Single-Lady, Chocolate Chip Cookie (Vegan with GF + PB cookie variations)

Deep-Dish, Single-Lady, Salted Whole Wheat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie (with gluten free and peanut butter cookie variations)

Direct link to vimeo: Deep-Dish, Single-Lady, Salted, Whole Wheat Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie from Izy Hossack – Top With Cinnamon

{or a direct link to Youtube here}

Ok

Damn, that’s a long title, but I think that the cookie deserves it to be honest:

You can make yourself a deep-dish, semi-healthy (I used coconut oil, whole wheat flour, bittersweet chocolate and maple syrup. No white sugar or butter!) cookie/blondie thing for only you (so you don’t end up eating a million cookies), it basically only takes 15 minutes and one dish (you mix it up in the dish it’s baked in).

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So we’re doing this, yeah? You’re in. Good. Step by step I’ll take you through the ‘anatomy’, if you will, of this cookie:

-Deep-dish: well, that’s what it is, it’s baked in a dish, that’s deep for a cookie! It’s more like eating a blondie to be honest, but that doesn’t sound as good..
-Single-lady: it makes enough cookie for one single ladeh, i.e. single serving (if you baked it like a cookie, it’d probably be like 2 medium cookies..that’s one serving right!? right?)
-Salted: salt in it, salt on it. Salt. As we all know, salty-sweet is delicious and has to come up at least twice a month.
-Whole Wheat – I used whole wheat flour! Who would have even guessed? Just making it a little bit better for all of us ;)
-Chocolate chip cookie – …I think you’ve got that
-Vegan – not an egg in sight! I also used coconut oil to keep it vegan, but if you’re a butter gal (I totally normally am) go for it, I’ve tried it and it’s just as awesome.
-Gluten free variation – right, so I tried the recipe out just straight up substituting ground almonds for flour. It didn’t work out. It was incredibly delicious but more like eating caramel rather than a cookie. So I made a few changes; reducing the sugar and using almond butter instead of coconut oil (less fat = less gooey, I figured), and oat flour (just ground up oats) and it worked!
-Peanut Butter Cookie variation – following on from those gluten-free adaptations to the original recipe, I used peanut butter instead of almond butter, to make a peanut butter cookie! Wooh!
-The gluten free, nut butter variation can be made using whole wheat or a.p. flour too, it’s just not as gooey as the coconut oil version.

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I have been testing and eating these all week.

For you,

of course.

heh.

But that’s not all I’ve been doing!

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It’s been a very busy half term,

I went to the Brits! I saw JT make a dramatic entrance with a chandelier-curtain-thing, I shuddered through One Direction’s song, Mumford and sons and Muse played kick ass songs and I noticed that undeniably sassy look on Taylor Swift’s face when she ended ‘I knew you were trouble’ (Harry Styles was the room…it was majorly awkward),

I went to the after party; I got free cotton candy (the guy who was making it had cotton candy ALL OVER HIS FOREARMS. It was hilarious.) and a white chocolate skull from some insane doctor actor. However the party full of mid-30-year-olds awkwardly dancing to remixes of the black-eyed peas, so we left after half an hour.

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(side note: is it possible to be in love with a photo? WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN EVERY WEEK. At least now my friends know what my phone, computer and ipad background will be until next Sunday.)

I made another food video (the one at the top of the page!), finally!

and a song-c0ver video with these chicas,

I made 2-dozen cupcakes (you can see them in the background of the video at one point), and 2 sheet cakes for my brother to sell at his toastie stall at a festival launch party.

I got round to actually photographing these cookies (I think I’ve been taunting some people with them for about a week on instagram)

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and now you can finally get the recipe,

Gahd Izy, why does it take you so long to do things?

I’m just a procrastinator and tension builder, what can I say…

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3-ingredient Beer Bread Sticks (or Pizza Dough!) (No-Knead, No-Rise)

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Wow, okay, so birthday week is over and done with! (it was my mum’s birthday a few days after mine, and then I had my birthday party on Sunday) – thank you everyone who left me such sweet, awesome comments on my birthday post, I was smiling a heck tonne whilst reading them all!!

and now it’s half-term! Yessssssssss.

It’s weird, because usually, I have nothing to do during this half term – everyone normally leaves for France to go skiing and whatnot, but this year is cray, I’m busy ALL week.

I’m not used to this.

But I’ve got some awesome things planned (for me, and for you, keep an eye on my instagram on Wednesday and Thursday…)

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side note: guys, I don’t know what was happening, but between like December and now, I didn’t wear nail varnish. I can’t understand how it happened, but don’t worry, I painted them again yesterday and I’ve made up for it with extra sparkles.

Anyway, lets get back to the issue of parties. Yes?

How can you deal?

Attending – fine, great, awesome.

Hosting – well…

3-ingredient Beer Bread Sticks (no knead, no rise)

I always end up having an awesome time, my friends are there, and I love my friends to bits. We make Harlem shake videos and eat waaaay to many lime doritos, but I feel like whenever I’m the hostess, half the time I CAN’T RELAX.

Over the years, I’ve learned to deal with the fact that I have to guard the 50s Hans Wegner chairs with my life (my dad’s an architect, so any rooms that don’t involve my bedroom or study, I basically have to protect like a polar bear protecting her babies because  – and I mean this in the nicest way possible – teenagers don’t understand the implications of scratched wood, marked walls or chocolate on sofas, when you’re living in a house designed by your mum and dad)

“Feet down. Stop rocking on the chair. Please don’t lean on her chair. No… you can’t sit on the counter” (as you can tell, I’m actually an old lady at heart)

I know that I have to make sure food doesn’t get mushed into cushions, or make people realise that a kitchen isn’t a convenient place to gather whilst I’m preparing cocktails.

3-ingredient Beer Bread Sticks (no knead, no rise)

But when they decide to start playing ‘1D’  – let me re-iterate that, ‘One Direction’ *shudder*,

I have to play the sass card, and that is a card that can’t be dealt too many-a-time,

Do you have hosting tips? Please help meeeeee! I need the tips.

3-ingredient Beer Bread Sticks (no knead, no rise)

Right, so beer bread sticks…totally related to that.

Yeah, no,

but they are awesome! and delicious, and perfect for parties! You just stir up the dough, pour it straight onto a greased tray and bake it (if you like British accents, I’d advise un-muting the vine videos. That’s what I sound like, but normally, a little less weird/excited).

There’s none of the kneading (don’t get me wrong, I love kneading dough, but when you’re pressed for time, it’s not very relaxing) or waiting hours for proving and rising. Plus this bread has the most awesome texture ever – really crisp crust with a chewy center. So freaking good.

You can also use it as pizza dough! How brilliant is that!? Or pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake up a slice-able bread loaf.

So much potential, I need to experiment….

…I wonder, when’s the next party…? hmmm….no.

3-ingredient Beer Bread Sticks (no knead, no rise)

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A birthday and a cake! Texas Sheet Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting, that is.

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How am I going to phrase this?

Erm …I’m getting old.

Well, older. (I don’t know why it feels like such a surprise to me, I am a human).

I have now experienced 17 years of life on Earth – and I have to say that it does keep getting better, especially these past 1 1/2 years where I’ve been creating my own little corner of the internet, full of butter, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate.

Texas Sheet Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting

To celebrate, I made myself a cake!

It’s not like I’m not already getting 3 other cakes from 3 other people,

but I wanted to make something super-special-awesome-time to bring into school.

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I don’t really know why I’m making all this extra cake;

I don’t feel older,

I’m sitting here wearing plastic dinosaur earrings and drinking hot chocolate.

I still feel as excited when I get a comment on my blog as when I was 15,

I still freak out and tell my mum when something bonkers happens,

For example, one week ago, I was literally just waking up when I got a notification of a ping back.

Texas Sheet Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting

Now, when I’ve just woken up, my mind literally can’t handle ANY information until exactly 10 minutes and one cup of coffee later.

Even if you tell me something super important and exciting, I won’t recall it, and will become SO confused at a simple sentence. (I once got a random spam e-mail saying I had ‘been chosen’ in the first sentence, and literally thought I was a superstar/magician/mega-special person for about 20 minutes. I then had to keep reminding myself during the day that that really wasn’t true, when I kept getting flashbacks, like “why am I in a maths class, I’m more important than thi… oh wait.”)

So anyways, this ping back, was from freaking Joy the Baker’s blog. I mean.

I can’t even.

No words.

Most exciting moment of mah blogging life.

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The only way I could explain it to my friends (who, apart from me, know nothing about the blogging, baking world), was literally by comparing it to them being mentioned by one of their favourite actors, actresses or singers.

Just knowing she had read my blog makes me want to do the macarena (and I can’t even do the macarena!).

Well really, just knowing anybody has read my blog makes me blush and want to hug everyone!

But, as a thank you (after already thanking her about 1000 times I think – if not in typed words, in my mind) I decided I’d make a recipe from her cookbook which I had purchased last summer in Seattle.

Texas Sheet Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting

Whilst flicking through her cookbook, I noticed a recipe for Texas sheet cake; as soon as I saw the word ‘birthday’ in the descriptive paragraph above the recipe (combined with my belief that anything Joy bakes must taste heavenly), I was sold.

But I wanted to make it extraaaaaaa insane; and when you want to make something extraaaaaaa insane what do you do? You incorporate some sort of delicious batter or cookie dough. Of course, duh.

I went with brownie batter because it’s pretty much as close to chocolate frosting you can get with a batter, and because it’s so freakin delicious.

So enjoy,

and THANK YOU for tweeting and instagramming (why are you underlining that google, it’s totally a word) me, for reading this blog, for pinning my pictures, for commenting on my recipes, and everything else you do to make my life heck tonnes more awesome than it already is,

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White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies (4 ingredients, no bake, 15 mins)

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies (4 ingredients, no bake, 15 minutes)

Okayyy

So I may have said I would post these last week, but then things got cray, and I posted a guest post for s’mores bars instead, sorryyy;

you probably know by now that my life is as hectic as a whole bottle of sprinkles charged with static electricity (those sprinkles would be flying eeeevrywhere).

But I’ve also been working on another post, which is coming your way on Wednesday (a special, birthday post :O )  and if you be following me on instagram or twitter, you probably already know what it is that I’m posting ;)

Lets turn the conversation to cookies (okay, I say conversation, I really mean: me talking and you having to listen to me ramble on about my life)

Two of my bestest friends are obsessed with peppermint mochas from Starbucks.

It’s the only thing I think they order from Starbucks, all. year. round.

They’re pretty crazy,

Crazy-amaze-y.

Hah, oh rhyming, you never get old :’)

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies (4 ingredients, no bake, 15 minutes)

So naturally, when I was mixing up minty chocolate for my thin mints, I heard their voices telling me:

“Izy. Hey. Hey Izy. Izy. You know what would go great with that minty chocolate combo you’ve got going on there? COFFEE. ADD SOME FREAKING COFFEE IZY. DO EHT.”

so I did

and it was brilliant.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies (4 ingredients, no bake, 15 minutes)

and I told them about the cookies,

and I posted pictures on instagram, and their facebook walls,

and I said they could have some.

Buuuut I had forgotten that I’d promised them to my mum for her book club, sooo :/

 

They didn’t get to eat any…

…but, as they say “It’s the thought that counts” – although, I think if I said that to them, they’d probably make me buy them peppermint mochas.

Venti peppermint mochas (<— that is real talk right there, no one pulls the Venti card unless they are getting seeeerious)

 

I, on the other hand, got to eat pleeeeenty of them (you know taste testing, quality control, making sure the chocolate was set, photos…) MWAHAHAHA

so I can testify that they were deeeelish!

White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Cookies (4 ingredients, no bake, 15 minutes)

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White Chocolate, Coconut and Banana S’more Bars (gluten free)

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Duuuuuudes

I’m back

I know, what is this madness? Izy make two posts in two days? Me no understand.

I AM ON A ROLL. (and making up for last week’s post absence)

and I’m making another s’more bar recipe ahahah (I obviously have a penchant for toasting marshmallows)

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Today, I’m guest posting over at the Free People’s BDLG 25 Blog with these insanely delish White Chocolate, Coconut and Banana S’more Bars! They’re gluten free and so simple;

They’re essentially a coconut macaroon topped with chocolate, marshmallows and a hidden roasted banana layer.

It’s roasted, people. Do you know how good banana tastes once it’s been shoved into an oven for half an hour?

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DIVINE!

Everybody who tasted these bars adored them, even my friend who hated coconut! :o

And be prepared for awesome because, guys…

…I broke out the scrabble tiles for the step-by-step photos (that’s what I was using them for, if you saw my pics on instagram a few weeks ago)

So click over to the BDLG 25 Blog get the recipe ;)

 

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15 minute Thin Mints (3 ingredients, no bake, vegan)

DIY Thin Mints // 15 minutes, 3 ingredients, no bake, vegan

Pressure.

It’s something, I could probably avoid 90% of the time by not procrastinating the time away.

I know I could avoid it, I know that future-Izy will hate past-Izy for not doing the work, yet I still find that sometimes, that ‘last minute pressure blast’ is the only way I can make myself work efficiently.

But then there’s also that pressure that has no pin-pointable deadline when you know it’ll be over – can I call mine the mid-sixth-form-crisis?

Suddenly, it’s all about the future, what the heck you’re doing with your life now, for reals – your A2 choices, extended essay title, positions of responsibility for next year, university courses.

A career.

DIY Thin Mints // 15 minutes, 3 ingredients, no bake, vegan

 

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I just felt like I needed to pause time last week after thinking about that plus chemistry coursework plus biology coursework plus my deadline for my art coursework.

aaaaand that’s why I’ve been a little absent recently!

It’s not like I wasn’t baking – oh ho ho, believe me, baking is a major form of procrastination in my life – I just didn’t have the energy to sit in front of Lightroom adjusting exposure and contrast levels for 100 photos, which led to this post not being finished :'(

But I don’t return empty handed! During my procrastination timez, I’ve accumulated a few link-loves – or Monday ‘me gusta’ s if you will ;)

Thin Mints

So anywho, I also made these quick thin mints as a way to snazz up some oreos. I’d seen those DIY thin mints made with crackers before, but I had always thought that using oreos would probably be 1000% better. It was.

And I also made a slightly different variation (I’ll probably post it sometime this week) with white chocolate, that you can see in that last photo!

I love these because they’re simple, quick, tasty and look pretty elegant too!

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