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Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowEven though there is still another weekend before Christmas, it feels like this is the last bit of time to do EVERYTHING!   Next Saturday I’ll be driving from Brooklyn to Michigan and will lose all that shopping/baking time.  Thank goodness for Amazon Prime!  There was a mad scramble to finish baking all my Christmas cookies and luckily my friend Michelle came over to help me.  Together, we finished all the baking and clean up in record time.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowRuth and Andrea were surprised someone would come over to bake with me.  Apparently I can be difficult to work with and my roommates don’t appreciate when I offer “suggestions” about their own baking/cooking.  I don’t think I’m that difficult to work with, I just know certain, helpful ways to do things and I want to share those ways with others.  Why wouldn’t you want helpful suggestions?  I don’t understand the problem…

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowAnyway, Michelle and I made some great cookies and she learned many new skills like using a mini food processor and removing the seeds from a vanilla bean.  Plus, she got to take fresh cookies home!  I’ve been the so busy, it was the only time we had to hang out before I go to Michigan for break.  A lovely way to spend an evening with friends!

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowIf you like gingerbread cookies, you’ll love these truffles!  As we all know, cookie dough is 10x better than the fully baked cookie; so it should go without saying cookie dough truffles are fantastic.  These gingerbread truffles have tremendous flavor from the molasses and all the spices.  I adore the strong flavors present here.  A small scoop goes a long way when wrapped up in white chocolate.  Gingerbread cookie dough truffles are an easy to throw together Christmas cookie that would be a delightful addition to any cookie tray.

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale YellowOne Year Ago – Pumpkin Truffles

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Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil
Yield – 25 1-tablespoon truffles

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces white chocolate candy coating

  1. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla and scrape the bowl.
  2. Add in the flour, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.  Mix on low until just combined.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough.  Roll into little balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler.
  5. Dip each truffle in the chocolate and allow to cool on the wax paper.  Once dry, store tightly wrapped in the fridge.Gingerbread Cookie Dough Truffles | Pale Yellow
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Ginger Orange Syrup

orange ginger syrup | pale yellow I’ve had a Soda Stream for about a year and a half now and I mostly use it for plain seltzer or to make soda with the pre-made syrups.  It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that I should be making my own syrups.  No artificial ingredients, the exact flavors I’m craving, and unique ingredients.  It’s fancy cocktail time!!!

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowClearly that has not happened until now.  All of this started with a quest to find square whiskey glasses with giant ice cubes.  A couple of months ago I went to Fort Reno, a fantastic little BBQ joint by my apartment and was blown away by their cocktail list.  I don’t remember exactly what was in my drink but I know it contained bourbon (obviously), root beer, and vanilla bitters.

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowI’m not quite ready to make vanilla bitters, so my first foray into syrup making is filled with familiar flavors – orange and ginger.  The syrup is fresh, bright, and tastes fully of orange and spicy ginger.  Keep the syrup in the fridge ready to add to seltzer or cocktails for whenever you want to add an orange-ginger twist.  I made you TWO drinks today!

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowDrink #1 – Orange Ginger Seltzer – Fill a pint glass with ice and add 1-2 tablespoons of syrup depending on your preference.  Add seltzer to fill the glass and stir with a straw.  Garnish with with an orange slice if desired.  This is a light and refreshing beverage for people of all ages.

orange ginger syrup | pale yellowDrink #2 – Orange Ginger Bourbon – Add one (awesome) giant ice cube to a whiskey glass.  Pour in a shot of your favorite bourbon.  Add 1/2-1 tablespoon of orange-ginger syrup.  Fill the glass with seltzer and use a straw to stir.  Garnish with an orange slice.  This is a delightful beverage for those 21 and over!

However you use your orange-ginger syrup, it’s going to be a good time.

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Ginger Orange Syrup
Yield – 6 ounces

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 orange
2 inch piece of ginger

  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan.
  2. Peel just the orange part off the orange and add to the saucepan.  Squeeze the juice from the orange into the saucepan.
  3. Peel the ginger and cut into 4 pieces and add to the saucepan as well.  Cook until the mixture simmers and all the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Turn off the heat and let the syrup cool completely.  Pick out the orange peel and the ginger pieces.
  5. Place the syrup in a small bottle and store in the fridge until you are ready to use.orange ginger syrup | pale yellowIt’s Friday, it’s a holiday weekend.  Make this happen!

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Muffins

Vegan Carrot Muffins | Pale Yellow

The recipe was supposed to be a way to use up all the extra pulp and fiber from juicing.  That’s one of the disadvantages of juicing – all the leftover solid, fruit/veg mix that gets thrown out.  If you’re a composter, you’re fine, lots of wonderful pulp to throw in the compost pile.  I am not a composter; I’ve taken students to a composting center where we looked at indoor composting kits with worms.  For some reason my roommates are against the idea keeping worms in the apartment…

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As I was looking for recipes, I struggled to find one that met my needs.  I wanted a recipe that was mostly vegan or at least easily adaptable to vegan and didn’t have too many weird ingredients.  This recipe was close enough.  By substituting the applesauce and grated carrots for my leftover carrot-ginger-pear pulp and using vegetable oil, I had all the ingredients I needed  already in the apartment.

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These are good, super good.  My expectations were a little low, but these exceeded anything I could have dreamed of!  The muffins are amazingly moist, tender and flavorful.  The little bit of fresh ginger shines through like a diamond.  The top is just a bit crunchy from the flax seed.  I ate one everyday for breakfast and these stayed fresh for the whole week.  You would never guess this is vegan or semi-healthy.

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If you’re a fan of carrot cake, I imagine it would be pretty easy to add some raisins, walnuts, and a whipped coconut milk frosting to make these guys into a lovely vegan treat!  I have a vision, it’ll come to fruition one day.  But before I turn a solid breakfast into a dessert, you should make your own muffins, start the day off right!

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One Year Ago – Margarita Whoopie Pies

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Vegan Carrot Ginger Muffins
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Yield – 12

1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot, pear, & fresh ginger **

  1. Preheat the oven to 400.  Line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners and spray the paper liners with cooking spray.  Set aside
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, flax seed, powder, soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk together the maple syrup, oil, water, vanilla, and grated carrot mixture.
  4. Stir the liquids into the dry until just combined.
  5. Portion equally among the 12 muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool on a wire rack and remove the paper liner.
  6. Once cooled, store in an air proof container for up to a week.

** I used the pulp left over from making a carrot, pear, ginger juice.  I used about 6 carrots, 2 pears, & a 1” piece of ginger.  If you don’t have leftover pulp from juice, grate 1 1/2 cups worth of carrot and add 1/3 cup of applesauce.  Grate in fresh ginger if desired, but the fresh ginger gave fantastic flavor!

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Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Juice

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This is the drink I was most concerned about – I didn’t think I would be able to drink beet juice.  I had tried it in the VitaMix and I don’t know, it was just too grassy.  The pureed beet juice was too much to handle, but the juiced beet juice is delightful.

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Fresh ginger is key!  It provides fantastic, sharp flavor and really covers up the grassyness of the beet the juice.  I enjoyed the lack of acidity in this juice, and my stomach definitely appreciated the break.

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The best part of the beet juice is the color!  I wish Essie would make a nail polish called beet juice, I would wear it all the time.  You can see all the beet juice stains on the cutting board!  Again, this is a great make-ahead situation.  Peeling beets is messy and your hands will be all pink.  Bite the bullet and peel them all at once for the week.  While you have the peeler out, you might as well handle all the carrots.  Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later when you just grab a bag of prepared veggies out of the fridge and juice away in seconds!

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One Year Ago – Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate and Caramel

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Carrot Apple Beet Ginger Juice
Adapted from Juice 101Yield – 1 16-ounce serving

3-4 carrots, peeled
2 beets, peeled
4 stalks celery
1 red apple
1 inch piece of ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. Peel the beets and carrots and roughly chop the beets, carrots, celery, apple, and ginger.
  2. Place everything in the juice and juice.
  3. Add the lemon juice and stir.  Drink immediately or store in the fridge.

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Gingerbread Cupakes

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One year ago I made some cupcakes for Stacey’s birthday.  I took some pictures of the cupcakes and typed up the recipe.  Then I put the pictures, some words, and the recipe together to form a blog post.  Finally I hit publish.  I clearly have not become rich and famous from this blog, but I have been having a whole lot of fun!

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Sometime this month I will do a proper first birthday for the blog, but I have a bit of baking burnout from the holiday baking season.  There is still a backlog of recipes to type up, photos to edit, and posts to write.  Gingerbread maybe slightly out of season, but who cares?  I can do what I want!

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These little cupcakes had a great flavor but I prefer a lighter density when eating cupcakes.  The gingerbread felt more like a bread than a cupcake.  However, the frosting was super fun!  The creamy, whipped frosting was perfect on this dense cake.  The hint of white chocolate flavor paired nicely with the spicy cinnamon and ginger.

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One Year Ago – Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

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Gingerbread Cupcakes
Adapted from Cookies & Cups
Yield – 24 mini cupcakes

1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 cup hot water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line mini cupcake tins with liners.
  2. Sift together the flour, powder, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt onto wax paper.
  3. Beat together the butter, sugar, and molasses until light and cream.  Beat in the egg until well combined.
  4. On low, beat in the dry ingredients and hot water in alternative batches.
  5. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough into cupcake liners.
  6. Bake for 12 minute or until a knife inserted inside comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 box (3.5 ounces) white chocolate instant pudding
2/3 cup cold milk
4-6 ounces thawed Cool Whip

  1. Cream the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the milk and instant pudding.  Beat until well combined and scrape the bowl as needed.
  3. Fold in the Cool Whip until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Pipe on top of the cupcakes.Gingerbread Cupcakes // Pale Yellow

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Gingerbread Snowflakes

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Gingerbread is such a classic holiday flavor, yet I can’t always decide if I like the flavor or not.  I guess I am just neutral when it comes to gingerbread.  I enjoy the gingerbread flavor, especially the spiciness, but it is definitely not my favorite.  However, gingerbread cookies still feel like a requirement on the classic Christmas cookie tray.

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This past week in Michigan has been fantastic!  I’ve eaten, drank, shopped, met up with plenty of old friends, and held so many adorable milk filled babies.  I’ve even ice skated, something I haven’t done in years.  Guess what?  I didn’t fall once!

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Whenever I am back in Michigan I become a bit nostalgic but I also remember why I love Brooklyn.  Michigan will always be the place place I grew up, but it’s no longer the place I live, I’ve made a new home for myself.  Regardless, I love coming back to hang out and visit.

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So about the sprinkles on these cookies.  I bought some really cool chunky gold sprinkles but there was so much dust from the gold sprinkles the entire cookie became coated in gold dust.  Cool look, but not exactly what I was going for.  I wanted a mostly naked gingerbread cookie with some gold sparkles.  Even though the final product wasn’t exactly what I wanted, the variety of yellow, gold, and gingerbread was pretty cool!

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Gingerbread Cookies
Adapted from Sweetopia
Yield ~ 36 cookies

1 cup (250 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
1 cup molasses
3 1/3 cups (800 grams) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed.
  2. Add in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, eggs, and molasses.  Beat on low and then increase the speed to combine.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt onto wax paper.  Add to the mixer and beat until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll out the dough between sheets of wax paper to 1/4-inch thick.  Cut with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
  7. Place the cookie sheets in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until just beginning to brown.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Royal Icing
Adapted from The Decorated Cookie

1/2 cup meringue powder
1 cup warm water
10 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons shortening
4 tablespoons light corn syrup
Americolor gel Bright White + desired colors

  1. Whip the meringue powder and water with the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment for several minutes until stiff peaks form.
  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, shortening, and corn syrup until you reach a piping consistency.  Add a squirt of Americolor Bright White and mix in.
  3. Divide into bowl and color as desired.  Use drops of water to thin the icing into flooding consistency
  4. Decorate the cookies and let dry uncovered overnight before stacking and storing.

Note – This is a thinner royal icing, add more powdered sugar for a thicker consistency.

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Apple Cider Sangria

You know I love sangria right?  I mean who doesn’t?  Fruit, wine, extra booze, a little bit of sparkling something – it’s heaven in a glass!  I’ve always considered white sangria a marvelous drink for summer get-togethers and red sangria fantastic for winter parties.  Now I have something fabulous for fall festivities – apple cider sangria!

It’s the weekend!  Grab your favorite pitcher, put on a cozy sweatshirt, and make yourself some apple cider sangria, you’ll be happy you did!  Apparently Hurricane Sandy is coming to New York.  I should go stock up on the wine now,  there would be nothing worse than being trapped in the house during a hurricane without any wine!!!

This is goooooood sangria.  Sweet from the apple cider, crisp from the Pinot Grigio, and spiced from the cinnamon and ginger.  The sangria is easy to make and delightful to drink!

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Apple Cider Sangria
Adapted from How Sweet it is
Yield 4-6 (12-16 servings)
Note – I made 3 pitchers, so the amounts in parentheses are totals to make 3 pitchers worth

1 (3) bottles pinot grigio
1 1/2 (4 ½) cups apple cider
1/2 (1 1/2) cups brandy
1 (3) pears, cored and cut into slices
2 (6) apples, cored and cut into slices
3 (9) inches ginger, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch slices
3 (9) cinnamon sticks
1 (3) cups seltzer
apple slices and cinnamon sticks

  1. The night before or early in the day combine the first seven ingredients into your pitcher.  If you have small pitchers like me, make a larger batch but divide among several pitchers.
  2. Stir gently to combine and place in the fridge.
  3. Before serving add the seltzer.
  4. Serve over ice with apple slices and cinnamon sticks as garnish.

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