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Cookies for Santa – Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe with "healthier for you" ingredients!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

When Christmas Eve rolls around this year, don’t forget to set out that delicious plate of treats for Santa (with a cold glass of milk, of course!) This is one that Santa (and the rest of the family) is sure to love. These Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies would be perfect for a cookie exchange or bake sale as well.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

I prepared these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies with “better for you” ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, organic peanut butter and oats. But there was no scrimping on taste whatsoever; my family went wild over these cookies with such phrases as, “Melts in my mouth!” and “Amazing!” I think you’ll love them too…just don’t forget to leave a few for Santa!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used organic version, just nuts & salt)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup quick-cook oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil and butter until blended.
  3. Add brown sugar and white sugar and mix until creamed.
  4. Add peanut butter and mix well.
  5. Add eggs, beating after each.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and coconut. Mix well to combine.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  8. Mix in dry oats.
  9. Use a tablespoon to drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake 10-15 minutes until cookies are lightly browned. Watch to make sure they do not overcook.
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Everything Good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe #SplendaHoliday #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SplendaHoliday #CollectiveBias

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It’s baking season at our house! When visiting friends, attending holiday parties or participating in cookie swaps, I like to bring something that’s full of flavor but with an ingredient twist and I really love taking full fat and sugar recipes and tweaking them. Using SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend is a way to cut out some of the sugar but still retain lots of taste in my Everything Good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The addition of whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and ground flax seed add a nutty flavor and nobody ever knows that I’ve strayed from the standard recipe, they just want more!

I was able to pick up the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend at my local Walmart, along with a few other necessary ingredients like eggs and vanilla.

Everything Good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe #SplendaHoliday

I’ve been making these cookies for my family for years and have been tweaking the ingredients in different ways to our liking. Out went about half the butter, replaced with coconut oil. I’ve used whole wheat flour in addition to all-purpose flour. I add a bit of ground flax seed for extra fiber. We usually use raisins because that’s what we most often have in the pantry, but have also used dried cranberries with much success. Chopped walnuts add a wonderful texture. Chocolate chips, yes! But with all the other yummy ingredients, you won’t need a lot of chocolate in the dough. Can you see why I call these Everything Good?

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BAKING TIPS – When subbing SPLENDA® Sugar Blend into your own recipes, keep in mind that you’ll use half the amount of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend as you would sugar. A half cup of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend has the sweetness of one full cup of sugar, so a little goes a longer way.

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I also found that when using SPLENDA® Sugar Blend in my cookie recipe, there is less spreading. This is easily remedied by flattening the dough slightly with my fingertips before placing into the oven.

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Everything Good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Everything Good Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed powder
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, broken up with fingers

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, Beat well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and ground flax seed. Mix well.
  5. Add oats and combine.
  6. With mixer running, add raisins, chocolate and walnuts and mix just until combined.
  7. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Dough may be crumbly and require shaping and flattening with fingers.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool one minute on the pan then transfer to a wire rack for cooling.
  9. Baked goods made with SPLENDA® should be stored in an air-tight container and will retain freshness up to 24 hours. Freeze extra cookies.
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Stop by Walmart and pick up your bag of SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend this baking season! It’s a great way to participate in the SWEET SWAPS™ Initiative and remove some of the sugar from your holiday treats. Enter the J&J Holiday Baking with SPLENDA® giveaway and win Walmart gift cards!

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Chocolate Crazy Cake – A Classic Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Crazy Cake is a simple and easy dessert recipe that satisfies the chocolate craving, doesn’t have a million ingredients and will handily please a crowd. Is it called “crazy” because of the amazing chocolate taste? Is it “crazy” because that’s the reaction you get from your family when you serve it? Or is it “crazy” because the recipe has some unique ingredients (no eggs!)?

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

“You’ve been holding out on us”, we told our office mate Tina when she brought this cake to work last week. All these years and she’s never brought this cake into the office before! How could we have known her for so long and she’s not once shared this amazing cake?! (Can you tell I’m giving Tina a hard time?)

She brought us all a copy of the recipe and said it was given to her by her mother when she was first married. Tina was kind enough to pass it along to me and allow me to share it with my readers. I went home and made it for my family to rave reviews. In fact, I’d planned on taking a photo of my kids eating their cake, but they were licking their plates by the time I fetched the camera!

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

You will love that the recipe calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Noticeably absent are eggs, which is great since eggs are quite expensive. This cake and the delicious frosting recipe go together quickly. The cake is incredibly moist and the frosting, which is made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, is not overly sweet. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some sliced strawberries and it’s heaven on a plate…crazy!

Chocolate Crazy Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Crazy Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour with great results)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp powdered baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla, divided (one tsp for cake, one tsp for frosting)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine first five ingredients (dry ingredients) into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Make three holes in the dry mixture and pour in the three combined wet ingredients, oil, vinegar and 1 tsp vanilla.
  3. Over the top of all, pour 2 cups of cold water. Stir with a spoon thoroughly to combine ingredients until just mixed but do not beat.
  4. Pour into greased and floured 13" x 9" pan or two 9" pans
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until done.
  6. FOR FROSTING - Combine milk and margarine in a pan over medium heat and bring almost to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring until melted.
  8. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth and spreadable.
  9. Frost cooled cake.

Notes

Recipe from Tina Elliott

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13 Disney-inspired Christmas Delights and Desserts You Can Make at Home

I love holiday baking and a Disney-themed recipe is the icing on the cake! These ideas and recipes are perfect for adding a little Disney magic to your festivities. I’ve included edible decor, cookies & cakes, gift giving treats as well as special recipes to serve on Christmas morning.


IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

These Frozen trees make great decorations or cake toppers (and are made simply with a frosted sugar ice cream cone, flaked coconut and a spice drop).

Image from Parents.com

Warm up with a cup of what is called the World’s Best Hot Chocolate, served at Napa Rose at the Disneyland Resort. Recipe to make it yourself, from The Disney Diner.

Image from Indulgy.com

If you can’t make an enormous gingerbread house like they do at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa, you could still make a mini version at home! I love this gingerbread recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle.

Image from Disney Parks.com


COOKIES & CAKE

Using Sweet Sugar Belle’s gingerbread recipe & paired with her royal icing recipe, this is a sweet treat that is sure to delight! You can even cut your gingerbread boys & girls into Mouseketeer versions like they do at Disneyland.

Image from Disney Food Blog.com

Sweet Sugar Belle’s sugar cookie recipe is also my favorite. Paired with the royal icing recipe and some candies, it’s a treat to make these adorable Mickey snowmen.

These pretty green holly leaf cookies have a Hidden Mickey surprise! Fan them out on a platter to create a delicious wreath.

Image from Family Disney.com

Bakerella has the original cake pop recipe (she invented them). These silhouette Mickey cake pops are precious!

Image from Bakerella.com


GIFT GIVING

A treat bag filled with Cinnamon Glazed Almonds would be a delight. These are sold throughout Walt Disney World.

Image from The Disney Chef.com

I love seeing these holiday themed caramel apples throughout the Disney Parks. Oh My Disney! has the instructions on how you can make a Disney-style caramel apple at home!

Disney Holiday Desserts & Delights!

Wrap up a Frozen-inspired popcorn ball studded with candy & snowflakes for a sweet treat to give to friends.

Image from Life Made Simple Bakes.com


CHRISTMAS MORNING

Greet the family on Christmas morning with these adorably delicious Mickey shaped cinnamon rolls!

Image from Family.Disney.com

I have a penchant for banana bread and this one doesn’t disappoint; it’s also the same recipe they serve in the Disney Parks!

I just bought my first doughnut pan and think I’ll have to try this one out…isn’t it cute!! These are Mickey’s Apple Cider doughnuts with a chocolate glaze.

Image from Family.Disney.com

I have pinned more ideas on my Very Merry Christmas Pinterest board.


What is your favorite dessert or delight during the holidays? Share in the comments below and please consider signing up for my newsletter to receive indication of future posts.

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Eat at Home and Save – DIY Artisan Bread

Eat at Home and Save - DIY Artisan Bread. Make it fast in just five minutes a day!

I LOVE BREAD.

Give me a warm crusty loaf and a drizzle of olive oil with cracked pepper and I’m in Heaven! A coworker brought in one of these beautiful artisan loaves and I just had to know how she made it. She lent me her book and after trying out a few recipes I was hooked and bought it for myself.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking will make you rethink everything you ever thought you knew about baking bread at home.

  • Magic touch required in regards to yeast and warmth? Nope!
  • Time consuming? Not a bit.
  • Endless kneading? Never.
  • Fancy mixing machine with a bread hook? No, a wooden spoon or your bare hands work just fine!

This is how I bake my loaves, with the Dutch oven instructions. The recipes generally call for extremely high temperatures which, during the summer, make your home impossibly hot. So this recipe would be fun to try:  Baking focaccia on the grill!

Eat at Home and Save - DIY Artisan Bread. Make it fast in just five minutes a day!

There are only a few ingredients needed (flour, water, salt and yeast) for a basic loaf. Extremely inexpensive to make (especially if you buy your flour out of the bulk bins). The new methods presented are worth the cost of this book as you can make many different types of breads from the one recipe. And here’s the nifty part…wonder why the book is called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day? Because once you make the recipe you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and only remove the amount you need at a given time. So great when you just want to make a quick loaf to serve with dinner.

Eat at Home and Save - DIY Artisan Bread. Make it fast in just five minutes a day!I’m having a great time with the book, trying out new recipes. And my husband, who is very particular with the food he eats, loves knowing exactly what ingredients are going into the loaves. I promise, even if you’re scared to bake with yeast or you’ve had trouble with getting bread to rise in the past, this recipe is delightfully foolproof. You will love this book!

I took the last bit of dough I had last week, flattened it out and set it on a baking stone covered in cornmeal. Slathered in tomato sauce and covered in mozzarella, it was one of the tastiest pizzas I’ve ever had! And I made it myself at home, perfection!

 

 

DIY pizza with Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day {Saving Up for Disney}

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