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GF Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies with Smoked Sea Salt

Okay guys, I am all for scratch baking. If you got time and energy (and sometimes a little ingenuity), you can really create some amazing things. However, there isn’t always the time to trial and error your way into greatness. Keeping a mix or two on hand for a baking emergency, especially when you are baking with dietary restrictions. No lie, there is always a GF brownie mix or cookie mix in my pantry. I’ve gone through a few different brands, and though I deviate from time to time, King Arthur is my tried and true go-to.

So if you too would like some pretentious, low effort cookies follow the instructions on the back of the box and add these four ingredients:

  1. 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  2. 1 tsp smoked sea salt (for finishing)
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla powdered vanilla
  4. 1/2 a heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • Put the mix together according to the instruction on the box and then mix ingredients 1,3 &4.
  • Bake as directed.
  • As soon as they come out, sprinkle some of that delicious overpriced salt over the top of those bad boys (sparingly, this stuff is potent) and let cool. Seriously, let them cool for at least 5 minutes or they’ll fall apart when you pick them up. You’re welcome.

Look how pretty! These bad boys are so delicious, and yes, you need to make them. ASAP. Seriously, go get some mix now.


Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

So, I have finally decided to try my hand at making my own doughnuts. I know there is a huge debate when it comes to baking vs. frying, but I decided to start with baking since A) that is the style Andy and I like best and B) I don’t like cooking that involves large containers of hot oil. I have a scar on the back of my left hand from a deep fryer mishap when I was 6 or 7, and I have been leery of frying things ever since. I found this recipe for Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze on Rumbly in my Tumbly, and it seemed like a pretty easy place to start.

D1

Ingredients:

For the donuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk (*if you don’t have buttermilk, use milk + 1 teaspoon white vinegar)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon of melted butter

For the brown butter glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325°.  Lightly grease a donut pan.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk, mashed banana, beaten egg, vanilla, and butter.  Mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Spoon mixture into donut pan.  Each one should be about half full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until baked through.  Donuts should spring back when lightly pushed.

To make your glaze, heat butter over low heat until it turns golden brown- about 6-8 minutes. Do not burn it, or you will have burnt butter donuts, which will not be good.  Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Dunk cooled donuts into the warm glaze, and place on parchment paper until set.  Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Notes:

  • Browned butter is AMAZING; I don’t know why I never made it before!
  • The texture and taste was great, but my doughnuts were a little on the flat side; next time I’ll fill the cavities a bit more. I might also add some clove and nutmeg just to see how the glaze pairs with a spicier batter.
  • You need to use a piping bag or a ziplock with the corner clipped to fill your pans. Trust me; I am saving you a lot of time and headache.
  • I can’t wait to make these again, and since they lasted well overnight, I am thinking about bringing some into the office with me.