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Easter Egg Cookies

Happy Spring!

It’s officially here, and with it comes blossoms, chicks and eggs, all the traditional signs of new growth and a fresh start.

I’m just grateful I don’t have to walk to my Monday morning classes in the dark anymore.

easter egg cookies

I celebrated the coming of spring by getting a pedicure and making these Easter Egg Cookies. This isn’t the first time I’ve made them–I tried this idea for the first time last year, and it got quite the response on Instagram, but I never actually wrote it up in a blog post.

The idea of this cookie is that you basically take your favourite cookie dough and you wrap it around an easter egg and then you bake it. So when the person eating the cookie breaks it open, they get this ooey, gooey surprise inside. It’s like the literal version of a video game easter egg. It’s about 400 kinds of awesome.

cadbury's easter eggs

You can really do any combination of cookies and eggs here, so feel free to experiment:

I mean, come on!

It’s the best of the best.

Easter Egg Cookies:

  1. Make your favorite cookie dough. I used this chocolate chip cookie recipe. Make sure your dough is soft and pliable, not just just out of the fridge.
  2. Peel the foil off of your easter eggs. Make sure to buy the small ones!
  3. Take a scoop of cookie dough and place it in your hand. Tamp it down to make a roundish, flat pancake about half an inch thick.
  4. Place the peeled egg on top of the cookie dough, and then form the dough around it until its entirely enveloped in cookie dough.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and repeat.
  6. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to harden.
  7. Bake for 9-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
  8. Eat while still warm!

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten-free baking is the most challenging part of being gluten-free. It’s the gluten in flour that makes baked goods delicious–and it holds things together, helps them to rise, and creates that chewy texture in bread.

You can’t just take a regular recipe and swap out the flour cup-for-cup with say, rice flour. Your final result will be dry and chaulky. So, to create a gluten-free flour, you need a complex mix of gluten-free flours, including rice flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat, corn flour, sourgum, quinoa flour, arrowroot, cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca and many, many more.

gluten-free chocolate cupcakes.jpg

Except for this recipe.

I got it from Chef Craig Sherer, who is the Sous Chef at Italian Kitchen. He made this at The Wellness Show in February as part of a cooking demo, but I’m just getting around to sharing it with you now.

This is a dead simple recipe, and it involves quinoa. Not quinoa flour, but actual quinoa.

There are two ways to make quinoa. The first is similar to how you make rice: you put a certain proportion of quinoa to a certain proportion of water in your pan, and cook it down until all the water is absorbed. The second way of cooking quinoa is like pasta. You put too much water in the pan, and cook the quinoa in it, and then drain the quinoa in a sieve. You’ll want to use the latter method for this recipe, making sure the quinoa is well cooked and soft. Oh–this recipe also requires a good blender.

You can make this as a cake in a regular cake pan, or as cupcakes, as I’ve done here. Easter is coming, and I thought it might be fun to make some Easter-themed birdsnest cupcakes.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 c cooked quinoa
  • 1 c agave syrup
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 c oil (you could use canola, coconut, or flax)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp  baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1c good quality cocoa powder

Method:

  1. Cook the quinoa well in boiling water, then drain well. Add the quinoa to the bowl of your blender and blitz well.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz thoroughly until all combined and smooth.
  3. Spoon into lined cupcake pans, or into a parchment-lined cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out holding just a few crumbs.
  4. Ice or decorate as you wish. Here, I’ve made a buttercream icing and decorated the cupcakes with little candy Easter eggs.

If you don’t want to make your own, find a list of the gluten-free bakeries in Vancouver here.