Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

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I wanted to think of a fun, green dessert to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, but was having trouble with inspiration. Then my husband suggested his favorite – mint chocolate. My mind got to churning, then I settled on mini mint chocolate cheesecakes, and I could not be happier!

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Cheesecake is one of those desserts that’s pretty straight forward and easy to prepare.  However, not everyone has a spring form pan laying around their house – what to do? Mini cheesecakes in a muffin pan! Honestly, I think that’s almost better than one big cheesecake. You have better portion control, no slicing, and it’s easier to store. Of course, if you REALLY wanted to, you can make this exact recipe in a 10-inch springform pan instead of a muffin pan.

Start by combining the ingredients for your crust in a small bowl: almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Then pour in the unsalted butter and combine it with your hands. The mixture isn’t terribly wet, but you do want it sticking together slightly. Think of damp dirt – that’s what you’re going for here.

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Line your muffin pan with paper or silicone liners. Begin pressing the crust mixture into the bottom of your liners. You want to firmly press it down so that the crust stays together once the liners are off, and it gets a little crispy. You definitely don’t want to skip the liners here, because then the crust will not crisp or stay together, and you’ll have a hard time getting the cheesecakes out of the pan.

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Next, prepare your green, minty cheesecake filling.

Combine the softened cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and peppermint extract until thick and creamy. Begin adding your green food coloring about 8-10 drops at a time, until you’ve achieved your desired hue.

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Use an ice cream scoop to scoop even portions of the filling onto your crusts.

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Pop them into a 350 degree oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. They won’t get too golden (if they do they’re over-baked!), so look for a little color towards the centers and they should feel firm (with a tiny giggle) in the middle.

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Let them cool at room temperature for about 10-12 minutes, then pop them into the fridge for 2-3 hours to cool and set.

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After they’ve had a chance to firm, make the ganache topping. Start by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. Chop the 85% dark chocolate or Lily’s chocolate chips and add it to a heat-safe bowl. When the cream is hot, and bubbling a little, pour it over the chocolate and whisk until smooth and creamy.

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Begin spooning the warm ganache over the tops of your cheesecakes. You want enough for each one, so don’t get too happy about it in the beginning. Spread one generous tablespoon of ganache over the top of each cheesecake. If you have leftovers at the end, then you can go back and fill as needed.

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Once they’re all covered, pop them back into the fridge for another 45 minutes, or until serving. The ganache will be firmly set, but still soft to a fork (or mouth ^_~).

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These mini cheesecakes are the perfect, impressive yet low-maintenance dessert. They look so pretty, and don’t take a ton of effort.

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The filling is luscious and creamy with just a hint of mint, while the crust is coarse and chocolatey. Then you have the rich ganache on top that’s smooth and soft.

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The perfect treat to celebrate a holiday, or any day!

Thin Mint Mini Cheesecakes (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 22-24
  • Time: 1 hour plus cooling time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients except for the butter in a small bowl. Pour in the melted butter and combine with your hands.
  3. Press the crust firmly into the bottom of your lined cupcake pan.
  4. For the filling, combine the eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, and Pyure until creamy. Add the peppermint extract and combine. Begin adding the green food coloring, 8-10 drops at a time, until your desired hue is achieved.
  5. Add the filling by using an ice cream scoop to portion out the filling into each crust.
  6. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until firm to the touch (not too browned).
  7. Cool for 10-12 minutes at room temperature, then remove to the fridge for 2-3 hours to finish cooling and setting.
  8. Make the ganache by heating the cream over low heat in a small sauce pan. When it’s hot and bubbling a little, pour it over the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Whisk until smooth and slightly thickened.
  9. Spoon the ganache over the tops of the cheesecakes and spread to the edges. Cool the cheesecakes in the fridge about another 45 minutes for the ganache to set.
  10. Store in the fridge until serving.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Sweet Sriracha Sauce (THM S)

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Let it be known that I am a bacon fiend. I eat bacon morning, noon, and night. When I discovered the glory of homemade jalapeño poppers using bacon – shut the front door!

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I’ve seen many bloggers make these poppers before – this isn’t new. However, I almost never see a sauce with them. Ranch, I know, is probably a favored staple. While I have a very special place in my heart for ranch, I much prefer a sauce with some heat.

Enter: Sriracha.

If you haven’t been introduced to the glory that is Sriracha, you need to get on it. It packs the heat of chiles minus the vinegar-y flavor you get with hot sauce. Even my kids love Sriracha! [Side note: My older toddler, who loves all things spicy (totally my kid) was all over these poppers. Even my younger one was digging them – more like, he was taking the bacon off the jalapeño and dipping it in the sauce, but I still count that as a win.]

The crowning glory of this appetizer is that it’s insanely easy to make. The poppers take just 3 ingredients, and the sauce is 3 ingredients. How easy is that?

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For the poppers, you’ll need a baking sheet with a rack or a broiler pan and some toothpicks. It’s best to use a rack when cooking bacon in the oven, because it will crisp faster and all the grease drops into the bottom pan (i.e. no soggy poppers). Also, the toothpicks help keep the bacon firmly wrapped around the pepper.

First, you’ll have to clean 6-10 fresh jalapeños. Believe it or not, I have a fantastic trick for cleaning these in a flash without getting the pepper heat all over your hands/nails/everywhere.

It involves this little gadget: a grapefruit spoon.

A grapefruit spoon for jalapeños? But how?!

Easy.

Cut the top off of pepper, and slice it in half lengthwise. Hold the pepper by the small end. Place the serrated tip of the spoon against the inside of the pepper, grip firmly, and drag it down the pepper until the ribs and seeds are removed.

BOOM. And no hot pepper juice under your nails to burn your face off later.

Next, prepare the softened cream cheese with some salt and pepper. Spoon it straight into the pepper, wrap in bacon, and secure with toothpicks.

Place the poppers into a baking sheet with a rack, or broiler pan fitted with a rack, and bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes.

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You’ll notice the sauce is a bit of a hodgepodge. The reason for this is because I was down to the last bits of my jelly and sriracha. However, there’s a bonus to that because I shook the sauce right inside the jelly jar in order to get as much of that flavor as I could. Saves me a bowl and whisk to wash!

In a small bowl, or jelly jar, combine the strawberry and raspberry all fruit spread, water, sriracha, and xanthan gum. Shake and adjust as necessary to get the texture and sweetness you desire.

Can it really be that easy? Yes. It can.

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers with Sweet Sriracha Sauce (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 1-2 dozen
  • Time: about 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 6oz softened cream cheese
  • 8 fresh jalapeños, halved and cleaned
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cut in half
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp strawberry all fruit spread
  • 1-2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp raspberry all fruit spread
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2-3 Tbsp water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, season the softened cream cheese with salt and pepper.
  3. Begin spooning the cream cheese into the halved jalapenos. Wrap with half a bacon strip, and secure the ends with toothpicks.
  4. Place the wrapped poppers onto a baking sheet fitted with a rack, or a broiler pan.
  5. Bake the poppers at 375 for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. While the poppers are baking, make the dipping sauce. Combine the all-fruit spreads, Sriracha, and xanthan gum in a small bowl. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
  7. Enjoy immediately. [While they last!]

Warm Bacon & Blue Cheese Dip (THM S)

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If you aren’t already  aware, bacon and blue cheese are besties.

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I remember my mother-in-love making a fabulous bacon and blue cheese spread years ago, before my husband and I were married, and I think that was the moment her and I became best buds. We completely bonded over our mutual love of this spread, and it never died.

Another example: For my husband’s and my anniversary a few years ago, we went all-out to a fancy steakhouse nearby. I still remember that meal, because it was so amazing. Beautifully seared steak alongside a risotto which featured, you guessed it, blue cheese and bacon. THEIR LOVE CANNOT BE DENIED.

Flash forward to Thanksgiving season this year, and I was heavily contemplating what appetizers to make for our Friendsgiving meal [we spent our day with friends, so we dubbed it Friendsgiving ^_^]. In dreaming up ideas, my mind came to this conclusion: a warm bacon and blue cheese dip.

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Cream cheese, scallions, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and a variety of stringy cheeses to take it that extra mile (because I can).

People went nuts over it. Even people like my husband who feel “meh” towards blue cheese, could NOT get enough of this dip. Simple ingredients, easy prep, and you get something that’s equal parts impressive and tasty.

I mean, need I do more explaining?

Serve this dip with some baked low carb pitas and/or an assortment of crudites (zucchini sticks, cucumbers, celery, mini sweet peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.).

I’m loving this new stoneware made by Le Creuset. The larger stone baking dish fit this dip perfectly, and it made for great presentation (straight from the oven to the table). If you don’t have a dish like this, that’s OK – just pick something relatively long and shallow that will make for easy spooning/dipping.

Warm Bacon & Blue Cheese Dip (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: Prep, 10 mins, Bake 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 12 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 c heavy cream or half and half
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese (or a mix of mozzarella and monterrey jack)
  • 1/4 c blue cheese crumbles
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 6-10 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, leaving out half of the mozzarella, parmesan, and parsley. You can also reserve a small handful of bacon as topping.
  3. Lightly butter your baking dish, and spoon in the dip mixture.
  4. Top with the remaining cheeses and parsley. (If you’re worried about the mixture dripping, you can place the dish on a sheet pan. Although, mine did not boil over.)
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375, until hot and bubbly.
  6. Serve hot with an assortment of crudites.

Orange Spiced Truffles (THM S)

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Truffles are quickly becoming one of my favorite holiday treats. They’re easy to make, but they look so  *fancy*. Plus, you can get really creative with the flavors! Thus, these spicy chocolate-orange truffles were born.

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Of course, the base of almost any truffle is really good chocolate. I started with a base of 85% dark chocolate, because that’s what I keep on hand most times. A few other options you have would be unsweetened baking chocolate, a Lily’s Baking Bar, or sugar free chocolate chips. If you choose to use unsweetened baking chocolate, you can use a few teaspoons of THM Super Sweet to get the sweetness where you want it. You can also use a few drops of liquid stevia if you want to sweeten any of the already-sweetened options just a tad.

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*NOTE: If you’re planning to use unsweetened chocolate with a granular sweetener, add the sweetener to the cream mixture so that it has a chance to dissolve before going into the chocolate. You can always adjust further with liquid stevia.

The spice used in these truffles is cardamom. It’s a strong and unique flavor, so you won’t need much of it, but it  truly makes these truffles something to talk about. The flavor is equal parts herbaceous and floral, with an aromatic scent. I also used orange extract and orange liqueur.

*NOTE: Orange liqueur does not add any extra sugar to these tiny delights. It does carry about 7g carbs per one fluid ounce (which is what’s used here), so it adds less than 0.5g carbs  per truffle. If you don’t want to use alcohol in these, you can leave it out.

The only work involved in these babies is prepping the chocolate mixture.

First, you heat the cream with any granular sweetener you plan to use (if using), orange extract, cardamom, salt, and butter. You want to heat the cream almost to its boiling point, so that it’ll melt the chocolate quickly.

Add the hot cream to the chopped chocolate. Whisk, whisk, whisk….

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Keep whisking the chocolate and cream until the chocolate is fully melted. You’ll then reach this stage.

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The mixture has this seemingly “gritty” texture because the butter is not yet fully incorporated. Whisk a bit more vigorously, and…

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You get to this stage! Rich, velvety smooth chocolate. At this point, add in your orange liqueur, and whisk a little more.

Pop the mixture into the fridge for quick hardening, or if you want to roll the truffles at a later time.

*NOTE: When you’re ready to roll out the truffles, make sure your hardened chocolate has been on the counter “defrosting” for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping. Trust me, this step makes scooping/rolling a LOT easier. You’ll barely even have to handle them, if the chocolate is soft enough.

I then rolled them in chopped raw macadamia nuts. I thought macadamias would best compliment the orange-chocolate flavor, but you can use any unsalted nut you like. Or, if you don’t mind the extra work, you can dip them in melted dark chocolate!

I also use the term “rolled” very loosely. By “rolled” I mean I scooped the chocolate using a small cookie scoop (about 1 Tbsp), turned it directly into the chopped nuts, tossed lightly, and rolled gently between my hands to get a more rounded shape. Using this method, my hands got away nearly mess-free.

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It’s just that easy!

What could be better than deeply dark chocolate spiced with cardamom and orange liqueur then rolled in crunchy macadamia nuts? Dessert achieved!

If you liked this variation, also try my Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles!

Orange Spiced Truffles (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes approx. 16-18
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 8oz 85% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
  • pinch of salt
  • THM Super Sweet or liquid stevia to taste (See note above if choosing to use a granular sweetener)
  • about 1/2 c finely chopped macadamia (or other) nuts

Directions

  1. Bring the cream, butter, orange extract, cardamom, salt and sweetener (if using) almost to boiling in a small sauce pan. The mixture should not boil, but should be steaming hot.
  2. Pour the hot cream into a small bowl, over the chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate and cream are fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the orange liqueur. Cover and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to portion, take the chocolate out of the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping.
  5. Scoop the mixture into 1 Tbsp balls, turn directly into chopped nuts and roll gently to coat. Roll lightly between your hands to get a more rounded shape, if needed.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 hours, or in a zip-top bag in the fridge for future use.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

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If you like holiday treats that are easy to make and take very little effort, then these are for you!

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Of course, the base of these truffles is really good chocolate. I started with a base of 85% dark chocolate, because that’s what I keep on hand most times. A few other options you have would be unsweetened baking chocolate, a Lily’s Baking Bar, or sugar free chocolate chips. If you choose to use unsweetened baking chocolate, you can use a few teaspoons of  THM Super Sweet to get the sweetness where you want it. You can also use a few drops of liquid stevia if you want to sweeten any of the already-sweetened options just a tad.

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*NOTE: If you’re planning to use unsweetened chocolate with a granular sweetener, add the sweetener to the cream mixture so that it has a chance to dissolve before going into the chocolate. You can always adjust further with liquid stevia.

I flavored up the chocolate using instant espresso, a pinch of pink salt, and Kahlua coffee liqueur.

*NOTE: The Kahlua in this recipe is very little, and adds less than 1g of sugar to each truffle. If you’re concerned about using it, or don’t want to use any alcohol, you can substitute with a touch of rum extract.

The only “work” (I use that term very loosely here) involved is whisking the heated cream into the chocolate.

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Whisk, whisk, whisk.

Then you get to this stage.

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Notice, the chocolate is melted but the texture looks “gritty.” This means the butter has yet to be fully incorporated, and the mixture is still “broken.” Keep whisking, maybe even a bit more vigorously…

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Then you get this!

Velvety smooth, rich chocolate.

At this point, you have two options: cover and refrigerate to  accelerate the hardening process or let the mixture stand (covered) until it stiffens at room temperature. If you don’t want to portion them out right away, I would suggest refrigeration until about 20-30 minutes before you’re ready to roll.

*NOTE: When you’re ready to roll, make sure the chocolate has had a chance to thaw a bit on the counter – it will make portioning much easier (like barely even having to touch it, easy).

As far as coating goes, you can really use any nuts that you like. Pecans or pistachios would be great here! I chose to use finely chopped hazelnuts, because chocolate LOVES hazelnuts.

Using a small scoop will be your best, and easiest, bet for portioning these out. Plus, it’ll keep your hands pretty clean. Scoop the chocolate, turn it directly into the chopped nuts, toss lightly to coat, then roll the truffle gently between your hands and set aside. Lather, rinse, repeat…

Once they’re all rolled, store them in a zip-top bag in the refrigerator until use. They keep fine at room temperature (for gift boxes and such), but for long-term store in the fridge.

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Don’t they look divine? Rich chocolate spiked with espresso and Kahlua, rolled in crunchy hazelnuts. Beautiful as a holiday gift, dessert, or as an everyday treat in your fridge.

If you liked this recipe, try my Orange Spiced Truffles next! You won’t be sorry. ^_~

Dark Chocolate Espresso Truffles (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes approx. 15-18
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 8oz chocolate (85% or Lily’s, see Note above), roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua, or 1/2 – 1 tsp rum exract
  • pinch of salt
  • THM Super Sweet or liquid stevia to taste (see Note above if using a granular sweetener)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c finely chopped hazelnuts (raw or roasted, unsalted)

Directions

  1. Bring the cream, butter, espresso granules, salt, and sweetener (if using) almost to boiling in a small sauce pan. The mixture should not boil, but should be steaming hot.
  2. Pour the hot cream into a small bowl, over the chopped chocolate and whisk until the chocolate and cream are fully incorporated.
  3. Whisk in the Kahlua (or rum extract). Cover and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to portion, take the chocolate out of the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes prior to scooping.
  5. Scoop the mixture into 1 Tbsp balls, turn directly into chopped nuts and roll gently to coat. Roll lightly between your hands to get a more rounded shape, if needed.
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 hours, or in a zip-top bag in the fridge for future use.

Iced Vanilla Bean Cut Out Cookies (THM S)

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Everyone loves a classic sugar cookie, especially around the holidays. Stamping out and decorating cookies with my kiddos is one of my favorite things about the holidays.

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This was my first holiday season as a full-fledged Trim Healthy Mama. Last year, I attempted a few on-plan treats, but the vast majority of my holiday goodies were done the old-fashioned way. This year, I was determined to get through the season while staying on plan, and enjoying some sweets along the way.

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I admit, I was a little scared to attempt a cut-out cookie. However, I’m happy to report that this recipe turned out wonderful on the very first try. It also has fairly simple ingredients, that you likely have in your pantry.

The base of these cookies is butter, almond flour, and coconut flour. I used both almond extract and vanilla bean paste for a rich flavor. If you don’t enjoy almond extract, it’s not a *lot*, so you won’t really taste it. You can also leave it out if you choose. What gives these cookies a deep vanilla flavor, is vanilla bean paste. It has the deep flavor of vanilla beans, minus the work of de-seeding the pods. I find the paste at Walmart, in the cake decorating section (where pastry bags, tips, and similar tools would be found). If you don’t have it, you can replace with vanilla beans from a pod or extra vanilla extract.

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The key is to chill the dough for as long as possible prior to cutting and baking. You’ll want to chill it for a minimum of two hours to overnight (I opted for overnight). Once you’re ready to cut, make quick work out of rolling and cutting the dough. If you re-roll the excess dough, handle it very lightly so that you don’t warm it too much.

These cookies hold their shape perfectly don’t spread much (if at all). They have a soft, buttery texture while being able to withstand icing and decorations. Basically, the perfect “sugar” cookie.

I kept the frosting fairly simple: just 4oz cream cheese, 2 Tbsp soft unsalted butter,  2 Tbsp heavy cream, vanilla, and sweetener to taste. Whip it all together until light and fluffy. You can add food coloring if you wish. I also dyed some erythritol with a few drops of red food coloring.

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A very yummy snowflake, if I do say so myself.

Vanilla Bean Cut Out Cookies (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 16
  • Time: Prep, 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together softened butter and sweetener.
  2. In a separate, small bowl combine the flours, baking soda, and salt.
  3. To the butter mixture, add the egg, vanilla bean paste, and almond extract (if using).
  4. Begin adding the flour mixture into the butter mixture, about 1 cup at a time, until fully incorporated.
  5. Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment, and form into a ball. Cover in cling wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  6. After chilling, preheat oven to 350.
  7. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ in. thickness.
  8. Stamp out shapes using cookie cutters, and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

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Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies (THM S)

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Are you ready for all the decadence and none of the guilt?

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I bring you, peppermint cheesecake-stuffed brownies. OH, YES I DID.

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I’m a lover of recipe books. I have memories of flipping through my mom’s old cookbooks when I was a kid. It’s inspiring looking at all the pretty food, plus it gives you new and different ideas.

One day I was flipping through an old Pillsbury holiday booklet (not even a cookbook, more like a mini magazine. Yes, I keep those too.), and came across these cheesecake-stuffed brownies. Oh. My. Gravy. Who wouldn’t love that mash-up?! So, I decided to take it a step further and give the brownies a mint flavor.

I took this brownie recipe (minus the black food coloring), halved the vanilla and added peppermint extract. I also halved the chocolate chips, and only added them to the base layer.

Once the brownie layer is whipped together, halve the batter between 2 bowls and add the chips to the bottom layer. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil, and spread the base layer evenly into the bottom of your dish.

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For the cheesecake layer, cream together one 8oz block of softened cream cheese with some Pyure, vanilla, and one egg. Lightly spoon the mixture evenly on top of the base layer, leaving a 1/4 – 1/2 inch border around the edge.

Carefully spoon the remaining batter on top, pushing it to the edges and gently down the edge with a thin spatula to “connect” the brownie layers.

The whole thing then bakes at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Don’t worry, at the end of the baking time it will look puffy, and almost “broken” on top. It’s ok! Once it cools, the cheesecake deflates and everything sets beautifully. The only catch is you have to be patient and let it come all the way down to room temperature before enjoying a slice.

Talk about holly jolly in my mouth! YUM.

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies (THM S)

  • Servings: 9-10
  • Time: about 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients, except for chocolate chips, together in a medium bowl. 3. Add the melted butter and coconut oil.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and cream, then add to the rest of the mixture.
  4. Halve the batter between two bowls, and fold the chocolate chips into the base layer.
  5. Spray an 8×8 pan with coconut oil, and pour in the base layer.
  6. Mix all the ingredients for the cheesecake layer together in a medium bowl until combined. Gently spoon the cheesecake filling on top of the base layer, leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch of brownie border around the edge.
  7. Gently spoon the other half of the brownie batter on top of the cheesecake layer, spreading it evenly over the top and running a spatula around the edges to seal the brownie layers.
  8. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. An inserted toothpick should come out mostly clean at the end of cooking.
  9. Cool completely to room temperature before slicing.

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Chewy Double Gingersnaps (THM S)

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Hello, I’m Erin Murray, gingersnap neophyte.

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Everyone has a holiday cookie repertoire that they stick to pretty much every year. Growing up, baking cookies with my mom, her holiday goody stash consisted of red velvet cake (which I WILL turn into a THM cake one day,  BTW.), Danish wedding cookies, chocolate chip nut cookies, M&M cookies, peanut butter kiss cookies, and salted cashews covered in white chocolate.

As I started making my own holiday recipes, my cookie stash looked eerily similar to my moms. So, I decided to branch out. Before long, I was making shortbread, pumpkin bread, chocolate crinkles, pistachio kiss cookies, and holiday spiced nuts.

I hadn’t even sampled a gingersnap until a year ago. (I know. HOW did it take me so long?!) We were visiting my aunt after the New Year, and she makes these awesome vegan gingersnap cookies. And of course my kids were eating them like they were going out of style.

As cookie season rolled around this year, I vowed to try a THM gingersnap recipe.

This recipe does NOT disappoint. I used two different kinds of ginger: ground and fresh grated, rich blackstrap molasses, and spicy allspice for a little *kick*.

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Once the dough is mixed, scoop it with a medium cookie scoop (about 1 Tsp in size) and form into balls between damp hands. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1-1 1/2 inches apart.

*NOTE: You have the option to roll the unbaked cookie balls into coconut sugar, if you like. Some enjoy that “candy coating” the sugar rolling provides. If you’re worried about sugar spikes, or don’t keep any coconut sugar in the house, don’t worry about it. I only rolled about 6 of 2 dozen in coconut sugar, and I honestly found them on the verge of too sweet. Tread lightly, my friends!

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Bake them in a 350 (or 325 for dark pans) degree oven for 10 minutes, press them down with the flat of a glass or measuring cup, and bake an additional 3-5 minutes.

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These cookies come out soft, chewy, and bursting with rich ginger-y flavor.

Om nom!

Double Gingersnaps (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 24 cookies
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together the softened butter, sweetener, and molasses.
  3. Add almond flour, coconut flour, eggs and yolk, ground ginger, baking soda, salt, allspice, and fresh ginger and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. Scoop dough with a Tablespoon or medium-sized cookie scoop, and roll the dough between dampened hands to form balls.
  5. Place the dough about 1-1 1/2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, lightly press the cookies down with the bottom of a glass, and bake an additional 3-5 minutes.
  7. Cool and enjoy!

Microwave Peppermint Meltaways (THM S)

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I bring you yet another easy, yet impressive holiday treat – meltaway candy.

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If you haven’t had a meltaway before, it’s quite simply chocolate with a more buttery, soft texture. It’s still firmly set at room temperature, but a little “snap” is taken away and you’re left with buttery, chocolatey goodness.

This recipe uses just 3 (THREE!) simple ingredients to create festive and impressive holiday candy.

I used 85% dark chocolate for this recipe, and sweetened it a touch using some liquid stevia. You could also use Lily’s chocolate chips, and they wouldn’t need any additional sweetener.

Start by melting the chocolate of your choice with 2 Tablespoons of all vegetable shortening (I used Nutiva, but any red palm/coconut oil blend will do. The softer the better!). I chose to do this in the microwave, as it takes less time. If you don’t have a microwave, or don’t like to use one, you can follow these same steps by melting the chocolate in a double boiler.

When the chocolate is completely melted, add liquid stevia (if using), 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, and a pinch of pink salt.

Start spooning the chocolate into your festive candy molds. I used some “heirloom” (I use that term loosely, as they are just old, cheap, and cute) plastic molds. Silicone candy molds are 100% fine to use also!

*NOTE: If you’re using plastic (maybe silicone also, I don’t have much experience with them. Use your best judgment!) molds, be sure to spray or lightly butter your molds before pouring the chocolate. They will pop out with ease after chilling.

After all the chocolate is poured, pop the candy molds into the fridge for about 30 minutes to set. Pop them out and enjoy at room temperature, or store them in a zip-top bag for later use.

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How cute are these?! And with barely 5 minutes of effort.

Peppermint Meltaways (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Melt the chocolate and shortening together in the microwave or double boiler.
  2. Add the peppermint, salt, and stevia (if using).
  3. Prepare your candy molds with a spritz of coconut oil or some soft butter. Pour the chocolate mixture by the tablespoon into each of the molds.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes, or until firm.
  5. Enjoy at room temperature or store in the fridge for later use.

Sweet & Salty Spiced Nuts (THM S)

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Spiced nuts are one of my most favorite things to make during the holidays. You can make a bunch of them at once, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Added bonus, they make your house smell like Santa’s armpit (which is amazing, by the way ^_~).

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I started a tradition a few years ago of  baking “thank you” treats for the people around us who work hard every day, teachers, neighbors, our YMCA community, etc., and spiced nuts are a must in their treat bags. Everyone loves them, and they’re easy to snack on.

This was my first year doing spiced nuts as a Trim Healthy Mama, and I gotta say…I’m pleasantly surprised. I honestly wouldn’t know these weren’t “traditional” nuts if I hadn’t made them myself.

The ingredients are so simple, I bet you already have them in your pantry/fridge. The prep only takes 5 minutes, and they bake for about an hour.

Start by whisking the water and egg whites until slightly frothy. Then add the nuts, and stir to coat them in the egg white mixture. Sprinkle with salt, cinnamon, and Pyure (or THM Gentle Sweet). Ready for the oven!

Spread them out into one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

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Bake in a 225 degree oven for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Stirring helps ensure that you have even coating on every nut, even baking on all sides, and no scorching.

*NOTE: If you have a darker baking sheet, it may take less than one hour. They’re done when the coating is completely dry and candied. They harden further as they cool.

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Finito! And with very little effort, I’d say. That’s a holiday classic done right! ^_~

Sweet & Salty Spiced Nuts (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 1 hour, 5 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 225.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites and water until slightly frothy.
  3. Add the nuts, and stir to coat.
  4. Sprinkle with sweetener, cinnamon, and salt and stir to coat.
  5. Spread the nuts into one, even layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 225 for about one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.