GF Hot Chocolate Pie

15622123_591421544401807_2452935557378638982_nI’ve been trying lately to post more savory recipes and things that I actually eat, but sometimes you’ve got to treat yourself. And although I made this for a market, and I don’t typically share recipes that I sell, I decided to make an exception since I won’t be making them for another year.

It is winter after all, and hot chocolate cravings are real. On cold, icy, rainy or snowy days I want something hot to drink (usually I am a hot tea or coffee girl. But sometimes you feel a little nostalgic. You want to feel like that child version of yourself. The one who loved winter. Especially snow days. And who would try to be out there sledding even with the tiniest bit of snow. Who loved a good snow ball fight or to build snowmen or forts. Who enjoyed the thrill flying down a hill (usually slightly out of control) at top speed, seeing how far you can go. Laughing and smiling effortlessly. Worn out and rosy-cheeked by the time you were done, you were begging your parents (or grandparents) for some hot chocolate.

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Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies

This beautiful Kitchen Aid has been taunting me for months now! I have a pretty amazing family. Yes I have a big, kind-of-crazy, kind-of-loud, opinionated family. But that is all families. They are also tremendously loyal, loving, generous, creative, their-for-each-other, and just freaking awesome. For our wedding reception my grandparents and my father’s siblings all got me a Kitchen Aid mixer. Not just your run-of-the-mill mixer, but a beautiful golden one. It has been in a box since October. For a baker, this is a major tease. To have such a jewel in my possession, yet unable to use it.

Now why have I not been able to use it? If you are unfamiliar with me or this site, I have been living in a frat house the last few months. We had to break a lease in another city and just last week I moved into a new tiny house (studio apartment) with my wonderful husband. Someday I am sure we will look back at our first year of marriage: moving multiple times, living in a tiny space, traveling, adjusting to married life, changing jobs, and living with a bunch of 20 year old frat boys ALL while we were newlyweds as hilarious.

So now that we finally have our own space, I was excited to unpack and get settled in (we both were, which is probably why we were fully moved and box-free by Saturday). I will admit that this mixer was probably the second box I unloaded. I couldn’t help myself, for so long it had called for me and I had to see what it looked like on the counter………..out of that box.  

Once I got it out though, I was faced with a tough decision: what to make first?

One would think a pie, since it is my slight obsession. But I actually went traditional. It is December after-all, so I went for cookies. Plus it was a beautiful snowy Sunday, I had a bit of a cough that kept me in, rather than playing outside in it. It seemed to be the perfect timing to work on some delicious cookie recipes.

Our apartment filled with the smell of ginger and cinnamon. Which brings me to today’s post. Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies. I don’t know what it is, but browned butter is freaking delicious. So when I found a recipe, I decided to tweak it. Make it gluten-free, friendly-up the sugars and see what happened. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Brown Butter Cinnamon Cookies”