Lime Cookies with Grape Frosting + Giveaway

Zesty cookies topped with a light grape frosting

Lime Cookies

What’s your opinion on end pieces? Should they be eaten, thrown away, used as a freshness protector?

Lime Cookies

I hate to waste anything, so I’m on the eaten/use as freshness protector side. – But – I also have one sorta picky eater – who will only eat the freshest/best items. He’ll deny it – but I know it’s true.

Lime Cookies

I usually sacrifice and eat the end piece, but that’s not good for taste testing purposes. The end piece is typically the driest piece and the least flavorful.

I found a solution though – by splitting it between all the taste testers.

Lime Cookies

Well, these cookies don’t have that problem – each one is delicious! These are the cousin to the Lemon Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Buttercream Frosting. A smaller citrus cookie with a dollop of frosting is this girl’s best friend ;) Although the grape flavor is subtle, it reminds me of a slushy I used to make in the summer – grape juice with lime zest.

Lime Cookies

Other things I love are giveaways (although I hardly ever win) and birthdays (although I keep mine a secret.)

The beautiful and talented Samantha of Five Heart Home is celebrating her 2nd Blogiversary today! Let’s all celebrate with her by eating lots of these cookies and entering to win a $400 Amazon gift card (enter below!)

Five Heart Home 2nd Blogiversary

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Baking a Moment ~ Carmel Moments ~ Cooking with Curls ~ Cupcake Diaries
Delightful E Made ~ Diary of a Recipe Collector ~ Five Heart Home ~ Flamingo Toes
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Joyful Healthy Eats ~ Julies Eats & Treats ~ Just a Girl and Her Blog ~ Kleinworth & Co.
Life Made Sweeter ~ Like Mother Like Daughter ~ Little Miss Celebration
Living Better Together ~ Maison de Pax ~ Mandy’s Recipe Box ~ Pint Sized Baker
Play Party Pin ~ Tastes of Lizzy T ~ The Emotional Baker
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Oh – & last, but not least – the recipe ;)

Lime Cookies with Grape Frosting
 
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Serves: 36

Ingredients
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Zest of 2 limes, divided
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 tbsp grape juice

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, combine oil, brown sugar and sugar with fork. Once combined, add in lime juice.
  3. In measuring cup, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold into liquid mixture. Once combined, fold in half of lime zest.
  4. Form dough into 36 equal balls. Flatten.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes.
  6. Prepare frosting. Beat shortening. Add in powdered sugar. Beat until small pellets are formed. Add grape juice and beat until fluffy. Spread on cookies and sprinkle with extra lime zest.

Banana Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Spoil your pup with these delicious pupcakes

Pupcakes

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Mine was filled with baking, kitty cats, and walks with Winston.

Pupcakes

For Winston’s birthday, I made pupcakes to celebrate. These are totally human friendly, too ;) I may or may not have had more than Winston – whoops! (I had mine without frosting.) Next time you want to make a treat for your pup, consider these! Cut them in half or quarters so it’s easier for your dog to eat.

Pupcakes

Banana Peanut Butter Pupcakes
 
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Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • ½ banana
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. Mash bananas in large bowl. Mix in sugar and peanut butter. Once combined, add flour, salt and baking soda. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. While cupcakes are cooling, make frosting. Mash half a banana with a third cup of peanut butter. Add more peanut butter if necessary to make a thicker “frosting.” Spread frosting onto cupcakes.

 

Lemon Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Buttercream Frosting

Citrus cookies filled with strawberry lemon frosting

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

I’m the quietest chick you’ll ever meet. & believe me when I say, it’s not a bad thing.

I’ve heard my whole life, “you’re so quiet!” Well, so what if I am? I wasn’t blessed with the gene of having something to say or knowing what to say.

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Sure, maybe it’s held me back in certain situations, but I’m sure it’s helped me in more ways than I’ll ever know.

Each person is different and you just have to accept that. So, all you quiet people out there, let’s silently unite and eat lots of these cookies ;)

These were developed for my mom’s Mother’s Day treat. I didn’t’ want to make cake or cupcakes because we were having a heavy dinner. So, I opted for these Sandwich Cookies and made use of my mom’s strawberry request. I originally thought just lemon, but what fun would that be?

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Sandwich Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Buttercream Frosting
 
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Serves: 18

Ingredients
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 strawberry

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In large bowl, combine oil, brown sugar and sugar with fork. Once combined, add in lemon juice.
  3. In measuring cup, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold into liquid mixture. Once combined, fold in lemon zest.
  4. Form dough into 36 equal balls. Flatten.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes.
  6. Prepare frosting. Beat shortening. Add in powdered sugar. Beat until small pellets are formed. Add lemon juice and beat until fluffy. Smash strawberry with fingers and fold into frosting. Spread frosting between two cookies.

 

The Very Best Vegan Banana Bread

A moist and delicious bread filled with banana flavor 

Banana Bread

Today is a big day. It’s Winston’s 10th birthday! Last year I celebrated with Baked Key Lime Donuts and nine special facts about him.

This year I’m back with 10 new facts!

Winston at the beach

1. He’s quite the walker and averages about 5 miles per day. It’s always so exciting to smell all the smells and check up on the neighborhood.

2. While he’s walking, he does some inappropriate things – like eat trash, wood, pinecones – & pull me like mad to get to them.

3. He also makes lots of friends. He’s on a first name basis with many of our human neighbors.

Banana Bread

4. Even the mailman is his best friend. Every time Winston sees a mail truck, he goes berserk! He pulls and barks. All to get a cookie. The mailman has him spoiled!

5. Dogs, on the other hand, are a different story. We know all the dogs in the neighborhood, but for some reason Winston doesn’t get along with them. He’ll bark at them, but then if they get close to each other, he’ll just stand there and the other dog will jump on him (& sometimes bite him!) How crazy is that?

Winnie Cake

6. Cyclists and runners are also on his avoid list. Whenever he sees one, he goes crazy! I always have to be on the lookout for them, so I’ll be prepared and hold on tight.

7. When it comes to his indoor duties, he’s highly concerned with the food situation. He’s always on high alert for any food that’s been left unattended. Leave a batch of cookies to cool on the counter – & you can guarantee you’ll come back and find quite a few missing.

8. He shares quarters with two cats (& maybe more soon ?!?!?) He has quite different relationships with the two. When Punk’n has his after dinner snack, Winston will bark to get Punk out of the way. There’s no way a cat’s gonna have a snack – if anybody’s going to have a snack, it’s going to be Winston!

Winston Snow

9. With Smokey though, Winston cowers and lets Smokey eat his food. Winston gets pay back anytime Smokey goes off and leaves his food.

10. He’s the ultimate peanut butter jar cleaner. You never have to worry about not recycling something because you can’t get it cleaned. He’s determined to get it free of leftover PB!

In total, Winston’s my main man, best friend, ultimate companion and pal – & most important, head taste tester. I love you, Winston! Thanks for standing my freak outs both in and outside the kitchen!

Banana Bread

To celebrate, I’m sharing a basic banana bread. I rarely make banana bread because I can’t get it to bake all the way through. A little patience saved this loaf (as compared to the first!) When you want a classic banana bread without eggs and dairy, this is the perfect solution!

The Very Best Vegan Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Mash bananas in large bowl. Mix in canola oil and sugar.
  3. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Fold into liquid mixture.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes, cover with aluminum foil and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then transfer to wire rack to complete cooling.

 

{Easy} Granola Cookies

An easy cookie filled with banana, granola, oats and chocolate chips 

Granola Cookies

This week marks one year since I sustained a stress fracture to my inferior pubic ramus. It’s been a challenge both mentally and physically. The first three months, I tried to deny that it happened. I tried to run. & when I finally realized I couldn’t, I resorted to walking – even though it hurt. I walked too much and too fast.

Every month or so I’d try to run again. I thought maybe KT Tape would help, or compression shorts, or new shoes, but nothing did the trick.

I finally decided to go see a doctor. Once, I finally got my diagnosis, the doctor (erroneously) told me I could run again and referred me to a running specialist. For the next month, I ran every Saturday, even though it hurt.

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I got the news – no running. That’s when it all began to sink in. There was no way this thing could heal if I kept pounding on it and undoing the work my body was doing to try to lay down new bone matrix.

Granola Cookies

It’s been hard, but I consciously made myself walk slower and not overdo it. At the beginning of March, I started a run/walk program, as prescribed by the doc. I’m surprised by how well I’ve been listening to my body. For instance, instead of just increasing from 2:1 to 3:1, I pay attention to if I have any pain before, during or after. I’m not the best listener, sometimes I hear it, but just go on, but believe me – it’s a lot better than the old me. It may take me a whole year to get back to running normally, but I’ll take this progress for now.

So, this stess fracture happened primarily because I was overdoing it. Running every day – many days long and fast. What I’ve learned from this experience is, easy is just fine, just like these cookies. You don’t need a real extravagant treat or a long run to be happy. Not everything has to be hard and it’s ok to take breaks. This keeps you from getting burned out in the kitchen or the road. & your body will thank you for it, too.

For these cookies, all you need is overripe bananas, granola, oats and chocolate chips, if desired. Next time you need a treat, but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen – bake a batch of these bad boys and take it easy ;)

Granola Cookies

{Easy} Granola Cookies
 
Author:
Serves: 15

Ingredients
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 2 cups granola
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips, optional

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or grease.
  2. Mash bananas, mix in granola and rolled oats.
  3. Drop by tablespoons onto lined/greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool.