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Brown Butter Spelt Blondies

If you are looking for a special treat to make, one that’s full of delicious surprises and not overly sweet, look no further than these decedent spelt flour blondies!

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These blondies are made with a combination of whole spelt and white spelt flours however you can certainly easily use all of which ever one you prefer. They start with a base of brown butter which is lovely with the whole spelt flour. Then, the batter is packed full of chopped, toasted walnuts and lots of smooth chocolate chips.

Each bite is full of delicious tastes that are just waiting to delight any blondie or brownie lover!!

Brown Butter Spelt Blondies
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A combination of whole spelt and white spelt flours give a wonderful balance to these brown butter blondies
Servings Prep Time
16 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
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A combination of whole spelt and white spelt flours give a wonderful balance to these brown butter blondies
Servings Prep Time
16 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment or foil
  2. Whisk together the spelt flours with the salt and set aside
  3. In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once it melts, keep a careful eye on it as the butter starts to foam and bubble. Once you start to see little brown bits on the bottom of the pan it is ready. Remove from heat and pour the melted butter into a large glass or metal mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment whip the eggs and vanilla together. Add in the brown sugar and whip until the eggs and sugar combine into a very light yellow and it "ribbons" nicely back into the bowl when whisk is lifted up - see example here: https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/fudgy-brownie-tips-recipe-article
  5. Fold the egg mixture into the cooled, melted butter. Then fold in the flour mixture into the eggs and butter in two batches. Keep folding until the flour is incorporated and no dry pockets of flour remain
  6. Gently fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Adjust length if you prefer your blondies a little more under done or a little more well done.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack
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Snowball Cookies

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A wonderfully traditional snowball cookie made with all of the goodness of spelt flour!
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36 cookies
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36 cookies
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A wonderfully traditional snowball cookie made with all of the goodness of spelt flour!
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36 cookies
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36 cookies
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  1. Toast the pecans on a baking sheet in the oven. You will know they are done when you just begin to smell them. Remove from oven. Cool for a few minutes then use a food processor to finely chop up all the toasted pecans.
  2. Sift the spelt flour into a bowl and set aside
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and 3/4 cup of the powdered sugar (the remaining powdered sugar will be used for rolling the baked cookies).
  4. When the butter and sugar is well combined add in the vanilla extract.
  5. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in the sifted spelt flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  6. When the flour is completely added begin raising the speed on the mixer to fully work all of the flour into the butter. Continue to scrape down the sides as needed. While still on high, beat in the chopped pecans.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes
To bake cookies
  1. Remove dough from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Roll cookies into balls (about 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie) and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes.
  5. Roll each cookie in the reserved 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar to coat thoroughly then place on a rack to cool. --This first layer of powdered sugar will melt into the cookie a bit and will help the final coating of powdered sugar stay in place.
  6. Once cookies are completely cool, roll each one again in the powdered sugar.
Recipe Notes

Sneak in some whole grains!!

You can replace anywhere from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup of the white spelt flour with whole spelt flour and it will work beautifully in this cookie!

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Spelt Thumbprint Cookies

Spelt Thumbprint Cookies
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These spelt flour thumbprint cookies are fabulously delicious with your favorite fruit preserves and are an unexpected treat when filled with orange marmalade!! They are quick and easy to make - perfect for those last minute holiday gifts or cookie exchanges!
Servings
24 cookies
Servings
24 cookies
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These spelt flour thumbprint cookies are fabulously delicious with your favorite fruit preserves and are an unexpected treat when filled with orange marmalade!! They are quick and easy to make - perfect for those last minute holiday gifts or cookie exchanges!
Servings
24 cookies
Servings
24 cookies
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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Sift together the flour and salt and set aside
  3. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. When well combined add in the vanilla and mix well.
  4. Add in the sifted flour mixture a little at a time over low speed. Scrape down the bowl often.
  5. When the flour is thoroughly combined, scoop out the dough using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, roll into a ball and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Press your thumb lightly into the middle of each dough ball. If the edges crack at all, use your fingers to press the dough together.
  7. Fill each thumbprint with a little scoop of your fruit preserves or marmalade. Do not overfill.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  9. Remove from oven and cool. Once completely cool, sprinkle each cookie with powdered sugar
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Apple Hand Pies

These delicious apple hand pies have a light crispy spelt crust!

This recipe uses shortening to make a vegan spelt crust. If you prefer, use a double batch of our all butter Easy Spelt Pie Crust instead.

Hand pies are the perfect way to make a comforting pie with only three apples – perfect for serving to a crowd – the perfect individual snack (or dessert)!

Apple Hand Pies
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12 hand pies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12 hand pies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 1 hour
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12 hand pies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
12 hand pies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 1 hour
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Dough
  1. With a dough cutter or food processor mix spelt flour, salt and sugar together.
  2. Cut in shortening until coarsely combined. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough comes together. Turn out dough onto a work surface and shape into a disk. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refridgerate for 1 hour to 2 days.
Filling
  1. In a large skillet combine diced apples, sugar, apple pie spice, corn starch and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until apples are soft. Remove from heat and let cool.
Assembly
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Remove dough from fridge and divide in half. On a floured work surface, roll out dough and cut into 5 inch rounds using a large circular cookie cutter or an upside down bowl that is about 5 inches in diameter. Continue rolling and cutting dough until 12 rounds are cut.
  3. Fill each round with a rounded soup spoon of apple filling (adjust amount of filling as needed). Fold dough round in half and pinch ends. Seal ends together by pressing fork tines around the edges.
  4. Place pies on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Cut small slits in each pie to release steam during baking. Then brush each pie with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

Use this vegan spelt crust recipe and technique to make other hand pies with a variety of fruit fillings or even a savory filling!!

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Summer Blackberries and Spelt

Summer berries make for some of the most magnificent and delicious desserts. Spelt flour is such a wonderful pairing with those berries, providing a lightly sweet nuttiness along side the tart & sweet bite of the berries. This time of year, strawberry and blueberry pies abound. However, blackberries are the really the star of summer […]

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The BEST Spelt Carrot Cake

Do you want to impress your friends and family with a fabulous Easter dessert?

Or maybe you just LOVE carrot cake??

This carrot cake is one of the best! Seriously.

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If your carrot cake hasn’t met spelt flour you are in for a treat! Not only is this recipe amazing, it’s also one of the healthier carrot cakes! It’s made with spelt flour and almost a pound and half of carrots – the butter has been taken out and replaced with a little oil and applesauce. The resulting cake is moist and delicious, no one will ever have a clue that this cake wasn’t made with butter.  It has a wonderfully rich bite, filled with carrots and pecans, the spices creating a lovely balance between savory and sweet.

A carrot cake of course has to have decadent cream cheese frosting. My stand-by is always this Martha Stewart Cream Cheese Frosting – it makes a ton allowing you to be super generous when frosting your cake. Yes, the frosting is most decidedly not healthy, but a better for you carrot cake more than evens the score. Hey, it’s all about balance when it comes to cake.

And forget coffee cake and cinnamon rolls – this cake is the perfect excuse to have cake for breakfast!! That is, if you have a slice or two left over!!

The BEST Spelt Carrot Cake
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A fantastic cake everyone will want to sink their fork into! It's made with spelt flour, carrots, applesauce and pecans so feel free to go ahead and call it a healthy cake!!
Servings
8-16 slices
Servings
8-16 slices
The BEST Spelt Carrot Cake
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A fantastic cake everyone will want to sink their fork into! It's made with spelt flour, carrots, applesauce and pecans so feel free to go ahead and call it a healthy cake!!
Servings
8-16 slices
Servings
8-16 slices
Ingredients
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  3. Shred the carrots using your food processor. You’ll need about 1 ½ pounds of carrots to get two cups. After they are all shredded, empty carrots onto several layers of paper towel and squeeze out all the excess liquid. Set aside.
  4. Toast pecans (about 7 minutes in your oven) and chop.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the white and brown sugars then add vanilla, eggs, oil, applesauce and mix together. Whisk until very few lumps of the brown sugar remain (ideally no lumps will remain but this is hard to do).
  6. In the bowl for your stand mixer combine spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and salt. When combined, add the shredded carrots and incorporate fully into all the flour. While your mixer is running on low, pour in the liquid mixture. When the liquid is mixed in add in the nuts.
  7. Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for about 35 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle of each cake should come out clean.
  8. Let cool completely before frosting!
Recipe Notes

1. Make cake ahead! You can bake the cake layers one day and then assemble and frost the next.
2. Do a crumb layer when you frost the cake, it makes all the difference in the world. After you have your layers together, apply a thin layer of frosting over the top and sides then refigerate for about 20 minutes. This allows you to then apply a nice thick layer of frosting without getting any cake crumbs getting into the mix.
3. Top cake with more toasted chopped pecans, whole pecans, toasted coconut - create beautiful carrot designs with frosting - whatever you want!

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Spelt Flour Pie Crust

Spelt pie crusts are absolutely delicious and bring many nutritional benefits to a dessert.  It is a healthy grain that is easily digested and adds lots of protein and vitamins to a dish. We hope you enjoy the many health benefits of spelt in your favorite pies this Fall season!

Spelt Flour Pie Crust Recipe
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  1. In a food processor, or a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, and powdered honey. Add your butter and pulse on and off until your mixture combines.
  2. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water in between pulsing and continue until just combined. Add more water if needed.
  3. If using a large bowl, to make the dough, cut in your butter until pea sized chuncks form and add water until it's all combined.
  4. The dough should hold together but not be super sticky.
  5. On a floured surface, divide your dough and pat into 2 equal disks. Roll out the first half of the dough into a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick circle.
  6. Transfer to a greased pie pan. Roll the other half of the dough to the same thickness. This is the top of your pie to be used after you fill your shell with the desired filling.
  7. You can leave the dough in a circle, don't forget to use your knife to cut a few slits in the top, seal the seams together, and flute the edges to make it pretty!
  8. Cover pie with a sheet of aluminum foil and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes, cut into slices.
  10. Enjoy! 🙂
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Spelt Christmas Cake

Here’s a great recipe from across the pond – for a Christmas cake made with spelt flour.

This recipe is compliments of Cathy’s Spelt for Health, located in County Wicklow in Ireland.  Cathy says this recipe is easy enough for beginners.  So, if you haven’t attempted a spelt cake yet, maybe it’s time? Try it out, and let us know what you think.

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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Brush tin with melted margarine and line the sides and bottom with double grease proof paper.
  3. Sieve together flour, mixed spice, and nutmeg.
  4. Place all ingredients together in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until well-mixed. (About 3 to 4 minutes)
  5. Place the mixture in a prepared tin and smooth out top with a wet spoon.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 hours and 30 minutes, approximately, depending on the oven.
  7. Test the cake by pressing on top with a spoon. It should feel firm. Also, with a skewer, poke the center of the cake, and it should come out clean.
  8. Once baked, leave the cake to cool overnight in its tin and remove all paper and tin the next day.
  9. To store your cake, wrap it in grease proof paper and tin foil.
  10. Enjoy! 🙂
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Vegan Spelt Chocolate Cashew Cookies

“These cookies remind me of the quintessential home made cookie.  A little crisp on the bottom, and flatter than the thick, gooey cookies my retail store made, but no less of a cookie.  The spelt flour I have right now is very white (although unbleached) and it makes for old school feeling treats.  This recipe take nothing more than a single bowl, a spatula, and 15 minutes of your life.  The time-to-pleasure ratio is pretty high here.”

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  1. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix liquid ingredients (vegetable oil, vanilla, and maple syrup) together in a separate bowl. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula.
  3. Spoon onto a cookie sheet or parchment. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  4. Enjoy! 🙂
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Aviva Allen’s Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp Recipe
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, agave, and flour. Add apples and mix well.
  3. In a small pot, combine the cranberries and apple juice and bring to a boil, covered. Remove from heat, let sit for 2 minutes, then separate cranberries from liquid. Add cranberries to the large bowl and mix well with other ingredients.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish, lightly greased with olive oil, and spread out evenly.
  5. In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, agave, water, and vanilla.
  6. Add remaining dry ingredients and sea salt and mix well.
  7. Gently pour the topping evenly over the apples and cranberries.
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Other signs the crisp has finished baking include liquid bubbling out the top, tenderness of apples (insert a fork to test), and a golden brown topping.
  9. Let crisp cool for about 10 minutes, then cut into 8 or 12 pieces and serve.
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