Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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Since it’s been raining so much lately, I thought it would be acceptable to make homemade donuts..except they are baked so I guess you can say they are guilt-free?! These took me 10 minutes to make so you don’t have to worry about it being too difficult as you would usually think when making ‘homemade donuts’. Plus, there is nothing better than the smell of donuts baking in the morning.

Yield: 1 dozen

Ingredients:
1 egg
1/3 cup butter; melted
1/2 cup Vanilla creamer
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
For topping
1/4 cup butter; melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat egg and creamer until combined. Add flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until dough is formed and make sure to not over-mix!

2. Melt butter and brush on bottom of cupcake pan (a totally of 12).  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on bottom and with two spoons scoop into cupcake tins. Brush tops with more butter and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
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Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies

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This was my first time making any type of “red velvet” cookies and I am so excited to share the recipe! When I was at the grocery store the other day I couldn’t resist grabbing a bag of the Valentine’s Day pink M&M’s especially since pink is my favorite color.. plus, Valentines Day is just right around the corner.  If you don’t want to use M&M’s you can just use chocolate chips. I used a combo of M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips..so its totally up to you!

Yield: 2 dozen

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter; softened or at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg; room temperature
1 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp red food coloring; or around 25 drops of liquid coloring
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup M&M’s
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Red Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. In a mixer, beat butter, sugars, and egg until creamed. Slowly add heavy cream, vanilla extract, and food coloring.

2. Reduce mixing speed and add in flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until dough is formed. With a wooden spoon or spatula fold in M&M’s and chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
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3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. *This is completely optional, but I sprinkled red sprinkles and placed 3 M&M’s and a few chocolate chips in cookies dough ball before I baked them. Bake for 11-12 minutes then cool on cooling racks. Cookies will seem a littles under-cooked but they will cook as they cool and they will be extra chewy, just how I like them!
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Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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Ever crave something crunchy and salty..Maybe like a greasy potato chip? Well, you can save those calories and try this guiltless, grease-free, healthy-baked snack! Sweet potatoes have an incredible amount of Vitamin A so be sure to snack on these!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 large sweet potato; peeled
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
Sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Carefully, with a sharp knife cut peeling sweet potato into 1/4 of an inch slices and place in a medium bowl. Add salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. Toss with your hands and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven and baked for 15 minutes. Then, increase oven heat to 400 degrees F and bake for another 15 minutes or until crispy. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese!

Cowboy Cookies

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut*optional (I personally don’t like coconut but I heard it would go great with this recipe!)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a mixer, beat together butter, sugars, honey, and vanilla until combined..texture will become creamy.
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2. Reduce speed on mixer and add in oatmeal, rice crispy cereal, flour, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Mix until cookie dough is formed.image

3. This is a little trick that works great and makes all of your cookies the same shape! With a mini ice-cream scooper, scoop dough balls and place on an cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place 1 inch away from eachother and bake for 14-16 minutes. Let cool and then serve! These are also delicious for dunking in a cold glass of milk 🙂
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Crunchy Baked Chickpeas

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Craving a crunchy, salty, spicy, and protein packed snack?! Try this one!

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas; rinsed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse and drain chickpeas, make sure they are somewhat dry (pat down with paper towel). Add to medium sized mixing bowl and add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil. Mix until chickpeas are evenly coated with seasoning. Pour onto lightly greased baking sheet and make sure chickpeas are spread out. Try to make them NOT touch each other to make them extra crunchy! After 20 minutes, flip with a spatula to get the other side crunchy. Bake for 35-40 minutes and there you have a healthy little snack!