Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

My future daughter in law Jenni brought our grandson Antonio over today and we decided to make something with fresh cranberries to kick off the cookie baking season. Antonio is now 9 months old today as we approach Thanksgiving, we are very grateful to have him in our lives! How fast the time goes by! 
Our grandsons first Thanksgiving and Baby's First Christmas. It's so exciting to see him look at the lights on the tree we put it up early we just couldn't wait.
He is such a joy to watch his first time for everything!

Fresh Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie 

2/3 brown sugar
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup fresh chopped cranberries blotted dry
2/3 white chocolate chips

Garnish with cinnamon and sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat sugar and butter together for around 2 minutes. Add the eggs, salt and baking soda. Stir in oatmeal and flour.

 Fold in the cranberries and white chocolate chips.

Bake at 375 degree hot oven on a parchment paper lined or silpat mat cookie sheet 10 to 12 minutes until set. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still warm. These cookies are wonderful warm or cold, they aren't overly sweet, feel free to add more sugar to your recipe if you like. They have the perfect blend of flavors.

Happy Holidays to everyone from Antonio Jenni and Claudia!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread Recipe

What a great combination of flavors, bananas, chocolate and peanut butter. Best banana bread I have ever had. Love the  idea using peanut butter cups as it add just the right balance without having to figure a thing out!  When I was growing up I loved chocolate covered bananas. I still do. I also loved bananas in my peanut butter sandwich, what a perfect treat this is!

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread Recipe

2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In another bowl beat well:
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups mashed banana's
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
4 eggs

4 to 5 regular size peanut butter cups broken into pieces (use more if you like)

 In a medium sized bowl, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mix till all are incorporated. Fold the peanut butter cups gently into the batter last.

Break up the peanut butter cups into chunks and just fold into the batter at the end.

Pour into two well greased loaf pans or make muffins. Bake on 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until brown and middle is dry when tested with a toothpick.