apple pie cookies | Popcorn & Chocolate

Apple Pie Cookies

 

IMG_9303Just over a week ago I was on vacation… sitting by a warm fire, relaxing in front of the tv with a warm cup of tea. And now is the first week back at work and it’s just as rough as I thought it would be. I did have one thing to look forward to: the new season of The Bachelor. With my friends at work, we pick Bachelor fantasy teams and earn points for different things that the contestants do each episode. It makes it that much more fun to watch, so I was pretty excited to see the premier last Monday with my, as it turned out, less than rock-star team. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t watched yet, but am I the only one who is surprised by some of the girls Ben sent home?? Anyways, that really got me through Monday.

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And now I’m sitting in my apartment on the coldest day of the winter so far (windchill put us at -2 this morning) dreaming of these deliciously warm apple pie cookies. For Christmas, I made these eggnog snickerdoodles, these healthy thin mints, and these chocolate chunk gingerbread cookies. But that wasn’t enough, so I came up with these apple pie cookies as a lighter sweet treat.

apple pie cookies | Popcorn & ChocolateThey are cinnamony and appley and soft. I made them at home and my mom was dipping them in toffee sauce, which was delicious! So feel free to add toffee to these if you want. Also, I rolled these cookies in cinnamon and white sugar before baking since I didn’t have raw sugar on hand, but if you want to make them refined sugar free, use raw turbinado sugar instead. These cookies are perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth but still keep you on track with your healthy new years goals.

apple cookies | Popcorn & ChocolateYield: 10-12 cookies; Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup chopped apples (about half inch cubes)

Cinnamon Sugar Dip:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (or turbinado sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined (flour through coconut sugar). Stir in the vanilla extract, applesauce, coconut oil, and honey until combined. Finally, fold in the chopped apples. The dough will be sticky. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon to dip the cookies into. Use a spoon to gather tablespoon sized balls, flatten, and carefully roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, then place on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Melting Witch Chia Seed Pudding Treats

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

Today, in honor of Halloween we have a deliciously spooky treat to get you in the Halloween spirit. We have created melting witch chia seed puddings!

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

“I’m meltingggg” That’s what this witch is saying and what ran through my head the entire time we were creating this melting witch pots. Does anyone else remember that scene from the Wizard of Oz?

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

These Halloween treats were inspired in part by the melting witch and also in part to create a healthier version of the pudding gravestones I’ve seen posted on Pinterest. I love the idea of having a little Halloween treat that is also healthy and a little bit spooky.

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

Once I spotted these witch legs I knew they would be a perfect addition to the melting witch pot. These hats would have been really cool too. But you could also make a little witch hat out of an Oreo and a Hershey’s kiss.

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

Makes 4

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey or sweetener of choice

For a flavored chia seed pudding add:

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha to make a green melting witch OR 1 tablespoon of PB2 to make a brown melting witch

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and then scoop into mason jars and put in the fridge overnight. To serve, add an extra sprinkle of matcha or PB2 to the tops of the pudding and then stick the pretzel legs in!

Melting Chia Seed Witch | Popcorn & Chocolate

Melting Witch Matcha Chia Seed Pudding | Popcorn & Chocolate

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hello!
We are back with yet another delicious dessert recipe for you.This one involves one of our (or Haley’s) favorite ingredient.. peanut butter! Lots and lots of peanut butter. These cookies are soft and gooey and they just melt in your mouth, plus they are made using healthy ingredients. We followed Making Thyme for Health‘s recipe for Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter – or any nut butter you prefer
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips + a little extra for good measure 😉

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Measure out and mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).

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3. Measure out and mix all the wet ingredients into a separate, slightly bigger bowl (peanut butter, vanilla extract, honey, applesauce, oil).

 

 

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4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix together until a uniform dough is formed.

 

 

 

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5. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture.

 

 

 

IMG_17706. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.

 

 

IMG_17907. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown. The cookies will feel fluffy to the touch.

8. Let cool and enjoy with your favorite nighttime beverage!

 

IMG_1807We hope you try and make these cookies, they are truly delicious! We are currently snacking on some with a glass of wine and a good movie!

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Rose eying the cookies…

Rose holding the cookies...

Rose holding the cookies…

Rose stealing the cookies!

Rose stealing the cookies!

Date Brownies

IMG_1455Oh yum you guys, these brownies are delicious, and dare I say healthy! Plus plus, they do not require any baking. So on hot August days like the weather has graced us with recently, you can still enjoy a yummy treat without making your apartment 20 degrees hotter. We followed Nosh and Nourish‘s recipe for No Bake Samoa Bars but changed a few ingredients to what we had in our kitchen. These could not have been simpler or more delicious. Haley hadn’t even had a date until a few weeks ago, you can’t even tell that they are mostly made out of dates. Yum!

Here is what you will need:

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– 1.5 cups pitted dates

– 1 cup pecans

– 1/2 cup coconut flakes

– 1 cup cocoa powder

– 3 tablespoons coconut oil

– 3 tablespoons honey

– 3 tablespoons sugar

– Added goodies: toffee bits or chocolate chips, coconut milk whipped cream

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Directions:

1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients and blend until the mixture is even. Since we have a small food processor we blended the ingredients as we added them and then realized it wasn’t going to all fit in one batch and had to divide the mixture in half. If you have a 3 cup food processor, we’d recommend starting by adding half of all the ingredients, blending, and then doing the other half.IMG_14332. Pour mixture into a 9×9 (or closest size you have) pan – since it doesn’t have to bake, the size doesn’t matter too much

3. Press in any added goodies like toffee bits or chocolate chips

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4. Refrigerate for one hour

5. Enjoy with some coconut milk whipped cream and fresh fruit!IMG_1453

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You have to try these brownies – they are too good to pass up! We are planning on making another batch with some almond butter mixed in next!

We swear this blog isn’t only food… we just like to cook..and eat! We are working on some other non-food content so just bare with us for now us we are learning the ropes.