Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies

Back again!  And with a recipe at that!  I’ve actually been getting some baking on lately, which has been great.  Feels great, tastes great, love it.  You get the gist.  It feels so good to create good tasting things .

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In other news:

  • My baby is a whole 6 months old already!  She’s such a blessing to us.
  • We’ve been having some pretty great weather, which is helping mightily at keeping me sane.
  • Hubby is still home on parental leave (SCORE!).
  • I’ve started running again for the first time in three years!

That last thing there, let me tell you!  It’s feeling so good.  (I mean, it hurts like heck…  but it feels A-mazing to be running again!)

Hubby being home on parental leave has been such a great thing for us.  Spending every day as a whole family, sometimes is a bit crazy, but is nonetheless wonderful.  Daddy gets to play outside with the boys, while Mommy feeds Briar.  It works great.

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Back to the food ordeal.  I stumbled on this recipe in an old church cookbook.  It’s pretty great, because it’s a shortbread-oatmeal cookie cross.  So, it’s basically fantastic.  If you decide to eat most of the cookies raw, there will be no judging from me.  (I may or may not have done the same thing.)  They are nice and  chewy from the oatmeal, and the perfect sweet from the brown sugar shortbread base.

Cael Approved Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookie | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Have I ever mentioned that brown sugar, butter, and oats are my greatest weakness?  Because they are.  And I do love them ever so much.

Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies
Think shortbreads + oatmeal cookies. (Both my faves!)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 1 tsp baking soda
  5. 2 cups rolled oats
  6. 1 1/4 cups flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla, and beat until fluffy. (Or use a wooden spoon, like me!) Stir in flour, baking soda and oats.
  3. Scoop with a 1 inch cookie scoop or roll into balls, and flatten with a fork.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes on parchment paper-lined pans.
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
Adapted from Canadian Lutheran Ladies, Family Favourites Cookbook
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Of course, no post is complete without more kid photos.

Three kiddos Cael
Briar

Jude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Three siblings of different sizes
**Cael playing soccer, all handsome
**Jude learning how to ride the scooter
**Little Miss Briar

Things. Take FOUR!

Lists for Days | August 27, 2014 | By

Things again.  Things it is.  And another month has passed.  Wow.

Super hot days, and getting freezing nights going on here.  Pretty crazy how things can change from day to night.

And 10 weeks of pregnancy left!  Countdown is ON!

We’ve really been having a great summer.  I’m not really looking forward to its end, but I suppose ‘all good things shall come to an end’, as they say.  Fall is great too.  Really.  Here are some pictures of what’s been going down with us:

Breakfast time with two silly boys. Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

Breakfast time with two silly boys. Constantly making each other laugh (and making a mess doing it).

At a wedding. What a handsome hubby, eh? And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

At a wedding. What a handsome hubby, eh? And a baby bump at 29.5 weeks.

Flour and baby oil. Who knew it would make 'sand' to occupy much time. And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!

Flour and baby oil. Who knew it would make ‘sand’ to occupy much time. And cute aprons bought at a local craft fair!  They’ve saved much mess on clothes thus far.

Things:

  1. Adam Bede, by George Eliot.  I’ve yet to finish the book, but if you like classics, and love words – grab this book.  It took me awhile to get into it, but now I’m stuck.  It’s pretty dang good.
  2. Modcloth.com.  Seriously.  Get into it.  Cute and quirky clothes, shoes, accessories, and house stuffs!   Downside=Duty taxes when shipping to Canada.  But if you can make it past those taxes, you are home free!  So much cool stuff.
  3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.  Great movie.  Hubby and I rented it, not knowing if we’d enjoy it or not.  Conclusion:  We both LOVED it.  It was really great!  Hard to explain without giving away the plot, so just watch it.  It’s a really well done movie.
  4. These super easy-looking diy slippers!  What a great gift idea!
  5. The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake.  Can you say ‘divine’?  Because that’s how to describe this.  It’s super moist, yummy cake, with an oh-so-fudge-y frosting.  I’ve made two in the last three weeks…  And it’s been raved about.

Date Oatmeal-Goodness Cookie Sandwiches

Squares and Cookies | April 30, 2012 | By

Ever had one of those weeks?  You know, the ones where you feel like PMS is a permanent illness?  Because that’s just about how I felt this week.  Man.  It was bad.  Talk about mood swings, and chocolate cravings…  haha.

I did a ton of baking and cooking the last of the week, but have no pictures to prove it.  I WILL take pictures.  I WILL get the camera out.  I WILL.  I WILL.  (I’m going to keep chanting that until it happens, okay?)

Thursday was baking day, for the most part, and Friday cooking.  Jeudi consisted of raisin bran muffins, Nanny’s Cinnamon Rolls, garlic croutons, and cooked chicken.  Vendredi was stuffed potatoes (best kind ever – I vow to share this recipe with you in due time), chicken quesadillas, garden salad, and blueberry pie.  Whew.

{I just HAD to include this photo – he’s being such a goose here, and he’s just TOO cute!}

By the time Friday was over, all I wanted to do was eat and sit down, and eat, and sleep, and… eat.  So eat I did.  And do I ever feel gross today.  Totally worth it though, I must say.

And!  Kudos to Second Cup.  They have new Maple Lattes out, and they are all kinds of amazing!  I could have had about 5 today.  I remained slightly not content with one…

So in my first post on cookies, I mentioned these as one of the kinds of cookies that I really enjoy.

Date Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

1/2 cup margarine, softened

1/2 cup lard

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch salt

3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Preheat your oven to 350F.

Cream together margarine, lard, and brown sugar.  Blend in  eggs and vanilla.  Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix in oatmeal, until combined.

Next, roll the dough out, about a 1/4 inch thick.  Cut with a circle cookie-cutter.

WARNING – Cookie cutters are dangerous!  Mine broke on me, and give me a nice little cut on my finger.  Ow.

But I kept at it.  Bake these cookies for about 10 -12 minutes.  Give or take a little.

Let the cookies cool, then they’re ready for some filling.  As you may have noticed, I didn’t stick to date filling for all of these.  My brothers are averse to dates, or so it seems.  So I did them a favour, and filled half of my sandwiches with white buttercream icing.  I’d much rather the dates, but hey, that’s preference for you.

Date Filling

2 cups chopped dates

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

1/4 cup orange juice

Cook about 10 minutes, until thickened.  Cool.  Easy peasy,

*Just a note – You will have dates leftover.  I would just use them in a second batch (you can refrigerate them for quite awhile), or eat them on your oatmeal for breakfast – they are SO good.*

30 Day Challenge

Day 3 – Your views on drugs and alcohol

Now for me, this one is pretty easy.  No, and… no!  🙂

I’m not your average 20-something year old gal.  I avoid both of these entirely, unless you count the alcohol in vanilla extract that I use in baking.

I see no point in destroying my body, or losing control to a substance.  I can also have plenty of fun – sober.  I don’t believe that we should let things control us.

“And do not get drunk on wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”  Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)

I think it would be much more constructive to pray, read the Bible, and live the life described there – to be filled with the Holy Spirit – than to be filled with spirits and not able to control myself.  I want to know what I’m doing, not forget whole evenings.  I don’t enjoy being sick either, so count me out of being hung over.  Please.

I know many people will not agree with me on this topic.  But these are my views, I’m just sharing.  Think it over.  🙂

What is your favourite kind of cookie?

Cookie Dough Balls – 2 Ways

Squares and Cookies | January 21, 2012 | By

Hey, hope everyone has had a great January thus far.  2012 is flying by already.  My little guy is 6 months old today!  When people tell you that kids grow up fast, you nod, agree with them, but only half believe them.  Until…  your baby is born, then screaming, then laughing and smiling, then rolling, then eating solids, then cutting teeth…  and soon crawling, and now 6 months old!  It really does jet past.  My advice to others (and myself included), set down the laundry, stop doing the dishes, and spend time with your kids.  The dishes and laundry will always be there and never change, kids are different.  Enjoy them.  Every moment.  They’ll remember you spending time with them too.  Don’t get me wrong, you do need to get those things done, but in time.  It doesn’t always have to be done right away.

Our first family Christmas photo with our baby.

Okay, so I’m really proud of myself right now.  Second post in under a month.  Must be a record for me.  We went out this afternoon for lunch, it was awesome.  If you’re ever in NS, Canada, check out the Kiwi Cafe.  It’s sweet.

Today, I’ll fulfill my promise of sharing my cookie dough ball recipes with you.  I made these for a cookie exchange (one of two in two days… haha) over Christmas, and they were really great.  Sad thing was, I didn’t make extra for myself, and only got to sample half of each.  Guess it helped with my holiday weight gain that way…  sigh.  Oh well.  Next year, we’re making a triple batch!  😉  I made two different recipes for this exchange.  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, and Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls (or CWCSCDB for… short?  Haha.).  Just a note – these recipes are especially for my friend Amanda, who tried these and loved them (I love hearing people enjoy food I make…!).

Don’t they look great?  Good enough to eat?

The chocolate chip balls were an idea I found on Pinterest, and adapted slightly to my own liking.  The other recipe was adapted from a cookie recipe given to me by a friend (they were actually supposed to be made into cookies for ice cream sandwiches, which I intend to try sometime!).

So!  First off, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 3
Cookie dough balls! Awesome for gifting, holidays, or just plain old eating whenever you want! Egg-free!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 cup margarine, room temperature
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/3 cup milk
  9. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or mini chips)
  10. Coating: 1 pkg chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax.
Instructions
  1. Beat margarine and sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler.
  5. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  6. Chill until set.
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AND NOW, for the amazing Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls.

Cranberry White Chocolate Skor Cookie Dough Balls
Yields 2
YUM! You must try this different take on cookie dough balls. So good.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shortening, room temperature
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 3/4 cup milk
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 cup oats
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 cup Skor toffee bits
  13. 1 cup dried cranberries
  14. Coating: 1/2 pkg white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup Parofin Wax
Instructions
  1. Beat butter, and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda, oats and salt and mix on low-speed (or stir by hand) until incorporated. Stir in chips, Skor bits, and cranberries.
  3. Form dough into 1" balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler. Using spoon, dip cookie balls into chocolate coating to cover. Tap on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until set.
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They look good, inside and out.

So, I think these turned out wonderfully.

I stuck the recipes on them too.  

At the cookie exchange, there was a prize for the best packaging.  I had seen in a magazine a few ideas for food gifts.  One of them was to use an egg carton and scrapbooking paper.  I tried it – and it looked really neat.  It’s a great idea recycling-wise, and it won the prize too!  🙂  All you had to do was cut a strip of paper the size of the top of the carton (the part that lifts) and then cut out the holes where it closes, and glue it on.I put my cookie balls in the carton in small paper cups and then wrapped the carton with raffia and stuck in a sprig of a decoration thing that we’d picked up.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe.

Did anyone else try anything new this holiday season?  Have you guys discovered Pinterest yet?  

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Squares and Cookies | November 13, 2011 | By

More and more pumpkins.  Pumpkin is great to bake with.  It makes food moist, and adds a great subtle flavour.  To top things off, it’s a vegetable – so it’s healthy too!

I said my last post that I would be making Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares.  And so I did!  They’re for a potluck at church tomorrow – I’ll let you know how they go over.  They look pretty good!  If you wanted to make this recipe a bit healthier, you can substitute milk fo the whipping cream, and can use light cream cheese in place of regular.  Yogurt cheese would probably work well too, which would make this quite a bit healthier, with fewer calories.  Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Crust:

3.4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups oats

1/2 cup gingersnap cookies, crushed

1/2 cup cold butter or margarine

Filling:

2 pkgs cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup mashed pumpkin

2 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp allspice

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tablespoons whipping cream

2 eggs

Heat oven to 350.  Stir together all dry ingredients for the crust.  Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until crumbly.  Press into 13×9 pan (ungreased), reserving 1 cup for topping.  Bake for 1o minutes.

In a bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugars until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour over cookies crust.  Sprinkle with reserved topping.  Bake for 4o minutes, or until center is set.  Refrigerate until chilled.  Before serving, if desired, drizzle with both chocolate and caramel ice cream topping.

They look really great.  Can’t wait to try taste them.

Try out my Pumpkin Cranberry Bread if you enjoy pumpkin!

What autumn fruits/vegetables do you like to use in your cooking and baking?