Flourless Pizza?!

I probably wouldn’t believe it either. But I promise, I’m not lying – this pizza has no flour. No carbs. No gluten. No guilt. And it tastes amazing!

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Trust me, I was a little skeptical when I first saw this idea on Pinterest. But then I tried it and I fell in love.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Makes 8 slices. Gluten free. Adapted from Eating Bird Food.

Ingredients
1/2 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 egg
1 C shredded cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, etc)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1. 
Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, or use a pizza stone if you have one.
2. Put cauliflower florets into a food processor and pulse until crumbly. You should have about 2 cups.
3. Saute over medium heat about 5 minutes.
4. In a large bowl combine cauliflower with all remaining ingredients. Mixture should be crumbly.
5. Spread crust on pan about 1/4 inch thick, pressing down with your fingers so it sticks together.
6. Bake 25-30 minutes until edges are crispy.
7. Remove from oven, top with sauce and any toppings, and broil another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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More Valentine’s Day Goodies

Because, really, you can never have enough cookies to hand out on Valentine’s Day. No one has ever been disappointed because of too many cookies!

Remember elementary school when everyone used to hand out cheesy paper Valentines with Spiderman on them? I haven’t done that in a long time, but I think these are much better anyway. I put these in little goodie bags with my heart cookies and some candy to hand out. They’re so cute!

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These cookies are quick and easy to make, and they don’t have to be for Valentine’s at all! I used the Valentine’s M&Ms, but you could use regular ones, or even just chocolate chips. Next time I think I’ll add some walnuts, too.

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Double Chocolate M&Ms Cookies
Makes 2-3 dozen.

Ingredients
1 C flour
1/2 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
dash salt
4 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
1 stick butter
2 eggs
3/4 C sugar
1/3 C brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 C M&Ms

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. Melt chocolate and butter together on the stovetop or in the microwave.
4. In a large bowl, cream eggs and sugars. Add vanilla.
5. Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Stir in melted chocolate and butter.
6. Fold in M&Ms.
7. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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How To Become Popular

So you want to learn how to make yourself popular, do you? Well, everyone says money can’t buy you love or friendship or happiness. True, but money can buy you all the things you need to make lots and lots of cookies. Which is basically the same thing. Make these and everyone will love you. You’ll be the coolest kid in school with a million friends, that one person everyone wants to be. This is a piece of advice I wish I had known in my middle school days… When I have a daughter going through her awkward preteen years, I will teach her to make these cookies.

cookies1They’re ridiculously impressive, but much simpler to make than they look. I’m not going to lie and say they’re easy, but you don’t need any special skills or tools. Just a few hours to kill.

I used the recipes for the cookies and icing from Bake at 350 just like when I made my Android cookies. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?

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Marbled Sugar Cookies
Makes 3-4 dozen.

Ingredients
1 batch sugar cookies, cut in your favorite shape, baked, and cooled completely
1 batch royal icing
food coloring
2 #2 piping tips (or plastic bags with a tiny bit of corner cut off)
a toothpick or a paring knife
lots and lots of patience

Instructions
1. Start by mixing your colors. Take about 1 cup of icing and mix to your accent color. Do not thin. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a #2 tip (you could use a #4 if you want your stripes to be thicker). Then mix the remaining icing to your base color. Transfer 3/4 cup to another piping bag with a #2 tip. Thin the remaining icing.

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2. Outline your cookie in the base color using the thick icing.

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3. Fill cookie using thinned icing. Bake at 350 recommends using a squeeze bottle to do this, but I prefer just spreading it with a butter knife.

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4. Pipe horizontal lines with your accent color.

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5. Run your toothpick or knife lightly up and down through the stripes to create the pattern.

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6. Continue moving back and forth until you have a beautiful cookie! Let the icing dry for a few hours before serving.

Some Things to Remember
1. Once you get the hang of it, you can do more than one cookie at a time to make things go faster. I can handle about 5 at a time before I get overwhelmed.
2. You will probably make a big mess all over your table. Tape down some plastic wrap over whatever surface you’re working on and save yourself some scrubbing!
3. If it’s not perfect, probably no one besides you will notice.
4. If you mess up, you can wipe away the icing and try again. If it’s unsalvageable, don’t get upset. Just remember that it’s only a cookie. Eat it and you’ll feel better.
5. This design can be done on any shape cookie in any color for any occasion. Get creative!

cookies2Get out there, make some cookies, and pretty soon you’ll have a million people dying to be your Valentine. Or make them for the Valentine you already have! The love for you will be overflowing, I promise.

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