Raisin Crisp Cookies

WIN_20151119_160152My Mom makes these and, like everything my Mom makes, Raisin Crunch cookies are delicious. I enjoy Raisin Crunch Cookies with coffee, because they are crunchy enough to hold up to a quick dunk. To be fair, I enjoy anything with coffee, but still… Happy baking!

Ingredients (Makes 4 dozen)

1 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup oats (I use old fashioned; quick oats will also work)

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup raisin bran cereal (variations such as “Honey Bunches of Oats” also work well)

1 1/4 cups flaked coconut

1/2 cup raisins

Directions

Step 1) Cream together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well.

Step 2) Fold in cereal, coconut, and raisins.

Step 3) Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 14 – 16 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

Step 4) Remove from oven and allow cookies to rest on the baking sheets for 4 minutes. This helps them to crisp – and these cookies are supposed to be crispy! After 4 minutes, transfer cookies to cooling racks. Allow to cool completely before covering and storing.

Busy Breakfast Cookies

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Anyone who claims that they never, ever leave the house in the morning without first enjoying a wholesome breakfast is either wearing their superhero cape under their regular-person work clothes or is lying.  Of this, I am completely convinced.  In many homes, if everyone makes it out the door with brushed teeth and two shoes, that’s a victory.  Breakfast?  That’s a bonus…

…but not anymore!  This recipe is fast and easy, tastes great, freezes well, and offers a complete, portable, low sugar, high fiber breakfast.  Tomorrow morning, grab one or two of these as you race out the door.  Have a great day!

picture365Ingredients (makes 16 large cookies)

1 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup whole oats

1/2 cup high fiber breakfast cereal

1/3 cup raisins

picture3671/4 cup chopped dried apples

1 tablespoon quinoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

2 tablespoons softened butter

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup all natural applesauce

1 teaspoon almond extract

picture368Directions

Step 1) Combine first 11 ingredients (all dry ingredients except sugar) in a large mixing bowl.  Blend well.

Step 2) Combine last 7 ingredients (all wet ingredients plus sugar) in a small mixing bowl.  Blend well, and add to dry ingredients.  Stir until picture371just combined.

Step 3) Drop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Step 4) Bake in preheated, 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Parchment paper may be reused once or twice before discarding.  Enjoy!