Two more low sugar and sugar-free cookies

Sugar-free Chocolate and Jam Cookies

Sugar-free Chocolate and Jam Cookies

This will be the 2nd last post about Christmas cookies. I’m so close to the end of them that I can almost taste it!

After the epic failure of the sugar-free shortbread, I tried a couple of other low sugar and sugar-free recipes.

The first one was sugar-free chocolate cookie recipe, made with jam. Unfortunately I had a hard time finding sugar-free jam for some strange reason, and ended up using a “no sugar added” jam instead. Not ideal, but not bad for a diabetic. Continue reading

A birthday and Coraline button cookies

Coraline poster - see the button eyes?

Coraline poster - see the button eyes?

One year ago today, I posted my first food blog entry here at The Brûlée Blog. I picked this date on purpose as it’s also my birthday. (And this way I remember when I started the blog. Anything that overcomes my horrible memory is always a bonus.)

I’ve made 144 posts (or 145 if you include this post) and had people find me by the most interesting search terms. I’ve never actively advertised this blog, but I’ve gotten more visitor stats than I originally expected.

To celebrate my birthday, I’m dragging my friends to go see the movie Coraline. The movie is based on a book by one of my favourite writers, Neil Gaiman, and today is the opening day. I figure it’s fate.

And to celebrate this blog’s birthday, I baked cookies. Chocolate almond button cookies in honour of Coraline, to be exact. I based the recipe on the Almond Apricot Cookies and changed it up. They’re wonderfully chocolatey, not too sweet, and nutty.

Coraline button cookies

Coraline button cookies

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Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Another gift I gave to others over Christmas were jars of hot chocolate mix (mostly to give myself a break from making cookie after cookie). They’re actually quite simple to make, and everyone seemed impressed. And bonus, if you use gluten-free ingredients the mix is Celiac-friendly! Every recipe I looked at called for non-dairy creamer, which I was NOT willing to do. I finally found a recipe on another site, but felt that it needed some adjustments.

Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Recipe modified from canadianparents.com

Non-food ingredients
Clean jars
Ribbon
Cloth (I found some Christmas remnants at the fabric store.)
Labels (Printed off some on the computer using a Christmas letter template, and glued them to the jars.)

Ingredients
(These ingredients make enough to fill at least 2 large jars, size similar to spaghetti sauce jars.)
3 cups powdered milk
3/4 cups powdered sugar (or use an easily dissolvable type like berry/castor sugar)
1/2 cup cocoa
dash of salt
mini-marshmallows

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until everything is well mixed. I tossed a handful of mini-marshmallows in the bowl as well, so that when the hot chocolate is scooped out you get a marshmallow-y surprise.

Mix into a bowl

Mix into a bowl

Spoon the mix into your jars, leaving a small gap at the top. Fill the gap with mini-marshmallows. Alternatively, you could fill the jars to the top and provide the marshmallows in a little bag tied with a ribbon.

Place the mix in a clean jar

Place the mix in a clean jar

For the cloth covering, I simply cut off a square of cloth and tied it to the top of the jar using some wrapping ribbon, then trimmed the cloth as needed.

For the label, here is the text I used:

Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Directions:
Add 4 – 5 tablespoons to 1 cup of hot water or milk. Stir, and add additional marshmallows or whipped cream as desired.

And voila, the finished product

And voila, the finished product

My chocolate addiction

When asked about my favourite foods, I have a difficult time replying because there are so many good foods out there that I would miss if stranded on a deserted island. Cheese is probably one of the top ones on my list, but I would also have to include chocolate as well.

I was one of those kids who would eat anything with chocolate. Smarties, Coffee Crisps (even though I don’t like coffee), Kit Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, Mr. Big, Cadbury Fruit & Nut… the list could go on and on.

As I get older though, I find I don’t like the sickly sweet taste of cheap chocolates and increasingly lean towards darker chocolates and more sophisticated blends. Continue reading