Sunday, January 16, 2011

Granola Bars

Great for school lunches or a snack at home. You can load them up with whatever goodness you like! 

½ c. margarine or butter
1 c. brown sugar
2 TBSP honey
½ tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 c. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ c. rolled oats
1 ¼  c. Rice Krispies (you could probably skip this and use more oats but I've never tried it)
1 c. nuts/sunflower seeds (optional)
1 c. raisins/chocolate chips

EXTRAS: 1 c. of dried fruit, coconut, sliced almonds, mini M&M’s, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc.  Anything pretty much goes!

In mixing bowl cream butter and sugar.  Add honey, vanilla, and egg.  Mix well.  Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.  Stir in oats, cereal and nuts.  Then add raisins, chocolate chips.  Spread in 9x13' pan.  Bake at 325°F for 18 - 20 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cut when warm.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Grandma B's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Grandma B has been making these cookies for us for years. We would go to her house and she'd pull a bag out of the freezer every time. They are just as delicious frozen as fresh out of the oven with a cold glass of milk. Perfection. 

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen

1 c. butter or margarine, softened
2 c. brown sugar (or 1 c. white and 1 c. brown)
2 eggs
2 c. quick oats
2 c. flour (I use whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c. chocolate chips
Mix everything together and drop from a tablespoon about 2" apart. Bake at 350* for 7-8 minutes. I find that if I bake them on the very top rack of my oven, they come out perfect. Bake until the edges are golden brown. (Remember they continue to cook a little bit when they are out of the oven.) Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. I dare you to eat just one.