7 Healthy Baked Snacks with Spices. Oh, Soo Good!

Cookies are crunchy and usually sweet. Cakes are spongy and soft. It’s not common to eat baked treats that have different taste or texture. But have you wondered what it tastes like if it has spices in it? Well, there are some spices that can be added to baked foods. Here are some recipes that you can try if you haven’t.

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Recipe #1 – Almond Scones

SconesImage and recipe source: thespicehouse

Start with an easy one, like this recipe. They’re ready to eat in 30 minutes. With cold fruit juice or ho coffee, you can chow down a few.

Servings: 15 to 16 small scones

1/2 cup almonds (blanched and slivered)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces)
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon
powdered sugar (for garnish)

1. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit. Process almonds in a food processor.
2. Add all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in the food processor. Just mix, don’t liquefy yet.
3. Toss butter and process until well mixed.
4. Pour milk, buttermilk, almond extract, and cinnamon, and then mix until sticky.
5. Form big balls and coat with flour.
6. Flatten each ball and cut into wedges (pizza like slices).
7. Place a silicone baking mat on a baking sheet.
8. Transfer each slice of the scone on the sheet.
9. Bake the cookies in the oven for 12 to15 minutes.
10. Remove from the oven. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Recipe #2 – Carrot Spice and Walnut Pie

Carrot Spice and Walnut PieImage source and recipe source: allrecipes

Sure, carrot cake is easy to bake. But with walnut and some spices, the taste becomes more unique.

1 (9-inch) deep dish pastry shell (partially baked)
1 pound baby carrots (peeled, sliced in quarters or half)
1/3 cup honey
5 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup walnuts (finely chopped)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Place carrots in a pot and boil until soft.
3. Toss carrots in a food processor and puree.
4. Add in honey, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and salt. Blend and pour mixture into a large bowl.
5. In a separate bowl, mix white and brown sugar.
6. Pour sugar mixture into the carrot mixture and mix well.
7. Pour mixture into the pie shell.
8. Sprinkle walnuts all over.
9. Bake in the oven for an hour or until cooked.
10. Remove from the oven, and cool before serving.

Recipe #3 – 3-Gingerbread Cake

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Recipe source: thespicehouse

Gingerbread is another common baked good. This one is a cake with frosting though, and not the traditional gingerbread man cookies.

Servings: 10

1/2 cup water (unless you want to use beer)
1 cup mild-flavored molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon orange peel (finely grated)
2 cups powdered sugar

For the topping:
2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit. Butter and flour or place parchment papers on three 8-inch pans.
2. Mix water and molasses, and boil. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and ground cardamom.
4. Add white and brown sugars, oil, and molasses mixture. Stir in ginger.
5. Pour mixture over in each pan.
6. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
7. Remove all pans from the oven and cool.
8. Make frosting by beating cream cheese, butter, and orange peel using an electric mixer.
9. Add powdered sugar and mix.
10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and frost the top.
11. Sprinkle candied ginger.
12. Serve.

Recipe #4 – Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon RollsImage and recipe source: allrecipes

You may have tried this for at least one, but if not, then here’s a quick recipe.

1/4 cup water at room temperature
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1/2 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup warm milk
4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1(0.25-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 (4-ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons milk

1. Mix flour, water, 1/4 cup butter, vanilla pudding mix, warm milk, sugar, salt, and yeast in the pan of a bread machine. Select “Dough Cycle” of the bread machine and start.
2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll into a 17×10-inch rectangle.
3. Spread1/2 cup butter all over.
4. In another bowl, mix cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over dough.
5. Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan.
6. Roll up dough (long side) and slice equally. Transfer into the buttered pan. Let rolls rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
7. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit.
8. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove rolls from oven and let cool.
9. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, the remaining1/4 cup softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.
10. Spread frosting over the rolls.

Recipe #5 – Asian Spice Crackers

Asian Spice CrackersImage source: thegingersnapgirl

Recipe source: bbc

Crackers that are full of spices, this is the recipe to make.

Servings: 2 dozens or more

1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 vegetable stock cube
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
3 1/4-ounce butter
90ml water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 garlic clove
10 1/2-ounce plain flour (plus extra for dusting)

1. Preheat oven to 425-degree Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with a parchment or wax paper.
2. Using a pestle and mortar, grind all spices until become coarse powder.
3. Transfer the spices into a food processor. Add vegetable stock cube, salt, and sugar, and then blend.
4. Melt butter with water and the sesame oil.
5. Pour the mixture in a large bowl. Stir in spices and garlic.
6. Add flour into the mixture and whisk to combine.
7. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. Cut into small circles or squared.
8. Place crackers onto the prepared baking tray.
9. Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp.
10. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

Recipe #6 – Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies

Sparkling Ginger Chip CookiesImage and recipe source: 101cookbooks

For cookies, this recipe is an eye catcher. The taste of ginger makes you want to bite more, but what attract kids the most is the sparkling effect, thanks to turbinado sugar.

Servings: 4 dozens

1/2 cup turbinado sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
2/3 cup fine grain natural cane sugar (sifted)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated, peeled)

1. Preheat oven to 350-degree Fahrenheit. Place racks on top and bottom third of the oven.
2. Line each baking sheet with a parchment paper.
3. Place grain sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
4. Chop or shave chocolate bar into small pieces.
5. In a larger bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, ground ginger, and sea salt.
6. In a separate bowl, mx molasses, ginger, and sugar. Heat butter in a pan. Stir in the molasses mixture.
7. Add some water (just enough to liquefy) and chocolate into the flour mixture. Mix well.
8. Scoop out dough and roll on a floured surface.
9. Place on the prepared baking sheet and flatten with a spoon.
10. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Recipe #7 – Spicy Cornbread Muffins

Spicy Cornbread MuffinsImage and recipe source: foodnetwork

Lastly, these muffins should be the best for last.

Servings: 12 muffins

nonstick spray
1/2 cup or 1 stick butter (divided)
1/2 onion (finely chopped)
1 small red Fresno chile pepper (seeded, finely chopped)
1 medium poblano pepper (seeded, finely chopped)
1/2 cup frozen corn (thawed)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)

1. Preheat oven to 400-degree Fahrenheit.
2. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
3. Heat butter in a pan. Stir in onions and peppers. Sauté for 4 minutes. Season with salt. Add corn and continue stirring until it’s cooked. Place in a bowl and set aside.
4. Heat the remaining butter. Place in a bowl. Add sautéed vegetables and cheese in the bowl.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornmeal, and salt. Add buttermilk into the mixture. Stir well.
6. Combine dry and wet mixture together.
7. Scoop batter and place in each muffin tin.
8. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.

These are the yummy, spiced baked goods you can try. Have fun mixing and baking. For sure, your kids (and yourself) would love these snacks. They are also great treats to offer to visitors or during special occasions.

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