Top Eight Recipes 2015

Today’s question of the day is how the heck does time work?! Cuz I’m pretty sure today has lasted about 47.3 hours already, yet somehow it’s been FIVE WEEKS since my last post?? Not even four weeks, like I thought before I realized we are a good week into February…

What day is it? What year is it? (I’m horrible.)

But I’m gonna try and make it up to you by sharing the TOP EIGHT NOMS on memo2munch, more than the number of weeks I missed because #bonus and also we must continue this theme of my not understanding anything with numbers.

I know they’re not new recipes, but I’m feeling a little nostalgic right now because in approximately five days memo2munch will be turning 2.5 years old! Speaking of time. moving. fast!!!

I went back over the most viewed/pinned recipes here on memo2munch and picked the top eight. Think of it as a trip down memory lane for your stomach and/or a reminder of what to make this week 😉

8. Six-Ingredient Cherry Cobbler

6 Ingredient Cherry Cobbler | memo2munch

Ohhhh, shoot. One recipe in and I’m drooling a lil bit. Honestly, these cherries didn’t need anything added to them, but flour, sugar, and butter never made anything worse, amiright?

Totally worth the finger stains we got from pitting all those cherries.

If you want to make this recipe now, I’d suggest using any kind of frozen berries. They’re picked and frozen when they are ripe, so your cobbler will taste great even though berries are out of season.

7. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes | memo2munch

Still haven’t recovered from these. Still want them every day. Still so happy I can eat literally all of my favorite things in one (or 7) heart shaped pancake.

PS Valentine’s Day is a’coming, so you could make these for your special person (yes, that includes yourself), ok? Ok.

6. Vegan Blueberry Hand Pies of Cuteness

Vegan Blueberry Hand-Pies | memo2munch

Name is on point, and that’s all I have to say.

5. Best Ever Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Vegan Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Best Ever Sweet Potato Cupcakes | memo2munch

Fall ain’t just about pumpkin, anymore.

4. Rum-Soaked Pumpkin Bread with Espresso Swirl

Rum-Soaked Pumpkin Bread with Espresso Swirl

However, we also still like pumpkin. A lot. Especially when espresso and rum are involved.

3. Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with White Chocolate Ganache | memo2munch

Decadent and oh so delicious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ya can’t go wrong with chocolate cake in any form (but dark chocolate orange sure is nice).

2. Shakshuka!!!

shakshuka | memo2munch

Turns out one savory recipe out of eight sweet recipes is a pretty good representation of the ratio on memo2munch as a whole… Whoops.

1. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies | memo2munch

It’s too hard to pick favorites with dessert but let’s just say that I’m very, very glad that these cookies ended up in the number one spot. Soooo gooey sooooo yuuuuum. <3

Hope you enjoyed this recipe round-up and that you give/have given some of them a try! See you in not as long this time, promise.

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies

So last week you tolerated my blatant disregard for all the rules of fall with a post about salad (albeit a RULL delicious one), and in exchange for your generosity I promised you that this week I would bring the carbs out to play.

Well, are you in for a treat! Cuz the fall carbs are here and they have the game all set up and they’re just waiting for you to decide between the little dog and the race car game piece.

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

Yay for keeping promises!

After all, dependability is an important life characteristic. While we’re on that topic, the “On This Day” feature of Facebook recently reminded me that I’ve valued good character since at least 2009:

Vintage Molly Facebook status, circa 2009–and I quote, “Can we pass around some honesty instead of swine flu?”

Helloooo, #subtweet. How embarrassing. (That incorporation of current events, though.)

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

Wish I’d known how to make today’s recipe back then because CLEARLY I could have used some chewy, delicious, pumpkin everything cookies in my life. Anyone wanna speculate on what I was referencing? I haven’t a clue. Perhaps the lunch menu said tater tots when in fact it was those smiley face potato thingies. Ultimate betrayal.

Anyway, I’m going to pretend everything I posted on the interwebs prior to 2012 doesn’t exist, and you’re going to make the BEST pumpkin cookies in all the land.

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

When I say chewy pumpkin everything cookies, I mean that in two ways. First, these cookies are literally everything. Everything you’ve wished for in a pumpkin cookie but never gotten because pumpkin cookies are ALWAYS thick and cakey. That is, until now. (Not trying to bash any other pumpkin desserts, but if I wanted pumpkin bread, then I would just make pumpkin bread.)

Second, they kinda have a little bit of everything mixed in. I tossed some trail mix (read: cranberries, CHOCOLATE CHIPS, pumpkin seeds, almonds, currants, EXTRA CHOCOLATE CHIPS) we had laying around into the dough, and it was soooo yummy. Such autumn in every bite.

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

Chewy Pumpkin Everything Cookies | memo2munch

All you need to know is that I had approximately way too many of these in one sitting (bits of raw cookie dough don’t count).

OH that reminds me! Pumpkin replaces eggs in this recipe, so not even your better judgement can stop you from nibbling on the dough.

Yeah, I’ll go ahead and get the flour and stuff out for ya.

Chewy Chocolate Everything Cookies
(Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
makes 18 cookies

1/2 cup (115g) vegan butter or regular butter (if not vegan)
1/4 cup (50g) packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1.5 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg*
1/4 tsp. ground cloves*
1/4 tsp. allspice*
about 3/4 cup trail mix

1. Melt the butter in a medium, microwave safe bowl by microwaving for increments of 30 seconds, stirring after each interval. Whisk in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until no lumps remain. Add vanilla and pumpkin and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula or large spoon. The dough will be soft. Fold in the trail mix. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes. This step is essential!
3. Take the dough out of the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper. Roll the dough into balls, about 1.5 Tbsp. of dough each. Place on baking sheet and slightly flatten with fingers. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will look very soft and a bit underbaked, but they will continue to cook on the sheet once you remove them from the oven.
4. Cookies get chewier and more flavorful over time, so these are a great make-ahead dessert!

*can sub 1.5 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free!)

Talk about an alliteration in cookie form. Whewwww-ie!

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

Soo, it used to be that when people would ask me what the one thing they should bring to college was, I would struggle with an answer.

“Uhh… I don’t know. A backpack? Clothes? Wait, that’s plural. Well, you’re going to need more than one thing, anyway.”

BUT NOW I have a definitive answer.

A pair of rain boots.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

Yes, rain boots are a must. Take it from someone who went through most of last year without them.

I always thought that as soon as I got rain boots it probably wouldn’t rain anymore so, really, what was the point? However, while I was trying to play reverse psychology with Mother Nature, there was no shortage of water in Bloomington.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

And ya can’t just skip class because your feet get soaked. So I caved and bought the boots, and I ended up using them. A lot. Moral of the story: don’t follow my examples. Except when it comes to recipes. Cuz you’re gonna want to make these cookies, I promise!

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch

I’m bringing the whole rain boots ordeal up because the past couple of days the sky has been spoutin’ water, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying splashing through puddles in my rain boots, having myself a little Gene Kelly moment. If anything, get the rain boots for that!

Then you can have some mini alliteration cookies, and your day will be PERFECTION.

Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF!) from memo2munch


GF Mini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 20
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  1. 1 1/4 cups almond meal
  2. 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy-free chips)
  3. 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 egg
  8. 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  9. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate chips, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color and doubled in volume.
  3. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, place on baking sheet with 1-1/2 inch space in between each. Press down slightly to flatten a bit.
  7. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
Adapted from Sprouted Kitchen via Minimalist Baker

Ice Cream Horoscopes

Guess what? I have a nemesis. And by nemesis I mean something inanimate that gets me all out of whack. Actually, it’s my fault we don’t get along. Wow, that’s gonna weigh on my conscience.

You see, dairy and I have an interesting relationship. I eat it, my body thinks it’s some foreign object and goes completely bonkers, and then I feel pretty bonkers for a while. What I’m saying is that I have a dairy sensitivity. This is different than being lactose intolerant, which has to do with being unable to digest milk sugar, or lactose.

I just have a reaction when I eat dairy products. I don’t go in to anaphylactic shock or anything, so it’s not a serious issue. I can be around milk, touch milk, talk to milk, but I feel much, much better when I avoid eating it.

However, I feel like since I’ve taken dairy out of my diet, we have come to understand each other better. We have sort of a mutual agreement to avoid each other, unless of course dairy is in the form of a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie (Hey, I have my weaknesses). Basically, we respect each other, but we keep our distance.

Luckily for you, thanks to my careful observation of the ways of dairy, I’m able to tell you your horoscope based on your favorite ice cream flavor. Boom. Here goes.

Vanilla: You like things simple. Habits and patterns are nice, but sudden changes freak you out. My prediction is that your usual parking spot will get taken, and road rage you didn’t even know you were capable of will get you an even better parking spot. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back. Also you will probably get Chinese takeout for dinner. Again.

Chocolate: You don’t do distractions. No pieces or chunks of chocolate for you. You want the real deal: the pure, unadulterated wonder that is chocolate! By the way, you should probably go out to the store right now and load up on some chocolate ice cream because you are going to get a major chocolate craving today. (From reading this?) Why are you still sitting here? I just gave you an excuse to buy a ton of ice cream!

Strawberry: You’re the kind of person who likes a bit more excitement in your ice cream than just plain chocolate or vanilla, but you’re not quite rainbow sherbet adventurous. If you like pieces of actual strawberry in your ice cream, the stoplights will finally change in your favor today. If you don’t like pieces of strawberry, then the place you go for lunch will forget to charge you for something small. When you go up and tell the cashier (Which you will because strawberry people are very virtuous) they’ll tell you not to worry, and they won’t charge you! But you might step in gum so watch where you walk…

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