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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:

 

 

 

 

 

New Years Eve Cookies

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Blog, Cookies | 8 comments

New Years Eve Cookies

New Years Eve Cookies

I seriously can not believe it is in the end of the year. I love making New Years Eve cookies. After the craziness of Christmas passes, you would think I would not want to see another cookie for quite awhile.  After all the Christmas cookies are delivered, I take a week off and go snowboarding with my son. It is our yearly mother and son trip. Once our trip is over, I am normally itching to get back into the kitchen.  I decided this year that black and gold are the theme of our New Years Eve cookies. While it seems good in practice, black is a very tricky color. I am not a fan of putting heavy dyes in my royal icing. What to do with these New Years Eve cookies? Dark chocolate to the rescue. You can not go wrong with chocolate, ever. If you need a chocolate recipe, we posted one for the Great Food Blogger cookie swap earlier this month.

New Years Eve Cookies

Yesterday, while I was shooting the pictures for these cookies, I got tagged by the ever talented Christina, over at Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe. What did she want to know? Eight things. Eight things people might find random or did not know about me. Well, why not share them in my New Years Eve cookies blog post.

New Years Eve Cookies

  • Most people would describe me as outgoing, but in reality I would love to be a hermit. I would love to just stay in doors, learn not to talk so much, and create new recipes.
  • Most people would describe me as creative and would like to shoot me when I say I am not. I am creative in a way people don’t often think about. Most people equate creativity to those who can draw free hand or make things on a whim. I am not that type of creative. I can see things in my head but I definitely need patterns and help creating it. Thus, creativity is not easy for me. It takes a lot of time. My doodles are of stick figures and ampersands. Speaking of ampersands. I love them.

New Years Eve Cookies

  • I think espresso makes everything better. Even New Years Eve cookies. If it is not liquid espresso, then powdered will do.
  • I have an unnatural fear of the dentist, which even that is an understatement.  No dentist has ever harmed me, but at 40 I am still petrified. For example, 3 years ago I did Invisalign. My Invisalign treatment has been over for over a year, yet I still have the buttons on my teeth. I am too scared to go get them off. I go and get my cleanings but you can leave me and my buttons alone. My husband is really hoping that in 2014 I will get them removed.

New Years Eve Cookies

  • I love studying the Scriptures and spending time in discipleship with young women. Helping women understand the truth and live it out is a passion of mine.
  • Now, I hit number six and I am stuck.  So I am grabbing a life line and asking my husband what he thinks. He said, “I don’t think most people know that you are funny.” He thinks most people would view me as serious.  I am both types of funny. I am really good and doing dumb stuff and I am also good at sticking my foot in my mouth, both of which, are humorous to watch.

New Years Eve Cookies

  • Every time my husband and I leave a dinner party or a friend’s home I will always analyze if I talked too much. I love to interact with people but at the same time I don’t want to dominate a conversation. One day I will master the skill. One day it will not bug me.
  • I love listen to sermons while I decorate cookies. Most people would say they love to listen to music. Learning while decorating is super relaxing to me. Strange I know. The only time I listen to music while decorating is during the holidays. I love putting Rudy, Pirates of Caribbean or Robin Hood on Pandora. There is something fun about swashbuckling tunes while decorating.

New Years Eve Cookies

I hope you have a very wonderful New Year celebrations with your family. I would love to hear something funny about you.

New Years Eve Cookies

Cheers! Thank you for letting me share my New Years Eve cookies and a few tidbits about me.