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Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello Everyone,

I have had a slow weekend which is nice for a change! lol..  Saturday Ray and I didn’t do anything, it was 12am before we got home from the airport Friday night. He had a good week in San Diego, he even bought me a cookbook called, Taste the Fun Cookbook 2009’s Award Winning Recipes, it’s from the San Diego County Fair. They have so many different cookoffs and competitions down there, it’s given me a lot of idea’s!!! Today we went to church and over a week ago my husband brought home some Amish bread starter from work. I followed the instructions and this morning before church I finished making the starter and baking the bread, it tastes wonderful! I gave away three bags of starters to some friends at church. I don’t know how to make the starter I’ll have to look around and see if I can find it. I do have 3 different Amish cookbooks and I’ll have to do some internet searching also. 

I have only 2 cakes this week! 1 is for the mission and it’s a 11×18 sheet cake and I make 24 cupcakes. It takes 4 cakes mixes and it does take some time to make, but I love to bake for the mission! It’s my first mission cake for a while, I haven’t baked one for them for at least 4-5 months. I have to deliver it on Thursday and I have 1 6-inch cake for a nursing home, that one will be an easy one to do.

On Wednesday I have a University of Idaho canning class. We are having a class about honey, so I’m thinking of something different to make. I want to make something sweet ,of course and something savory. Last time I was there I cooked some carrots in a crockpot with some honey, lemon juice, and thyme and they all loved them. Ok I need to tell a story here, my husband needed to go to town and run some errands, I asked him to go to the store and buy me about 6 lemons and 3-lbs. of carrots. Well he comes home from Costco with a 5-lb. bag of lemons and a  10-lb. bag of carrots I thought ack!!!! What am I going to do with all this!! He has a problem with doing this all the time, he bought a huge bag of oranges about 4 months ago and only one went rotten and it smelled so bag!!! I have cleaned the frig about 4 times and I can still smell a faint whiff of it. I told him NO MORE BIG BAGS OF VEGETABLES!!! Only if I need them to make a big cake or am making a huge family dinner. He has promised to not do this anymore… lol  I still can’t believe he did that!!! 

I can’t remember where I found this cookie recipe, it’s a bit different but they taste really good. I’m thinking of making them the next time I bake for Ronald McDonald house next month. So here it is…

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies:

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1, 6-oz bag dried sweetened cranberries

2 cups white chocolate chips, I like to use Ghirardelli chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Put cranberries in a bowl and pour boiling water just to cover, and let sit for 10 minutes; drain and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs mixing well after each addition. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in another bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Enjoy everyone!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Cookies


Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread

Hello everyone,

I have had a very busy week with 4 cakes and baking at the Ronald McDonald house.  The cake for the foster child on Tuesday went ok, I had a hard time getting a hold of them on the telephone. I found there house and no one would come to the door! I called and kept getting the answering machine, well in the meantime my bladder was getting to full!! Lol, so I left and found a gas station, down the road and just as I was getting back into my car the foster-father called me and said he was sorry he must have been asleep out back with their babies, they didn’t have a doorbell either, wierd… Anyway I finally got the cake delivered and went home. I got the other 3 cakes done and delivered with no problems. On Friday I baked at the Ronald McDonald house and baked some Pecan Shortbread, and a couple of hours later the lady that helps out there emailed me and said the people loved the shortbread!!! Today I received a thank you card in the mail for one of the nursing home cakes I made last week. It’s nice to hear from people!!!

Here is the recipe I used, it’s from a cookie book called (The Good Cookie) by Tish Boyle. I love her cookies they are very good!!!

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread:

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1/4 tsp. salt

1-1/4 sticks, unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tblsp. bourbon, or water, (I used water because I didn’t want to bring alcohol into the house).

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Course sugar for sprinkling

1/3 cup chopped pecans

Heat an oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, and extend the sides, this makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugars, bourbon or water, and vanilla. Blend in the flour, salt and pecans. Pat dough into the prepared baking pan and sprinkle with course sugar and pecans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Cool on wire rack for 15-20  minutes. Cut into bars. Enjoy!!!

Until next time everyone

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on June 12, 2010 in Cookies


Ronald McDonald House baking.

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I baked at the Ronald McDonald house and had a lot of fun! They have a huge kitchen! They had 2 of everything, 2 smoothtop ovens, 2 dishwashers, ect.. The people who work there are so nice and very helpful. I decided to make chocolate chip cookies since they already had a group come in the night before and bake cupcakes. One lady who was staying there starting talking to me about her baby, she has been in the hospital for 3 months! I felt so bad for her I really didn’t know what to say. She talked to me about other thing’s also and I realized even through I have been sick I have a pretty good life with Ray. Even though we can’t have kids, we are doing ok compared to other’s. We thank Jesus everyday for what He has blessed us with.

Food for thought: Instead of thinking about how bad thing’s are for you, take a look around and see others. I see more and more people on the side of the street with signs asking for help. I want to help them, but I wonder if they will just use it for drugs, drinking and or smoking. I know some of them most likely really need the help.  I guess that’s why I work with Angel Cakes, I am giving back to others who really need it. I couldn’t do any of this without my husband!!!

Here is the cookie recipe I used. It was given to me by the director of Angel Cakes. A few months ago when I was really sick she came to my house and it’s along ways from town and her home. She brought me lunch and these amazing cookies! They were softer then the chocolate chip cookies I make. I love soft cookies, hard ones hurt my teeth. It meant a lot to me that she would do something like this for me. Sniff, crying right now…

 Amazing Chocolate chip cookies:

2/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3-1/2 cups Gold Medal Flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

12oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix shortening, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredient’s. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-13 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.

I hope you enjoy them!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Cookies


Banana Whoppie Pies

Hello everyone,

I came across this recipe in a Martha Stewart magazine some time ago. I have made them a several times, since my husband leaves in a constant supply on banana’s!  Most of you know who follow my blog know what I mean!!! LOL!!! I sent this with my husband to his work one day and they loved them!!! My husband sent me several emails that people sent him at work and told me how much they liked them!

Banana Whoppie Pies:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2. tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup mashed banana (from 1 large over-ripe banana)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 stick unsalted butter, softened (4 oz.)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. pur vanilla extract

2 packages (8-oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Line to baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Combine banana and sour cream in another bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed, until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating until incorporated. Add banana mixture in 2 additions, alternating with flour mixture. Drop batter onto parchment paper with a tablespoon. (In the recipe it says to use a pastry bag, but I skipped that step.) Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Slide parchment , with cookies, onto wire racks. Let cool. (Unfilled cookies can be stored for up to 1 day.) Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar, and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla with a mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pipe or spoon 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture onto the flat surface of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.

I received a thank you card in the mail today from the nursing home I bake for a lot. It said that they loved the cake and that the husband of the lady I made the cake for had 2 pieces of cake! I love getting cards from people it made my day today!!!

I hope your all doing well!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Cookies


Apple-Oatmeal Crumbles

Hello everyone,

Here’s an old recipe I found in what we called the BIG BLUE BOOK. This was a cookbook of sorts of all the recipes that we would clip from newspapers, magazines, ect… I don’t remember where this recipe came from, it was just in there, and it’s really good!!! The book after 30 some years of use finally gave up and died, fell apart I should say!!! Don’t worry we kept all the great recipes we had in there, this is one of them.

Apple-Oatmeal Crumbles

1 cup oatmeal, quick cooking

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3 tblsp. vegetable oil

3 tblsp. maple syrup

1 cup applesauce

1/3 cup finely chopped dried apricots, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes

1/3 cup golden raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 8×8-inch square baking pan. In a mixing bowl mix together the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and baking soda mix until crumbly.  Stir in the vegetable oil, and maple syrup, press all into pan (reserve 1/2 cup for topping).  Bake for 10 minutes, then spread the applesauce on. Top with the apricots, raisins, and with reserved 1/2 crumb mixture. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Hope your all having a good day, I delivered my cake to the nursing home today. I will be delivering a cake to hospice tomorrow, I decided to make a strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting. Plus I am also baking a humming-bird cake for my husband’s work tonight. They are having a potluck tomorrow to welcome the new people who are working there. I have a few other thing’s I’m baking tonight, banana bread, chocolate cupcakes, and a banana pies. I know what your thing why are you baking so much right??? Well some thing’s will be going to other people, plus I trying out a recipe to enter into the FN banana contest, I need to get them done tonight my banana’s need to be used before they go bad!!!

Well until another day everyone….

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Cookies