Holiday baking season has officially arrived!! Key word “officially”— because we all know many of us having been unofficially baking things here and there for a solid 2 weeks already LOL!
But before we start talking cookies, which I’m VERY excited to talk about, we need to talk about GILMORE GIRLS! Have you watched yet?!? SPOILER ALERT. Stop here and scroll directly to the recipe if you haven’t. Then make these buckeyes and go watch it immediately, then come back and we’ll chat!
If you HAVE watched it, please, do continue 😉
I told you already in our premier round up a few weeks ago about how I literally grew up with this show and it brings back so many memories from my teenage years. So as soon as I turned on the new season and heard the familiar “ba, ba, ba, ba” in the background, I felt as giddy as I did at age 14. Gahh where do I even start!
This season was like an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself laughing out loud at the typical Gilmore banter, Kirk’s ever-ridiculous jobs, Paris’ hilarious situation (omg her job— it just totally fit!), and the pop-culture references that so smoothly adapted with the times. Then the next moment I was crying as Emily mourned Richard’s death (RIP), as Rory and Lorelai had their biggest blowout to date, as Lorelai found herself while doing “Wild” (never saw that plot line coming) and when she was finally able to give her father the eulogy she wanted, and, of course, that wedding!
And then there’s the ending. Those last four words. My jaw was literally on the floor.
But the more I thought about it, and the theme of the season— everything coming full circle— it made total sense. Logan is Rory’s Christopher. He’ll never be quite enough (as much as I do love she and him together). Rory will have her turn at single-motherhood, she’ll work her way out of her 30-something-life-crisis, and she’ll eventually meet “her Luke”. Which we all know will mean Jess. I mean, come on, the scene when he’s looking at her through the window. Gahhhh!
All I know if, there needs to be a second new season IMMEDIATELY!
Apologies to all my non-Gilmore Girls fans. I just needed that moment. But if you did watch— I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment below! Were you an emotional wreck like me by the end?? Loved it? Not a fan?
So the reason we’re ALL here today is cookies! And I’m starting the holiday baking season off with the easiest of recipes. Vegan & Gluten Free Buckeyes!
Now remember, this is coming from a true classic buckeye fan— I could seriously eat about 12 of the classic butter and powdered sugar-laden version— but this lightened up version is FANTASTIC! I swear I didn’t miss those sticks of butter one bit. I substituted it out with a whole lot of natural peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil, and you would not believe how amazing they taste!
Packed with that peanut butter punch and wrapped in smooth, rich dark chocolate— ooooh! I already have plans to throw another batch together next weekend!
Similar to the classic version of this cookie, these buckeyes are best kept frozen and then taken out right before you serve them. If you’re looking to make these for your cookie platters, this recipe is best doubled or tripled because it makes a smaller batch than normal— but I promise you they will be the easiest cookie you’ll make this season.
So what are you planning on baking this holiday season?!? I don’t have my full list together yet, but I’m already eye-balling:
AND these soft coconut oil molasses cookies (because we need both, of course)
i want to try these almond flour sugar cookies
these dark chocolate chai truffles totally need to happen
definitely these gluten free peanut butter blossoms
and this chocolate peanut butter cup bark (i always make this as gifts)
my family tradition of oatmeal scotchies
and of course some classic peppermint jojo oreo balls
Well that’s all from me for today, friends. Enjoy this recipe and the rest of your week as we inch into this beautiful holiday season 🙂