Sunday, May 29, 2011

Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Found this recipe on one of the new blogs I'm following. Made them last night and they are a hit! It only makes 16 cookies so I had to triple the recipe so there was enough for more than one day.

Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 16 Cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.

4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm always looking for new cookie recipes. They are simple and easy to make and everyone always loves them. I made these for the boys when the went hunting. They turned out great. I did a little substituting and all ingredients I used were organic.

Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 5 Dozen

3 1/4 Cups Flour (I did 2 1/4 cups white flour and 1 cup wheat flour)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/3 Cups Butter, softened
1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Firmly Packed Light Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
4 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Package (12 oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Walnuts

MIX flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

DROP by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375*F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

**The wheat flour just gives it a little more nutty flavor and was actually good. Devin thought they were really good and he didn't know there was wheat flour in them. You could also use Almond Flour.**

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oven-Barbecued Chicken

I found this recipe and we love it so much that I make it once a week! There is nothing better than making your BBQ Sauce from scratch. You can tailor it to your own taste and that is awesome. It was my first time making BBQ sauce - I have a hard time finding BBQ sauce at the store without High Fructose Corn Syrup in it so making this from scratch means it's healthy.

 Oven-Barbecued Chicken

2 to 2 1/2 lbs meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks), skinned -- I use the breast halves because they have the most meat on them
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped (1/2 Cup)
1 Clove Garlic, minced -- I use already minced garlic
3/4 Cup Bottled Chili Sauce -- I couldn't find any without high fructose corn syrup so I ended up using RedHot Wings sauce Original and it works great.
2 Tablespoons Honey
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Prepared Horseradish -- I found this at Trader Joes and it'll last awhile in the fridge.
1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Arrange chicken pieces, bone sides up, in an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baked dish. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook until tender. Stir in chili sauce, honey, soy sauce, mustard, horseradish, and red pepper; heat through.

3. Turn chicken, bone sides down. Brush half of sauce over chicken. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Reheat remaining sauce until boiling; serve with chicken. Makes 4 servings.

My Changes:

1. I add extra honey to my sauce - I no longer measure the ingredients. You can add other things if you want.
2. I brush BOTH sides of the chicken with the BBQ sauce instead of just the top. I think it makes it even better.