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Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

Kiddos asked for oatmeal cookies, but while I was getting out the ingredients, I saw some spices I had from Thanksgiving. I know people add cinnamon to oatmeal cookies, so why not a little clove too? Wow! Loved it. Just enough of a kick and so perfect with coffee. Plus the house smelled absolutely amazing. Next time you make oatmeal cookies, give them a little pizzazz. Don’t be afraid. You’ll love it!

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies:

2 cups all-purpose flour – .50
3 cups quick cooking oats – .55
2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup) – 1.50
1 cup packed brown sugar – .60
3/4 cup white sugar – .40
2 eggs – .30
1 tsp vanilla – pantry
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon – pantry
1/2 tsp ground clover – pantry
1 tsp baking powder – pantry
1 tsp salt – pantry
*Optional – 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup raisins

COST: $3.85

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and both sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time and then add vanilla. Once combined, set aside.

In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and clove. Once mixed, stir in creamed mixture with wooden spoon. When combined, mix in oats, then split mixture in half. Add 1 cup chocolate chips to one half and 1 cup raisins to the other. Mix well, cover and chill dough for 15 mins in freezer.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Roll dough into small balls, place a few inches apart on cookie sheets and flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in cinnamon sugar (1/8 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon).

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. The longer you cook, the crispier they are. The shorter you cook, the more chewy the cookie. I did each batch different cooking times to create a variation. Works great! Everyone is satisfied.


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Fortune Cookies

Today, February 3, 2011 is the first day of the Chinese new year – Year of the Rabbit. And what could be more fun than making fortune cookies to bring in the Lunar New Year. These simple cookies are not only great fun, they’re super crispy and lightly sweet. Perfect for a special meal or party favor and especially to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year! (BTW, I read over 30 recipes on fortune cookies and settled on a recipe fromĀ babycakes291, with modifications from a few of her readers)

Fortune Cookies:

3 egg whites – $.45
1/2 cup white sugar – $.50
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled – $.65
1/2 tsp vanilla extract – pantry
1 cup all-purpose flour – $.75
3 Tbsps water
20-25 preprinted fortunes (cut out and folded)

COST: $2.30

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets well and re-grease between batches, if necessary. Have prepared fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper and set aside.

In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar until frothy. Stir in melted butter, vanilla extract, water and mix again. Add flour slowly and mix till batter resembles something similar to a thin pancake batter.

Next, spoon batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Make sure and spread batter very thin, with back of spoon in circular motion. Leave room between cookies for spreading.

Bake for 5 minutes, or until edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one cookie at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Have a glass or mug available to then fold the cookie over rim to create a horse shoe shape. Place each cookie in a muffin tin to cool. This will insure they cool and maintain their shape.

NOTE: Although you don’t want to overbaked, you do need to bake them long enough that they’re golden around the edges. If under cooked, they remain soft in the middle and will not dry to a crisp. The key is to spread batter thin and only make batches of about 4 at a time. While folding each cookie, I leave the pan in the oven with door ajar. This helps keep cookies hot and malleable while I fold each one.


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