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Holiday Baking – Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Recipe

December 21, 2013

Who knew you could bake oatmeal NOT in a dessert?  A few weekends ago I was at Camp Stitchalot and we had a yummy baked oatmeal for brunch one morning.  Now, I have eaten this at previous camps before and I liked it then too but for some reason, I was moved to try to find a recipe when I got home this time.   A quick Google search found me loads of baked oatmeal recipes but there were a lot of differences in them.  And most had like a stick of butter in them…and as much as I love butter, I’m really trying to eat better.  I tried a few, one was too dry, one was too bland so I changed up the recipe until I got it right.  I used applesauce instead of butter to keep the calories down and it also helped with the dryness.  For those of you counting, there are only 5 Weight Watchers points..

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Holiday Baking – Thick Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 17, 2013

I’m always excited about eating cookies around the holidays!  My personal favorite desserts have both chocolate and mint in them and I couldn’t find a cookie recipe I really liked.  So, I made this recipe (and tested it about 30 times :D).  I prefer a thick cakey cookie (almost like a brownie).  If you like a more thin cookie, don’t melt the butter and use regular flour instead of cake flower.  You can also substitute more butter for the shortening if you can’t find it or like a more thin cookie. Here’s my recipe: Thick Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe by Brenda Ratliff This is my version of a popular scouting cookie. Instead of thin and crispy, these are thick and chewy! Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 1 Hour, 35 Minutes Ingredients 2 Cups Bread Flour 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted..

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