Is there a more fun food holiday tradition than baking cookies with the kids?! I guess not!
My kids love cookies and I usually buy some packages of the "usual suspects", like Oreos, ChipsAhoy and our beloved Maria cookies. Back in Portugal, Maria cookies are always a success and kids are used to eating them since they are toddlers. Although the pre-packages cookies are, indeed, convenient we also like to bake our own cookies once in a while.
Chocolate chip cookies are a must but for the holiday season I think butter cookies are the best! They are crunchy, sweet, flaky and simply delicious! I have to control myself and the kids to not eat a whole batch of butter cookies at once! The recipe I used is the most simple ever and I can't even remember where I got it from...probably just browsing on the internet trying to find something sweet, easy to make and fast to get on the plate!
1 - Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2 - Cream the butter and the sugar on the mixer, until the mixture is pretty fluffy. Add the flour and mix well.
3 - Roll the dough in a log form and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes just for the dough to harden a bit.
4 - Roll the dough on a working surface sprinkled with flour and work the dough, pressing it and rolling it with a rolling pin. Cut the cookies in the preferred shapes - we used Christmas cookie cutters, which the kids absolutely adore!
5 - Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes and let them cool on a baking rack so they get crunchy and flaky.
You can also decorate the cookies with icing if you feel like it or if your kids like it but we prefer the cookies plain and golden, just like the ones in the picture. I always try to make sure that we have, at least, two cookies of the same shape so the kids won't get into a fight over the cookies! If you've got kids you know how it goes, right?!
As you can see, this is a pretty easy recipe and I guarantee that you'll get some happy guests if you serve them up some of these cute treats. Who can resist a sweet lovely reindeer, like this one?
Is a cookie ever enough??
When we're talking about cookies I always think of crunchy, tasty but healthy options because, let's face it, no one east 2 cookies at a time! Right?? Hannah Max Cookie Chips are perfect for that: they don't have GMO's, no rBGH butter and they only use cage free eggs and pure can sugar to make their cookies irresistible!
There's a wide range of flavoes to choose from so everyone will get a favorite one, for sure:
For the past week we have been trying the Chocolate Chip, the Cinnamon Sugar and the Sea Salted Caramel. I really have a favorite: Sea Salted Caramel! I love these cookies just by themselves with a cup of coffee or mixed with yogurt and fruit to make a quick and satisfying snack to get us through dinner time without crazy cravings.
The kids are on Summer break so they've been giving me ideas about snacks they want and we've been using these cookies to give them an extra nudge!
For this one we used fresh grapes on the bottom (thoroughly washed, of course!), vanilla yogurt topped with strawberry and chia seeds jam and then we added some Sea Salted Caramel Cookie Chips on top. Perfect! Simple and quick which is what we're all looking for during Summer time.
We also had whipped cream and chocolate melts around for extra fun!
Another idea we had was to make mini ice cream sandwiches with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Chips and some Arctic Zero ice cream that we love! Chocolate Cherry flavor is divine and it was perfectly paired with this crispy cookies. The kids have already asked for them again!
Aren't they cute??
The last flavor that we tried was the Cinnamon Sugar which is seriously addictive. It reminds me of Christmas flavors and for me that's a winning situation already! I decided to make kind of an apple pie filling dessert. I used two diced apples, mixed them with a couple of tsp of brown sugar, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil and mixed some crumbles cookies in. After having it really well mixed I took the mixture to the oven at 350 F for about 25 minutes and had it distributed to individual size cups. Added some more crumbled cookies and it was really a great and easy dessert. We all loved it and 'll be trying the recipe with other fruits and toppings, as well.
Looks great, doesn't it? I think it's just wonderful when you can use such simple ingredients but get a dessert with a great flavor and that makes you think of trying it over and over again with other flavor combos! Try it yourself and let me know how it went and what fruits you used in your recipe!
I encourage you to look up the Hannah Max Cookie Chips website here and take a look at the store locator so you can fund the nearest retailer by your location. Also, be sure to follow the brand on Instagram and Facebook to be one of the first people to know about giveaways and new products.
When you visit the website make sure to look for the "Do Something Sweet" tab! Fill in the form and be one of the potential monthly winners of a 100 single serve bags of Cookie Chips! How's that for the kids lunch for school?!
As we well know as moms, we're always looking for snacking options for our kids. We try to eat healthy food and balanced meals at home and at the regular restaurant but sometimes forget about choosing the right snacks to satisfy our kids between main meals. Also, we need something practical, for on-the-go sitauions.
Every supermarket has hundreds, if not thousands of options. All lined up waiting for us to take them home. usually and unfortunately I tend to notice that the most unhealthy choices are the ones located right in front of us or, at least, at hand reach. marketing has targeted our children with aggressive and attractive advertising on TV, outdoor campaigns, magazines, online...everywhere! The kids can even recognize a brand or product by their cover - package or box. Mainly because it's associated with a character made specifically to be appealing for young children.
But, let´'s face it. Our children will be eating what's inside the package, not the character. And along comes a humongous list of ingredients, most of them unpronounceable for any children or adult, for that matter! That is what we need to change - I want to feed my kids with food made from ingredients that I know and with the minimal amount of artificial stuff possible! None would be perfect!
The most recent snacks we tried at our house were MySuperFoods snacks. They also come in beautiful amazing packages and I would love them to see in the selves of every supermarket! They are safe, nutritious and delicious, everything we want from a snack!
The MySuperFoods company was, in fact, created by two moms that felt the need to make more nourishing and natural snacks for young children like their own. Realizing that there was this gap in the healthy snacking for kids they decided to take matters into their own hands and develop all natural, healthy and nutrient dense snacks.
The brand offers 3 different kind of snacks:
If you're looking for on-the-go options or big packs to have at home MySuperFoods has an option for you. You can get regular boxes of cookies or multi-pack boxes, ideal for the kids lunchboxes! Just pick your flavor and choose the size you want. The Granola Bites and bars are great for a snack at the park or at the beach and the portion sizes are great! Today my son took the Granola bites to Summer camp and they were a hit!
You can buy MySuperFoods products online (Amazon, Jet, Thrive Market) or at the stores. Just look up on the website here and check out the store locator.
The other amazing thing about this company is the social aspect of it. At the heart of the MySuperFoods creators was the desire to help end child hunger across the country. Apart from feeding their children nutrient dense food they also wanted to help other children. According to Feeding America, in late 2015 the USDA estimated that there were 13 million children living in food-insecure households.
The program "Pack a Lunch Give Back a Lunch" does precisely that! It's so simple to participate and contribute and, really, ANYONE CAN DO IT!
Now that you became aware of the brand and its philosophy, please, share and help a child.
With the cookies we got from MySuperFoods we're having some great snacking around here and today was parfait day! Enjoy and make some yourself to celebrate Summer and great fund days outside!
Don't they look cute! And they're so easy to make! Just add yogurt to the bottom of the cup, add some fresh fruit and decorate with some good looking MySuperFood cookies. We used "Honey Heroes" - they are so cute it's even sad we have to eat them!!!
For the sweeter tooth add a dollop of sugar free jam. Delicious!
There are many days of Summer left and so much more flavor combinations! Which will you choose? Next time I'm thinking blueberries and banana with a hint of cinnamon!
I just had to share the news with you!
We all know that feeding our kids with good and safe options has become a bit more challenging, not only but also, because of all the food allergies that have been coming up. Personally we don't have any kind of allergies but I know that some of my children's friends have them and we always have to be attentive of that when there's a play date or a birthday party in order to create a safe environment for all of them.
Snacking is a big part of our daily routine so we are always looking for alternatives that we can have in our pantry to use whenever we need them. I recently found Cybele's Free to Eat Cookies. The kids had them yesterday and they were over the moon! These are delicious cookies that don't even make you think that they are missing any key ingredient and...they really aren't!
We tried the Chocolate Chip and the Chocolate Chunk Brownie varieties. There's also the Snicker doodle and the Oatmeal Raisin flavors. The texture is perfect and the flavor really gives you that chocolaty kick that you need when a sweet craving comes along! With these cookies you can really have a sweet treat and not feel guilty or unsafe about it.
The brand was created by a mom, looking for a way to have delicious cookies without the main 8 known allergens:
I've been looking at labels for a long time always checking the key ingredients and looking up the nutritional information on packages. Now, at least with Cybele's cookies I know that these are a great choice and that any kid can have them! They are also gluten and sesame free!
In the picture bellow you can check the nutritional info and the ingredients of all the varieties that Cybele's Free to Eat offers.
You can access the brand's website here and look up their blog with updated suggestions and all kind of allergy friendly information that might be helpful to you and your family.
Also you can print a coupon for a $1.50 of your next Cybele's Free to Eat cookies and look up the store locator where you can find the nearest retailer to buy your cookies. What are you waiting for? Go get them and let me know which flavors you bought and what did you think about them!