The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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Gingersnaps (Refined Sugar + Gluten Free!)

I feel like fall has officially started. We finally have weather colder than 85 degrees here in NorCal which means I have an excuse to make as many fall like recipes as I want.  I absolutely LOVE fall baking especially if I’m making gingersnaps.

One bite out of these gingersnaps and you’ll taste an explosion of spices and that prominent sweet ginger. It’s basically the definition of fall in your mouth.

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Did I mention that they’re gluten free? And refined sugar free? And dairy free? Yup. The best part is that you wouldn’t even know what was missing if you ate one.

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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake (Picture Tutorial)

Today’s recipe is a twist to a favorite summer treat! I made a s’mores chocolate chip cookie cake!

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Yup. Pure chocolatey marshmallowey (<–yes, I just made up that word) goodness.

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The Liebster Award!

Hi everyone! I have some very exciting news to share! I was nominated for The Liebster Award!

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First of all, I would like to give a big thanks to Channyn from Desserts For Sharing for nominating me! So please check out her wonderful blog at dessertsforsharing.wordpress.com!

Here are all the rules for this award:

1.) Link back to the person who nominated you.

2.) Share 11 facts about yourself.

3.) Answer 11 questions that were asked by the person who nominated you.

4.) Nominate 11 people who you think deserve the Liebster Award.

5.) Ask 11 questions to your nominees to answer. 

First, you guys get to know a little bit more about me. Here are 11 facts:

1.I’m short for my age- (4’11”  and proud)

2.My favorite and hardest subject at school is math.

3.I’m obsessed with reading and books.

4.I’m a very shy and soft spoken person.

5.I love to play ping ping as a hobby.

6.I have one sibling- an annoying 6 year old brother.

7.I hate flying on planes, but I love to travel.

8.I love being in water, but I’m a terrible swimmer.

9.Even though I bake a lot, my family is very health conscious.

10. I’ve memorized almost every single quote from the movie “Frozen” .____.

11. I was born and raised in California.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

1.) Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog so I could share everything I baked with the whole world.

2.) What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide a link.)

My favorite post I’ve written would probably be this one because it was one of my most favorite cakes I have made!

3.) What’s your favorite dessert?

I have many favorite desserts, but my most favorite would have to be a nice soft slice of red velvet cake with sweet cream cheese frosting.

4.) How do you take your coffee/tea?

I don’t usually drink coffee or tea, but when I drink coffee, I have it with a lot of milk and sugar. 🙂

5.) What’s your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to become a pastry chef and hopefully write a cookbook.

6.) If money wasn’t a concern, where would you choose to live?

I would probably just stay in California, but I would travel to a lot of different places for vacation.

7.) What’s your favorite thing to cook or bake?

I really love to bake any dessert, including cakes, cookies, brownies, etc.

8.) Mountains or the ocean?

Ocean, but mountains come close. ^^

9.) What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book of course has to be a Harry Potter book, but I can’t choose which one!

10.) What is your go to snack?

I love to munch on anything salty as a snack (I save the sweets for dessert)

11.) What’s your go-to recipe on a weeknight?

I don’t really cook or bake much on a weeknight because of school, unless I’m baking for an event. When I do bake, I usually go for something simple like a classic vanilla cake. 

Here are 11 amazing blogs that I think deserve this award!

Of Pots and Pens

Happy Cake Studio

It’s All About The Cake In A Cup

Baked In Heaven

More Sprinkles

Lost In Cake

Cookie Monster Gone Primal

Baking Addiction

Pen Pals and Cookin’ Gals

The Sweet Lab

Healthy Cooking Jar

 Here 11 questions for the nominees:

1.Favorite holiday and why?

2.Books or movies?

3.How would you spend the last day of your life?

4.Cakes or Cookies?

5.What’s your favorite season of the year?

6.When’s your birthday?

7.Do you prefer sweet or salty?

8.Favorite childhood book?

9.If you could have any superpower what would it be?

10.When did you start writing your blog?

11.If you could have any animal as a pet, what animal would it be? (Yes, it can be imaginary)


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Cumin (zeera) Cookies

Last week I made something that I have been wanting to bake for a long time – sweet and salty zeera (cumin) cookies!  Making the cookies was an easy process and involved just a few ingredients.

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Theses cookies are a little bit salty with a hint of sweetness. They are crispy and golden brown. The cumin seeds give a unique taste and flavor to the cookies. A great little snack to munch on….

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Directions:

Cumin Cookies

Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients:

8 oz. Of butter

4 oz. Of sugar

.35 oz. Of salt

1.5 oz. Of eggs

12 oz. Of all-purpose flour

3 tsp. of cumin

Directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl.

2. Gradually add the egg(s), mixing well after each addition.

3. Sift flour and salt into a medium sized bowl. Whisk in cumin.

4. Add dry mixture into butter mixture into two parts, beating until flour is absorbed. Don’t over mix.

5. Shape dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

6. Roll out dough between two pieces of parchment paper. The dough should be ¼ inch thick.

7. Cut out circles out of the dough with a circle cutter.

8. Place cut outs on a baking sheet lined with parchment and sprinkle circles with a bit of cumin to garnish.

9. Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.