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                                  Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Need a healthier chocolate chip cookie Here's my take.


                 1 Cup Self-rising flour                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup Almond Meal
                 1/2 cup Oat flour
                 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
                 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

                 1 Stick Butter/Margarine
                 2 eggs

                 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips


                 Preheat oven to 350*

                 In a bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients.  Then add the butter or margarine.
                 Once mixed blend in the Chocolate Chip.

               Using almond and oat flours helps to decrease the bad carbs, almond meal                                                    actually adds protein.
                 Bake for 15 minutes, let cool.

                 Eat and enjoy!

                                                                                            Keep it easy!
                                                                                          Yvonne Doñate

                Added January 17 , 2016

                                             Chocolate Snickers Snowballs

                      Looking for a delectable winter treat, try this take on the classic
                      Snickers snowball. The original recipe is a shortbread recipe but
                      sadly not everyone can eat shortbread, so i developed this cookie.
                      Shortbread is also easily overbaked and this recipe solves that
                      problem for new bakers.

                      1 Cup Self-rising flour
                      1/4 cup Almond flour
                      1/2  cup Brown sugar
                      1/4 cup Cocoa powder
                      1/8 cup Quick oats

                      1 egg
                      1 stick butter/margarine
                      1 tsp Vanilla
                      3/4 cup snickers baking bits

                      1 cup powdered sugar, for dipping


            Preheat oven to 375*

          In a bowl, mix the first 5 dry ingredients together. Then add egg,
          margarine and Vanilla. Mix well then fold in the Snickers pieces.

        TIP: Melt butter in microwave for about 30 secs.

          Form into balls and place on cookie sheet, bake for 12-14 minutes

          Remove from baking sheet let cool for a few minutes then dip in
          powdered sugar. You can place powdered sugar in a bag to coat

          Enjoy while they last, my kids loved these and they were devoured in
          about 10 secs. Yield about 15 cookies.
                                                                    Keep it Easy!
                                                                  Yvonne Doñate

        Added December 19, 2015

                                         Snow-Capped Chocolate Crunch Cookies

                        Gearing up for the Holidays. Need a new holiday cookie on your
                        menu. These Candy Cane cookies are the bomb. Easy to do using
                        pre-packaged cookie mix, and very good after dinner cookie.
                        Sure to become a holiday favorite. 


                       1 pckg of Double Chocolate Chip Cookie mix.
                       3/4 Cups Peppermint Chips
                       1 Teaspoon of Mint extract, optional
                       1 cup Powdered Sugar, for dipping


                       Preheat oven as directed.
                       Prepare cookie mix per package directions, then simply fold in
                       the candy cane pieces, add the Mint extract if desired.

                       Bake about 12 minutes let cool and dip the tops in powdered sugar.       

                                                                                                      Keep it easy!
                                                                                                    Yvonne Doñate

            Added  November  7,  2015



                                                   Easter Nest Egg No-Bakes


               Looking for a cutesy  Easter treat , then look no furthur than these No-bake cookies. I can't                                  exactly take credit for these cute cookies, other people have made these, but this is an                                          updated version with different ingredients, because I don't like the taste of the other                                            versions. Try these if you didnt like the other version too.  These chocolatey cookies come                                    in with 15 minutesof prep time.  And some time to cool off time, kids will love them, but                                        maybe you should eat them indoors, we wouldnt want a momma bird pecking you to death,                                protecting her "babies" from your greedy tummy, lol! 


                                 2 Cups of Pretzel sticks, Broke in Half
                                 1 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips
                                 1/8 Cup of Milk
                                 1/4 Cup of Peanut Butter
                                 1/4 Cup of Pecans (optional)
                                 1 Pckg Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs



                   Prepare your Pretzel Sticks by breaking them in half, then set aside.  In a boiler 
                   pan, add the Milk, Chocalate Chips and Peanut Butter.  When all is melted add                                                        the Pecans then the Pretzel Sticks. 

                   Remove from heat , then place spoonfuls of the mixture on Wax or Parchment paper for cooling.                          Top with the "Eggs" 2-3 per cookie & refridgerate for 30- 60 Minutes
                  Then eat and enjoy. 


         As you can see these festive cookies are easy to prepare. With just 6 Ingredients simple too. If your                     using this recipe for a potluck, double or triple your ingredients. Festive doesn't have to be difficult.                        


                                                                                                      Keep it Easy!
                                                                                                   Yvonne Doñate

               Added  March  29,  2015, Palm Sunday




                                                           Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

                These cookies are a delicious confection of chocolate. You have heard I LOVE CHOCOLATE!                                   No really, I love chocolate. I have had this recipe for about 20 years. Gosh, I can't believe                                       I'm - years old. Oh wait a minute you thought I was gonna share my age. Share yours                                           first then I'll tell u mine. These cookies are naturally gluten free since they contain no flour                                     and they are so good, you won't miss the flour.  They will satisfy your need for chocolate                                       with just one or two. 


                               2 Cups Sugar
                               1/2 Cup Margarine ( 1 Stick) 
                               1/2 Cup Milk 

                             Note: Whole or 2% milk, no skim or 1%

                             1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
                             2  Cups Oatmeal
                            1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

                            1 Tsp Vanilla Extract



                         In a non-stick Saucepan mix the Sugar , Margarine, Milk together Stirring Frequently on                               medium high heat. Bring to a boil and boil for at least 3 minutes and continue stirring. This is                               the basis for many home candies. Then add the Peanut butter and Cocoa, keep stirring until                                 melted in and then remove from heat. 

                Then add the Oatmeal and Vanilla .  Mix together and drop heaping tablespoons onto wax paper. 

                 Tip: This cookie works best with prepping ahead.  Example: Oatmeal measured in a bowl and                                       cocoa and P.B. measured and ready.  Wax paper set and ready. I usually just use one pan                                       for easier clean up and add my Oatmeal to the saucepan. Do whatever you need to and                                       keep it easy on yourself. 

                 Let Cool then remove from Wax paper and I place mine in a storage container in the Fridge. 
                 Can be stored in Fridge for about 2 weeks. 


                                                                                               Eat and Enjoy! 

                   Added Nov 9, 2014



                          Flourless Monster Cookie



        This flourless Homemade cookie is just enough sweetness to satisfy a       sweet tooth but not so much sugary that it ruins your waste-line or your         diet. Even if you are not Gluten sensitive, the fact that it uses no butter     or margarine, which means there is not a lot of fats in the cookie. No white     sugar, means it has less sugar period than the normal monster cookie. Since     PB is Healthy for you and there is no flour that means dare I say, Can u         call it healthy, lol. Ok maybe not, ha! 

  Now, I have tasted some gluten free cookies & most make me go Yuuuk! But         this one is good, and even if your not gluten free, you'll like this cookie     which comes in at around 150 cal. per cookie, with less sugar and fats & is     bigger than that lil ole Oreo, sorry Oreo, lol. This cookie aims to satisfy. 


             2/3 cup Dried quick Oatmeal
             1 Tsp  Baking Soda

             2/3 Cup Peanut Butter
             1-1/2 Tsp  Vanilla 
             2 Large Eggs

             1  1/2 Cup Plain  M&M's

         TIP: Always use full flavored Peanut Butter, no Low-fat PB is                         typically too dry for recipes.


       Pre-heat oven at 350*

      Mix the Dry ingredients  (Oatmeal & Baking Soda). 
      In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (PB , Vanilla and eggs) 
      Then add the oatmeal mixture to the PB mixture after its mixed together         fold in the  M&M's.

      Drop by spoonfuls on to cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Remove             from cookie sheet and let cool. 

      NOTE:to make a Choco chip cookie simply substitute the same amount                    Chocolate Chips for the M& M's.

        With just 5 ingredients that makes this cookie EASY! Ha! 

                                           Keep it Easy, 
                                           Yvonne Doñate

    Added October 5, 2014