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

Lemon Yogurt Cookies

This recipe comes from Quaker Oats and is one of my favorites. I just love lemon cookies!

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or lemon low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites or 1 egg
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups QUAKER® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Lightly spray cookie sheet with no-stick cooking spray or oil lightly.

Beat margarine and 1-1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add yogurt, egg whites, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until well blended. Gradually add combined remaining ingredients except powdered sugar; mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.

Heat oven to 375°F.

With lightly floured hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; place on prepared cookie sheet. Using bottom of glass dipped in sugar, press into 1/8-inch thick circles.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Sift powdered sugar over warm cookies. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Cost:
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
yogurt – $2.12
oatmeal – $1.59
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
powdered sugar – $1.69
Total – $6.57

February 25, 2009 Posted by | -cookies, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Granola bars

With all the products on the shelves I know most people just buy it and go on but I really like making things myself. I know what’s in them. I know how old they are. It’s just so good.

What you’ll need:

2 ½ c old fashioned oatmeal
1 c shredded coconut
½ c raw sunflower seeds without the shells
¼ c sesame seeds
½ c wheat germ
½ c slivered almonds
4 Tbl butter
¼ c dark brown sugar
½ c honey
1 c raisins
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds and spread out evenly on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter, sugar and honey over low heat, stirring often. Leave to simmer while the oat mixture finishes baking. When the oats are done, remove from oven and mix in the raisins. Do not turn oven off. Remove honey mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a heavily buttered 8 x 8 pan. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the granola. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

Cost:
oatmeal – $1.59
shredded coconut – $2.25/bag
sunflower seeds – $1.00/bag
wheat germ – $1.99/jar
sesame seeds – $1.29
almonds- $2.00
butter – $1.75/pound
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
honey – $1.12
raisins – $1.12/box
vanilla – $2.25
Total – $7.99/approximately $0.50 per bar

January 7, 2009 Posted by | --nuts, -kids favorites, -super snacks | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fruit filled shortcake

Strawberries aren’t the only fruit that tastes good with shortcake!

What you’ll need:

2 c biscuit mix
1/3 c quick cooking oats
3 Tbl brown sugar
½ c milk
3 Tbl butter, melted
2 pears, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 c cranberries (frozen is fine)
½ c orange juice
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 can apricot pie filling

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix first 5 ingredients until a soft dough forms. Drop dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet into six ‘piles’. Sprinkle with additional brown sugar & oats if desired. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown. In a heavy saucepan, heat remaining ingredients except pie filling until the fruit mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 3 – 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries pop. Stir in pie filling. Split warm shortcakes and fill and top with fruit mixture. Top with whipped topping if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Cost:
biscuit mix – $3.00
oatmeal – $1.59
pears- $2.18/lb
frozen cranberries- $2.49
orange juice – $2.99/gallon
pie filling – $1.99
Total – $7.97

December 30, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pear crisp

What you’ll need:

4 -5 ripe pears
2 Tbl lemon juice
¾ c dried cherries, blueberries or raisins
6 Tbl butter, softened
2/3 c flour
2/3 c oats
2/3 c brown sugar
½ c chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp allspice
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Halve and core the pears. Slice into ½ inch slices. Toss with lemon juice. Combine pears and dried fruit in a 13 x 9 inch pan. Mix butter and flour with a fork until it’s crumbly. Mix in oats, brown sugar, nuts and spices. Sprinkle evenly over fruit and press down lightly. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until pears are tender (check with the tip of a knife or a fork). Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping. Makes 6 – 8 servings.

Cost:
pears- $2.18/lb
lemons – $1.99/4
raisins – $1.12/box
butter – $1.75/pound
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
oatmeal – $1.59
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
pecans – $3.00
cinnamon – $1.85
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $9.00

December 19, 2008 Posted by | -fruit dishes, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment