Foodie Friday ~ Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup raisins

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Make sure you get some, because they don’t last long!

Tuesday Tots ~ Banana Cookie Crumbles

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3 ripe bananas

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

Foodie Friday ~ No Fuss Peanut Butter Cookies

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1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Foodie Friday ~ Gingerbread Men Cookies

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1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest

2 tablespoons dark corn syrup

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the orange peel and dark corn syrup. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, I like to chill overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.

Foodie Friday ~ Iced Pumpkin Cookies

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Foodie Friday – Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 jumbo egg

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk both amounts of flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, and pudding mix in another bowl with an electric mixer until blended; beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract until combined. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Roll the dough into 2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Toddlers, Tantrums and Timeouts

 

Temper tantrums…honestly, my children rarely ever suffered from these often cry-inducing (for mom!) fits on the floor.

I remember my mother in law telling me about my dear, sweet husband when he was young, and the tantrum he decided to throw at her one afternoon. He decided he wanted a delicious chocolate chip cookie an hour before dinnertime when he was around four years old. When he initially asked, he was of course, told no. Not being satisfied with that answered he proceeded to stamp his foot and demand, “I WANT a cookie, now!”

My mother in law turned around and told him he better shape up, or there would be no cookie after his dinner was eaten. He took it one step further, falling to the floor, kicking and screaming for that cookie as he wailed at the top of his lungs.

Instead of yelling, my mother and law gently laid down on the floor next to her then, flailing four year old son and kicked and screamed along with him. To his surprise he stopped his ranting, eyeing his mom cautiously. Why was she throwing a fit? She didn’t want a cookie, he did! After a moment or two, she rolled over and glared at him. You know that deep mommy stare…I know you do!

Her words were honest and raw, “See how annoying that is? You don’t like me kicking and screaming and I don’t like you kicking and screaming. Don’t do it again, ya hear? No cookie for you after dinner either.”

She got to her feet and went back to cooking dinner. My husband apparently laid on the floor for another half an hour in complete wonder of what his mother had done. And you know what? He never threw another temper tantrum ever again. True story!

Temper tantrums…do you deal with them or have you? If so, what’s your remedy to dry the tears of the little one who desperately wants his or her way? Share with us!