Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

Category: Cookies

To-Die-For Peanut Butter (Flour-less) Cookies.

A few months ago I attended a nutrition class where I was hoping to learn more about vitamins and ended up learning a lot about the food I eat.  I learned a few great tips to boost the nutrition level of my recipes from  Kalani Watson, a registered nurse and expert on nutrition.  I’ve learned how to incorporate her nutrition tips into my favorite recipes.  This is one healthy cookie recipe.  And they taste delicious.  You just can’t stop after just one of these chewy cookies.

Taking the guess work out of dinner.

I was at a party a few months ago and was asked this question in a get-to-know you game:  “How does dinner come together daily in your home?”  I laughed because as much as I love to cook, my routine was not exciting or impressive.  Every night around 5pm  my routine was to look in the freezer, pull something out, defrost it,add fresh ingredients and serve it with a few side dishes in about 15 minutes.  It was the same every night and has worked great for us.  But when our home was hit by lightening and our oven was fried 8 weeks ago, I was unable to bake, and we had to switch things up a little.   I decided we would plan a weekly menu and repeat it weekly using recipes I could make on the stove top. 

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Hello! I’m so sorry for taking such a long break in between posts. It has been a little crazy around our house. Just before school started our home was hit by lightening!

It burned out our oven, sprinkler system and pool pump. I didn’t realize how much I love to bake until that privilege was taken away from me and to have to hand water our lawn, there was no way we could keep up with it for the rest of the summer. Luckily my husband is good at fixing things, (one of the things I love about him). He was able to get the sprinklers working in a few days but the oven took 6 very long weeks! After a few weeks we started to buy store bought brownies and cookies, but were sad to find they just don’t taste as good as homemade.

Also, I have been eating store bought bread for the past 6 weeks and I just hate it. Store bought bread feels to me like I am eating air…or a non-food. It just doesn’t leave me feeling full and satisfied like homemade wheat bread does.

Luckily this week I was able to start baking again! Right away I made 5 loaves of bread and these cookies featured below. They are SO yummy. The cookies are soft, chewy, and they hold a very nice shape. They are salty, and sweet and pretty good for you. They have lots of oatmeal, peanut butter (I use peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils…if you don’t know why watch this clip and no flour. On Tuesday I baked all the cookies and froze half of them in large zip top bags. We just pulled out the frozen cookies this morning because we are going through them so quickly. We love them and the kids have a lot of friends over after school this week. These cookies are perfect for an after school snack. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (flourless)

Yield: about 6½ dozen

1½ cup peanut butter (I prefer Adam’s Natural brand)

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ teaspoon corn syrup

4½ cups quick-cooking oats

¾ cup (6 ounces)semisweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, cream the peanut butter, butter, and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Beat in baking soda, vanilla, and corn syrup. Stir in oats, and chocolate chips. Dough will be sticky.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350ºF for 11 minutes or until lightly browned. (For best results, only bake 1 sheet at a time on the middle rack.)

Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to wire racks. Freeze cookies up to 3 months. You can also freeze extra cookie dough by rolling it into a log and wrapping in plastic wrap. Label dough “350ºF for 11 minutes” and freeze. Defrost for 10 seconds in the microwave on HIGH. Shape dough just as directed above, then bake and serve.

Easy Oreo Cookies

I love homemade oreo cookies, but making them has always seemed to be too much work, until now.    At a girls night the other night my friend Emily brought a huge plate of homemade oreo cookies with peanut butter cream frosting!  They were to die for.  She told me they are actually very easy to make.  They are made from a chocolate cake mix and for the frosting she simply mixed peanut butter into a butter cream frosting tub.  Now that’s what I call easy and these cookies are now our favorite treat.   Thank you Emily!

Cake Balls, the easy way.

The other night I had the gym instructors  I work with over for a girls night out.     Everyone brought their favorite late night snack and Nicole brought these delicious little dipped-chocolate treats.  They looked like cake balls I’ve heard so much about ( big at weddings in Idaho) so I was very excited to try one.  After taking a bite of the white hardened chocolate with soft creamy Oreo filling I about died.  They are so good!   Usually something so wonderful is very time consuming to make, but not these little treasures.