Monday, April 11, 2011

Breakfast Cookies – A Fun Food Storage Recipe

I used to make these many eons ago when my children were small. They are made with lots of healthy ingredients and can be refrigerated or frozen. I always freeze them because they never get really hard and thaw quickly. It is fun to have some of these cookies to pull out for a quick breakfast.

The recipe calls for them to be sandwiched with peanut butter or cream cheese but this time I tried a couple of different fillings and loved them. The cookies are healthy as well as being delicious and you can tweak the recipe to fit the tastes of your family. I used raisins in the cookies (which I didn’t always do years ago and added some mini chocolate chips to some – which was a fun change. For the filling I used homemade strawberry cream cheese on some and Nutella on the rest. Can I just say that I want to be buried with my Nutella. It is so good and made these cookies even yummier. Peanut butter is good too.

Here is the recipe for the cookies. It makes 8-10 sandwich cookies and I doubled the recipe since I was freezing them anyway. I love having something quick to eat for breakfast since I’m not much of a breakfast person. But a cookie for breakfast is a whole other story.

Good Morning Cookies
¼ c. butter
½ c. brown sugar
¾ c. applesauce
1 egg
½ c. rolled oats
1/3 c. bran
¼ c. dry milk
¾ c. whole wheat flour (use any flour combo you want to)
½ t. soda
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. baking powder
¼ t. salt
¼ t. ground cloves
½ c. raisins (opt.)
¼ c. chopped nuts
Mini chocolate chips (optional)
Combine butter and sugar, mixing till creamy. Mix in egg and applesauce until well blended. Add remaining ingredients. Stir in raisins and nuts. Spray a baking sheet with Pam or use a Silicon baking mat. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2-3” apart. Spread dough so each cookie is about 2” across. Bake at 375º for 10 minutes or until set. Cool on rack. Use flavored cream cheese, peanut butter or Nutella to make “sandwiches”. Refrigerate or freeze. Y: 8 large sandwich cookies.

Since it is strawberry season you can also make your own strawberry cream cheese and it is wonderful. If you have not done this before you should do it soon. It’s great on bagels as well as in these cookies. I love this recipe for Strawberry Sauce from “Our Best Bites” and we eat it on everything from ice cream to waffles and pancakes and several different desserts. Now that I use it to make the Strawberry Cream Cheese, I love it even more!

Homemade Strawberry Cream Cheese
1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/3 c. Strawberry sauce (from Our Best Bites) (I used between 1/3 & ½ c.)
Blend until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Refrigerate.


Adele Austin said...

You list 1/2 tsp. rolled oats. Is that really what you mean?? Should it be 1/2 c. instead?

Pam said...

You are right! Thanks so much for pointing it out. I've made the change. This means it was also wrong in the family cookbook I compiled. YIKES!