My famous pumpkin bread, reworked and made fantastic.
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees F)
3 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (note: in different climates I've had to use different amounts of baking soda, so use what works for your area)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Big dash of cinnamon (I don't measure, I go by how I feel that day)
Medium dash of nutmeg
Small dashes of pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and allspice
1/2 cup sugar (You can increase this to 3/4 cup as 1/2 cup makes a good but very unsweet loaf)
1 scoop protein powder
******* Yadda yadda, mix dry ingredients together before adding wet ingredients.
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup brewed pumpkin spice coffee (this is what makes my bread fantastic)
1 can pumpkin (I use Libby's, other brands taste weird to me)
******* Mix together, pour into greased bread pans (I use ... oh bother ... haha I don't know the dimensions)
Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, depending on your oven.
(Entire batch, assuming 1/2 cup sugar: est. 2815 calories; 2 loaves, 24 slices total: 117 calories/slice)
Another recipe that I just tried today and am going to make for Christmas gifts is a variation on Chocolate Chip Cookies (I can't help myself, I always have to tweak). Same book.
(Preheat oven to 375 degrees F)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 T. hot water
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder (the recipe actually calls for 1 Tbs. baking soda, but that has to be a misprint.)
Mix dry, mix wet, combine, make it look fluffy, add 1 cup mint chocolate baking chips. Arrange by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets, bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Notes: I think I could make them larger and they would still look adorable. Next time I'm going to sprinkle them with green sprinkles to make them look festive. And I don't know how many calories these cookies contain. Not sure I want to know.
And there you go. These two recipes will be my staple holiday fare this year since they're easy and fun to do. Enjoy!