Add a little zest to your Oatmeal Cookies…

oatmeal craisin

January 29, 2018

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe since Christmas; I guess it takes a day of being sick on the couch with a nasty sinus cold for me to make time to do so! This is an original recipe of my own, as I wanted to put a holiday twist on the normal oatmeal cookie.  I guess orange zest and craisins wouldn’t have to mean holidays; you could make this cookie anytime your little heart desires!  Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies with a touch of Orange
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup milk
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
Zest from 1 large orange
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream the shortening and sugars, then add the eggs. Then add the dry ingredients; before completely combined, I then add the baking soda dissolved in milk. Lastly, stir in the craisins, orange zest, and nuts (if desired). Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes. I remove mine just before they appear done (still moist appearance), to avoid a hard crunchy cookie.


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More blackberries…

January 28, 2018

I had extra blackberries from the blackberry cobbler I made earlier in the week, so I decided to use them for Sunday morning breakfast.  I had contemplated making blackberry pancakes with a blackberry sauce to go over them, or my blueberry teacake with a substitution of blackberries.  In the end I went with a recipe I found from Elephant Eats for a semi-healthy berry muffin. I love the texture of muffins with oats in them!  These did not disappoint! The original recipe was for blueberries; I used blackberries and I’m sure any berry would be delicious.

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Berry Oatmeal Muffins
(adapted from Elephant Eat’s recipe)

3/4 cup white flour (+ 2 Tbsp for tossing berries)
3/4 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I only had non-fat greek VANILLA- worked fine!)
1/2 unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cup berries (I used blackberries!!)

Combine the dry ingredients (excluding brown sugar), set aside. Combine yogurt, applesauce, egg, vanilla and brown sugar; add this to the dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened/combined. Toss the berries with extra flour. Gently fold berries into batter. Grease muffin tins or use liners. Bake at 400* for 18-20 minutes.
**This recipe supposedly makes 12 muffins, however I ended up with 12 regular size muffins and 5 jumbo muffins. I filled the muffin cups nearly to the top of the pan.


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