Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Amma's Breakfast Cookies

My mom makes these breakfast cookies so on the mornings when Marvin arrives hungry he can wolf something down before they do the one mile walk to school. Daddy doesn't always have time to make breakfast if he gets busy with Anastasia and Marvin won't get out of bed so she tries to keep some on hand just for that or else they eat M&M's chicken nuggets. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day they say...
Here's her recipe:
Mix 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice with 1/3 cup freshly ground whole wheat flour, set aside.
Cream 3/4 cup soft butter and add 1 egg, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
Blend together 1 more cup of whole wheat flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 cup non fat skim milk power.
Add grated orange peel from the oranges used to make the juice, 1 cup of nuts, chopped, 1 cup giant organic raisins and finally
1 cup rolled oats or similarly steel cut grains such as flaked rye, spelt. Be careful not to add hard spring wheat or whole wheat berries or oat groats that may not cook enough during baking. Be careful if you disregard these instructions adding some of these ancient grains may be hazardous to your teeth. Recently my mom did this and while she was eating the cookies which still tasted good but it seemed like there was bits of rock in them, her filling came loose and fell out of her mouth! It fell to the floor where the smokey snauser named Elliot gobbled it up! He's no worse for the wear but my mom had to visit the dentist.
Add wet and dry ingredients all together and bake in gobs put on baking sheet at 375 degrees Celsius for 10-12 minutes
I added 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and used a combination of walnuts, pumpkins seeds, and sunflower seeds. The big one in the first picture was from the original batch. They kept coming out too flat and too big, not like Amma's at all. I checked with her and checked the recipe, then refrigerated the dough. When i pulled it out I decided to add the left over peanut butter from the bottom of the jar, about 1/4 cup and some cinnamon, ginger, and clove powder. That made all the difference, now they taste like real cookies! Also they came out formed better after being in the fridge.

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