Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies - Revised

I decided to play around with a recipe for an oldie but goodie cookie I posted about a year ago. These cookies never last very long in our house. And I am hoping the 200+  Pinners have enjoyed these blueberry delights as much as we have!

Because the original recipe uses all brown sugar and rolled oats, they are super moist especially with the added moisture from the blueberries. I found these cookies would become softer throughout the day and definitely over night (if there were any left over). So I decided to tweak things a bit to see if they would hold up when time lapsed.

One stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups quick cooking steel cut oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat butter, oil, and both sugars until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In another bowl, combine flour, both oats, baking soda, and salt. Pour dry mixture into the wet ingredients a little at a time and mix until fully combined. Finally, add the blueberries and gently fold in. Place rounded spoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown around the edges but still soft in the middle.

This makes about 3 dozen cookies.
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Hope you love this new version as much as she did!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

Well more like, when a friend gives you lemons, make lemon loaves! My friend, Ronda, was so sweet to give us a bag of lemons from her overproducing tree. Lots of friends scored lemons since she advertised her willing to share on Facebook. So happy I got in on the action!

This is one of my all time fave recipes. Barefoot Contessa never disappoints!

Cake Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature2 1/2 cups granulated sugar4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)3 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon kosher salt3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Glaze Ingredients:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pans.
2. Cream the butter and 2 cups granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

It's so hard not to open the oven door to take a peek. Love the smell too!

4. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and makes a syrup. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a rack set over a tray. Turn the cakes right-side up and spoon the lemon syrup generously over the mounded tops, allowing the syrup to dribble down the sides. Let the cakes sit to cool completely.

For the glaze:Combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. 

Get your drizzle on and pour over the top of the cakes. Allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.

Don't be shy either! Get all those nooks and crannies! 

Are you loving these pics? This was a fun morning because not only did I get to bake
something YUMMY but I got the chance to play with my new toy. Win - win!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sweet Treats - Homemade Payday Bars and Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies

Teacher Appreciation Week has kicked off at Sophia's school and what better way to start a Monday back to school than with a dessert bar! I signed up to make some sweetness for our wonderful teachers. So glad I found this recipe at Cookies & Cups.

Hello Payday Bars!

These were a total hit (at school and at home). Way too dangerous to have within my reach!
16 oz salted dry roasted peanuts
2 cups peanut butter chips
3 Tbsp butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
1-2 tbsp flaked sea salt

Spray 9x13 pan with baking spray or grease with butter. Sprinkle 1/2 peanuts in the bottom of the pan, reserving the other half for later.

In a large microwave safe bowl, heat peanut butter chips and butter in 30 second increments on 50% power. Stirring after each until melted.
Pour in sweetened condensed milk and microwave on high power for 1 more minute. Stir until smooth and combined.
Fold in marshmallows to peanut butter mixture until evenly coated and then pour over your peanuts in the pan.
Press the remaining nuts into the marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt and chill for about an hour.
Cut into squares.
*Next time, I plan on changing things up a bit. I found the whole bag of marshmallows to be a bit a much. So I might add 1/2 to 3/4 or maybe even substitute marshmallow creme (hubby's idea). And I think adding some chocolate would be a fun choice too; perhaps to the bottom layer of nuts? Yes, I realize it wouldn't be a Payday bar anymore - oh well. I can call it a Baby Ruth. :)
Now onto dessert #2!
Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies

For those who have flown Delta, well you know what I am talking about when I say, "Biscoff cookies are totally awesome." And let me say, they are even better as an oatmeal cookie. And let me also tell you, the Biscoff spread is HEAVEN! It can be hard to find, but check this out:
This is some serious danger!
And crunchy too? It's great with apple slices.
Or just on a spoon. 

Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 sugar
1/2 cup Cookie Butter (non-crunchy)
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Mix rolled oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in bowl and set aside. Beat butter, sugars, and cookie butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth and creamy again. Add in dry ingredients and beat until blended. Chill for 30 minutes.

Scoop rounded tablespoon onto lined cookie sheet. Leave a couple of inches between each dough ball. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden and slightly firm on the edge. Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.