This morning was far too cold for us to take our morning walk so we returned to the house early. Daniel is so used to his routine that he immediately asked “Nigh-Night?” since usually when we get back from our walk he goes down for a nap. Since it was about an hour to early for his nap I asked him if he would like to help make cookies with Mommy or take his nap. Of course my hungry helper choose making cookies over nap time. He learned a very good lesson during this process. There is no such thing as instant cookies. He was quite the trooper though, “helping” through the whole process. While the cookies were baking and cooling was the hardest since he doesn’t like waiting and by now it was nap time but he wanted to see the whole process through. He cuddled up on my lap while we waited and when he was finally rewarded with his cookie he went to bed a happy camper.
After that first batch of six cookies I decided that since these were so healthy and fruity they would make great bars for us to take on our morning walks so I decided to make the rest into bars. Unfortunately a 1 1/2 year old helper keeps me from being able to take many pictures of the actual process. But here is the recipe.
In large bowl mix together:
1 stick of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 Tablespoon almond extract
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
In separate bowl mix together:
1 1/2 cups ground oats (grind in food processor before measuring)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients then add in:
2 cups oats
2 1/4 cups dried fruit ( I used 3/4 cups each of dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries)
Mix thoroughly and allow dough to rest for 15 minutes. This is so hard, especially for a 1 1/2 year old, but the oats need the importunity to soak up the liquid.
Either scoop the cookies and bake at 350 for 12 minutes or press batter into a 1/2 sheet cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.
I was able to grab a couple of pictures after most of the ingredients and dishes were put up.