RECIPE # 4199 - LUNCH & SNACK IDEAS, Friday, September 19, 2008
BOB SLOAN / AUTHOR, "DAD'S OWN COOKBOOK"
PEARS IN A POD
4 stalks of celery, cleaned and cut into 3" long pieces
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Bartlett, Red Bartlett or Starkrimson pears, cored and cut into chunks
- Spread the peanut butter into the center of the celery pieces.
- Place the pear chunks onto of the peanut butter and serve.
(Equal parts of each ingredient, depending on how much you want):
Coconut Flakes (optional)
Large Mixing Bowl
Individual storage containers
- Measure each ingredient (1/2 cup of each will make 3 cups of mix)
- Mix together and store in individual serving packs
DAD'S OWN OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
Most oatmeal-raisin cookies pale next to these extra-special ones made with walnuts and optional butterscotch chips.
(makes two dozen cookies)
Margarine or cooking spray, for greasing the baking sheets
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 large egg, well beaten
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raisins or butterscotch chips, or a combination of the two
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 baking sheets
2 medium bowls
Whisk or hand-held electric mixer
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with margarine or nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, use the whisk or mixer to cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the beaten egg and incorporate as well.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the maple syrup, oats, raisins and/or butterscotch chips, and walnuts. Stir in the vanilla.
- One teaspoon at a time, drop the dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are brown. They should be soft to the bite, so do not overbake.
- Cook the cookies for 10 minutes, then, using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the wire rack and cool completely.