Thursday, March 11, 2010

Breakfast Cookies

I'm fairly confident that many of you share a title that I am sometimes given by my kids.  It's funny how they give me this title when they have done something wrong.  That would be the title of Meanest Mom in the World.  I know my kids aren't supposed to like me all the time but why am I the bad guy when they have consequences for their actions?  I know that's just what kids do and probably what I did as a kid too. 

On the other hand there are those moments when I get a different title .... that of the Best Mom Ever. Well today I did something that resulted in one of those moments!  Wow I'm not so mean after all!

Breakfasts in our house usually consist of a bowl of cereal, maybe some fruit and every great once in awhile scrambled eggs or pancakes.  I stumbled upon Heavenly Homemakers post about Mini Apple Pies.  The part of the title that reads "Part of this complete breakfast" caught my eye so I had to read what she had to say.  Yes, I will try the Mini Apple Pie recipe soon.  But it was the words Giant Breakfast Cookies that really stood out.  Cookies for breakfast?!?!  The recipe sounded good and how cool would that make me? 

I used this recipe from Heavenly Homemaker with a few changes are in blue.

1 cup butter, melted   ***I Melted 1/2 cup butter & 1/2 cup Peanut Butter together***
¾ cup honey
2 eggs
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
½ cup buttermilk   ***I used a 1/2 tblsp of white vinegar in 1/2 cup of 2% milk since I didn't have buttermilk***
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups whole rolled oats   *** I only had Quaker Quick Oats and I didn't soak them***
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips  ***I don't like raisins so I left those out***

Mix butter, honey, eggs, salt, cinnamon, soda, vanilla and buttermilk. Stir in flour and oats. Fold in raisins or chocolate chips. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool 3-4 minutes on cookie sheet before removing cookies to cool on a wire rack.

To soak the grain in these cookies before baking (in order to help them to digest better):
Melt and cool butter.  In a glass bowl, stir together flour, oats, butter and cultured buttermilk.  Add a bit more buttermilk than the 1/2 cup the recipe calls for if the grains are not all moistened.  Cover and let the grains soak overnight.  Stir in the remaining ingredients in the morning and bake as directed.

Today when they woke, my boys found cookies and yogurt for breakfast.

Let's see whole wheat flour, oats, honey, milk, eggs and peanut butter sounds like a breakfast to me!

Thanks Heavenly Homemaker for helping me be a cool mom!

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