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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint: candy, ice cream, hot chocolate – and cookies, of course! These Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies are based off of one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I made them a little healthier by adding Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour to the recipe. Getting some whole grains into the cookie jar while also creating a great tasting cookie is always a good idea in my book. This recipe takes everything that’s wonderful about chocolate chip cookies and bumps it up a holiday notch by including Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints® and crushed candy canes. I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint – not to mention chocolate chip cookies in general – and this recipe doesn’t disappoint. These cookies are also great to make with kids since there are several steps that are perfect for little helpers – just be sure you have plenty of chocolate chips and candy to spare. Read More »


Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

The dough starts off in the usual way with lots of butter, sugar and cinnamon (these are cinnamon rolls after all) and then incorporates some extra ingredients like lemon zest, nutmeg, buttermilk and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. Then sliced apples are slowly caramelized in more butter, sugar and cinnamon and are wrapped into the dough with even more cinnamon and sugar. Mouth watering yet? To take these rolls over the top, they’re frosted with a creamy, salted-caramel glaze that will make you weak in the knees after one taste. Altogether, these cinnamon rolls are reminiscent of caramel apples in a warm, gooey cinnamon roll form.  Read More »


Coconut Custard Pie with Whole Grain Crust

Custard pie is a natural for breakfast (or any other time, for that matter). It’s even more of a natural when you replace the sugar with maple syrup, and surround it with this delicious, nutty-tasting whole-grain crust. Deep and earthy Hodgson Mill Rye Flour and the subtle sweetness of Hodgson Mill Oat Bran Cereal and Whole Wheat Pastry Flour are balanced with just the right amount of butter, making a crisp, melt-in-your-mouth crust that cradles the cool, custardy coconut filling. Read More »


Whole Wheat Gingerbread Biscotti with Cranberries and Pecans

Hodgson Mill mixes are great because they’re filled with the same ingredients you would otherwise have to measure and mix – real time savers. So, for the sake of convenience and whole grain goodness, this recipe includes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix as well as some dried cranberries and pecans for a little sweetness and extra crunch. Read More »


Pumpkin-Pecan Tart with Whole Wheat Crust and Spiced Whipped Cream

As much as I love baking pies, they take time that I don’t always have around the holidays. Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends and sometimes that means I need to take a short cut or two in the kitchen so I can be a part of the festivities. This is where my friend the tart pan comes into the picture. You can make this Pumpkin-Pecan Tart with Whole Wheat Crust in just a few simple steps and have a Thanksgiving-worthy dessert every bit as delicious as a traditional pumpkin pie. Top it with some Spiced Whipped Cream and this tart will fast become one of your new favorite recipes. Read More »


Pumpkin Pie Pinwheels

Pumpkin Pie Pinwheels – say that ten times fast. Tongue twister or not, these cookies are like little bites of pumpkin pie. Buttery, whole wheat dough is wrapped around a pumpkin pie filling and then sliced and baked into tender, slightly crunchy cookies. To get the full Thanksgiving effect, a pumpkin glaze is drizzled over the top. Make room at the dessert table for these cookies – they definitely deserve a spot. Read More »


Cherry-Chocolate Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe for Cherry-Chocolate Whole Wheat Bread begins with a box of Hodgson Mill Honey Whole Wheat Bread Mix. The lightly sweet, whole wheat dough is the perfect background for the tart, brandy-soaked cherries and milk chocolate chunks. And Hodgson Mill uses all-natural ingredients in all of its products including this bread mix, so my from-scratch mantra is intact – just simplified. I love it when that happens. Read More »


Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Soccer season has started and we’ve had to surrender our schedules to keep up with practices and games for two of our girls. Now we love soccer – my husband is even a coach – and we support our girls and their teams 100 percent, but it is harder to find time to bake on the weekends now. That doesn’t stop us from wanting dessert though – namely apple pie. This recipe for Apple Pie Crumb Bars is quicker to put together than traditional apple pie and it includes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, so it’s a healthier way to get our dessert fix, too. Read More »


Back-to -School Cookies

I love the idea of my kids having a homemade cookie treat after school, but I really love the idea of my kids eating a cookie that’s made with healthy ingredients. So, as we started collecting what we needed, I reached for my bag of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. These cookies are packed with lots of good things, so I knew that mixing in some whole wheat flour would go unnoticed – if I were making them alone. Hmmm… my kids were helping me make these cookies. How would the addition of whole wheat go over? Even though my children know that whole wheat is good for them, sometimes they balk when I add it to certain beloved foods – cookies being one of them. So, with my back up argument about how whole wheat is healthy on the tip of my tongue, I set it out as an ingredient, gave a measurement to my oldest girl, watched her mix it into the dough and… that was it. No one groaned or moaned even a little. Much to my delight, I believe that whole wheat is finding its place in my house – even in cookies. All three of my girls watched the Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat get mixed into the dough and no one blinked an eye. It just goes to show, that including healthy foods in our daily lives makes an impression on children, and instead of being something to complain about, it becomes normal. Very cool. Read More »


Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

As much as I love to eat fresh fruit, baking with it is near to my heart – and stomach. Crisps, cobblers, pies, muffins, scones – the list could go on, but this time I decided on cake. I wanted something that would showcase the cherries and add to their sweetness. This Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake is the perfect answer. The cherries are sautéed with brown sugar, butter and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and then a lovely, light cornmeal batter made with Hodgson Mill Yellow Cornmeal is layered on top and baked until it turns into a golden brown cake. Then the whole thing is turned upside-down and the oooh’s and ahhh’s begin. The cherries glisten on top of the cake like rubies and beg to be picked off and eaten. The deep yellow from the stone ground cornmeal peeks out around the edges of the cake and promises to deliver a tasty bite along with the cherries on top. Read More »


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