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Cardamom Shortbread with Grand Marnier buttercream

Cardamom Shortbread cookies with Grand Marnier Buttercream

Cardamom Shortbread cookies with Grand Marnier Buttercream


This week was my sister-in-laws annual cookie exchange. Usually I’m all over Christmas baking, but this year I’ve been really busy and haven’t had a chance to really think about it. Luckily I have an amazing mom who really likes to bake and was able to help me out for the cookie exchange. Aren’t moms awesome? Even though the cookies were baked for the exchange, I really thought I should do at least a little bit of my own baking, as well. It always helps me to get into the Christmas spirit. And with Christmas only two weeks away (eek!) I could use all the help I could get. I wanted to make something easy and quick and of course, delicious, so I thought I would make my grandma’s shortbread cookie recipe. You really can’t get more Christmassy (that’s a word, right?) than shortbread cookies. Of course, it wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t put my own spin on it, though. So here we go… Continue reading

Quinoa Oatmeal Cookies

Last week I decided I was going to make some cookies. I don’t make cookies very often, unless it’s Christmas. Mostly, because I would devour all of them in a couple of days. The rest of the family would be lucky to get one or two. I have no will power with such things. In fact, my kids are so deprived of fresh baked cookies that it wouldn’t really matter what I snuck into them, they would happily eat them anyway, just so happy that I finally made some cookies. These cookies, however, my son prefers to a granola bar in his lunch box any day of the week. And aside from the butter and maple syrup, these cookies have a lot going for them, nutritionally speaking. Even the butter and maple syrup isn’t a lot given how many cookies the recipe makes (80). In an effort to save myself from myself, I store them in the freezer and then just pull a few out when I need to. I hope you enjoy them!Quinoa oatmeal cookies

2/3 Cup Water

1/3 Cup Quinoa

1 Cup butter, softened

3/4 Cup Maple Syrup

2 Large eggs

1 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract

2 Cups Whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Baking soda

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Salt

1 1/4 Cups Rolled oats

1 Cup Flaked unsweetened coconut

2/3 Cup Pumpkin seeds

1/3 Cup Chia seeds


In a small saucepan, bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit, covered for another 5 minutes. Then allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease).

Cream the butter with the maple syrup in a large bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add in the oats, coconut, cooked quinoa, pumpkin and chia seeds. Mix well. Add to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place a couple of inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned.


Shortbread Cookies


This recipe for shortbread cookies was handed down to me from my Grandma. They are incredibly quick and easy to make and they’re absolutely delicious. Enjoy!


2 Cups of Butter,Softened

1 Cup Icing Sugar

3 1/2   Cups Flour

1 Tsp Vanilla

Mix together until completely combined. Drop into 1″ balls on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly golden on the bottom. This recipe makes 60 delicious cookies!

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