Chewy Butterscotch Pecan Cookies: The Only Sweet Recipe You'll Need

You might never make another cookie recipe again after you taste these

by: Paula Roy

Chewy Butterscotch Pecan Cookies: The Only Sweet Recipe You'll Need

Chewy, salty, sweet and satisfying you just might never make another cookie recipe again

I have to admit I have sometimes taken cookies for granted. I like them, but so often they’re just a utilitarian sweet treat, rather than something that elicits a ‘wow’ reaction. This recipe changes all that. A chewy cookie that offers the seductive combination of salty and sweet as well as a nutty crunch … what more could you ask for? One of the things I love most is that these cookies are so delicious (kind of like how one square of really good chocolate is sometimes just enough), that I find eating just one is enough to satisfy a sweet craving.

The recipe makes a really big quantity so I usually freeze 6 or 7 dozen dough balls when I make a batch, baking up just one or two dozen at at time. That way, you’ve got ready-to-bake-fresh cookie dough on hand for any occasion. You’ll be the star of your next book club or bake sale if you show up with these beauties.


4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp coarse sea salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups toffee bits
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted pecans



YMC flower   Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

YMC flower   In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

YMC flower   In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer), cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

YMC flower   Beat in eggs and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; mix just until it’s evenly incorporated. Add butterscotch chips, toffee bits, and pecans; mix just enough to combine.

YMC flower   Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit 30 minutes at room temperature to hydrate the flour.

YMC flower   Drop by rounded the teaspoonful (a small 1 inch cookie scoop is ideal for this) onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies.

YMC flower  Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake until golden but still soft in the center, about 9 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 8 dozen cookies.

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Game Changing Gluten-Free Cloud Bread

Fluffy and flavourful, this bread’s a big winner

by: Paula Roy

Game Changing Gluten-Free Cloud Bread

Easy to make cloud bread is fluffy, flavourful and gluten-free

If you’re among the many who by choice or out of necessity eat gluten free, you know that the bread options are often very sad. Cardboard-like in both taste and texture, suitable only for toasting, many gluten free breads can leave a lot to be desired. Despair no more! There’s a game-changing recipe and it’s guaranteed to make eating a gluten-free OR a low-carb diet a whole lot happier. Called ‘Cloud Bread’ because of its fluffy, almost-lighter-than-air texture, it’s simple to make, consists of only a few common ingredients and is surprisingly versatile. We’ve used it for sandwiches, as burger buns and even made French toast with it. For my next batch, I’m planning to sprinkle in a few herbs or maybe even use an herbed cream cheese. The possibilities are endless with this dreamy bread!

Cloud Bread 



3 eggs, very carefully separated
3 tbsp room temperature cream cheese, cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
Pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar (or 1 packet artificial sweetener)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar



YMC flower  Preheat oven to 300F and line two baking sheet with parchment paper.

YMC flower  In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks, cream cheese, salt and sugar. Stir until smooth and well blended.

YMC flower  In a large bowl (use a stand mixer if you have one), combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on high speed until the whites form stiff peaks.

YMC flower  Carefully fold the yolk mixture into the whites, taking care not to deflate the egg whites too much.

YMC flower  Using a 2/3 cup measuring cup, scoop out the combined egg mixture, creating eight mounds on the parchment-lined sheets. Each mound should be approximately 1/2 inch high and 4 – 5 inches across.

YMC flower  Bake the bread in the preheated oven for about 28 – 32 minutes, until golden brown and dry to the touch. If your oven does not generate even heat, you may need to rotate the baking sheets after 20 minutes to ensure even cooking.

YMC flower  Let the bread cool on the baking trays for about 5 minutes after removing from the oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, store in an airtight container or ziplock bag with parchment paper between layers.

YMC flower  When freshly baked, the bread will be a bit crumbly but after 24 hours of storage they’ll be slightly more chewy but still deliciously soft and light.

Makes 8 pieces of bread.

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Seductive Foods to Supercharge Your Valentine’s Day

Serve up these seven delicious romance-boosters

by: Paula Roy

Seductive Foods to Supercharge Your Valentine’s Day

Freshly shucked oysters have long been considered a deliciously seductive food

We often think of candles, music, or wine as being essential when setting the table for a romantic evening, but what you serve can have a big impact too. Research has proven that some of the delicious foods we associate with romance do, in fact, have an ... ahem .... stimulating effect. Check out these seven delicious options for the next time you want to put seduction on your menu.


These lovely mollusks are often at the top of the list when it comes to aphrodisiac foods, and for good reason. Not only are they more than a little suggestive looking, they’re ridiculously delicious plus they’re loaded with zinc and amino acids which boost production of testosterone and other sex hormones.

How to serve: shuck ‘em and slurp em. See shucking tips (with photos) below!


This family-favourite fruit has a steamy side too; it also contains phytonutrients including lycopene that cause circulation to improve and blood vessels to relax. So yeah, it helps get that party started.

How to serve: Puree fruit and mix with sparkling wine or soda water for a delicious cocktail with a romantic pink hue. Cue the accompanying music and your evening is off to a perfect start.


Rich in capsaicin, hot peppers increase circulation and help stimulate nerve endings. Wouldn’t you like your body to be more receptive to your partner’s gentle caresses? Chili peppers also stimulate endorphins, speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which sounds a whole lot like being aroused.

How to serve: Simmer whole chilies in a soup, stew or sauce then remove them before dishing it up. You’ll get a subtle kick of heat this way. For more intense flavour, split the chilies in half lengthwise before adding, allowing seeds and inner membrane’s fiery heat to … ummm… penetrate your dish.


This fruit is often called the Love Apple for good reason. Luscious pomegranate arils (yup, that’s what those ruby-red seeds are actually called) are packed with antioxidants which support blood flow, leading to increased touch receptiveness in your most sensitive areas. As a plus, pomegranate-stained lips are ridiculously kissable.

How to serve: Scatter pomegranate seeds over lightly-dressed greens. If you make your salad with arugula, you’ll get a double-whammy of aphrodisiacal magic because arugula, a recognized superfood just like pomegranate, contains minerals and antioxidants which help block environmental contaminants which can negatively affect one’s libido.


Even the ancient Aztecs knew the romantic power of this delicious fruit. Loaded with Vitamin E, avocadoes increase production of key sex drive hormones including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

How to serve: Take a tin of those cute little baby shrimp. Mix in a tablespoon of mayonnaise, a big squeeze of fresh lime juice, a dash each of salt, pepper and curry powder then spoon the mixture into two halves of an avocado (pit removed, of course). You’ll have the sexiest, tastiest avocado boats ever.


Rumoured to be Cleopatra’s favourite fruit, figs are associated with sexuality in almost every culture. Curiously, they are also an interesting paradox as an aphrodisiac: their leaves are associated with modesty (hello, Adam and Eve) while their many seeds are said to represent fertility. Like avocadoes, their shape is considered erotic and to top things off, they’re full of goodness including potassium, flavonoids and antioxidants.

How to serve: Split fresh figs in half or quarters and drizzle them with honey (yes, the word honeymoon really does relate to honey) which provides a natural energy boost. Feeding the segments by hand to each other would be a nice added touch.


Cocoa naturally contains two amazing substances: phenylethylamine, a stimulant that the brain releases when we fall in love; and tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, known for producing sensations of calmness and well-being. The natural outcome of chocolate consumption is elevated moods and arousal, the perfect precursor to some after dinner excitement.

How to serve: there’s nothing sexier than dipping ripe strawberries into molten chocolate and feeding them to your significant other. Nothing.

Oyster shucking 101

Only shuck oysters that are tightly closed, have no strong fishy aroma and whose shells are unbroken.

Grip the oyster, flat side up, in one hand, using a damp cloth or flat silicone lid gripper to hold it tightly.

Holding an oyster knife (they’re less than $5) or paring knife in the other hand, insert the tip into the hinge of the oyster shell at the skinny end. Push to pop it in, then twist the blade of the knife slightly to pry the shell open.

Slide the blade along the shell to open it fully.

Use the tip of the knife to detach the muscle (this is the part you’ll be eating) from the top shell and discard the top shell. Then run the knife around the muscle on the bottom shell to detach it so it’s ready for slurping. Try to retain the liquid – called liquor – in the bottom shell because it’s really delicious and adds a nice salty tang to the oyster.

Lay the shucked oysters out on a platter filled with clean snow or crushed ice. This keeps them super cold before you eat them which is good for food safety and also makes them taste better. Many people enjoy eating oysters plain but you might want to offer some of the following condiments, all of which can enhance the oyster experience: a drop of Tabasco, a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a drop or two of scotch or vodka.

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