Cherry Bit Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Hello all– We lived in Texas the first 4 years we were married. Larry was in seminary and I taught science all week.  So every Saturday it was the same routine.  He’d study– while I cleaned our student apartment (so tiny, it didn’t take long!) went with 3 friends to grocery shop together, did laundry and then made cookies. So many cookies!  Now days we don’t need weekly cookies…

But for some young friends coming in last Thursday, I pulled out this old recipe.  Homey and sweet and best hot from the oven!

CHERY BIT CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1  1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1  1/2 cups oats
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries, minced*

With an electric mixer beat the butter, 2 sugars and eggs until they’re creamy.  Then beat in the flour, salt, baking powder and oats.  Finally, use the mixer to blend in the walnuts, chocolate chips and cherries.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Flatten the cookies a bit with the bottom of a heavy glass.

Bake them up at 350 degrees for 11 or 12 minutes.  Be sure to eat at least one hot from the oven!!

*Whole dried cherries are too gummy for me.  I mince them to bits, for their cherry sweetness, but no gummy bites!

Oatmeal Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hello Cookie Lovers–  We have an old family favorite when it comes to cookies around here.  The page in my cooking notebook that has this recipe is stained and faded from so much use.  The original recipe from a friend in Spain called for granola (like here), but over the years we’ve thrown in any flakey cereal in it’s place (no Cheerios please!)  Sometimes we added in nuts or currants or dried cranberries white chocolate chunks.  It’a a basic recipe you can mix up to suit your cookie preferences.  Just trying to say– it’s a good cookie, soft on the inside an crispy around the edges. I think it could become a favorite of your family too.

OATMEAL GRANOLA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup while sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup flour
1  1/4 cup oats
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup coconut
1 cup granola
2 cups chocolate chips

With an electric mixer, beat together butter, 2 sugars and eggs until they are smooth and creamy.  Then beat in the flour, oats, salt and baking powder.  Finally mix in the coconut, granola and chocolate chips.  It will be a stiff batter.

Then drop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Will make about 3 dozen medium cookies.  Put them in a 350 degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes until they are beautifully browned on top.  Best eaten (at least one or two) hot from the oven!!

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Chocolate Chip & Pecan Bars

 

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Hello Cookie-loving Friends– To tell the truth, until now not a cookie has entered my oven this long hot summer.  Baking has been reduced to a few necessary cakes.  But there’s a tinge in the air– could baking season be far off?!  It’s down to the 80’s this week and I’m imagining fall around the corner with apple tarts and orange rolls and batches of brownies!

So when we had our Thursday night crew in last week, I cranked up the oven and made these chocolate-y cookie bars– all the better with pecans (because who doesn’t love pecans??).  They are easy and cut up into neat little squares.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP & PECAN BARS
4 tab. butter (1/2 stick)
2 tab. canola oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1  1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1  1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped

With an electric mixer blend together the butter, canola oil, white sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until they are smooth and creamy.  Then beat in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Finally add in the chocolate chips and pecans (I keep a small handful of both aside to sprinkle on top to make it prettier)

With your fingers press the dough into a 9″ by 13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until they are lightly browned and cooked through.

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Whole Wheat, Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

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Hi cookie eating friends– Loving this new nubble-y version of chocolate chip cookies.  They are hearty and satisfying and really taste like the sort of cookies that should come out of a grandma’s oven.  Lots of nuts and chocolate wrapped in that whole wheat/bran cookie.

I know this is not the first chocolate chip cookie that has crossed paths with this blog– but I think it will the favorite for a long time.  If you are need of cookies, hope you give these a try…

WHOLE WHEAT, BRAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup butter. room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup bran
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 cups chocolate chips

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the 2 sugars.  Then beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Next mix in the wheat flour, white flour, wheat germ, salt and baking powder. Then finally, beat in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  And bake them up in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the cookies a beautiful browned around the edges.  And eat one while they are hot from the oven–delish!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

IMG_1930Hi breakfast eaters– There’s a walk we like to take down across Balboa Island, over the channel on the ferry and then along Newport Beach.  And there we end up at that “fine dining establishment”– Mutt Lynch’s.  Long rustic wooden tables, lots of hustle & bustle, blaring sports from multiple tvs, views out to the beach, and pancakes,really great pancakes– my favorite being their banana chocolate chip pancakes.

So here’s our at home version, whipped up when the grand-girls came to stay.  I could eat these things all day.

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES
2 smashed bananas
1 cup uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 stp. salt
3/4 cup unflavored yogurt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Smash those bananas to a pulp in a large mixing bowl.  Then stir in the oatmeal, flour,brown sugar, baking powder & salt.  Mix in the yogurt, milk eggs, vanilla and oil.  And finally fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter (it will be fairly thick) onto a medium heat griddle that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Will make about 15 fluffy, sweet, thick pancakes.

Just typing this up, makes me want to go stir up a batch!

Chocolate Chip Amaretto Cake

IMG_0884Hi there– Every Monday a whole raft of girl friends come through the front door.  They don’t knock, just come in, set their stuff down and make themselves at home.  We’ve been at it together for about 15 years now.  We’ve told all our stories and prayed with each other through crazy children, major illnesses, job upheavals, marital woes.  We’ve celebrated kid’s weddings, new grandkids, photo worthy vacations, new homes…  There’s pretty much not anything we can’t say to each other.

And when they come in, I like to give them cake. With a mug of tea.  It gets us going.  Here’s last Monday night’s cake of the week…

CHOCOLATE CHIP AMARETO CAKE

Cake:
1 1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
5 eggs
2 tab. amaretto
1/4 cup cream (or whole milk)
2  1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup unflavored yogurt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. amaretto
1/2 tsp. cream or milk

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In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, oil, eggs, amaretto and cream.  Then whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Finally stir in the yogurt and chocolate chips.

Stir just until it’s all blended and spoon it into a bundt pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Set it into a 325 degree oven and bake about 1 hour — just until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool before you invert it out onto a plate.

Then whisk together the powdered sugar, amaretto and cream.  You can add  a couple more drops of milk if you need to, until it’s the right consistency to drizzle onto the cake.  Be careful– it’s so easy to add to much milk!

P.S. — The cake in the photos is just half a recipe, since I don’t have a real honest to goodness bundt pan, just this little mini one.  But the recipe is for a standard bundt pan, which I’ll bet most of you do have at hand.

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Crispiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_8359Hello there fellow cookie lovers–  I know.  I know.  There are definite preferences when it comes chocolate chip cookies. Some people like them thick, doughy and soft.  But not me.   This is an old family fave–and this version is crunchy crispy.  Delectable!

Whipped them up with the grand-girls this afternoon– for a good munch while we watch the new Tinkerbell movie.  Simple pleasures.

CRISPIEST OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1/2 cup butter*
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup flake cereal**
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl beat together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and egg with an electric mixer.  Then blend in the flour, oatmeal, salt and baking powder.  Finally mix in the cereal and chocolate chips.

Drop the cookie dough by spoonfuls onto a baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray– about 1 1/2 ” apart–these guys spread!!

Pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until they are nicely browned around the edges.  Immediately eat 2 or 3 straightway not from the oven.

*If you a getting the butter cold from the fridge, microwave it 4 or 5 seconds to bring it down to room temperature.
**Any flakey cereal will do– We had Special on hand, but corn flakes of oat flakes are A-OK.

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