Christmas Cinnamon Almonds

1 Cup Granulated sugar
1 Cup Packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 Tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 egg white
3 cups Almonds
1/8 Cup water

Mix together in a large bowl sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ginger, cloves.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites and vanilla bean paste, add almonds and coat thoroughly.
Toss in the sugar mixture and put into greased slow cooker on high for approximately two hours.
Pour in the water, stir and cook on low for another hour. Stir every 15 minutes making sure that they are not sticking to bottom and burning.
Pour out onto parchment paper and separate them before they have cooled.

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Blackstrap Molasses Rum Cupcakes

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1 1/4 cup of Blackstrap Molasses Rum
1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups pilsbery gluten free flour blend (does have xanathan gum in it)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ginger powder or 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice up butter into small pats of butter and put in mixer with sugar. Cream until smooth. Add in yogurt, vanilla bean paste and rum. Beat again until smooth.
Mix together in a seperate bowl; baking soda, salt, grated ginger and flour.
Pour in half the flour mixture to the creamed ingredients. Blend well then add remaining amount.
Pour into 24 cupcake papers about 2/3 full and bake for 18-24 minutes until firm.

Frosting
1 lb powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
pinch of salt
1 tsp grated ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp lime zest
2 sticks unsalted butter

Beat butter until creamy and add in half of the powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Add vanilla bean paste, pinch of salt, ginger, lime zest and milk. Cream until fluffy.

Gluten free almond cake

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  • 1/2 + 1/8 cup Brown rice flour
  • 2.5 Tbsp white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2.5 tbsp + 1/4 tsp sweet rice flour
  • 2.5 tbsp + 1/4 tsp tapioca starch
  • 2.5 tbsp + 1/8 tsp potato starch
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a seperate bowl, sift together flours/starch, salt and baking powder.  In mixer cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Add sifted flour mix, and mix well until smooth and creamy. Grease and flour 2-8 inch cake pans. Pour mixture into cake pans and tap on counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes, check center with tooth pick. If center is still jiggly, turn oven to convection bake for 6 minutes. Remove and cool on rack before icing with icing of your choice.

My favorite Buttercream icing

  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 5-6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 – 1 1/2 almond extract

Cream together sugar and butter, begin adding milk slowly then extracts. If it becomes to runny cut back the milk before incorporating all of it. 
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Watergate salad

1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 package pistachio pudding
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 cups cool whip topping thawed

In a large bowl combine marshmallows pudding mix pineapple and nuts.
Fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate for 1 hour.

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**** Do not try to thaw Cool Whip in microwave. Leave out on the counter or in the refrigerator it will thaw in 4 hours.********

* * * not corn or gluten free ****************