Almond Balls

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: May 27, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes  (or time to skin the almonds)

This is a nice and easily made cheese ball.  One addition I would make to the instructions is to grind the toasted sesame seeds so they don’t catch in your teeth and are easier to digest.

Almond Balls

Almond Balls
1½ cups almonds
1½ cups cream cheese
A little crushed garlic (optional)
Toasted sesame seeds

Skin the almonds by dipping them into hot water to loosen the skins.
Chop the almonds and mix them into the cream cheese.
Add the garlic (optional)
Shape the mixture into small balls and roll in the toasted sesame seeds.

Variation: use finely grated cheddar cheese in place of the cream cheese.  Add a little cream to bind the mixture.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: Feb. 8. 2015
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Time needed: 20-25 minutes

It takes almost more time to assemble the ingredients for this classic recipe than it does to mix and bake the cookies. After all, it does really seem to contain “everything but the kitchen sink”. This version is a real, yet healthy indulgence.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies

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Homemade Macaroons

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: March 3, 2014
Yield: 12-24 cookies
Time needed: 20 minutes

For a dessert challenged baker like myself, no-bake cookies are a no-brainer. And macaroons are one of my favorites.  These are very good, but heavy on the cocoa and oatmeal.  I would like to find a recipe that lets the coconut shine through.

The recipe calls for setting the cookies on wax paper, a commodity I seldom have in the house.  I was about to add that to the shopping list when it occurred to me I could probably use the banana leaves that have been sitting in my freezer. Sure enough, once thawed out and softened with coconut oil they worked just fine.

The recipe says 12 to 24 cookies depending on whether you use a tablespoon or teaspoon to spoon them out, but I got nearly 4 dozen using a tablespoon.

Homemade macaroons

Homemade macaroons

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Carrot Currant Cookies

Source: May All Be Fed:Diet for a New World
Date tried: November 14, 2012
Yield: 3 dozen
Time needed: 20-30 minutes

I am not a fan of desserts, so it takes something really special to get my seal of approval.  This is a nice oatmeal-currant cookie and good everyday lunch box fare.  It is said to be “the most popular cookie at the Honey Rose Baking Company in Encinitas California”. So, for cookie lovers, it is definitely worth a try.

 

Carrot Currant Cookies

Carrot Currant Cookies

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Easy Pat-in Dessert Pie Crust

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Made: December 16, 2013
Yield: 1 pie crust
Time to make: 15 minutes

A well-deserved name.  This is the easiest pie crust ever. Now I am going to fill it with The Thinking Person’s Cheesecake.

Dessert Pie CrustEasy Pat-in Dessert Pie Crust
2 cups granola
¼ cup orange or other fruit juice

Heat oven to 350oF.
In a blender process the granola to a coarse powder.
Transfer to a bowl and add the juice.
Mix thoroughly and pack into a 9” pie shell.
Bake for 10 minutes before filling.