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Sugar Dish Me Moved!!

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So… by some default of my own (because i am the complete opposite of techno-savvy), some of – actually A GOOD CHUNK of – my traffic keeps landing here at WordPress.com.

And I’ve made SOOOOOOOO many new things since those Whole Wheat Strawberry Muffins.

I moved Sugar Dish Me and it would make me so so happy if you’d make the jump with me (if you haven’t already).

To see allllll the new goodies CLICK THIS LINK!!!!

And when you get there you can subscribe at the right-hand side of the page.

Here is a quick look at a few of the things you’ve been missing (you can click the photos for the recipes)…






If you’re already following at the new site THANK YOU!!! I appreciate you so much! I really truly do.

And if you’re new here, I look forward to hearing from you!!

Until then…

~Heather

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Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cream Pies

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carrot cake whoopie pies

Growing up, my sisters and I had a favorite book. I’m not sure my brothers ever cared much about it, though I KNOW it lived in the giant book basket that was perched next to the hearth, and I’m sure my mom must have read it to them. My mom read us lots of books.

Anyway, our favorite book was called Fanny and May, by Jon Buller (and NO, this has nothing at all to do with the giant loan conglomerate Fannie Mae, though they should probably read it and learn a few life lessons). Pleeeeeease tell me you’ve read this book.

If you haven’t read this book, you need to find it and commit it to your everlasting mind… stat. Download it to your kindle, search it on your nook, read it on your iPhone. I don’t care if you have no small children in your life. It’s THAT crucial. I promise.

In this book, a sugar obsessed elephant named Fanny lives with her mom and her little sister, May, in a house made of CAKE.

That’s right. I said cake.

So in the story, published in 1984 because that year helps this next part make sense, Fanny and May’s mom (also an elephant… a very fit elephant) marches through the cake house in leg warmers, a leotard, and a fuzzy headband and says she is heading out to aerobics class. If I lived in a cake house I guess I’d probably have to take like 17 aerobics classes a day, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in a leotard. My mom used to rock the leotard/leg warmer/fuzzy headband look in aerobics class at the Y when I was little. That’s because she is infinitely cooler than me.

carrots for cookies

Okay, so the elephant mom is heading out to aerobics class, and the last thing she says to the girls is, “And don’t eat the house!!!!”

Ummmmm… I don’t know about you, but if I told my kids not to eat the house made of cake while I left for an unspecified amount of time, I’m pretty sure they would do exactly the opposite.

set up to bake carrot cake cream pies

When mom is away, elephant girls will play! It wasn’t long before cakey cravings got the best of Fanny and she just had to lick the house frosting.

flours and oats

May tries to tell Fanny that licking the frosting is a sliiiiiiiipery slope. Very slippery. Because only a teensy percentage of us possess the willpower to have just one tiny taste of some kick ass frosting (though I’m wondering… does house cake stay fresh? Does the frosting melt in the sun? Does it freeze like wedding cake? What kind of foundation do you build it on? So many questions…).

Of course, Fanny does not listen to May. If she did this would be a really boring story.

beat the butter and sugars

Fanny tempts fate, licks the frosting, licks some more frosting, has a bite of cake, and then CAN’T STOP EATING THE CAKE.

Before she knows what has happened, Fanny eats the whole house.

And then May is all like, “What’d you do that for, Fanny? Why can’t you be more like me and exhibit some freaking self-control? Mom is going to kill you.”

beat in the eggs

Fanny starts to worry, though thinking back, I’m not sure how she wasn’t in a sugar coma. Maybe elephants metabolize cake better than I do?

So here’s the best part of the whole story: Fanny’s like, “Whatever, May. You’re such a goody two-shoes. What kind of elephant girl doesn’t WANT to eat a house made of cake? Gah.”  And then! She jumps on her skateboard and heads to the wishing well. In case you couldn’t tell, that’s my favorite part.

dry to wet ingredients

When Fanny gets to the wishing well she waits in line for a while, hoping she can fix the problem before her mom gets done working out. There’s this creepy man in line right in front of her and when it’s his turn, he throws his coin in the wishing well and does the WORST THING EVER.

He says, “I wish for there to be no more wishing well!” Then he cracks up laughing in Fanny’s face.

I mean, who does that?! I suppose, in the real world, someone would probably commandeer a wishing well and ruin the fun for the rest of us. There is no way a wishing well could ever exist peacefully in the center of a small town. But I still think it’s a pretty crummy thing to do to a little girl on a skateboard, for crying out loud.

stir in carrots

Poor ‘ol Fanny makes her way back home, dreading the conversation she’s going to have to have with her mother.

bake.

P.S. Before I finish with storytime here, I’d like to note that the above photo is a very clear picture of What Not To Do when making these cakey little cream pies. DO NOT shape, smush, or flatten out the dough. Just let it be weird and rounded and ugly. You’ll be glad I warned you when you make these.

carrot cake oatmeal cream pies

When Fanny arrives home, her mother and sister are busy baking new bricks of cake to rebuild the house. The mom was pretty nice about it. Probably nicer than I’d be if my kids destroyed our home. Maybe she had really good insurance? At any rate, I always felt sort of bad for Fanny. We all know what it feels like to totally lose control and eat the whole house.

Moral of the story? You can’t have your house and eat it, too.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cream Pies (adapted from THIS recipe at Cookin Cowgirl)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, divided

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

2 medium carrots, peeled and grated

Pre heat the oven to 350. Butter a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and sugars together until they are fluffy and smooth- this takes about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, continuing to mix until they are just combined. Blend in the vanilla.

Using 3/4 cup of the oats, make oat flour. Just pulse the oats in the food processor or blender until coarse crumbs are formed.

In a large bowl whisk together the oat flour, remaining oats,  all purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Using a sturdy wooden spoon stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Then fold in the shredded carrots.

Drop the dough by the rounded tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet. Do not try to flatten or shape the sticky cookie dough – you want the cream pie sandwiches to be fluffy and this dough has a tendency to spread in a tasty but not-so-pretty way.

Bake for 10 minutes and then let the cookies cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Cream Pie Filling

The Pioneer Woman says that marshmallow fluff tastes EXACTLY like the filling in a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie. That would be a great shortcut if you have it on hand. I used vanilla buttercream because I was out of cream cheese (a sin, I know). The original recipe calls for a cream cheese filling, which I bet would be amazing, considering cream cheese and carrot cake are practically best friends. So the cream cheese option is what I’m including for you here:

8 ounces cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar **Note: Again, I haven’t tried the frosting part of this recipe, but if it were me, I’d cut the sugar and the cream cheese in half.  Annnnd I’d sift the powdered sugar. If your frosting seems too thick, add heavy cream a teaspoon at a time until the consistency is where you want it. Okay. I’m done.**

Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in the vanilla. Then beat in the powdered sugar. Beat until the frosting is smooth and creamy. Spread a bit onto the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich the frosting between another cookie.

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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My Son Hates 7th Grade

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no-bake oatmeal cookies
My oldest son is in the 7th grade. That sounds really strange to me when I say it out loud. Because I can remember the 7th grade, and it doesn’t seem far enough away for me to have a kid that’s 12. But anyway.

Andrew, my biggest little boy, is right smack in the center of what I totally remember as being the most awkward, emotional, and unfriendly years of life… Middle School. Errgh. He’s lucky because he’s super-dee-duper cute. I had snaggleteeth. He wears pretty cool clothes (which I think must be easier for boys except for those unfortunate few that are shoved into too-tight Wranglers and velcro sneakers). I’m pretty sure I dressed like a loser… my sisters were too little back then to tell me what on earth to wear. He’s got a sense of humor, and a handful of friends, so in comparison to MY middle school world Andrew is doing pretty doggone good.

But he still hates 7th grade.

Everyday he comes home and tells me so.

It started with our open house/school supply disaster.

making no-bake chocoate peanut butter cookies

We went to the open house. The teachers actually gave us the time of day (which is more than I can say for any of them last year). We were feeling pretty good. I asked each teacher the same question: “Is there anything specific he will need for your class?” The overwhelming response was, “Nah. Not really. Just a binder. Some dividers. Pencils and paper– standard stuff.” We were super prepared for allll a that thanks to my sister, aunt AND elementary school teacher extraordinaire, who went crazy on school supplies and bought every single thing on every single list the schools had provided on their websites.

So Andrew headed off for his first day of 7th grade armed with an awesome 3-inch 3-ring binder, enough dividers for each of his 8 classes, pencils, paper, and a brand new book bag. He returned home with a list of demands from nearly every single teacher, all wanting their OWN binder, 42,000 dividers, pencil pouches, etc. I was so completely overjoyed to have to traipse around Wal-Mart on the first day of school with every other parent in our town trying to find supplies that sold out weeks before. I mean, what mom wouldn’t be?

Let’s not forget the part about the currently unavailable and previously unrequested school supplies being a test grade.

I wrote a very nice email letting the teachers know that we know they wouldn’t make these requests lightly and that we were trying to accomodate, but that I can’t be the only parent running up against this wall, blah, blah, blah. It was super carefully crafted; eggshell-worded. Because Lord knows I do not want my kid to get off on the wrong foot with his teachers. Buuuut my plan backfired. Because the only two teachers that responded were snarky beotches. Also Andrew overheard these same two ladies gossiping about us. Rude.

The principal was nice. She gets a gold star.

making no bake oatmeal cookies

Of course I drove in circles until I found every last school supply listed. Because I want my cutie boy to do well. It took me 3 whole days.

In the meantime Andrew discovered that none of his friends from last year are in any of his classes. He has the worst (and latest) lunch. He isn’t allowed to take his book bag to class and since we now have like 79 small binders instead of just one big one he has to try to go to his locker in between each block (there is no such thing as “1st period” or “5th period” anymore; now they are called “blocks”. lame.).

He has the bottom locker.
The bottom locker sucks.

This whole process has made him tardy 3 times in a week. Three tardies = Silent lunch.

chocolatey no bake cookies

In 6th grade there wasn’t much homework. My little one, who was in 3rd grade last year, always had more homework than Andrew did. I warned him that a light workload wasn’t doing him any favors… not that he could have done anything about it. And now he is paying the price. It’s sort of stressing him out.

So every day Andrew comes home from school and tells me that 7th grade sucks. I hate that. But I just keep reminding him that we are gonna get through it. HE is gonna get through it.

When your kids start to get big there’s really only so much you can do without making it worse. I’m trying so hard to help. And even though it’s sort of considered the un-cool thing to do, my help involves trying to pack Andrew’s lunch.

Late, friendless, silent lunch needs cookies. And if you smash all the good kinds of cookies into one, single, bake-free bar, you get these.

Today when Andrew came home he told me he still hates 7th grade. BUT! He got 104 on his spelling test last week. And he’s got a good grip on his math and science classes. And he made a few friends on the school bus.

So maybe it’s not all bad. And as long as there are cookies something is good.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip No-Bake Cookie Bars (from THIS recipe at Brown Eyed Baker)

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned oats

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or mini chocolate chips

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

To Make

Line a 9 X 13 pan baking dish with parchment paper or foil.

In a large bowl, stir together the old fashioned oats, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vanilla. Stirring peanut butter into oats is a good workout. Set the oat mixture aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the sugar, milk, butter, and salt. Stir frequently and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

Pour the hot sugary butter mixture over the oatmeal mixture and stir until the oats are moistened completely. The chocolate will melt. Dump the whole sticky wonderful mess into the prepared baking dish and press it out evenly with the back of a wooden spoon.

Press in the remaining chocolate chips.

Let it cool completely. It needs to set up for at least an hour before slicing.

I cut these into 1 X 2 bars and wrapped them individually. We stored them in the fridge and had them in lunches and for snack all week!

chocolate chip & peanut butter cookies

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Have a Cookie

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moist, chewy chocolate chip cookies

Do you want to eat this cookie?

I do.

IN FACT, I would eat this entire plate full of cookies right now if three cookie monsters who will remain nameless (ahem… you know who you are.) hadn’t beat me to it. They even demolished my secret ziploc freezer bag stash that was cleverly stuffed behind two loaves of bread and a roll of parchment paper. Apparrently I’m just going to have to be a bit more clever. Game on.

These were first day of school/after school snack cookies. For some reason, school turns the cookie monsters into the hungriest small people to ever roam the earth. They come through the door like ravenous little dinosaurs and if there isn’t a snack waiting they will rummage through the cabinets and devour all the cereal, raisins, and pretzels. Then they move on to the fridge and start putting dents in all the apples, yogurt, and cheese.

I draw the line at cheese. Don’t even think about it.

sticky batter & chocolate chips
My executive decision was to start this school year off right. Tee-totally prepared with a platter full of these big fat chewy chocolate chip cookies, and more for lunches later this week. And some more for Mommy’s secret chocolate chip cookie stash because sometimes she needs a little pick-me-up and almonds just don’t cut it (Dear Food Editors at All Women’s Magazines: please stop pretending like almonds and kale are going to satisfy all of our needs. Have you ever even had a cookie?!).

The little boys were thrilled to pieces with their chocolate chip cookies. And I didn’t even mind when they each traipsed past the plate six more times to “discreetly” snatch extra cookies while we sorted through giant stacks of school papers to be signed and they cranked out spelling homework. I wear the Irresistable Cookie-Maker Badge with pride. I gave the go-ahead after dinner when the plate of cookies started calling to them, because sometimes food talks to me, too.
baking chocolate chip cookies
I’m pretty sure I had a whole entire conversation with this cookie dough.

deliciously chocolatey chewy chip cookies
This batch of cookies DID survive Monday night. I managed to pack them away in little boy lunches and wrap a few for Chad to take to work. I had one before lunch.

Maybe it was two.

And after that … it’s a mystery (albeit not a very difficult one).

I suppose I should blame the author of this recipe for my cookies’ disappearing act. They were titled “The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”. And indeed, they were.

amazing chocolate chip cookies
Still, though… someone around here owes me a cookie. Or 12.

The Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (modified from Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 egg, plus 1 yolk

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

To Make

Pre-heat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugars until combined. Mix in the vanilla, egg and extra yolk. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by the heaping tablespoonful onto the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are a pretty golden toasty brown. Cool the cookies for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

warm cookies

cookies and milk

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

August 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Blank

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I was having a good bit of trouble deciding what to share with you today. I was drawing a complete blank. We have had a little bit of a trying week here in our household. Since Monday night I’ve been going round and round with a school bus driver and an administrator trying to take up for my little fella that needs a voice to speak up on his behalf. Does low-fat potato salad scream frustration?

Nah.
What about spicy buffalo chicken simmering in a slow cooker all day? Does that properly communicate my level of irritation?


Maybe.
Should I just slather my feelings in creamy peanut butter frosting and try to find some good in a crummy situation?


Probably.

But before we make our way to the peanut butter frosting sandwiched in between walnutty (super made-up word-of-the-day) soft oatmeal cookies, I feel like I should explain.

My kids can be pretty annoying en route to anywhere. The back seat of the car is like giggle-fest 2012. Do you remember how Ernie from Sesame Street laughs? That’s Evan. Everything is funny. Everything. It can be a little bit exhausting. So when Evan came home with a bus referral earlier this year saying that he was laughing and talking loudly, not following directions, and wiggling around in his seat I was not surprised. I did my job and scolded him, took away privileges, and life went on.

Monday, Evan produced that familiar white envelope from his back pack scrawled with that school official cursive writing “To the Parents of…”. Wamp. Wamp.

I raised my eyebrow and glared (a look I acquired from my dad… it requires no words) as I unsealed the envelope. While I read I asked Evan to please tell me what this was about and he said, “I really don’t know. I had to sit with this kid on Friday and he tattles on me for everything, like for things I didn’t even do.” Evan was not concerned. He’s silly, but he’s never been a troublemaker.

Reading on though, I found that the referral said this: “Evan was moved during route for his behavior after he was moved he bit the child sitting with him on the leg

That was it, verbatim. Let’s skip over the poor grammar and lack of punctuation here for a minute (when Evan was in 2nd grade I received a note from a teacher’s assistant telling me that “they was bees” on the playground) and get right to the root of the problem: this woman states in writing that my child is biting his seatmate on the school bus.

I know my kid. My kid doesn’t bite ( not since he was a toddler, anyway). I asked Evan to break it down for me, and after he survived a few rounds of my clever mommy interrogation skills, I determined that Evan is telling the truth. Why would he bite someone on the bus? That’s bananas. So I wrote an email in his defense.

I know, I know. I sound like one of those parents that thinks her precious child can do no wrong. Please don’t worry; I can assure you that is not the case. I will be the first person to call my boys out when they are wrong. I have high expectations of my kids and they both work hard to meet those standards. Evan in particular is a straight-A student. He is conscientious, easy to get along with, always happy, and well-behaved (but sometimes a little chatty). He is very sensitive and gets his feelings hurt easily, is never aggressive, and has never been willfully disobedient. The email to his school’s principal stated all of this.

The week before End-of-Grade testing do we really want Evan confined to in-school-suspension, especially for something I am positive he didn’t do? That seems like the sort of logic that produces grown-ups unable to write notes home to parents in proper English.

So Principal and Bus Driver called me. I informed bus driver that she could not have possibly witnessed my little boy behind a bus seat taller than he is biting another child. Especially not while driving the bus. I told her that I’m sure her job is very trying and I don’t envy her at all. I also told her that if there were bite marks on the other little boy, that surely I would have received a phone call. Bus Driver is very attitudey. She said, “We called the other parents,” in her most indignant voice.

I asked her if, since it is her policy to call the parents of a child allegedly victimized, why have I never received phone calls all the times Evan got off the same school bus upset that someone hit him? Surprise! She didn’t have an answer. When I pressed further she retracted her inadequately communicated statement about moving Evan’s seat during the route.

What it boils down to is this: Evan is silly on the school bus. He sits near the driver. He gets on her nerves. Little Boy sharing the seat says Evan bit him while Evan was leaned down trying to fish his backpack out of the floor. Bus Driver uses this opportunity to get Evan in a little trouble because he is on her nerves. Evan’s Mom is more than Bus Driver bargained for. Bus Driver is rude and nasty on the phone and screeches,”There are cameras!” before dropping the phone (I might mention that the cameras record over themselves and since this conversation happened Tuesday morning, Friday afternoon is long gone. Also cameras do not have x-ray vision that spies between seats). Principal does not relent after witnessing this entire exchange. Bus Driver takes this opportunity to write another referral because Evan is wiggly giggly and Principal announces that now he is suspended off the school bus for 3 days.

I might take this more seriously if Andrew and another little boy hadn’t served out a 5 day bus suspension a couple of years ago for READING. When Evan was in kindergarten they threatened bus suspension because he FELL ASLEEP. I promise I could not make this crap up if I tried.

In short (but actually this rant has gotten quite long… apologies) our mornings have been turned upside down trying to work out transportation. Don’t get me started on afternoon carpool. When I see Evan’s school bus drive by and not stop, I’d really like to use one of my fingers to tell Bus Driver what I think. But since she’d probably just take it out on my little cutie next week, I’m going to occupy myself with these cookies.







I could occupy myself further with peanut butter frosting…


… and then spread said peanut butter frosting all over the oatmeal walnut cookies to make sweet little sandwiches.

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling are surely the best things to emerge from this crummy situation …  probably they are the best things to emerge from anywhere in awhile. Which is why you should try them!! This is the only recipe I have ever tried from Joy the Baker (though there are gazillions that have caught my eye) and I was so so glad I did. Her site is one of the most deliciously happy places on the web and is probably the reason why my email didn’t say:

Dear Bus Driver,

%$#@*&%!@#$* (Fill in the Blank)

Sincerely,

Evan’s Mom

Click HERE for Joy’s super awesome recipe.

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

May 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Sugar Cookie Crackdown

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No matter the holiday, season, or reason, I am always drawn to cookies. There is something infinitely perfect about the versatility of a cookie. I can make them chewy or with a little crunch. I can make them healthy and full of oats, sweetened with honey, or calorie rich with butter and chunks of rich dark chocolate. I have even lusted after vegan cookies. Some cookies are quick and some take all day, while others require you to stare longingly at the dough chilling for what seems like an eternity. Cookies can be held accountable for the biggest after school smiles and the best Christmas gifts; they make for super favors after a party and are a cinch to bring to work (and if they’re done right may even account for a promotion… or at least a pat on the back).


And let’s not forget Cookie Monster. Where would this guy be without cookies?

Cookies are good in an emergency.

For example, when your little boys very lovingly volunteer you to bake things without offering proper notice. I’d like to say that this doesn’t happen very often, but I would be lying.

Because I try to learn from experience, I usually have a pretty well-stocked pantry. And because there is a holiday looming over this weekend I have a nice stash of pastel colored chocolate.

I sorted through stack of cooking magazines and then scrapped them for Google (which I am convinced is very shortly taking over the earth, in conjunction with Wal-Mart and the weird palm scanner at the hospital). I found this recipe, in all it’s fast easy shining glory, at Allrecipes.com.


In one bowl you will need candy. I opted for Easter M&M’s. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and a little pinch of salt. In a large bowl beat together super soft butter (like in my recipe for Backwards Cookies) and sugar. Add in an egg and two teaspoons of vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.


Roll the soft dough into teaspoon sized balls and bake in a preheated oven set at 375 for 8 minutes. When you take them out of the oven, press the candies into the hot cookies immediately. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

And that’s it. No refrigeration. No crazy ingredients that make you up your eyeglass prescription while scouring shelves in the spice aisle at the grocery. No rolling pins or fancy pans required. Fast, soft, delicious sugar cookies.


Super Fast Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

Candies, sprinkles, or sugar crystals to decorate

To Make

Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Then beat in the egg and vanilla. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Roll the dough in your hands to form teaspoon sized balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. When you remove the cookies from the oven press the candies into the cookies immediately. Let them cool for a minute or two before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

April 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

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Ode to Oatmeal

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 I am the guiltiest party when it comes to nurturing my sweet tooth. Dessert is my favorite meal (but breakfast is a close second!!!) and I have an endless supply of ideas about how to reshape cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes (ohhhh mouth watering cheesecakes!), and the like. I have a serious affinity for baked goods (Sugar Dish… ahem) and love, love, love to share them.

But I also love oatmeal– no butter or sugar–just old fashioned steel cut oats; sometimes with dried fruit and nuts. I adore fresh vegetables. Broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, carrots, snow peas… sigh… this list could get pretty long. I am so thrilled with a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread all piled high with cucumbers, lettuce, and sprouts. No mayonnaise. Just grains and turkey and crunchy greens. Can you tell I have lunch on the brain?

Oatmeal is how I convince my sweet tooth that I am eating something sinful, when really I am just indulging in fiber-rich complex carbs… that are actually good for me.

But if you put oatmeal in a cookie, it’s like poetry.

 Whip the butter and sugar together until smooth (Yes, I do realize that butter and sugar detract from the nutritional value of my oatmeal, but if you’re baking cookies you’ve already passed the point of no return. Just go with it.) Beat in eggs and vanilla, and then flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and a little salt.

 Stir in the oats…

 And raisins…

 Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350. These cookies are soft and chewy, and they disappear. Quickly. And the oats will make you feel a little better about the two sticks of butter (not a lot better, but a little).

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks of butter, softened

1 cup of packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 cups of old fashioned (steel cut) oats– you can use the quick cooking oats, but I like the texture of the old fashioned better

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans ***totally optional, but reeeeally good***

To Make

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat together the softened butter and sugars. Then blend in the vanilla and eggs until smooth. Mix in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Abandon your hand mixer for a nice wooden spoon and stir in the oats, raisins, and nuts (if using). Spoon about a tablespoon per cookie onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes (they will not look done when you take them out- also the “puff” up in the oven and then settle as they cool). Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.

 

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

January 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

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