2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







{Healthy} Chocolate Chip Cookies

(To get the recipe for the 'Happy' version of our favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, go HERE.) It's no secret that I love making Chocolate Chip Cookies. Every time I get out my big Kitchen Aid mixer and my large bag of chocolate chips, my family knows what is coming!

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it came to putting together a healthier recipe, I knew that the cookies had to be just as addicting as the Happy version. I've made my fair share of healthy cookies, but I needed this one to stand out...

And more importantly....

I needed my family not to really notice a difference.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

These cookies, in my mind, are healthy. To others they might still be a 'treat', and that's ok. They are packed with wholesome grains, naturally sweetened, and made with coconut oil instead of butter :).

You could skip the chocolate chips, add nuts and raisins...

But raisins in cookies are just so un cool...

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 1 ripe large banana, mashed
  • 1 c. old fashioned oats
  • 2 c. chocolate chips, carob chips, or chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl fitted with a mixer, add coconut oil and sugar. Beat for 2-3 minutes, or until fluffy. Add egg, and mix in, followed by vanilla.
  4. Next mix in mashed banana.
  5. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Next mix in the oats, and once that is all mixed, then add in the chocolate chips and mix.
  6. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet using a small cookie scoop. Flatten the tops of the cookies a little.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes. (We like to undercook them slightly, and let harden on the tray.)

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

(Making her work hard for her cookie!)

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

What other recipes would you like to see Happy and Healthy?! Let me know in the comments below!

{Happy} Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been wanting to share this cookie recipe for a LONG time, because everyone loves a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe right? I'm sure there are a million different recipes for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and believe me I have tried A LOT of them. I wanted a recipe that would stick with our family forever. One that my kids would know were their mom's chocolate chip cookies. A recipe that my friends and family would beg for, where I could hold it over their head hostage and demand their secrets for mine.

And a recipe that wasn't on the bag of the Nestle Toll House bag... ;)

I'm not going to write a long drawn out post and explain why I love chocolate chip cookies so much, so....

Here you go!

Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
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Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

{Happy} Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 TB. vanilla
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2-3 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla and egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each one.
  3. In a separate bowl, add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix, then slowly mix into batter until incorporated.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips. (These are full of chocolate chips, so if you want, you can reduce the amount.)
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, measure out cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet (with parchment paper). Using your palm, flatten the tops of the cookies slightly.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. I like to undertake mine, then let cool on the hot pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack. Careful not to overbake :). Store in an air tight container. Best eating the first 1-3 days.
  7. I also store cookies in the freezer and pull them out in the morning and pack them in my girls lunches. By lunch time they have thawed and are perfect to eat.

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Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies via The Diva Dish

Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? How do you like your cookies? Flat, thick, chewy, crispy, chippy?

Mom's Gingerbread Cookies

*This is not an exaggeration. Hands down, these are the best Gingerbread cookies I've ever had. And many friends and family agree!* Not many grandmas have Facebook pages created on behalf of things they've said...But mine does.

The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish

I'm pretty sure I've talked about her before on the blog, and her name is Grandma B. Every so often she will come out to visit my little family and spend a few days. It's always an adventure. There are always memories made. And you never forget when Grandma B. visits. Ever.

From the second you open the door you hear squeals of delight from three tiny girls, and a "Ooooooohhhh hellOOO!", from Grandma B. herself. Her slight Argentine accent peaks through as she talks about the weather in Las Vegas and how beautiful it really is. She then proceeds to walk around the house stating, "Ok, let's see what's new around here.", as she examines each piece of furniture/decor debating whether that was here last time she stayed with us.

The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish

She brings with her chamomile tea, english muffins, and orange marmalade for her to have for breakfast each morning, alongside the LA Times. She talks about uncomfortable positions in politics and asks if I need eye makeup for Christmas since she hasn't seen me wear any in the 2 days she's been here.

My girls love to get her attention by making the loudest noise possible, which of course she loves. She always asks the right questions, like about my breasts and time of the month schedule. Quickly followed by remarking in front of the kids how hard it must be for me to hide the elf on the shelf every morning. Don't worry, they didn't catch on. They also missed when she asked them if they saw the real Santa at our church Christmas party or a pretend one...

The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish

And each times she visits, we laugh, we play, and we eat lots of food. (She also folds my laundry!!) It might be uncomfortable at times, and I probably will never use the word breasts again, but isn't that what the holidays are all about?! Awkward, fun, memorable, uncomfortable, family togetherness.

And dessert.

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Because if there is one thing I did inherit from my grandmother it's that there must always be something to eat for dessert after breakfast lunch dinner. No matter what.

And what better way to honor that than with my mom's gingerbread cookies! After all, it's all about family.

And breasts.

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Mom's Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • (Royal Icing)
  • 6 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. finely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. unsulfured molasses
  • (Royal Icing)
  • 1/4 c. merengue powder
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. cold water

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  2. In a mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Mix in the spices and salt, then the eggs, followed by the molasses.
  3. Add flour mixture slowly.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out a portion of the dough, cut into desired shapes, and place on baking sheet. (Use parchment paper!)
  6. Chill the shapes for 20 minutes.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden. Do no overtake!
  8. Cool on a wire rack, and frost when completely cool.
  9. (Royal Icing)
  10. Beat all ingredients together. Dye your color of choice.

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Obviously my girls inherited my impeccable cookie decorating skills, not to toot my own horn or anything...

The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The BEST Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The Best Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The Best Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish

I promise you, despite the heavy sprinkle gear and hot pink frosting, these cookies are irresistible to anyone! Even when Grandma B. says, "well I'll be the judge of that!"

The Best Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish
The Best Gingerbread Cookies via The Diva Dish

I hope your holidays are as awkward as mine! ;-)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

We've all heard about those kind of kids... Messy Hands

The ones whose pictures float across the internet of them covered in diaper cream while standing in a gallon of spilled milk. Or THAT kid who flush wallets, watches, and other valuables down the toilet...Or worse yet, swallows them.

Or how about that kids who screams like a baby piglet when they don't get their way in the store...seriously? Whose child is that?

Before I had kids, I remember thinking to my self, "How on earth did that child end up in THAT situation?! Wasn't anyone watching the kid?" (For example; diaper cream switch.) Or, "Seriously, those parents are the WORST parents ever to have that screaming kid! If that was my child..."

And then one day, I birthed THAT child.

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The child who finds her self in the most unbelievable messiest situations when I run to the bathroom. The child who shoves a pearl in her ear. The child who screams like a piglet when she wants G-U-M at the store...

The child who whenever they see a glass full of liquid HAS to dump it all over my open and perfectly working computer...And then play with it.

AND THEN, when you take that computer to the store to get fixed, said child throws a major tantrum on the floor because she wanted G-U-FLIPPEN-M.

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I love THAT child.

I love that child's multiple kisses and hugs. I love her funny phrases, songs, and noises, (most of them.)

I love that child's bubbly, bright, and silly personality. That sneaky smile and the way she closes her eyes, bows her head, and folds those chubby arms when she says her prayers.

I love that child more than life it self...

Even if she cost me $234983749.98 to fix my dang computer. (And all my pictures, videos, programs...etc.) #yup

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Dear child,

Please continue to be THAT child. And I promise I'll continue to be one of THOSE parents.

xo-

Mommy

Now...For some much needed cookie dough balls ya?

(I shared a picture of these cookies on my Facebook page and the results were outstanding! I knew I had to share the recipe with all of you! xo)

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
These don't last long in our household! They are perfect for a quick pick me up, since they are full of protein! They also work great for treats in kids school lunches! Either way you eat, enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 1 c. raw peanuts
  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 2 TB. honey
  • 2 TB. maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (or more if needed)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, add peanuts and blend until a fine flour comes together to form a dough. (Don't process after that or you will get peanut butter!!) Note: Don't process all ingredients together because the mixture won't turn out. You will get a cookie crumble, which is totally fine, but it won't form into balls!
  2. Next add the rest of the ingredients, besides chocolate chips, and blend until combined. (Not too much blending!)
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, make balls and keep in the fridge or freezer!
  5. Makes 14-16 small balls!

 

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THAT child loves these PB cookie dough balls.

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And THAT child makes a huge mess when she eats them, and then dumps her milk all over the place to top it off...

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I love that child.

Just Desserts Mother's Day Recipes

As promised, I have all the recipes from THIS Mother's Day: All Desserts Menu. I will say that I've gladly been enjoying each and every single dessert on a...daily basis. Especially the Chocolate Truffles! I've had to fight my husband off for those. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day! The recipes will be a link that you click on that will take you to a PDF Word Document of the recipe (Since there are 4 recipes on this post.) Once you click on the PDF, you can print them out!

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Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes with Vegan Vanilla Frosting 

I've been wanting to make a vegan frosting FOREVER that didn't use powdered sugar! So grateful I found the perfect recipe to play around with, and actually make a FLUFFY frosting that I could add to a piping bag!

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes w: Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars (TO DIE FOR)

I find myself sneaking a bite here and there from the fridge. They remind me of no bake peanut butter cookies, which I remember making and eating all the time as a kid!

Click the link below for the recipe:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars

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Dark Chocolate Ganache Drizzled Strawberries 

The ganache is so simple to cook up and incredible delicious, you will most likely start making it often and putting it on everything. Even pizza...maybe?

Click the link below for the recipe.

Dark Chocolate Ganache Covered Strawberries

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Rich Chocolate Truffles(I WILL MAKE THESE WEEKLY!)

If you have ever had  a truffle from See's candy that just satisfies that chocolate craving like no other...well, life is about to get a whole lot better :). These cure ANY chocolate craving, and they have the added health benefits! Cocoa powder, healthy fats from coconut oil, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup!

Click the link below for the recipe.

Rich Chocolate Truffles

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(The BEST) Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

So I do this thing where I make cookies for my husband. Being the amazing wife that I am, I always make sure they are healthy and full of good and wholesome ingredients because let's face it...For lunch he probably had a hot dog from 7/11 and that's just sad. I also remember that he's human, so I usually always throw a large helping of chocolate chips to off set the healthy-ness is hopes that he will forget that I made it with whole wheat and focus purely on the fact that I made him cookies and therefore I deserve roses or something like that. Also, that was a super long sentence.

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Anyways, most of the time I make these special cookies my husband notices rather (too) quickly that these aren't buttery-sugery cookies that really nice(r) wives make their husbands. So he kindly eats one and well...that's about as far as it goes.

After making dozens of healthier cookies I've learned that I don't have to always sacrifice taste, but texture has somewhat been a problem. Most cookies become more cake like and then after a few days, well they aren't that great. But rest assured, I've eaten every failure without even thinking because...well..let's move on shall we?

So fast forward to these cookies.

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When these cookies came out of the oven I was a little hesitant to try them because I was used to so-so tasting cookies, but as soon as I ate one, shared some with Boo, then proceeded to eat like 7 more I KNEW these were a keeper!

I've learned quickly a few things when adapting cookie recipes, and what works and what doesn't. Here are just a few of those things:

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It's amazing how coconut oil can take the sub of butter/margarine in practically any recipe! And if you are worried if it has a coconut flavor, it most definitely doesn't. It takes on a nutty butter flavor, and you MUST put it on toast...or popcorn...or rub it on your legs because that's sexy.

You know what else you MUST do?

Make these cookies...

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies-Adapted from Picky Palate

Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c. coconut oil-solid form

1 c. maple sugar

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

2 TB. molasses

1 egg or flax/chia egg

1 TB. vanilla

1 bag chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside. In a mixing bowl add coconut oil and sugar and beat for about a minute or so until fluffy. Add in puree, egg, vanilla, and molasses. Beat until combined, then add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

2. Using a larger ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto prepared cookie sheet. Flatten cookie just a little bit, then bake for 12-13 minutes. Once cookies are done, immediately remove from pan and place on cooling rack.

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The second the hubs got home I told him I made some cookies, and the first thing he did was make a 'Yea I am super excited, not really face...' But after his first bite, his face went from lam-o to....

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I am now going to end this post like I do many others...

Best.Wife.Ever.