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Molasses Crinkle Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

We love a good gingersnap around here, but these molasses crinkle cookies have us passing up the crispy ginger cookies for something with a little more chew. These cookies have a kick to them and are made festive with the addition of our new sparkling sugar. This is a fun recipe to bake up with kids, as they will love rolling each ball of dough in the sparkling sugar. Plus, they’re made with whole wheat pastry flour, so you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying these. The whole grain flour is completely hidden under the molasses and ginger flavors, so no one will ever be the wiser.

Make a batch of these for Santa or just enjoy them with a tall glass of milk. We hope you love them as much as we do. Check out the video below for  step-by-step instructions for making these jazzy cookies.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time:  15 minutes | Cook Time:  8 – 10 minutes

Yield: 18 cookies

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a small bowl, mix together whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined, then add egg.  Add dry and mix until combined.

Step 4

Scoop cookies and roll the tops in Bob’s Red Mill Sparkling Sugar.  Place 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets and bake until edges are just set, 8 – 10 minutes.  Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jennifer Farley in Recipes

The holiday season has many meanings to me and I’m not even slightly ashamed to admit that one of those meanings is cookies. I love cookies because I’m so incredibly indecisive when it comes to choosing desserts. Cookies give me the freedom to have it all. And these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies are a slightly modernized twist on the classic that will wow your holiday guests.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt | Bob's Red Mill
Bob’s Whole Wheat Pastry Flour replaces all purpose flour in this recipe but you will never notice the difference! I was amazed at how seamlessly it incorporated into the dough. I’ve also added a bit of coarse sea salt on top of the cookies to enhance the flavors. These have that perfect texture one craves in a chocolate chip cookie- slightly crunchy on the outside but just chewy enough on the inside. Make these for your next holiday party or cookie exchange. You’ll be glad you did!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt | Bob's Red Mill

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes| Yields: 40-45 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (13 ounces) Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) packed light Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • ½ teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 12 ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Coarse Sea Salt on top

Directions:

  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar on high speed for several minutes until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Slowly add the flour and vanilla until just combined and then stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Use a small ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies. Sprinkle coarse sea salt liberally on top of each cookie. Allow them to chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and then bake for 13 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes before serving.

Jennifer Farley-600Jennifer Farley is the creator, recipe developer and photographer of Savory Simple, a blog dedicated to gourmet, simple, beautiful food and quality ingredients. Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, MD and has worked professionally as a chef and cooking instructor. She recently published her first cookbook, The Art of Slush. Her work has been featured by Williams-Sonoma, Bon Appetit, Food52, The Kitchn, Huffington Post and Marcus Sammuelsson.  She currently resides in Washington DC. Follow her FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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Candied Chocolate Almonds

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

We’re all about the thoughtfully homemade gifts this year at Bob’s Red Mill, and for good reason. Homemade gifts feel instantly personal, are usually easier on the wallet, and (if edible) are something that can be enjoyed with others. It’s both a gift and an experience. Last year, I toasted and flavored almonds in many varieties for my friends and coworkers. I wrapped about a cup of almonds in pretty cellophane bags and that was that. I’m not sure a single bag made it home to be shared with others, but they were a big hit with the recipients.

I wish I’d had this recipe last year, because it is SO easy. Melt the chocolate, mix with nuts, add spices. DONE. I recommend making a few batches, as these will disappear quickly. If almonds don’t appeal, cashews will work well in this recipe, too. Pretty cellophane or small glass jars turn these into an instant gift, if you can stand to share these chocolate almonds with anyone.

Candied Chocolate Almonds

Chocolate Covered Almonds

Prep Time:  10 minutes | Rest Time:  5 minutes | Cook Time:  2 – 3 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

  • ½ cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups Whole Dry Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Turbinado Sugar
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp Chili Powder (optional)

Step 1

Place chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl.  Melt in the microwave for 2 – 3 minutes, stopping to stir with a rubber spatula every 30 seconds.

Step 2

Add almonds and stir thoroughly to coat the nuts.  Add Bob’s Red Mill Turbinado Sugar and salt and stir well.

Step 3

Spread the almonds on a parchment lined sheet tray and let sit until the chocolate is just tacky, about 5 – 10 minutes.

Step 4

Return almonds to the bowl and add cocoa powder and spices; mix well.  Store in an airtight container.

 

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Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix in a Jar (Low Carb)

by Carolyn Ketchum in Recipes

In this age of crazy consumerism, a handmade, homemade gift can set you apart from the store-bought crowd. Bonus points if your gift comes in cool, pretty and useful packaging. It may be ridiculously trendy to give things in Mason jars tied up with festive twine but that hardly detracts from the heartfelt nature of the gift. I love this trend and I am jumping on the bandwagon with a loud thud. Move over and make a little room for me, would you?

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix in a Jar | Bob's Red Mill

I love giving homemade baked goods during the holidays and I know they are always appreciated. But it can be tricky with the sort of gluten-free, sugar-free treats I like to make. In conventional goodies, sugar acts as something of a preservative, keeping them fresher for longer. Given the slightly more time-sensitive nature of some of my recipes, it can be better to give things as a mix and let the recipients have fun making them up on their own. Besides, then you can layer the ingredients prettily in a jar, tie them up with festive twine and feel like a homemade gift-giving rock star.

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix in a Jar | Bob's Red Mill

These chocolate hazelnut biscotti are a wonderful gift to give, either as a mix or fully baked. Made with Bob’s Red Mill hazelnut meal and whole dry roasted hazelnuts, they are naturally gluten-free and intensely chocolatey. They are healthy and wholesome but they don’t taste like it one little bit. Winning!

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix | Bob's Red Mill

All you have to do is grab a few quart-sized Mason jars, layer the ingredients, find a cute set of holiday printables for the labels and recipe cards and tie it all up with a pretty bow. I found that forming a cone with a large piece of paper was the easiest way to layer the ingredients with minimal mess. It also helped me pour the next ingredient in without disturbing the layer below it too much. And all your giftees need to do is add some oil and eggs and bake them up.

You may want to keep one of the mixes for yourself; these biscotti are that good. As long as you let them cool completely in the oven, they will crisp up nicely and are perfect for dunking in your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix | Bob's Red Mill

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix 

In a medium bowl, whisk together hazelnut meal, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Pour about half of the mixture into the bottom of a quart-sized mason jar. This works best if you use a piece of paper to create a cone through which to pour the mixture. Remove the cone and shake the jar to even the layer out.

Next layer the cocoa powder through the cone. Even it out by gently shaking. Layer the sweetener in the same fashion, then the remaining hazelnut flour mixture. Finally layer the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate chips.

Instructions for the recipe card:

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Mix
  • 6 tbsp melted butter or hazelnut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner. Transfer biscotti mix to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add butter or oil, egg and egg white and stir until dough comes together.
  2. Divide dough in half and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Shape into two low, flat rectangles about 4 inches by 8 inches. Bake 28 minutes or until slightly puffed and just set to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool 20 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 300F. Carefully cut into 1-inch slices and lay cut-side down on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes and then gently flip slices over. Turn off oven and let biscotti sit inside until oven is cool.

Makes 20 to 24 biscotti

Carolyn Ketchum | All Day I Dream About FoodCarolyn Ketchum is the writer, photographer and almond flour wizard behind All Day I Dream About Food, a low carb and gluten-free food blog. Her mission is to prove to the world that special diets need not be boring or restrictive and that healthy dishes can be just as good, or better, than their sugar and gluten-filled counterparts. It’s astonishing what you can do with a bag of almond flour, a stick of butter, and a willingness to experiment. Follow her on FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus and Pinterest for inspiring ideas for the low carb, gluten free lifestyle.

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Strawberry Jam and Butter Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

I guess you could say these cookies are my jam… ha. In all seriousness, though, they are really good. If you have littles running around your kitchen, enlist their help. They will love jamming their thumbs down in each ball of cookie dough to make a well for luscious strawberry jam.  Of course, they might like it a little too much and leave you with nothing but thumbprints.

You can use any kind of jam you like, but we’re partial to strawberry. These are delicate, buttery cookies perfect for holiday parties and potlucks. They make a nice alternative to the endless array of chocolate and peppermint confections you find this time of year and look lovely wrapped with cellophane for a home-baked gift.

Strawberry Jam & Butter Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Strawberry Jam and Butter Cookies

  • 1-3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup Sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Strawberry Jam

STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or spray each with cooking spray.

STEP 2 In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking powder.

STEP 3 In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until just combined. Slowly beat in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

STEP 4 Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll balls in extra sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Press thumb gently into the center of each ball, about 1/2-inch deep. Fill each thumbprint with about 1/2 tsp jam.

STEP 5 Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on baking sheets. Makes 24 cookies.

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Pecan Sandies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

I have distinct memories of eating Keebler® Pecan Sandies as a kid. The way they crumbled as you bit into them and the warm flavor of butter and pecans. I couldn’t eat just one. I had to have as many as I could get away with. I honestly hadn’t thought of them in years, so imagine my delight when a fresh batch of these showed up at the office a few months ago. I learned two things that day- homemade pecan sandies were far superior to store bought and making them from scratch was ridiculously easy.

It makes sense. I whip up batch upon batch of shortbread  during the holidays and these are, in essence, just pecan-enhanced shortbread. I love the use of the food processor here- everything is done in the single bowl of your food processor. It doesn’t get much simpler and clean-up is a breeze. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting an hour for the dough to chill. I haven’t tried it, but I bet you could roll out this dough and cut it into fun shapes instead of circles- snowflakes would be especially pretty this time of year.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If our pastry flour is hard to come by, use all purpose flour instead.

Pecan Sandies | Bob's Red Mill

Pecan Sandies

  • 2-1/2 cups Pecan Halves, divided
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 12 Tbsp Butter (1 1/2 sticks), chilled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 Egg Yolk

STEP 1 Process 1 1/2 cups pecans and sugars in a 10 – 12 cup food processor for 10 2-second pulses. Add flour and salt and process for 5 seconds. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse sand, about 10 2-second pulses. Add egg yolk and process until dough forms into a ball. 

STEP 2 Turn dough onto a 16-inch long piece of plastic wrap and shape dough into a 12-inch cylinder. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

STEP 3 Preheat oven to 325ºF. Grease two baking sheets. Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-inch rounds, turning dough after each slice to keep cylinder from flattening. Place on prepared baking sheets 1 inch apart. Using remaining pecans, gently press 1 pecan into each cookie. Bake for 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 32 cookies.

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The Wonders of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour + Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar

by Jessica Fisher in Recipes

Years ago after a trip to see old friends of hers, my mom decided that she was going to revolutionize our family table. Her friends were kinda like hippies to us, so it didn’t bode well for us California kids who’d been living on pizza from a mix and mac and cheese from a box.

Mom bought whole wheat pasta and whole wheat flour and whole wheat muffins and a whole lot of whole wheat! Needless to say, this was a big shock to our systems.

I hate to say it, but our protests were a lot stronger than my mom’s resolve.

Onion Cheddar Mushroom Galette | Bob's Red Mill
Fast forward a dozen years and I was that young mom trying to get her family on a better diet. Like my mother before me, I decided to just go “whole hog” and do all my baking with stone-ground whole wheat flour. This was back in the days before the internet, when you couldn’t order groceries online, but were stuck with the very coarse, dense stuff that the grocery store sold.  And it was dense. Trust me.

You can guess how my brownies and apple pie went over. Everything tasted so wheaty.  Like mother, like daughter.

My efforts at improving my family’s diet were dashed – for a few years. My problem was that I didn’t understand that different flours serve different purposes.

I discovered whole wheat pastry flour and my life was changed. I know, that sounds pretty dramatic, but it’s true. I spotted a bag of pastry flour at the health food store — Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour as a matter of fact — and gave it a try.

Wow. I could bake pancakes that didn’t land like bricks when I served them up. I could bake muffins that didn’t taste like a field in Kansas. I could bake brownies with whole grain and they didn’t taste “too healthy”.

I think that was when I heard angels singing.

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

There’s been no looking back since that day. Whole wheat pastry flour is a regular item in my pantry. It’s been a favorite ingredient in my cookbooks. I use it in my holiday baking.

At first I just went halvsies. But, earlier this year, I baked one of my famous-at-my-house) Slab Apple Pies, but I substituted all the regular flour with whole wheat pastry flour . No one in my family even noticed! It was just as good as if it had all-purpose flour in it.

Whole wheat pastry flou0 is one of my best friends when it comes to making holiday treats just a little bit healthier. I use it in muffins, pancakes, waffles, cornbread, cookies, and pies. It goes super well in savory baked goods as well, like this Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar.

This is the perfect appetizer for your holiday get-togethers. The pastry is light and tender. The filling packs just enough punch to offset the richness of the crust. You might even serve it with soup and salad for a light lunch or dinner.

I think I need to make this for my mom and apologize, don’t I?

Onion Cheddar Mushroom Galette | Bob's Red Mill

Galette with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cheddar

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup cold, salted Butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Cold Water
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces sliced Mushrooms
  • fine Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Parsley, optional garnish

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, place the flour and butter. Pulse for 12 to 15 seconds until coarse crumbs are formed. With the machine running, add the water drop by drop until the dough starts to hold together. Form the dough into a thick disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator.

In a large skillet heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until they are tender and starting to brown a bit. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl. Cool.

Once the mixture is cool, toss it with the cheese and Herbes de Provence.

Preheat the oven to 400 °. On a large piece of parchment paper, roll the dough out into a large circle, about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the cheese and vegetable mixture on the pastry, leaving a one-inch border.

Brush the egg wash on the open border and fold it, in sections, over the filling. Brush more egg wash over the folded edge. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the pastry is golden. Sprinkle the parsley over the top and serve.

Jessica Fisher Color by Sharon Leppellere - smJessica Fisher is a mom of six children, aged 5 to 16. Homeschool mom by day, writer and blogger by night, she writes two blogs, LifeasMom and GoodCheapEats. She is the author of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and FreezeOrganizing Life as MOM, and Best 100 Juices for Kids. Keep up with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Oregon Trail Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Break out of your holiday cookie rut with these Oregon Trail Cookies. They combine some of our favorite Oregon things- whole wheat flour, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. They have a nutty flavor from the whole wheat flour, a zing from the dried cranberries and a crunch from the nuts and seeds. Keep you and yours nourished during your holiday travels with a batch of these cookies on hand. With less sugar than most cookie recipes, it’s hard to feel too guilty about enjoying one. Your kids will feel like they’re getting a special treat and you can feel good about what you’re giving them.

Oregon Trail Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Oregon Trail Cookies

STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

STEP 2 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

STEP 3 In a large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, sugar and honey until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat until just combined. Gently mix in almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and cranberries.

STEP 4 Roll dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons at a time and place on baking sheets, spacing about 3 inches apart. Flatten each cookie slightly.  Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on pan for 2 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 16 cookies.

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Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

We just can’t stop eating these Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies! Especially since they are a lighter version of classic peanut butter cookies using whole wheat pastry flour and honey instead of white sugar. These cookies will be a big hit and no one will be the wiser about their healthy ingredients. We think Santa would love a plate of these with a glass of milk or, perhaps, a cup of coffee?

Peanut Butter & Honey Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies

STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet.

STEP 2 Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Add flour mixture and gently stir until combined.

STEP 3 Roll dough into 2-Tbsp balls and place 1-in apart on prepared baking sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 30 cookies.

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Orca Bean Chili

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

If I ever see a turkey sandwich again it will be too soon. That’s why I’m so glad to have this chili recipe up my sleeve and you will be, too. Orca beans are a very new product for us and we couldn’t be more excited. These beauties (named for their black and white color) are about the size of a black bean and have a creamy texture. Unlike many heirloom beans, these hold their color after cooking, making them a remarkable addition to any dish. These beans are grown in Moses Lake, Washington exclusively for Bob’s Red Mill. If you can’t find them locally, you can grab a bag of them on our website.

Orca Bean Chili | Bob's Red Mill

Orca Bean Chili

A flavorful chili with a slight kick, serve this with fresh cornbread and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time:  60 – 90 minutes | Yield: 4 – 8 servings

  • 1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Orca Beans
  • 7 cups Vegetable Broth and/or Water
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Yellow Onion (1 large)
  • ¾ cup chopped Poblano Peppers (2 medium)
  • 2 Tbsp minced Jalapeno (1 medium)
  • 2 Tbsp minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp dried Cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp dried Coriander
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup fresh Lime Juice (from 1 lime)

Step 1

Sort and rinse Bob’s Red Mill Orca Beans and place in a large soup pot with vegetable broth and/or water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until just soft, about 45 minutes.

Step 2

When beans have slightly softened, add the onion, poblanos, jalapeno, garlic, dried herbs and spices, and salt.  Continue to simmer on medium-low until the beans have fully softened, another 15 – 30 minutes.

Step 3

Add fresh lime juice just before serving.

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