Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio CookiesRich dark chocolate, sea salt, Nutella and pistachios all packed into a flourless perfect little cookie.  Don’t let the title fool you. These Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio Cookies will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

 You know that perfect crispy edge to a brownie?  And what about the chewy dense center after that first bite?  Think of all your favorite parts of a brownie magically squeezed into a gluten free, butter free cookie.  Yes, no gluten or butter!  Oh, and one more thing.  Only one bowl!  These are so decadent and so delicious, you wouldn’t even guess that the flour and butter are missing.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

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Andes Mint Whoopie Pies

Andes Mint Whoopie PiesThick dark chocolate cakes sandwiched with the creamiest, made from scratch mint frosting ever.  And don’t forget the huge helping of Andes Mints! These Andes Mint Whoopie Pies will help you cool off during the heat wave.

Andes Mint Whoopie PiesI think my sweat glands hit a milestone today.  No lie, I changed my clothes like three times today, like a sweaty man.  I basically was sweating like a man with hyperhidrosis. It broke 50 C today, and in American speak, that’s pretty much 120 F.  My little Chevy rental said so and I’m sticking with it.  Summer is so strange here in Dubai.  The sunshine is so bright and beautiful, but the wind is so intense that there is always this dusty haze around.  It’s so dusty it looks like smog.  We haven’t had a major sandstorm yet, but from what I hear it’s a little scary.  Like Tom Cruise Mission Impossible scary.  On a lighter note, we told my son we were living in Tatooine.  He pretty much feels like a boss.  He can now tell his little friends that in his past life he had an address in Star Wars.

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Caramel Maltesers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel Maltesers Chocolate Chip CookiesMy favorite chocolate chip cookie kicked up a notch with a messy drizzle of gooey caramel and a generous helping of crushed Maltesers Candies.  You’re welcome.

Caramel Maltesers Chocolate Chip Cookies You know what’s super terrifying in Dubai?  Not the camels that have been known to bite fingers off, or spread MERS among happy and oblivious tourists.  It’s not even the 12 types of venomous snakes found here.  It’s the insanely dangerous drivers.

Here’s a scary fact:  Everyday an average of 2 people are killed on the roads here.  Everyday!

 When I first started driving here I literally had to pack extra pants from all the “Omigod, he’s coming into my lane and I have no where to swerve!” moments.  Don’t get me started on their roundabouts.  Please for the love of God, send some Dutch people over here to teach everyone how a roundabout works!

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Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines

Magic Cookie Bar MadeleinesLight and airy madeleines drenched in sweetened condensed milk, toasted coconut, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips.  These Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines will be your new favorite sinful treat!

Magic Cookie Bar Madeleines Hello everyone!  From the magical land of Dubai!  To say these past couple of months have been a crazy ride is a complete understatement.  Moving two small children across the world is pretty insane.  Most people would probably not recommend uprooting your whole family and move to the Middle East.  I say if you’re young and the opportunity to immerse your kids in an amazing multi-cultural city full of adventure, DO IT!!!

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Star Wars Tusken Raider Cookies

Star Wars Tusken Raider Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comStar Wars Tusken Raider Cookies made out of easy vanilla madeleine cookies and creamy peanut butter frosting.  Cute chocolate chip eyes and a chocolate mouth make these guys a little more adorable and a lot less menacing.

Star Wars Tusken Raider Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comBy far, my favorite Star Wars characters are those viscous creatures known as the Tatooine Sand People.  Some may call them creepy with their vacant eyes , weird ventilating mouth, and tubes protruding from their faces.  Not to mention their crazy battle cry.  You know, the one you heard when that jerk URoRRuR’R’R attacks Luke.  That wasn’t a typo.  That’s actually his name.  Lucas, you wonderful strange man you.

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Valentine’s Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies

Valentines Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comValentine’s Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies for your sweetheart!  Soft sugar cookies swirled with fluffy pink strawberry buttercream frosting and sprinkled with miniature heart sprinkles.  Let the swooning begin!

Valentines Strawberry Lofthouse Cookies - www.yummycrumble.comI don’t know about you guys, but every stinking time I go grocery shopping , those crazy puffy magical Lofthouse cookies mysteriously appear on the checkout belt.  Does anyone else have this problem?  I just smile at the cashier and say,

“Oops! My kids must have dropped them in the cart, but since you’ve already scanned them I guess I’ll keep ’em.  Darn.”

“But Ma’am, they’ve been opened and there are three cookies missing.”

“What?  That’s so strange.  My son can’t ever wait until we get home…”

“Ma’am, you have frosting on your forehead.”

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Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with pumpkin buttercream frosting and chopped buttery english toffee - www.yummycrumble.comMiniature whoopie pies stuffed with fluffy pumpkin butter cream frosting and dipped in buttery chocolate walnut English Toffee.  These Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are perfect this Thanksgiving!

If you’ve had a Whoopie Pie then you know two things.  They’re super yummy and they’re usually super huge.  Huge and yummy together are a recipe for something perfect, but Thanksgiving is coming and I need to leave room for Sweet Potato Casserole.  Like this and this.  Seriously, just forget the turkey.  Hand me a massive bowl and a wooden spoon and I’m a happy little pilgrim.

Chocolate Toffee Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with pumpkin buttercream frosting and chopped buttery english toffee - www.yummycrumble.comI wanted to make some Whoopie Pies that wouldn’t be overkill but  still a perfect little treat after the big feast.  I used a tiny cookie scoop for these to keep them “miniature” and they were the perfect size.  Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme and all that is pumpkin, I used my favorite pumpkin butter cream frosting.  The chopped buttery English toffee adds a little hint of indulgence.

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Vanilla Mummy Madeleines

Vanilla Mummy Madeleines with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Chip Eyes - www.yummycrumble.comSweet madeleines that have turned spooky!  A light buttery vanilla madeleine wrapped with vanilla buttercream frosting and two mini chocolate chips for eyes.  These simple and adorable Vanilla Mummy Madeleines are perfect for Halloween!

My son’s pre-school Halloween party is coming up next week and I’m excited about making a creepy dessert for his classmates.  Oliver (my little taste tester) has been sampling my Halloween treats all month.  His verdict is…everything has been “too spooky”.  As much as I love making little kids squeel and run away, Oliver has advised me to keep it cute.  I think these Vanilla Mummy Madeleines fit the bill.  They’re so adorable they surely won’t scare the kiddos away.  Not like these devils.  Or these guys.

Vanilla Mummy Madeleines with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Chip Eyes - www.yummycrumble.com

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Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comInfamous Magic Cookie Bars with a little twist.  Biscoff!  Buttery Biscoff cookie crust with Biscoff sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut.  I wouldn’t have my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars any other way!

Magic Cookie Bars are something I hold dear to my heart.  My mother made them nearly every week during the holiday season.  So you can say it’s one of my favorite sweets.  Each bite brings me back to Southern California, where the December weather is cool, and Amy Grant’s Christmas album is on repeat.  It’s about a week before Christmas and butterflys are fluttering in my little 6 year old tummy because Christmas morning is nearly here!  I still get that way weeks before the big day.  I’m 31.

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comOne of the reasons I love Magic Cookie Bars is they’re classic and vintage.  I adore vintage things.  In the photo below, the layers are a little different.  In my Biscoff Magic Cookie Bars the layers are as follows: Crust, condensed milk, chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut.  Does it really matter?  I’m not sure, but if there are some Magic Cookie Bar enthusiasts out there who would disagree, I implore you to make mine and then decide.

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White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars

White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars Drizzled with White chocolate www.yummycrumble.comChewy White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie bars topped with crunchy coconut, sliced almonds, and drizzled with melted white chocolate.

I’m still on a pineapple high.  From these amazing cupcakes I posted about a couple of days ago.  I’m still longing for them as I type.  When I sought out to make the Pineapple Dole Whip Cupcakes, I bought A LOT of crushed pineapple.  I pretty much cleaned the super market out.  I was worried I wouldn’t have enough in case I botched the first round.  Oh, but I didn’t.  They turned out perfectly delicious.  So here I am with leftover cans of crushed pineapple itching to be put into another yummy dessert.  I was thinking blondies, (which I still might make with pineapple for another post) but I wanted something chewy and dense.  I was also thinking coconut.  Coconut needs to be with pineapple.  They complete each other.  The almonds just weaseled their way in.

The combination was a winner.

White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars Drizzled with White chocolateWhite Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars Drizzled with White chocolate www.yummycrumble.comThey were so delicious I ended up eating some for breakfast.  I don’t know if it was the crunchy almonds or coconut, but it tasted perfect with my morning coffee and thus my guilt was gone.  The sweet and tart pineapple is baked right into the cookie bar base so you get these bursts of pineapple flavor with each bite.  I sprinkled the almonds and coconut on top right before baking.  The finished result was a crunchy, golden, buttery top layer.

White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars
 
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Serves: 48 bars
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple drained.
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  3. Microwave the butter until melted. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  5. In your electric mixer on medium speed with a paddle attachment, beat the melted butter and sugar until smooth.
  6. Next beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  7. On low, blend in the flour mixture.
  8. Fold in the crushed pineapple (drained really well) and white chocolate chips.
  9. Pour batter into greased dish and sprinkle coconut flakes and almonds on top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Cool until set and drizzle melted white chocolate on top.

White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars Drizzled with White chocolate www.yummycrumble.com

White Chocolate Pineapple Coconut Cookie Bars Drizzled with White chocolate www.yummycrumble.com

If you want death by pineapple:

pineapple dole whip cupcakes filled with fresh Pineapple curd and topped with pineapple buttercream frostingPineapple Dole Whip Cupcakes