Gluten Free PB & J Cookie Cups

Wait, what, there’s a National PB & J Day? Why, there is, and it’s always on 4/2.

I know I know, I do this fake surprised thing a lot on many of our blog posts, but you have to admit (at least I did), that the ridiculously wide range of random bizarro food related holidays that people have made up never ceases to amaze. And then I’ll just go ahead and speak for everyone when I say at the end of day, we will gladly take one more justified reason to chow down on some of our favorite foods. Not that you ever really need any reason or justification for peanut butter and jelly 🙂

PB&J Cookie CupsThis is a super easy treat where there really isn’t a list of ingredients, because you only need 3 – Immaculate Baking Co.® Gluten Free Peanut Butter refrigerated cookie dough, some of your favorite fruit jam/preserves/jelly (what’s the difference between the three?), and then if you’d like, a few banana chips for garnish.

Heat oven at 350, and spray your 24 mini muffin tin with cooking spray. I halved each of the 12 cookie dough round, and plop them into the mini muffin tins, shaping them into little cups as I did. Bake for about 15 min. or until golden brown. Let them cool before you plop the jam into the little cups. And presto! It’s a PB & J treat with a twist. AND it’s gluten free!

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Confession: It’s been crazy hard for me to pull myself together and get back to the routine after my 2-week-long staycation where I pretty much did nothing except lounged around at home in my PJs. The polar vortex just gave me a terrific excuse to further procrastinate getting back on track. But now that the arctic invasion is over, the kiddos are back in school, cars parked outside can actually start and gas valves aren’t frozen shut anymore, I think all of us have run out of excuses and have to snap back to reality.

I’m hoping that you’re doing a much better job readjusting than I am.

Since I work for a baking company, baking clearly would be my best shot at getting back to my routine. And so I thought I’d start with this PB&J Mini Cookie Muffin, which I’m hoping would help you get back to your routine of preparing fun after school snacks for your kids!

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Very Berry Cinnamon Roll Cups

There’s a breakfast skipping trend going on.

Even with all the newfangled technologies and automation and an unprecedented level of convenience, we still find ourselves running out of time in our increasingly compressed days. And so it seemed only logical to try to take scraps and bits of time back where we can. Somehow, we decide that breakfast is something that we can probably do without.

BUT! It’s a brand new year, and it’s suppose to be all about new beginnings! Knowing what we know about just how important the very first meal of the day is, I propose that we make it one of our New Year Resolutions to try our very best NOT to skip breakfast anymore. To even maybe indulge in a few weekend brunches with the family once in a while. Hey, we’re hoping with recipes like this Very Berry Cinnamon Roll Cup, this will be one of your easier new year resolution to stick to!

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Immaculate Holiday Thumbprint Cookies

It seems to be right around this time of the year when the cookie exchange frenzy begins.

When you think about it, yes, it is a fun idea and a great way to bring friends and even the whole neighborhood together over yummy treats, but at the same, it just seems to be putting a lot of extra pressure on yourself. I mean, you’ve already been tasked to shop for a whole bunch of people (who, more often than not, are folks you rarely ever see throughout the year, thus making gift-shopping extra challenging and your headache extra severe), to pick out a tree, set up the tree and decorate it, and to have to schedule fun activities to keep the kiddos entertained in between now and when school starts back up again. Like I said, extra pressure on an already full plate.

So yes, I get that there’s that taciturn rule that holiday cookie exchanges are times when you’re expected to put your scratch baking prowess to the test. But honestly, with all that you’ve already got going on, how ’bout you let us help you out just a little bit this year? We promise you’ll still be able to put your very own mark on these Immaculate Holiday cookies!

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Raspberry Macaroon Thumbprint Cookies

One of the things I love most about what I do for Immaculate Baking is I get a front row seat to spectacular culinary transformations that happen on a daily basis. (And then I get to taste them!) In the first few weeks on the job, I remember thinking, there’s got to be an exhaustive list of how many different things you can do to dough. I mean seriously, there can only be so many ways to stretch it, roll it, shape it, at some point, we’re going to run out of things to make! Oh, how naive I was…

While it’s always exciting to see what other elaborate creations we can come up with, sometimes the simplest food ideas are always the best. Take thumbprint cookies for example, it’s probably not as much a transformation for the cookie dough than say, a cheesecake bar or some sort of cookie tart, but it certainly is one of those classics that holds a very special place when it comes to holiday desserts. The fact that we recently came out with a new Coconut Macaroon Cookie Dough variety certainly helps in our cause of adding just a little bit more pazazz to a good-old-regular cookie! So here’s to hoping that you’ll be able to find our Coconut Macaroons in stores near you, so you can bake up these Raspberry Macaroon Thumbprint cookies and maybe even make it a new holiday tradition 🙂

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