Posts Tagged ‘oatmeal’

by Caitlin Saniga

Oatmeal raisin cream pie cookies

I was feeling nostalgic over the weekend and decided to make something along the lines of the classic Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Creme Pies, like the ones my mom used to pack in my lunch in grade school. These came out better than expected, flavor-wise (definitely better than Little Debbie’s), but they took a little work to achieve the proper cookie sandwich appearance. A couple of tips: If your cookies come out of the oven rounded on top, they won’t fall flat, which means they won’t sit flat when you flip them upside down and slather cream filling on them. Take the opportunity when they’re still warm to gently press them flat. That way, they’ll maintain their nice, rough texture while achieving functionality. Also, don’t spread on the filling until the cookies have cooled completely. Otherwise it will soften, and the weight of the top cookie will squeeze it out of the middle, which is lame.


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by Sarah Steimer

Pumpkin spice oatmeal

Oatmeal provides an awesome morning canvas if you wake up feeling creative.  I had leftover pumpkin puree in my refrigerator and my wheels just started turning from there.


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by Caitlin Saniga

I credit my mom for getting me into steel-cut oats. The last time I was home, she cooked up a batch for my brother’s first day of the school. She added honey and bananas to her batch. It cooked all night, and by the morning the house smelled wonderful! Some other topping ideas I had: peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut flakes; dried cranberries, honey and toasted almonds; fresh blueberries and maple syrup. Get creative!

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful of dried cherries
  • handful of pecans, toasted or plain

Add the oats, water, milk and salt to a slow cooker. Stir gently to combine, and cover with the lid. Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours, preferably overnight.

To prepare the cinnamon sugar topping, mix the 2 ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork.

When the oatmeal’s done cooking, spoon it into bowls and top with cinnamon sugar, cherries and pecans.

Makes 4 servings.

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by Sarah Steimer

The first time I turned my oven on in probably a month was to make these cookies. I normally bake something fairly healthy for my breakfasts, so it had been nothing but graham crackers and peanut butter with fruit for quite some time before these came along.

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed

In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flours, salt, cinnamon and baking soda.

In a medium bowl, combine the butter, egg, milk, vanilla extract and light brown sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Using a spoon, plop heaping tablespoons onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spacing the dough about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-14 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are beginning to brown. Bake the cookies one pan at a time!

Remove the cookies from the oven (they will still be a bit soft to the touch) and let cool on the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store in an air-tight container for two days or for a week in the refrigerator.

Recipe from: Sweet Happy Life

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by Sarah Steimer

This pie turned out very well – but I’ll admit that it wasn’t without some angry struggling. I’ve made this pate brisee crust a million times but was having a lot of trouble keeping it together in my too-hot apartment. If you think you may have the same problem, maybe consider a store-bought crust.

  • pate brisee crust (recipe)
  • 2 cups rhubarb, sliced 1/2-inch thick on a diagonal
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

For the crumble topping:

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Combine the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, corn starch and spices to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally and allow the mixture to cook down to a jelly-like consistency; about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

I took this to a Memorial Day party and it disappeared pretty quickly. That’s either a good review or a party full of extremely polite people.

Combine the crumble topping either in a food processor, pulsing a few times until coarse, or by mixing with your hands until coarse crumbs appear.

Place the crust in a pie dish and fill with the strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Trim the sides of the crust if necessary. Top with the crumble topping, being sure not to cover the sides of the crust so you can see it brown properly. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

Recipe adapted from: Eats Well With Others

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by Sarah Steimer

Dried cranberries are great, but fresh berries make for a much better bite in baking.

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (for drizzling)

Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, along with the oats, chocolate chips and cranberries.

Drop rounded tablespoons onto a cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Once the cookies have fully cooled, melt your remaining chocolate over a double boiler. Once melted, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Let the chocolate set before serving or storing the cookies.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Recipe adapted from: Sweet Tarte

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by Sarah Steimer

A cup of coffee (or in Anna's case, the whole pot) plus a couple of these guys is not a bad start to the day.

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter (if you keep it refrigerated, give it some time on the counter so it can get soft)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate is healthiest)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Combine all ingredients and roll into small balls – although for me it was more like pressing them into small balls. Refrigerate and grab for breakfast.

Makes about 16 golf ball-sized energy nuggets.

Recipe: Anna Carney

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by Sarah Steimer

These are exactly what you want to eat in the morning with a cup of tea (or coffee, I don't hate).

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 7 ounces (half of a 14-ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about two lemons)
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cups room-temperature blueberries (about 6 oz.), washed and dried on paper towels

Line 8-by-8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang on the ends to grab once the bars are done. Spray lining with cooking spray.

Combine flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking powder until combined. Add the butter and mix with you hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside one cup of the crumb mixture in a small bowl for the topping.

Add the egg white to the remaining crumbs. Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan and press into the bottom to form a level crust.

Bake the crust at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until the top feels dry to the touch.

While the crust bakes, whisk the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and egg yolk in a medium bowl. Set aside to thicken for 5 minutes.

When the crust is out of the oven, sprinkle blueberries evenly over it. Drop spoonfuls of the lemon curd mixture over the blueberries and spread gently to distribute evenly.

Bake about 8 minutes, until the lemon mixture begins to form a shiny skin (I’ve been getting the weirdest descriptions in my recipes lately).

Pull the bars out of the oven and sprinkle the cup of reserved crumb topping over the bars.

Bake 25-30 minutes more, until filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.

Cool the finished bars in the pan on a rack for about an hour. Carefully lift them out of the pan using the parchment overhang and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Chill in the refrigerator before cutting for cleaner cuts.

I cut mine into 20 pieces, about 2-inch squares.

Recipe adapted from: The Craving Chronicles

Photos: Sarah Steimer

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by Sarah Steimer

A recipe from our friend Anna, who learned it from her mother. Anna’s look a little different than mine, but this was my first time!

Our friend Anna sent me this recipe. She said her mother used to make oatmeal scotchies for her father to “make him fall in love with her.” It must have worked because they’ve been married for 29 years.

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Old-Fashioned Quaker oats
  • 1 (11 ounce) package Nestle Toll House butterscotch-flavored morsels (about 2 cups)

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated and brown sugars, eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.

Anna’s parents on their wedding day… with many years of scotchies to come. (Wouldn’t this make a great Christmas card? Just add a little bow.)

Stir in oats and morsels. It gets very thick, so don’t be afraid to use your hands to mix.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes on the middle oven rack. They should be a little soft on top, but golden brown on the edges. They may look like they still need to cook longer, but they continue baking during the cool-down process. Do not overcook!

Makes about four dozen cookies.

Recipe from: Anna and Annie (mom) Carney

Cookie photo by: Sarah Steimer

Wedding photo courtesy of Anna

*Holiday Dozen is a collection of 12 cookie recipes that we’ll post every Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays until Christmas. Click here for more from our dozen.

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