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Super Bowl Cookies 2014

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog, Cookies | 4 comments

Super Bowl Cookies 2014

Super Bowl Cookies 2014

Well it’s here, the last day of the football season. I love creating a special set of Super Bowl cookies every year for our family party but trying to come up with new ideas isn’t always easy. I must say I am always bummed when this day comes. No more football theme song on Sundays. No more Sunday baking with my boys watching the game on the couch and tackling noises fill the background.  No more watching Jude fire team players because they aren’t playing up to his expectations. It’s just fun. It’s what we do. At the beginning of the season we all guess who we think will be in the Super Bowl. This year one of us was actually right. Jude nailed it. He said, the Seahawks and the Broncos.  It sounded like a great game to me, but I doubted we would end up with such a great Super Bowl. In the back of my head, I thought, we will probably get stuck with the Patriots again playing whomever.

Super Bowl Cookies

I am so glad I was wrong.  Making these Super Bowl cookies was actually fun. You can’t go wrong with ideas like the “big apple”, bowling pins for players and the show down of the snack foods for these Super Bowl cookies.  By the way, if you are still looking for a an easy snack for the Super Bowl, check out my turf brownie bites.

Super Bowl Cookies

Let’s get real. Super Bowl XLVIII is actually the snack food bowl. It’s the show down between Skittles and Papa John’s pizza.  When I was brainstorming for these Super Bowl cookies, I hit a brick wall. Then it came to me. We are having a bunch of teenagers over for the Super Bowl. I am going to make hast tag cookies. Easy and fun. It’s a win/win situation. Until my husband chimed in….

Super Bowl Cookies

My husband is always telling me, please keep it simple. Don’t make anything crazy. Well there is nothing crazy about #hashtag cookies. But if you are married to man who thinks social media should be outlawed you get a rather interesting reaction.

Melissa:  Super Bowl Cookies that have hashtags. Easy, original and fun.

Dann: You don’t want to be a hipster doofus.

Melissa: What?

Dann: Oh, if you make hashtag cookies, you are a hipster. You don’t want to be a hipster.

Super Bowl Cookies

Our family is rooting for the Hawks! On game day, my son is decked out from head to toe. I think he might be running for 12th man of the year.

Super Bowl Cookies

Originally, I was only going to make Seahawks cookies but my husband said we are an equal opportunity Super Bowl cookie house. Now in all seriousness I think I hear Peyton in my sleep saying, “Omaha”. Come on, tell me I am not the only one.

Super Bowl Cookies

Have fun! What ever you are doing today. Where ever you are going. Have a great time. Enjoy the company you are with and most importantly: GO HAWKS!

 

Valentines Day Cookies – Gift Options

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog, Cookies | 4 comments

Valentines Day Cookies – Gift Options

Valentines Day Cookies {Gift Options}

Valentine’s Day is just right around the corner. Don’t let time get away from you. Put in your order for your Valentines Day Cookies today. While we always offer our standard custom dozens, this year we are offering Valentines Day cookies on special as well.  If you don’t see an offering that fits for you, feel free to email us to develop your custom gift.

Valentines Day Cookies

Option 1:  $16.00 plus shipping

  • You & Me message cookie
  • 6 Salted Butterscotch cookies

Valentines Day Cookies

 Option 2:  $24.00 plus shipping

  • Sealed with a Kiss Envelope cookie
  • Be Mine cookie letters

Valentines Day Cookies

 Valentines Day Option 3:  $26.00 plus shipping

  • Pick one Envelope cookie of your choice {Envelope with heart, Envelope with Kiss, You & Me, or Girl with Hearts} If you would like to add an additional envelope cookie they are $4.00 each.
  • 11 filler heart cookies {small and mini}

Valentines Day Cookies

 Option 4:  $30.00 plus shipping {Dozen}

  • 1 envelope cookie of your choice {You&Me, Heart, or Kiss}
  • 4 xoxo cookies
  • 6 small heart cookies

Valentines Day Cookies

Option 5:  $20.00 plus shipping

  • Will You Be Mine message cookie
  • 4 Fudge Brownies

Valentines Day Cookies

Option 6:  $25.00 plus shipping

  • Lips and Mustache Cookies
  • 11 filler heart cookies {small and mini hearts}

Valentines Day Cookies

Option 7:  $50.00 plus shipping

  • The message cookie instead of saying Happy Anniversary would say Happy Valentine’s Day

To Place an order:

  • Send an email to Melissa@thebakedequation.com
  • Provide which option number you would like to order. If you need to choose a specific envelope cookie, please include it in the email.
  • Provide shipping address information
  • Paypal email address if different than the one you are using
  • If you are local please let us know if you would like to pick up in Anthem or in North Scottsdale

 

 

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Blog, Gluten Free Recipes, Recipes | 2 comments

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free Muffins: Orange Chocolate Chip

People often ask if I eat gluten free. I don’t eat gluten free because I have to, but I eat mostly gluten free by choice.  Gluten free muffins can be a great snack with out a lot of sugar.  I really do believe most things are good in moderation.  With the rise of many gluten driven intolerances I have been wanting to broaden my skills and create delectable gluten free treats. While gluten free baking can be more expensive,  I believe the extra cost is worth it for high quality ingredients. In my personal opinion, I believe that cheap ingredients, the rise of chemicals in our foods and GMO created foods are leading to many of our digestive problems.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

When I delved into the gluten free baking world I realized there are a lot of different ingredients that can make up a gluten free flour mix. I felt kind of lost. I would go to the store to look for some of the different gluten free ingredients and there was not a lot of selection. That is why I love Cup4Cup. While most people often tell me how expensive it is, it is also very expensive to buy all the ingredients that make up a mix: white rice flours, brown rice flours, tapioca starch, potato starch and xanthan gum.  You can order Cup4Cup at Vitacost for about $15.19 for 3 lbs. Another great resource is Cup4Cup’s website. You can find recipes and retailers who carry the product. What I like about Cup4Cup is that you can sub into so many recipes with the same great taste. We use at Cup4Cup in our Carrot Ginger Cake and people never know it is gluten free.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free Muffins:  Orange Chocolate Chip {Printable Recipe}

  • 2 cups Cup4Cup gluten free flour mix
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg {room temperature}
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3/4 cup regular or mini chocolate chips

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste

 Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees. Line a 12 muffin cup pan with liners.
  2. Zest one large orange. Approximately, one large orange will yield 1 tablespoon of zest.
  3. Then cut both your oranges in half and juice. Use a strainer to strain out the pulp. Two large oranges will yield approximately 2/3 cup of orange juice. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Cup4Cup flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on the stir setting on your electric mixer until the dry ingredients are combined.
  5. Stir in wet ingredients: orange juice, zest, oil, egg, vanilla bean paste.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Use ice cream scoop to evenly distribute muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes since ovens vary. Muffins will brown on top.
  9. To prepare the glaze whisk the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. If you want a thinner glaze add more milk.
  10. Once muffins have cooled place the cooling rack over a baking sheet.
  11. Use a spoon to cover the tops of the muffins with glaze or dip them upside down into the glaze.

Gluten Free Muffins Orange Chocolate Chip

Want a gluten free savory suggestion?  One of our favorite gluten free recipes right now is for pizza puffs from Alida’s Kitchen. We subbed Cup4Cup flour in the recipe and they were wonderful. The best review was from my son Jude. Jude has quite a discriminating palette and he had no idea these savor puffs were gluten free. You will love the versatility of Cup4Cup.

Here are some other gluten-free baking resources that we love: