A “Healthy” Cookie for Lefty Baking Life

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Hello all! I hope your weekend has been nice and relaxing. Mine has been filled with baking, decorating my apartment and going to see art…not to worry, there will be updates on all of that this week! Anyways, as is usual for a Sunday evening, tonight’s post features the most recent baked good for Lefty Baking Life. If these cookies sound delicious to you, simply donate to the go fund and send me your info and I will ship you some cookies! 
Now on to the cookies. These are supposedly a healthy cookie recipe as there is no sugar in it. However, there is quite a bit of maple syrup so between that, the chocolate, and the raspberries, it is still sweet but not over the top. It is also relatively simple to make. My first “healthy” recipe and I think it went well! 
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Ingredients: 
1 cup instant oats
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
6 tbsp fresh raspberries, diced
2 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips…not gonna lie, I put 3 tbsp in the dough and then a smattering on top
Directions:
Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. And I mean gently other wise your raspberries will basically disintegrate.
Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325 and line baking sheets with parchment paper
I used a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough onto the baking sheets and then press some chocolate chips onto the top and slightly flatten the cookies.
Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes.
Mine made 32! 
Let me know what you think and if you want any, go to the facebook page or the go fund! Until next time, XO. 

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Sprinkle Cookies with a Chocolate Twist

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Hello all and happy Monday! Yesterday ended up being so crazy and I am so sad I wasn’t able to blog because it was National Left-Handed Day! But I did buy a futon for my apartment and get it all assembled! Let me tell you, never have I felt more accomplished than after buying a piece of furniture and putting it together by myself. I am getting so excited about my apartment and there are going to start being posts about it this week as I finish getting it decorated. 
As sad as I am that I didn’t blog on National Left-Handed Day, it is not that big of a deal because every day is left-handed day for me. One of the main reasons I named the blog Lefty Living Life is because I am left-handed, but I also identify very strongly as a lefty. It is just one of those aspects of my life that has come to define me. Next year, I think I’m going to have a Lefty party! Maybe I’ll even make these cookies.
Let me tell you about these cookies. These are the first thing available on Lefty Baking Life and I am obsessed with them. First of all, it is my sprinkle cookie recipe that I talk about all the time and love. This time though, I mixed up the icing a little and added chocolate chips and somehow they are even better. I am so pleased that another of my own recipes worked out and that it was able to kick off Lefty Baking Life. If you want some, there are a couple still available so just go to my go fund, donate, and then send me your address through our facebook page or email (leftylivinglife@gmail.com). I’ll then send you the cookies in the mail! Until next time, XO
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting: 3/4 cup butter, room temp
2 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions:
With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you frost them.
Frosting: With a hand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt and mix on low speed until combined then increase the speed and mix for about 3 minutes. Add more sugar or cream if too thick or thin.
Place as much frosting as you like on the cookies and then finish with sprinkles. At first, I only frosted some of them, but the frosting really adds something so I would definitely recommend it! 
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Lefty Baking Life

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bars
Hello all for the second time today! My first day was so fabulous! My job is off to a great start and I took another load of stuff to my apartment this morning. I also am in the final stages of the logo design for my online consignment store…hopefully more updates on that to come soon. 
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Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookie Bars
You may have started wondering why all of the photos in this post are food related. Well, let me tell you! In addition to a new job and a new apartment, I also launched my newest project today. It is called Lefty Baking Life and I have been dying to tell you about it! 
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Better Than Sex Cake
As you have probably noticed, I have been posting a lot more recipes lately because I love to bake and I love being able to share that with other people. So, Lefty Baking Life is an opportunity for me to bake more and be able to share that with all of you! 
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Blueberry stuffed cupcakes with blueberry jam and cream cheese frosting
Every week I will be posting on the Facebook page a baked good of the week. If you want that baked good, send me a donation through my go fund. All of the donations will go to buying supplies for the baked good and shipping them out. The more you donate, the more baked goods I will send you! 
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Chocolate muffins with cream cheese filling
If you want a specific thing, feel free to message me a request and I will make that the next week. I will also be doing custom orders. I am so excited about this and I can’t wait to start experimenting with recipes. I would love any and all feedback so please email me or message me! Until next time, XO. 
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