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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

I was hit this weekend with the desire to bake!  It is likely because the weather forecast showed me low temperatures and a chance of rain for Sunday.  Sounds like perfect cookie baking weather!  I was so proud of myself too, because I remembered to take the butter out of the fridge the night before 🙂 It really is the small things!

As you know, when I think of baking cookies, my go-to recipe book is Mrs. Fields.  She never disappoints!  The cookies always turn out perfect.  When I am reading through all the options, I know exactly when I am going to get, as there is a picture with each recipe.  It should be mandatory that every recipe comes with a picture.  Hasn’t it been said that we eat with our eyes…

I originally thought about making a chocolate chip cookie, but to my shock, I didn’t have any chocolate chips in the pantry.  I was +1 with the butter but now I am -1 for the chocolate chips 😦   but I am not the type of person to let the lack chocolate prohibit me from baking.  With flour, butter, white and brown sugar in my pantry, I can still have cookie baking success!

So, as I was flipping through my faithful cookbook, I came across a recipe for Applesauce Oaties.  Now, the original recipe called for chocolate chips, but when I was reading the rest of the ingredients, I felt I could easily omit the chocolate and the cookies wouldn’t be lacking.  In fact, when I reviewed the ingredient list again, I thought that these would be a great breakfast cookie!

Key items in this cookie are: granola, applesauce, raisins and walnuts.  See, you don’t really need the chocolate chips.  Although, I am sure I would have enjoyed snacking on them while the cookies were baking 😉

So, I whipped up all the ingredients, had a sample (or two) of the cookie dough and baked up these cookies.  The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg was in every room of our apartment while these were baking.  Yum!

A quick sample of these cookies and I realized that I had a new go-to recipe for an Oatmeal Raisin cookie.  Now, the question is whether or not I will have enough to bring into work tomorrow so I can share 😉

Adapted from:
Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever! – Applesauce Oaties

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Mix well and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine sugars.  Add in butter and beat together to form a grainy paste.  Add in egg and applesauce and blend until smooth.
  5. Add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  6. Drop dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 14 minutes.
  8. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Wait at least 5 minutes before sampling, if you can 🙂
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Baking, Cookies

 

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Candied Pecans

Maple glazed pecans in a blue dish

I was able to make it to Costco this past weekend.  I haven’t been since before Christmas (October to be completely truthful), and my full cart and bill proved my poor Costco attendance.   I don’t buy everything at Costco, but the one thing I love to stock up on while I am there are almonds and pecans.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Baking, Candy, Desserts, In a Pinch, Paleo

 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies*

Cookies cooling on a cookie rack

*and Peanut Butter

I cannot be the only one that has more than a few bananas in their freezer.  You know what happens; you buy bananas with the best of intentions, and then, by the end of the week, you find you have a couple of bananas that are definitely over ripe sitting on your counter.  Maybe you have even encountered a fruit fly or two.  Seriously, where do these things come from!  So, you do what everyone else does, and throw the bananas in the freezer with thoughts of banana bread and muffins as you shut the freezer door.

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Salted Caramel Butter Cookies

Salted Caramel Butter Cookie

I felt the urge to bake this weekend.  I guess it is my version of cabin fever.  Now that spring is right around the corner I have a burning desire to whip up sweet treats.  Or maybe it is because Christmas is so far in my rear-view mirror that I can justify baking again?

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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Baking, Candy, Cookies, Desserts

 

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Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Cookies on a present

With the holiday season in full swing, it is time to think about Christmas baking. I know a lot of people have already started….but the problem I have with starting early, is that Jamie and I raid the freezer of our sweet treats, and we end up having to bake twice as much!

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Baking, Candy, Cookies, Desserts

 

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Doughnut Pudding

Bread Pudding made with Doughnuts

This is a title that grabs you and makes you want to read more 😉

We have been making numerous trips to Havelock and Campbellford this summer to deal with Dad’s Estate.  Not exactly how we had planned to spend our summer, but it has allowed us to see Cherie, Dwayne and Sam more than we normally do over the summer.  So that is a definite plus!

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Baking, Breads, Desserts, Leftovers

 

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Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

My favourite muffin to make is Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip. I have been making this muffin for years. I change it up from time to time, omitting the chocolate chips for fruit, but let’s admit it, we all want that little bit of chocolate in our muffin to make it feel like a bit of a treat 😉

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts

 

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