Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, absolutely! You can indulge in Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies any time of the day. They are moist, hearty, delicious, addictive and really easy to make.

I began with a basic oatmeal cookie recipe and added 2 mashed bananas, pecans, mini chocolate chips and a little shredded zucchini. The result is a moist and chewy, banana bread-like confection.

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

You will need:
1-1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 C sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 C sour cream
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1-1/2 C all purpose flour
2 C rolled oats
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 C semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/4 C shredded zucchini
1/4 C chopped pecans

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, sour cream and mashed bananas on high until creamed in large bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed, butter mixture, stirring in a little at a time. Fold in mini chocolate chips, shredded zucchini and pecans into batter. Drop spoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cherry Blossoms

The birds are chirping, blossom buds are starting to pop up on the tree outside my window, it's Spring. And to celebrate the arrival, I made Cherry Blossom cookies. This is a variation on an old fashioned butter cookie recipe. Citrus and vanilla lend a sweet-scented fragrance and an unexpected taste. Sandwiched between is a gooey jam that melts in your mouth. Relax with a cup of tea and a few Cherry Blossoms while listening to the sounds of Spring.

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Butter Cookie Recipe
1 C/2 sticks butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 egg
2 Tablespoons orange juice
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 ½ C All purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Cherry or strawberry jam

Combine butter, sugar and egg in a small bowl and beat until creamy. Add juices from orange and lemon and fold in dry ingredients. Mix well, refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight.

When you’re ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a floured surface, cutting two of the same shapes. Cut out a small shape on one side to reveal jam. Bake for 8 minutes, pull from oven. Once cookies have cooled a bit but are still warm, spread the jam on the solid side and sandwich together with cut out side. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Cocoa Cloverleaf Cookies

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
These little cocoa gems are as delicious as they look! It's squarebakery's favorite sugar cookie, but the chocolate version. Cocoa Cloverleaves have a scone-like texture, great for dipping in your morning coffee. An added bonus is the icing on the cookie...cocoa-mint frosting.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

One of my favorite foods to snack on is the zucchini muffin. This traditional zucchini muffin recipe has been intensified with dark chocolate and semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. The trio of zucchini, spice and cocoa yield a flavorful treat that's not too sweet. These are perfect for breakfast with a latte or a midnight snack with a glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffin Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

You will need:
2 C sugar
3 eggs
1 C oil (part olive oil, part vegetable oil)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
2 C grated zucchini
2-1/2 C flour
1/2 C unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 C semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream with a wire whisk. Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl. Once well sifted, stir in wet mixture and blend until batter is smooth. Then, fold in grated zucchini.

Drop batter into large muffin or cupcake tins with an ice cream scoop and sprinkle semi-sweet mini chocolate chips on top. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the muffins spring back when touched.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Minty Cool Meltaway Cookies

I had my first McDonald's Shamrock Shake of the season yesterday and it inspired me to make Mint Meltaways. Together, the vanilla and peppermint make a cool duo in this refreshing, minty cookie.

Mint Meltaway Cookie Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

You will need:
1 C/2 sticks of unsalted organic butter
1/2 C sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 teaspoons of peppermint oil
A few drops of green food coloring
2-1/4 C cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, peppermint oil and a few drops of green food coloring together in your mixer. Stir flour and salt together and then blend into butter mixture.

Drop dough by the teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. While warm, dust cookies with powdered sugar and enjoy!