Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  How do you celebrate?

This year my husband and I are staying in with the kids because we’re having dinner out next weekend with friends.  I always buy my kids some little sweet treat to celebrate and this year I made their classes Shortbread Bars with Cinnamon Heart Buttercream. It’s so good!

I also made some Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies for the first time this week.  I used coconut flour instead of regular flour, which I had never used before, and it gave it an amazing taste.  These cookies baked up so moist too and stayed moist for days after. Everyone that tasted them has asked for the recipe!

Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies | A Sweet Baker

Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies | A Sweet Baker

Have you been watching any of the Olympics?

I’ve been enjoying the skiing and skating competitions and we’re even getting to watch a bit of the action during the lunch break at school.  Our cafeteria and main foyer have TV’s that have been tuned to the Olympics so we can all get in the spirit of the games.  It’s amazing how much skill and talent we have in our great country.  I’m definitely proud to be Canadian!

Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies | A Sweet Baker

Whatever your plans are for Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a great day and get to spend it with those special in your life!

Gluten Free Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies | A Sweet Baker


Recipe from an insert in the Bulk Barn (no credit listed).

Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles

Today I’m bringing you Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles (with browned butter, of course!). Since some of you might have leftover Halloween candy hanging around, these cookies would be perfect to use up those extra caramels!  Soft, fluffy cookies with creamy caramel inside – sounds good, doesn’t it?

Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles | A Sweet Baker

When it comes to baking, my favorite spice to use is definitely cinnamon.  So when I found out that Snickerdoodles have cinnamon in them, I couldn’t believe that I had never tried one before.   I quickly whipped up a batch and added the creamy goodness of caramel inside!  This was also the first time that I used browned butter in a recipe and I was quite pleased with the outcome.  The browned butter smelled so nutty and caramel-y that it was a great addition.

Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles | A Sweet Baker

Having three kiddies and a husband with a big sweet tooth, these cookies didn’t last long in my house! Everyone said they were one of the best cookies they’ve had.   We all thought the caramel inside the cookie was the best part.  I even added some coarse sea salt to the tops which went perfect with the caramel.

If you like cinnamon and caramel then you should really make these cookies.  Don’t forget to brown your butter as well, it really adds so much flavor.

Caramel Filled Snickerdoodles | A Sweet Baker


Recipe slightly adapted from The Recipe Critic

Cinnamon & Brown Sugar French Toast Roll-Ups #GayLeaFoods #Giveaway

I have some great news!

First of all, I am so excited to say that for the next year I will be bringing you delicious recipes once a month using Gay Lea Food products.  There’s a bunch of great bloggers who all became Gay Lea Food Ambassadors this past month and I’m so excited to be a part of this great community.

Second, I made you these delicious Cinnamon & Brown Sugar French Toast Roll-Ups made with Gay Lea’s NEW Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables butter and you have a chance to win a year’s supply of their NEW product!

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Apple Pie Pancakes

It seem as though there’s a thousand different kinds of apples.  I went to buy apples the other day and there were apples that I’ve never heard of before.  I love the variety but I never know which ones to buy anymore.  I like crisp, kinda sour, juicy ones, so I normally go for McIntosh but I also like a crisp Red Delicious and a fresh Royal Gala.  For these Apple Pie Pancakes I used some apples that were given to me from a co-worker who grows them on her farm.  I honestly have no clue what kind they are but they were delicious.

Apple Pie Pancakes | A Sweet Baker

It’s a tradition in our house every Saturday morning to make pancakes, french toast or waffles.  It’s one day where we can all sit down together for breakfast.  My husband is usually the cook and we all wait in anticipation as he whips up something delicious.

Apple Pie Pancakes | A Sweet Baker

This past weekend I suggested we make Apple Pie Pancakes and my husband quickly agreed and set into action before I even rolled out of bed.  My husband is the main cook in our house and every night he makes us a delicious meal, pulling things out of the fridge and cupboards, tossing in a bit of this and that, and never measuring anything.  That’s why the baking is left up to me because, as you know, baking usually involves careful measuring of ingredients.

Apple Pie Pancakes | A Sweet Baker

Apple Pie Pancakes | A Sweet Baker

So, when I gave my husband the task of making these Apple Pie Pancakes I gave him strict instructions to write down all the ingredients.   Well, guess what?  He didn’t!  He did, however, use his mom’s pancake recipe but he made up his own apple pie filling.  I sure hope his memory is better than his listening skills!



Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake

Anything with cinnamon in it always grabs my attention.  So when I saw this recipe for Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake I knew I was going to make it as soon as I had the chance.  It was probably one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had!

Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake | A Sweet Baker

First off, this cheesecake starts with a Cinnamon Bun Batter for the crust.  Next time I would add some cinnamon to the crust mixture as it is, after all, a cinnamon bun crust!  Nevertheless, it still tasted amazing!

The next layer is the cheesecake filling and then the cinnamon filling goes on top, followed by more cinnamon bun batter.   You have to somehow swirl all of these together in the pan, which I found rather hard.  I would mix these two layers together in the bowl before placing in the pan.

Lastly, the cream cheese icing.  I always add a bit of cinnamon to my cream cheese icing because, once again, you can never have too much cinnamon!

Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake | A Sweet Baker

From the picture above you can see the big chunks of cinnamon filling which were pretty tasty but needed to be broken up a bit more because not everyone likes to get a big mouthful of sweetness all at once (crazy, eh?).  That’s why I would incorporate the batter and filling before putting it into the pan.

I took this Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake to a dinner/pool party we had with friends and everyone at the party loved it.  I even caught one of the guys, who said he didn’t like cheesecake, scarfing down half a piece!  Ya, it’s that good!

Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake | A Sweet Baker

Cinnamon Bun Cheesecake | A Sweet Baker

As you’re reading this I’m back up at the cottage for another week to relax before school starts and I go back to work.  I’ll be totally un-plugged for the whole week and I can’t wait to put my feet up, read a good book and spend time with the people I love the most!