Spooky Ghost Brownies (made with barley flour)

It's time to get festive with some spooky ghost brownies.  These are very simple to make and add a nice spooky flare to your Halloween party.

The brownies are made using agave and barley flour.  The barley flour adds a nice nutty flavor, perfect for the season.  Don't forget that whole wheat flour is not the only whole grain flour out there.  There are so many more that lend different flavors and textures to your baked goods.  So don't be afraid to experiment with barley, oat, rye, quinoa, and spelt, among many others.

Spooky Ghost Brownies

  • 1 cup agave*
  • 1/2 cup oil*
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 T cocoa powder*
  • 1 tsp vanilla*
  • 3/4 cup barley flour*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder*
  • marshmallows
  • white chocolate*
  • mini chocolate chips*
  • regular size chocolate chips*

*These ingredients can be found in our store.

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray an 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick spray. 
  2. Mix agave, oil, eggs, cocoa,and vanilla together until blended. Sir in barley flour and baking powder.  
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool and cut into 2-inch squares.
  5. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
  6. Place a marshmallow on top of each brownie square.
  7. With a spoon, pour white chocolate on top of each marshmallow and allow to drip down the sides, covering the marshmallow.
  8. When the chocolate is mostly set, but still soft to the  touch, stick two mini chocolate chips and one regular size chocolate chips on to form a ghost face.

Brownie recipe from Attracting Wellness.

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Apple Bread

Fall is here and that means fall flavors.  Apple, pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon...among others.  Today we bring you apple bread.  It's like banana bread, but made with apples instead and spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Apple Bread

  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded apples
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup oat bran

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans
  3. In a large bowl, mix sour cream, sugar, applesauce, eggs, spices, and apples
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and the baking soda
  5. Add dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir just until moist
  6. Divide evenly between the two pans
  7. Sprinkle with the sugar/oat mixture
  8. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

 Recipe slightly adapted from thefrugalgirls.com.

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Truffles

You may think it's a little early for truffles and candy making, but we at Kitchen Kneads think it's always time for homemade candy.  And when you introduce pumpkin into the mix it definitely time for some Autumn candy making.

These little things are addicting.  It's a good thing they're so easy to make.  You might consider doubling or tripling the recipe.

The coating I used is our Kreamy Coating, which is similar to almond bark.  The white chocolate I used in the centers was our White Caps, which is made with butter fat and lends a richer flavor.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Truffles

  • 2/3 cup finely ground Biscoff cookies (or graham crackers)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate, melted
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 oz white chocolate for coating

  1. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and melted white chocolate. Stir in ground cookies and set in the fridge for half an hour.
  2. Roll 1 inch balls and place them on parchment paper. If it becomes too sticky to roll, put it back in the fridge to firm up more. Place a toothpick in each ball and freeze them for at least half an hour before coating with chocolate.
  3. Melt white chocolate and dip each frozen ball in the melted chocolate and transfer them onto parchment paper. Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on each truffle if desired.

*Recipe slightly adapted from OMG Chocolate Desserts.

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Jelly Filled Donuts

You can make your own donuts.  You CAN!  You can even fill them with JELLY!  A few simple tools and materials that you already have in your kitchen, plus a bag of the best fillings, and you are on your way to delicicity on a one way, crème-filled bus.  It’s easy!

This is the perfect thing to make on a day when you have nowhere to go and nothing to do.  They're not hard to make, but they do take a lot of time (mostly rising time).  But they're definitely worth it.

We carry these pastry fillings that are used in bakeries.  I've used them many times and I love them.  (Look here for another example.)  They're so convenient and taste wonderful.

I've always been a little hesitant to fry because I don't like things to be oily.  But with a little research, I found that shortening is very ideal for frying.  It doesn't seep into the dough, leaving it greasy.  Instead, it fries the outside to a nice, flaky, golden "crust".

Jelly Filled Donuts

*These items can be found in our store.

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add 2 cups flour; mix well. Let stand in a warm place for 30 minutes. Add the egg yolks, egg, sugar, salt, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Beat in butter and remaining flour. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. 
  2. Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/2 in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 35 minutes.
  3. In a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Cool for 2-3 minutes; cut a small slit with a sharp knife on one side of each doughnut. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a very small round tip. Fill with jelly. Fill each doughnut with about 1 tablepoon jelly. Carefully roll warm doughnuts in sugar or mix up a thin glaze of powdered sugar and water to the consistency you like and dip the donuts in.  Yield: About 2-1/2 dozen.

*Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home.

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Cheesecake Dream

I was looking through the Kitchen Kneads cookbook the other day and ran across this recipe.  For some reason I had never noticed it before, but it sounded so good, I had to make it.

I was right.  It's delicious.  It has a very nutty flavor not only because of the nuts, but also because of the whole wheat flour.  This is a recipe you need to make if you want a cheesecake, but don't want to take the time to make a full-size one.  It will definitely satisfy any cheesecake craving.

Cheesecake Dream

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried sugar cane
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease an 8x8 pan, set aside.
  2. In a mixer, combine brown sugar, flour, and nuts.  Mix well.  Stir in butter until combined.  Reserve 1/3 cup of the mixture.  Pat gently into prepared pan and bake for 12-18 minutes.
  3. Beat cream cheese and dried sugar cane until smooth.  Beat in remaining ingredients.  Pour over crust.
  4. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture on top.  
  5. Bake 25 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and cut into 2-inch squares.

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Homemade Wool Dryer Balls

You're right- wool dryer balls aren't food.  So, what do they have to do with Kitchen Kneads?  I'll tell you- essential oils.  We are not only advocates of healthy eating, but also just general healthy living.  That means we carry essential oils and medicinal herbs.

Lately we've been delving into the world of cleaning with essential oils.  Laundry should not be excluded from that.

Wool dryer balls save you time, energy, and money by decreasing the drying time.  As they roll around in the dryer, they separate and fluff your laundry, allowing air to circulate better and may decrease your drying time by 25-50%.  The more balls you use, the faster the drying time will be.

Wouldn't you also like to get rid of those nasty chemicals that are in commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets, but still have a nice, fresh scent on your clothes?  This is where essential oils come in.  Before you put your wool dryer balls in the dryer, put 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil onto each ball, toss them into the dryer, and let them do their work.  Lavender is a popular choice, but lemon or any of the citrus oils will work nicely too.  Really, use whatever oil you prefer.

So, how do you make them?  First you'll need some wool yarn.  It has to be 100% wool or other animal yarn, otherwise it won't felt and hold together.

Next, wrap the yarn around three of your fingers about 20 times.

Slide it off your fingers and wrap the yarn around the middle, creating something that looks like a bow.  Then fold that in half and wrap around the middle again.

From there, start winding the yarn around your little ball (tightly) until it grows to the size of a tennis ball.

When it's the size you want, tuck the end of the yarn under some of the other strands of yarn to secure it.  (I actually threaded the end onto a yarn needle and poke the end through the middle of the ball to secure it.)

Repeat this process until you have four or more balls.

Now you'll need one leg of an old pair of pantyhose.  I actually used an old pair of my 2-year-old's tights and they worked well.  Put one ball in the toe of the pantyhose and tie a knot to keep it in place.  Next, put another ball in and tie a knot on top of that.  Repeat until all the balls are in.

Now for the felting process.  This will cause the yarn fibers to fuse together so the balls don't come apart when you're using them as dryer balls.  Put your balls into the washer and wash on the hottest setting and then dry them on the hottest setting in your dryer.  (I actually repeated this process twice because after the first time my wool balls didn't appear to have fully felted.)

After they're completely dry, they're ready to use!  Put 2-3 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oil on each ball and toss them in the dryer with your next load of laundry.  This amount of essential oils should last for a few loads.  Add more oil if you'd like a stronger scent.

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The 10 Most Handy Kitchen Gadgets You Should Have

There are lots of things we have in our kitchens.  Some of them we use all the time and others we rarely use.  I've put together a list of 10 gadgets that the Kitchen Kneads crew and myself use all the time.  Things that are practically indispensable in our kitchens.

1. My Favorite Spatula.  That's really what it's called, although it really is my favorite spatula.  I ended up getting a second one because one seemed to always be in use.  It's great for removing cookies from the cookie sheet because of its flexibility and the beveled edge.  I use it for getting enchiladas out of the pan because of its length.

2. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons.  Measuring spoons are a no-brainer in any kitchen, but it pays to have a set of high quality ones.  Stainless steel is my choice of material because it's less likely to break, doesn't stain, and doesn't retain any odors.

3.  Stainless Steel Measuring Cups.  Like measuring spoons, measuring cups are also indispensable in any kitchen.  I like these particular ones for the same reasons as the measuring spoons, but I also love the handles.  You get a more accurate measure because nothing can pile up on the handle.

4. Silicone Spoonula.  This is my all-time favorite kitchen gadget.  I have multiple spoonulas in my kitchen because I use them so frequently.  It's perfect for scraping down bowls, scraping out the last delicious bits of cake batter into the pan, stirring anything, and serving anything.  It's made of silicone, which resists heat up to 400 degrees and it stays flexible to get into every curve of every bowl.

5. Square End Spatula.  Yes, this spatula really is very useful.  Think brownies, sheet cake, and bars.  I use this spatula all the time for serving things that are baked in a rectangular baking pan or a sheet pan.  It's small, so it's easy to get the first piece of dessert out of the pan.  From there, the size of the serving part is a perfect size for a bar or brownie to be.  The stainless steel spatula is not flexible, making it easy to get desserts out of the pan without sacrificing the bottom of the dessert.

6. My Favorite Scraper.  Okay, so what is this?  Most commonly this scraper is used for scraping stuck-on food off of dishes.  It makes the task easy and fast.  I've also used it to scrape stuff off of counter tops.  It can also be used to cut small pieces of dough for things like monkey bread.  We've also had customers buy these to use on grout when installing tiles.

7.  Santoku Knife.  No kitchen is complete without a good knife.  In this knife, hollow recesses along the blade edge prevent foods from sticking, resulting in clean slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing.  The handle is very comfortable to grip.

8. Mid-Sized Whisk.  This is a 9" stainless steel whisk.  I've had one for several years and use it every time I need a whisk because the larger ones are just that - too large.  This one is the perfect size for smaller hands, smaller pots, and smaller bowls.  For me, it's more comfortable to use and because of the smaller size, it does a more effective job because you can get more movement.

9. Tomato/Strawberry Corer.  Okay, so what is this thing?  I'll tell you it's the most handy way to get the core out of a tomato or strawberry.  Knives make it awkward to get the core out and most of the time you end up taking out more than just the core.  This handy little guy scoops the core out in one quick twist of the wrist.

10.  Strawberry/Mushroom Slicer.  You probably have one of these, but with wire blades for slicing eggs, right?  While the wires are great for soft things like eggs, sometimes it's nice to be able to slice something harder into uniform slices.  Like strawberries, mushrooms, kiwi, and bananas.  I made a fruit pizza a while back and my then 2-year-old helped me slice all the fruit with this slicer.  It's that easy to use.

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