(EXTRA SOFT) OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

November 13, 2017

Let’s just be completely candid on what these cookies are like. There are many different “cookie personalities.” Thin and crispy, I do not get you, but I can respect you.

So these! My husband is all heart eyes for them. They are very soft, but with a crisp and flakey exterior. If that is your cookie profile, DO IT.

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24 cookies

1 and 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 and 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a stand mixer, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in butter, brown sugar, sugar, honey, vanilla, and egg and mix. Add oats and continue to mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Chill dough for 1-2 hours. Shape into 1 and 1/2 inch balls and arrange on a line baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

EXTRA SOFT OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

EXTRA SOFT OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 and ¼ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in butter, brown sugar, sugar, honey, vanilla, and egg and mix.
  3. Add oats and continue to mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Chill dough for 1-2 hours.
  5. Shape into 1 and ½ inch balls and arrange on a line baking sheet.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes.

 

A Not Gross Green Bean Casserole

November 6, 2017

File this away for the holidays! Sometimes when signing up for a potluck style celebration, I like to volunteer for the item I am usually most picky about how it is made.

Green bean casserole is such a staple of the christmas and thanksgiving menu, but it is kind of nobody’s favorite. There are a lot of very gross ones! Which is not right! Because I love green beans. Like almost as much as french fries if prepared right. And I have never liked green bean casserole because it can often feel not very fresh.

So this is it! A clearly titled not gross green bean casserole. There are a few tricks that make it good, but one I have to point out is dicing the mushrooms. I’m a person who likes mushrooms and they are still more palatable when in diced form instead of enormous half slices. Okay and one more tip – no cream of anything soup anywhere near this.

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Serves 6 to 8

1 and 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 onion, sliced
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 baby bella mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
5 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup half and half
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon thyme

Preheat oven to 375. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once water is boiling, place green beans in pot and cook for 2 minutes. Strain green beans and set aside. Stir together flour and bread crumbs. Toss onions in breading and fry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat until golden brown. Discard oil.

Saute baby bella mushrooms in butter with garlic and nutmeg. Add balsamic vinegar, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and bring to boil. Add half and half and cook on medium high for 3 minutes to reduce. Mix in green beans and sliced almonds. Transfer to baking dish and top with fried onions, thyme, and additional salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.

A NOT GROSS GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

A NOT GROSS GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ pounds green beans, trimmed
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅔ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once water is boiling, place green beans in pot and cook for 2 minutes. Strain green beans and set aside.
  3. Stir together flour and bread crumbs. Toss onions in breading and fry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat until golden brown. Discard oil.
  4. Saute baby bella mushrooms in butter with garlic and nutmeg. Add balsamic vinegar, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and bring to boil. Add half and half and cook on medium high for 3 minutes to reduce.
  5. Mix in green beans and sliced almonds.
  6. Transfer to baking dish and top with fried onions, thyme, and additional salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.

 

SEVEN INGREDIENT BLONDIES

October 26, 2017

Occasionally we must make a dessert for someone who does not like chocolate. And that is when BLONDIES come in. Or if you like chocolate you can still get down with these.

For me, there is one essential thing that must be true of any brownie or cookie bar type dessert baked good. And that is that they are SOFT. There are too many dry cookie bars in the world. These are buttery delicious blondies. A classic recipe with just seven ingredients!

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Makes 12 blondies

3 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
24 tablespoons butter, melted
3 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a stand mixer. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until an even batter forms. Spread batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

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SEVEN INGREDIENT BLONDIES
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 and ½ teaspoons salt
  • 24 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a stand mixer. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until an even batter forms.
  3. Spread batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

 

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