Guy’s Cuisine: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies


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Rain, rain, go away!  Alabama has had way too much rain today!  And if the kids are stuck at home because school was cancelled or the roads around you were washed out, why not do something fun today, baking!  I wanted to do a cookie with a lot of chocolate!  And since mostly everyone I know loves chocolate, I made a cookie with a chocolate batter and chocolate chips!  Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the butter, shortening, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs together.

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2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.  Stir dry ingredients into wet mixture until well blended.

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3. Add in chocolate chips, and mix well!

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4. Drop tablespoons of cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for around 10 minutes.

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5. Let cool on cookie rack, and enjoy!

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There you go, you and your family will enjoy these cookies!  Grab some cookies and a glass of cold milk and enjoy!

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Guy’s Cuisine: Chocolate Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes


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With Easter around the corner, I wanted to do a recipe that would celebrate Easter and eggs.  And who does not love those Cadbury Creme Eggs!  I made something that would satisfy any sweet tooth, here’s what you need.

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Cadbury Creme Eggs

For the frosting, you will need

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and butter.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in another bowl.  Then combine all ingredients together in one bowl and mix well!

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2. After mixing ingredients well.  Pour batter into each muffin cup.  Do not fill all the way to the top as the muffins will rise!

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3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes.  After baking is done, check middle with a toothpick to make sure it’s done.

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4. Let cupcakes cool completely; then combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, softened butter, and milk in a bowl and mix well.  Top each cooled cupcake with frosting!

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5. Take the six Cadbury Creme Eggs out of the freezer.  Place the eggs in the freezer a couple of hours before you need them so they can harden.  Cut each egg in half so you have two egg halves.

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6. Place each egg half on top of each cupcake.  Place cupcakes in fridge to let firm.

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That’s it, enjoy this Easter treat, these were good!

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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Introducing Gluten Free Banana Flour


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings!  This post will take place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from KickstarterIndiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

WEDO (‘We Do’) Gluten Free, is proud to introduce a revolutionary product that will change the way people eat. The superior gluten alternative, “banana flour”, is all natural and free of bleaching, processing and preservatives. WEDO now has 30 days to raise $30k on Kickstarter, an online funding platform, which will help WEDO place its first large scale order allowing them to expand into major grocery stores chains, restaurants and bakeries.

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It all started four years ago when co-creator David Wintzer was helping a group of Kenyan women, Women Entrepreneurs Development Organization (WEDO) with small micro-loans.  A small factory making banana flour there caught David’s eye and when he returned to the U.S. he partnered with a friend, now co-creator, Todd Francis.  Wintzer and Francis invested their own time and money into the Kenyan factory and the dream was born.  A year into the project they hit a cross roads with the Kenyan operating team due to some dishonest business practices.  WEDO decided to cut their losses and leave Kenya in search of an established, more rounded supplier.  The team spent over a year traveling to India, Philippines, Ecuador, Peru and beyond trying to track down the perfect fit for WEDO Gluten Free and the vision they had for banana flour in the U.S.

So why banana flour?  Banana flour is a fresh, flavorless, healthy alternative to wheat flour and other gluten free flours in the market.  It’s the first and only of its kind and is packed with potassium, natural vitamins and minerals and it’s one of the only foods containing resistant starches (RS2).  Recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show, RS2 is good for sweeping the colon clean, scrubbing the gut, digestion and more.  Banana flour brings a unique twist to your home and everyday lifestyle.   It can be used as a direct wheat substitute or it can be the main component in your gluten free recipes.   Banana flour is great way to add fiber, potassium, and resistant starch to your everyday smoothies and workout shakes. 

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They use unripe green bananas so the sugar content hasn’t fully developed leaving the flour virtually flavorless and a light, fluffy texture.  Banana flour has become a way for their team to connect with farmers, manufactures and families in these developing countries.  Giving these suppliers an alternative use to their wasted crops and giving back to something bigger than the team and the business itself.  After three years, WEDO just received its first shipment from South America (family operated and owned business) and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 in 30 days.  They need your backing today to pay for production, shipping, packaging, and delivery of their first large scale shipment to bring the product to you and to meet the demand of the growing gluten free market.

As of February 6th, this project has raised around $16,604 of their $30,000 goal.   This project only has 20 days left to raise the $30,000 or they will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get 1lb of WEDO banana flour + WEDO tote bag.  For a pledge of $70, you will get 5 containers (1lb each) of WEDO banana flour + WEDO tote bag (reusable grocery bag) and cooking spatula with their logo for all your gluten free shopping and baking needs.  You can also develop a recipe (upon our approval) that will be featured on their website forever.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/177413598/introducing-gluten-free-banana-flour-to-the-united

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Guy’s Cuisine: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


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Here is another Christmas cookie recipe you could do.  Everyone should love chocolate!  Chocolate is a Christmas favorite and if you love chocolate, you will love this cookie recipe.  This chocolate cookie is covered in powdered sugar for that extra sweet touch!  Here’s what you need.

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar.

1. In a bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, and oil.  Then add in one egg in a time and mix well!

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2. Combine flour, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda and mix well!  Then place dough in freezer for one hour.

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3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with wax paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll dough into one inch balls, then coat each ball with confectioners sugar.  Then place onto cookie sheet.

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4. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let baked cookies stand on cookie sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

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Yum!  Enjoy eating these chocolate rich cookies.  I liked sugar-coating these cookies because it looks like snow, something you expect for Christmas!

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Guy’s Cuisine: Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins


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We are in the middle of Fall, and Halloween is just around the corner!  So I wanted to make something that would be a big hit for the Fall season.  And you know what, I think I just created something that is moist and very tasty!  Before I document the recipe, congratulations to the Red Sox for winning the 2013 World Series!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin (2 cans)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cocoa powder

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add sugar and oil and mix together.

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2.  Add canned pumpkin and vanilla extract and mix together.

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3.  Add eggs, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and mix together.

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4.  Add cocoa powder and mix together.

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5.  Add the flour to the mixture and mix everything together well!

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6.  Pour mixture into muffin tins and fill all the way to the top.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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After baking, check the middle with a toothpick to make sure they are baked.  Let cool completely before eating!

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After cooling, you will enjoy these muffins!  They were very moist and yummy!

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