Pecans

Healthier Monster Cookies

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I have a confession to make. I don’t really like baking. I know, I know. Here I am with a food blog and I really can’t say with confidence that I enjoy baking. The main reason being that the act of baking is so precise. I like to add dashes of this and that into whatever I am making. With baking, I don’t know what to add if something is too dry, or if my cookies are too flat after they’ve baked, or what is okay to change in a recipe and what isn’t.

It’s just never been my thing. I will bake from time to time but I have to follow a recipe with exact precision, which, drives me crazy.

When it comes to healthier baking, like this recipe for Monster Cookies that I found online, it’s almost cheating. I mean, I bake casseroles, and roast chickens, and this, seems close to that somehow.

Allow me to explain.

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The reason this recipe feels like I’m cheating the Baking Gods is because there is so much oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. that you actually shape the cookies with your hands and cook them in the oven until they aren’t raw anymore. There’s very little science involved. I can do that! Correction: I did that!

These cookies are chewy, peanutty, oatmealy, chocolately… and almost guilt-free! Definitely better for you than most cookies anyway. Why? Because the fat in these cookies comes mostly from the peanut butter. Take a guess as to how much butter is in this batter. Come on… guess.

A single tablespoon! Not one stick, like many other cookie recipes, but ONE TABLESPOON! So go ahead, indulge. Enjoy for breakfast. Eat three of these in one sitting. Because honey, in my book, these are pretty darn good for you!

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To me these cookies could be cousins with a granola bar or oat bar. There’s enough sweetness that this could be a dessert but its not overpowering and could be eaten as a breakfast on the go too. I added M&Ms and Pecans to mine but customize these and make them your own. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I did not create this recipe. This recipe was written by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Healthier Monster Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant oats (or oatmeal that has been pulsed in a food processor 5-6 times)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk or almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoon mini M&M candies, divided
  • 2 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg white, and vanilla. Mix in the peanut butter until smooth. Stir in the brown sugar and milk. Mix completely. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in all of the pecans, most of the M&Ms, and most of the chocolate chips. Chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared sheet and flatten to the desired thickness and width. Cookies will not spread. Gently press the remaining M&Ms and chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies. Bake at 325°F for 10-13 minutes. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Keep in a sealed container.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/healthier-monster-cookies/

I did not create this recipe. This recipe was written by Amy’s Healthy Baking.

Texas Millionaires (Homemade Candy)

Sweets for your sweetie!

I discovered this recipe in a candy making book many years ago.  I couldn’t tell you the name of the thing if my life depended on it.  It SHOULD be named:

CANDY:  THE BOOK YOUR MAMA WARNED YOU ABOUT

If you haven’t heard of a Texas Millionaire before, they are essentially chocolate-covered caramel pecan balls (say that five times fast!)  They’re very similar to turtles and thus, equally as addicting.

Homemade candy is so easy to make and it makes a great gift. Everyone loves something that was handmade and custom. Here’s a great opportunity to make something for someone you love.

Texas Millionaires

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yields: 2 - 3 dozen candies

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 8 (2-ounce) vanilla candy coating squares

Directions

  1. Spray a [heavy] saucepan with non-stick spray. Cook first three ingredients in the sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  2. Once melted, stir in pecan halves. Remove from heat and cool in pan at least 5 minutes (should be a fairly pliable consistency).
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Chill 1 hour, or freeze 20 minutes (until firm).
  4. While the pecan caramel goodies cool, wash out the saucepan you were using. Melt the chocolate morsels and candy coating in the same saucepan on low heat, stirring until smooth (this will save you loads of cleanup later).
  5. Dip caramel candies into the chocolate sauce, allowing excess to drip, place on lightly greased wax paper. Chill 15 minutes. While these chill, clean out your saucepan.
  6. This recipe makes 2-3 dozen candies. These keep the best in the fridge. However, if you know you're having company over ahead of time, take them out a half hour before your guests arrive and these little guys will be ooey gooey on the inside by the time their grubby fingers find them.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/texas-millionaires-candy/

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