Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Trail Mix Oatmeal Cookies
A classic with a twist;
Who doesn't welcome the scent
of baking oatmeal cookies?
This cookie was one of the simplest cookies for me to make any time of the week.
When my children were small, I would prop them up on the counter and ask them to help.
I would ask them to help me find the specific measuring cups like: 1 slash 2:
1/2 cup
This simple task helped teach them fractions!
Stirring became a game watching the ingredients mix together in a LARGE mixing bowl;
to catch any irregular stirring from little hands.
This type of participation led my children, now teens and adults, to love creating in the kitchen.
I can't tell you how wonderful it is for them to bake and cook for me now!
Win Win
This recipe is courtesy of my daughter! 
Easy to prepare,
simple ingredients
These yummy cookies have a colourful twist with the addition of cranberries;
festive, chewy and inviting
These are chockfull of nutritious ingredients with a touch of sweetness needed to satisfy even the pickiest person of the bunch.
You can whip these up any time of the week.

1/2 butter

2 tbsp. molasses

1 eggs
1 1/2cup rolled oats
tiny pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom 
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup each toasted chopped almonds and walnuts (walnuts toast for less time than almonds)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/8 cup each dried cranberries & golden raisins
3/4 cup flour

Cream butter in a large mixer bowl. Add sugar. Continue creaming to a fluffy texture.
Lower speed and mix in egg, vanilla, salt and cinnamon
Remove from mixer stand and using a spatula or wooden spoon fold/stir in the flour.
When almost no white shows, drop in chips, dried fruit, nuts and blend well.
Refrigerate mixture for 1-2 hrs. Using a 1oz large cookie scoop. Scoop batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 375F until golden for approx. 10min, but soft to the touch. They will crisp and harden when cooled.
Enjoy with love!

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