that much–but it is cool (and maybe healthier?) to make your own pumpkin puree, which you can then use for all sorts of things including this wonderful fall Pumpkin Bread recipe.

Feel free to add different things to the finished batter of this bread before baking it: Chocolate chips, maybe some hazelnuts? Depending on your tastes. Either or both work well. Perhaps some dried fruit wouldn’t be wasted here, but I’ve never tried it.

If you decide to bake this for the holidays this year, feel free to let me know how it goes! Also be sure to check out some other great recipes on my blog.

-Michael

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