I’ve been making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies since 1987. This is the first year, however, I’ve made a gluten free version! I’m so happy that it worked out, because these cookies have become part of our family’s holiday traditions. I invented the original recipe based on a cookie purchased at Smith’s grocery store. (I don’t even know if the store still exists!) The original cookie was a pumpkin “cake” cookie with the chocolate chips.

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Tuesday was MIL’s birthday! We took her out to dinner (she loves to eat out) and we gave her this as a gift. No, it’s not just a box. It contains an assortment of amazing raw chocolate confections! Here is what is hiding under the two big ones. Don’t those look luscious! DH and I made these, from scratch, over several days as a special treat for his Mom for her birthday.

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Traditional Black Forest Cake is made in layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. While this version certainly isn’t traditional, it does pay tribute to the basic concept. It also contains much healthier ingredients. Equipment juicer food processor brownie mold Recipe Name: Raw Black Forest Cake Bites Recipe Type: Dessert Cuisine: VG, RW, GF Author: ScrapDeli.com Prep time: 15 mins Total time: 15 mins Yields: 20 cake bites Ingredients:

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I’m working on raw treats right now! In particular, I’m looking at various cake ideas. I found a recipe for Humming Bird Cake on the internet. Although my version deviated from the original, it’s still based in the tropical flavors, and it’s really yummy! It uses the same concepts as my Raw Carrot Cake, the mix is made, then it’s pressed into a mold to make “squares”. I used my favorite mold for this type of treat, the Wilton silicone brownie mold.

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Last Saturday, DH had his first raw chocolate adventure. He made this: I call it Raw Chocolate Bliss, because when I eat it, it makes me feel so HAPPY! It is a combination of raw cacao paste, raw cacao butter, vanilla powder, pure maple syrup, coconut nectar, walnuts and hemp seeds. Many commercial chocolates give me a residual head ache. They also make me feel over-caffinated. Raw chocolate doesn’t have this effect, and it’s actually healthy!

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Our Thanksgiving dinner included a yummy Cranberry-Apple Pie for dessert. This was fairly easy to make, starting with a frozen pie shell. You could purchase a commercial GF or wheat pie crust at your favorite market, or use one that you’ve made ahead. In any case, the pie crust should be thawed but cold before starting. The vegan butter we use most often is Earth Balance. Here’s the recipe:

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. A while back, I got this cookie cutter. It’s the Fred and Friends Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutter/Stamps, and it’s under 7 bucks on Amazon! F&F has all kinds of fun and funny gadgets that will make you smile, some for the kitchen, some for entertaining, and many for around the house. I knew I wanted to make a chocolate pumpkin cookie dough for these.

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Note: Starting today, I’m trying out a new recipe format. I hope that you find this new method useful. It should allow you to use various programs and apps, such as Paprika, to capture the recipes without having to cut and paste. Let me know on the ScrapDeli Facebook page if you like it, or would prefer the old method!_   Pumpkin combined with a bit of chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

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You don’t have to make just savory tamales… You can also make sweet, dessert versions! The masa can be corn, chick pea, or whatever else you can dream up and stuffed with all kinds of fresh or dried fruits and nuts. When I was in Santa Fe during Christmas Week one year, someone told me about their particular family’s tradition of adding some brown sugar and cinnamon to the corn masa and stuffing them with a mixture of Granny Smith apples, raisins, butter and more brown sugar.

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On Tuesday, MIL came over for dinner. She is a dessert-a-holic, so I always try to make something special for after the meal when she is here. On the other hand, dinner was running late due to unforeseen circumstances, so I didn’t have time to make this as an ice cream. Instead I simplified the recipe, and turned the concept into a milk shake! Happily for everyone, it turned out great!

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