Thursday, December 16, 2010

Healthy, (Wealthy?), and Wise.

My cookie-making helper decided that she really enjoys whole-wheat flour. To her, freshly ground whole-wheat flour is better than one of those Fun-Dip candies.

Anyhow, we decided to make use of our new cookie cutter today, and I put a family favorite to the test with some tweaks. Yum!

Oatmeal Jim-Jams (or Date Sandwich Cookies)

1 C butter, room temp.
1 C brown sugar, or sucanat, or turbinado. I used turbinado today.
2 C whole-wheat flour (contact me if you need to purchase a grinder).
2 C oatmeal, ground in blender
1/2 C flax seed, ground in blender
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 C water
3/4 C dates & 3/4 C water soaking in a saucepan, set aside.
nuts, optional (we opted out today)

In your mixer or a big bowl, mix all but the last three ingredients.
You should have a stiff dough to roll out. Often, we split this in half and smoosh half into a 13x9, pour on the date mixture (see below) and then roll out and lay the other 1/2 over the top, making one big bar cookie. Today, we got creative.

Simmer that dates on the stove until soft. Puree in blender. Let cool. Should be pretty thick.

When cutting out cookies, make them uniform in size. They don't really rise, so you can place many on one pan, side by side, actually. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
See our owls? Aren't they cute?!? They make me want to have a party!!!

Make into sandwich cookies with the date puree as the filling.


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