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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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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Quinao Black Bean Burger

Spring is in the air!  Many parts of Canada are still buried under a lot of snow, but it is April and Easter is behind us, so I can’t help thinking of days spent outside and the deliciousness of BBQ’d burgers.

As you know, Jamie and I live in an apartment so we don’t have the luxury of firing up a BBQ whenever the mood strikes us, but that has never stopped us from using our indoor cast iron grill to cook up a burger or two.  The only downside of this is the amount of smoke that is created by using the indoor grill.

This weekend I wanted to try a vegetarian burger, so see if we could get the same burger satisfaction using black beans and quinoa.  My sister, Cherie, shared this recipe with me.  She swears by it, so I thought that we could give it a try.

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in Curry, Entrée, Hamburgers

 

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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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Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad

Beet and quinoa salad with wilted spinach

This is another recipe from Thug Kitchen.  I told you I was intrigued by the recipes that I found in this cookbook.  Now don’t just assume that the entire collection of recipes from Thug Kitchen only uses quinoa.  I just happen to have a lot of quinoa in our pantry, so when I see a recipe that calls for it, I know that is one thing I don’t have to go to the grocery store for.

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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Entrée, Salads, Side Dishes, Vegetables

 

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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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Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

This is my variation on the recipe that my mom always made (and still makes today).  There is nothing better on a cold winter’s day to have a piping hot bowl of chili.  So, you may be asking, why are you sharing this recipe now, in April. Well, as you know, we live in Ottawa, and they are calling for snow this week, so I thought that sharing my recipe for chili made perfect sense! 🙂

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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in Entrée, In a Pinch, Leftovers, Vegetables

 

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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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