The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Oatmeal scotchies

I have been baking cookies for Christmas all week and these, according to everyone that’s tasted them so far, are the top favorite!

What you’ll need:

1 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 c old fashioned oats
1 pkg butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mixing well. Set aside. Beat together butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until creamy. Gradually mix flour mixture into butter mixture until well combined. Stir in oats and chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 7-8 minutes for chewy cookies, 9-10 minutes for crisp cookies. Makes about 4 dozen.

Cost:
all purpose flour – $1.25
baking soda – $0.50
cinnamon – $1.85
salt (large) – $0.38
tub butter – $2.38
sugar – $2.42
brown sugar – $1.44
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
vanilla (2 oz) – $1.96
oatmeal – $1.24
butterscotch morsels – $1.97
Total – $4.19

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December 18, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Butterscotch pudding

I just love butterscotch and I love pudding so this is the best of both worlds!

What you’ll need:

4 Tbl butter
1 c dark brown sugar
¾ tsp salt
3 Tbl cornstarch
2 ½ c milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped topping, optional

Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sugar and salt and stir until all the sugar is moistened. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch and ¼ c milk. Using a wire whisk, blend until smooth (no lumps of cornstarch). Whisk in the eggs. Gradually mix remaining milk with brown sugar mixture, then whisk in cornstarch mixture. Return the pan to heat (medium high) and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 1 minute or until the pudding thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour into serving bowls and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Tip: If your pudding curdles after the addition of vanilla simply beat with an electric mixer set to the highest speed until it’s smooth again.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
cornstarch – $1.29
milk – $3.99/gallon
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
vanilla – $2.25
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $2.58

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., -kids favorites, -pudding, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, TIPS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Butterscotch nut fudge

What you’ll need:

1 ¾ c sugar
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow crème
¾ c evaporated milk
¼ c butter
1 ¾ c butterscotch chips
1 c chopped salted mixed nuts
1 tsp vanilla

Line 8 inch pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Combine sugar, marshmallow crème, evaporated milk and butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil. Boil and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually add butterscotch chips, stirring until chips are melted. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into pan. Cool. Refrigerate 2 – 3 hours. Remove from pan and place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into squares. Store in a covered container in refrigerator. Makes about 5 dozen pieces or about 2 ¼ pounds.

Note: For best results do NOT double this recipe.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
marshmallow crème – $1.89
evaporated milk – $1.50
butter – $1.75/pound
chips – $2.50
mixed nuts – $3.50
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $8.48

December 22, 2008 Posted by | --nuts, -fudge, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

I absolutely adore these cookies!

What you’ll need:

Base recipe:
2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

And add:
1 c oats (regular NOT instant and uncooked)
1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl beat together the butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Stir eggs into sugar mixture making sure they are mixed in well. Gradually mix flour mixture into sugar mixture stirring well. Mix in oats and chocolate chips. Using a tablespoon, place scoops of cookie dough about an inch apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 9 minutes. Every oven is different so watch closely and remove them early if they are getting too brown or leave them in a little longer if they aren’t brown enough. Just use your best judgment. Makes about 2 dozen.

Variations: Leave the oatmeal out and just have chocolate chip cookies. Stir in 1 c of nuts (any variety). Stir in 1 c of raisins. Use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips. Use 2 c candy pieces instead of chocolate chips. This is a very versatile recipe, you can make many different cookie combinations with the base recipe.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
butter – $1.75/pound
vanilla – $2.25
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
oatmeal – $1.59
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $5.50

December 11, 2008 Posted by | -cookies, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment