Salted Ginger Molasses Cookies

yield 40 cookies

It is officially winter and we have snow to prove it! Yesterday, my mom, nana, and I spent the majority of the day baking Christmas cookies and I decided to do a little spin on the gingerbread we traditionally make. Soft ginger cookies are some of my favorites but I always want them to be 1) spicier or 2) saltier. Voila! Here is just that combo. These cookies are super tasty and reminiscent of all the holiday feels. They are chewy with a crunchy outer edge. The best part, though, are the candied ginger surprises that will stick a little bit in your teeth.

I don’t have much else to say about these tasty treats, but you should try to incorporate them into your holiday cheer because they are sure to be a hit.

Honestly, it doesn’t feel much like Christmas at the moment, but I’m hoping as I consume more of these cookies, the feeling of Christmas will magically fall upon me.

Let’s get cheery!

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TBY’S Favorite Winter Recipes

I was born and raised a child of the snow. Being a capricorn, living in a mountain town, and being taught to ski as a three year old set me up for an infatuation with snow. The first flakes fell just over of a month ago, so I’ve been eagerly wanting to post this roundup. This winter is weird, because I’m living in a valley where leaves are still falling off the trees and turning colors (no complaining there!), whilst the mountains are lightly dusted with the beautiful white stuff. A bit of a confusing situation, but I guess it’s not technically winter, so I’ll give Mother Nature a break.

I’m not sure if winter is my favorite time of year, because I love to watch all of the seasons meld into one another. Trees turning into skeletons then getting blanketed in puffs of snow is an utterly fascinating sight to watch. But so is snow melting and being slurped up by the ground, then turning into the lifeblood for stunning cherry blossoms in the spring. Seasons are great, you guys. To me, they are the breaths of Earth, reminding us that change is the only constant. I think that’s lovely and amazing and enchanting.

I would like to accompany this breath of Mother Nature with five of my favorite wintertime recipes. They will warm the soul and get you out playing in the snow (or whatever the biome you live in has to offer). There’s sweet, there’s savory, spiced, and more! So read on and get making some of my faves!

If you make any of the following (or any!) recipes take a pic and tag #thebakingyogini or @thebakingyogini on Instagram!

  1. Chai Rooibos Almond Cookies

The cookies are a little bit spiced by the chai, but the almond extract adds a earthy, sweet overtone. They are buttery and a bit like shortbread. You can keep the rolled dough in the freezer and cut off as many cookies as you want to bake in one day, or bake them all for a bunch of people to enjoy!

2. Sweet Potato & Yellow Pepper Soup

gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free

This soup made my grandma tell me I am becoming a real woman because knowing how to cook is what a young woman should know how do do(!). Although I don’t agree with women being expected to be domestic homemakers, I know the compliment came straight from her beautiful heart. If it has her approval, it must be tasty! Don’t skimp on the toasted pepitas on top because they make the soup.

3. Spritz Waffles

Spritz, or Spritzgebäck, is a pastry that originated in Germany (I thought Sweden before reading the Wiki page). They are basically sugar cookies with almond extract. They dough is supposed to be pushed out of a pastry bag, and they are traditionally shaped into the letter “S”. Although these waffles are not squirted out of anything (ew), they taste a whole lot like the cookie!

4. Cracked Wheat Rosemary Bread

vegan, refined sugar free

This is my favorite yeast bread recipe on my blog. The perfect combo of crunchy outside and chewy, soft, flavorful inside. Dip in olive oil or coat with butter and you’ve got yourself a hard-to-stop-eating match.

5. Pumpkin Ginger Mug

gluten free, vegan

This mug of love is just that: love on a cold winter’s day. It is not cloyingly sweet and has a bit of a ginger spice. Add a shot of espresso (or two!) if you need an extra kick.

Spirited Pumpkin Pie

makes one 9″ pie

I’m approaching my first college finals week (!!!) and wish this pie was still at my fingertips. That being said, it can and should be part of your holidays.If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that when the holidays come around, I put bourbon in a multitude of baked goods. Holidays are time for joy and cheer so a splash of liquor can make everything a bit richer and merrier!

Before I made this pie for Thanksgiving dessert, I’d never made a pumpkin pie before. I took the reins on this lil buddy and, hot daaaamn, it worked. It was also the first pumpkin pie my grandpa ever ate. He had literally never tasted pumpkin pie, and is one of the absolute pickiest eater I’ve ever witnessed. That was my biggest Thanksgiving accomplishment.

I hope some of you make this pie because it’s not your average pumpkin pie and the candied pecans on top add a lovely crunch. If you do make it, take a photo and tag #thebakingyogini or @thebakingyogini on Instagram.

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Thoughts on Consumption

We all know the paradox: Black Friday, aka the epitome of American consumption, comes right after (and even during!) the day we set aside for being thankful for all that we have. There are loads of articles floating around about his subject, but I felt the urge to give my own say. My family has never been keen on Black Friday sales. Usually, we spend our time outside skiing. However, my grandparents love to go to the mall to score some deals on Black Friday. This year, I have vowed not to shop on Black Friday. I will not buy one item today (unless it’s coffee from a local coffee shop!).

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Quinoa Harvest Skillet w/ Toasted Pepita Pesto

serves 2-4

I’m listening to Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus as I type and it’s making me itch for Halloween. If you don’t understand the reference, watch Silence of the Lambs ASAP and you’ll understand the greatness. I. Can’t. Wait. I still have no clue what I’m going to dress as for the holiday, but I’m hoping some brilliant idea will pop into my head any second now.

This harvest skillet is pretty Halloween-y and SO tasty, healthy, and satisfying. I was gifted a Nutribullet the other day and playing with it has been so fun. The thing can mutilate most anything. I think I like it even more than my parents’ Vitamix! Making the pesto in it was a breeze.  I’m pretty stoked to have it because this means I can make smoothies, hummus, juice, etc., etc. in my dorm room. Now, THAT is something to be ecstatic about. No more store bought hummus and many more kale smoothies for this college kid.

Another thing I’m excited about: the cooler weather. All the leaves are drifting away while some are still vibrant and there’s finally a chill in the air. Autumn now feels like it’s really here and I’m welcoming it wholeheartedly. You should too, and make this skillet for an easy dinner!

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Portobello Thyme Hummus

It’s getting close(ish) to Halloween and that means it’s vampire season! This hummus is to ward those crazy beings off because it is super garlicky. Actually, I’ve never been into vampires but when garlic season comes around, it’s hard not to think of them. The garlic I used for this recipe is from the local farmer’s market. It is striped with beautiful streaks of purple and looks like no garlic I’ve ever seen in a supermarket.

This hummus is garlicky, but that flavor is roasted garlic, not spicy, gnarly, raw garlic. It’s complemented by the earthy mushrooms and thyme and is a great autumn hummus recipe.
We are only 16 days away from Halloween and I have NO clue what I’m going to be. I always have great costume ambitions, but those intentions rarely manifest themselves when the day comes. If you have any ideas, share you thoughts in the comments, I can use some help!

Remember to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest AND if you make a recipe tag #thebakingyogini or @thebakingyogini. Also, here’s what I’m listening to today.

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Pumpkin Spice Bites

makes 20 bites

Happy October! I have never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I bet that these date bites are a helluva lot better than one.

It’s that time of year again when everyone is making everything with pumpkin and I love it. Squashes are one of my favorite foods to cook with because of their versatility. They can be sweet or savory, they’re filling, and they’re so adorable. I mean, what vegetable is cuter than a lil baby pumpkin?!
To go along with this pumpkin theme, of course I had to make something that tastes like the iconic pumpkin spice. These bites really and truly taste like pumpkin pie AND they don’t have all the sugar that pumpkin pie has to offer. They can be your healthy midday snack and you’ll feel like you’ve eaten a piece of pie. You’ll feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside and you’ll be so happy you made ‘em.

On another note, I’m pretty sure my hometown is experiencing the ugliest fall on record. The aspen trees have a fungus that makes the leaves die without turning colors. Why oh why does this have to happen?! Bright leaves are what I live for this time of year. Next year, maybe?

Also, this song has taken me over. Thanks, This American Life.

Happy Saturday! Let’s make some faux pumpkin pie!

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On Paying Attention

*This is not a recipe post, but a life/thought post with scattered photos of the process of making a concord grape pie. The recipe is not really a recipe, but a bunch of recipes and ideas thrown together. I didn’t write it down, so I can’t share it with you but feast your eyes on the photos and I will post a few links upon which we based the recipe!*

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Favorite Autumn Recipes

Today marks the first day of autumn, yet the trees aren’t yet changing where I am. The air has begun to cool just a bit so I know colorful autumn is right around the corner. Today is the equinox, so technically speaking, fall is upon us. I am an all-seasons embracer, but fall is the most nostalgic for me. It is a time where we can set free and let go of whatever we feel is necessary in life. It’s a cathartic season. Colors change, leaves fall off of trees, the days start to get much shorter, and it reminds us to let go of what no longer serves us. Life starts to slow down a bit and I think it’s a time for reflection.  To get ready for a winter where things tend to remain a bit more constant.

Lots of things are changing in my life right now and staying in the present is difficult. Times like right now are when I really allow myself to appreciate and wholeheartedly embrace the practice of yoga. Letting go of ego and distractions is one of the most beautiful things we can do each and every day. All we have to do is take some deep breaths.

I urge you to stick with this mantra for today: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you”. Although this is one of the hardest things to get out minds to do, it is one of the most important things to let ourselves do.

Be present. Be grateful. And keep and open heat. With that, I want to share with y’all my favorite autumn-time recipes! If you make any of ‘em, tag me @thebakingyogini or #thebakingyogini on Instagram. I’d love to see if you guys make my recipes!

Let’s take a deep breath and get cooking!

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