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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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Waffles

Waffles

Believe it or not, this recipe does not contain quinoa!

I have been making waffles for years.  Although they take a bit more time and prep than making pancakes, I can’t resist the crisp exterior and delicious, fluffy interior of a waffle.  Since they take a bit more work to prepare, I find that we only make them a few times a year, but once I have my mind set on waffles, there is no stopping me!

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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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Quinoa Oatmeal

Quinoa Oatmeal in bowl with fruit and brown sugar

Jamie and I received a new cookbook for Christmas – Thug Kitchen.  I had never heard of them before, but I got an awakening when I started flipping through the cookbook and saw that it was peppered with profanity and cursing.  This doesn’t bother me, but I had never seen a cookbook written in this manner before.  Needless to say, it caught my attention.

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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Breakfast, Leftovers

 

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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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Coconut Lentil Muffins

Coconut Lentil Muffin with Whipped Cream Icing on a black plate

When I was at the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference in April, not only did I meet Canadian bloggers, but I also met a lot of Canadian Sponsors.  One connection I made was with Rachel, a representative from Lentils Canada.

Are you surprised that Canada grows lentils?  I was a bit surprised to learn this too.  During my conversation with Rachel I learned that lentils can be used in a whole variety of ways, not just soups or chili (which is how I was used to seeing them).

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Baking, Breakfast, Desserts

 

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