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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, M&M Cookies

Although the name is a mouthful, you will want just that after you try a bite of these delicious cookies! (They are pictured with out the M&M's and are equally tasty!) Thanks, Kari!

1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
1 C margarine
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 C peanut butter
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 C quick oats
1 1/2 C flour
1 package chocolate chips
1 C M&M's, peanut butter chips, or whatever else sounds good :)

1. Cream sugar and margarine.
2. Add eggs, salt, and vanilla.
3. Mix well.
4. Stir in peanut butter, baking powder, and baking soda.
5. Add oats. Stir.
6. Add four. Stir.
7. Mix in chocolate chips and candies.
8. Drop dough onto ungreased baking sheet.
9. Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread is an easy and equally tasty alternative to making laborious cinnamon rolls. The whole process is about two hours start to finish!

Below you see the same bread, but cooked a little bit differently. On the left, the bread has extra butter and cinnamon sugar for maximum gooey goodness! On the right, the bread is cooked a bit longer for a hardened crust and a more "bready" texture. Take your pick!

Regardless, it is important to roll this dough to be long and slender, or else you may have uncooked dough in the middle of this large loaf.

3/4 C raisins
1 package active dry yeast
3/4 C milk, warmed
1/3 C brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 T butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
4 1/4 C flour
1-3 T butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C sugar
egg wash

1. Cover raisins in bowl of hot tap water and allow to soak.
2. Combine warmed milk and yeast.
3. Stir until frothy and then let rest for 5 minutes.
4. Add in brown sugar and 1 C flour.
5. Mix in eggs, butter, salt, and cinnamon.
6. Stir well.
7. Add in remaining (3 1/4 C) flour, 1/2 C at a time.
8. Knead dough.
9. Let stand for 10 minutes.
10. Drain raisins and fold them into the dough.
11. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
12. Roll out dough into 14"x7" rectangle.
13. Combine cinnamon and sugar.
14. Spread butter on dough.
15. Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon sugar on top.
16. Roll dough into loaf "hot dog style."
17. Place in greased loaf pan and let rise 20 minutes or let rise 20 minutes and then place on baking stone.
18. Coat with egg wash and/or butter.
19. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
20. Slice and enjoy!

Serves 10.

Baked Corn

This is one of my mom's staple dishes. Delicious with practically any meal!

1/2 C butter, partially melted
15 oz. creamed corn
12 oz. frozen corn
1 T sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1. Combine butter, creamed corn, corn, sugar, and eggs.
2. Add in corn muffin mix and cheese.
3. Stir well.
4. Pour batter into a greased 9"x13" pan.
4. Bake at 400 F for 30-45 minutes.

Serves 8-10.