Posts Tagged ‘oats’

Ooooh, these are yummy!  Full of peanut butter and oats and chocolate!  And kids love them because they have M&M’s in them 😀  They just look fun!!

Monster Cookies

  • 1/2 c butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 c quick oats
  • any amount of your favorite additions (M&M’s, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, pecans, etc.
  • (I used 1 c of chocolate chips and 1 c of M&M’s – plain)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In your mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add peanut butter and mix well again.  Add baking soda and quick oats.  Mix well.  Stir in your favorite additions.  Drop by large tablespoonfuls on baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

And yep, you read the ingredients right…there’s no flour in these babies!

I think that may be a little pool of gooey chocolate there on the top…mmmm

When they’re right out of the oven, they’re super soft and a whole lot messy 😀

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My friends, Kris and Cindy, swear by baked oatmeal…so I decided to give it a go.  And here’s the recipe I ended up using.

Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

  • 1/2 c applesauce or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3 c quick oats
  • 1/2 c cinnamon chips
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8 square pan.  In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except cinnamon-sugar.  Top with cinnamon-sugar.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

However, my verdict is….it was pretty good, but not great.  It was best when it was warm…with butter on top (but what isn’t good with butter?…..)  I think using the smaller pan made it too thick.  I guess I should’ve waited for Kris’s recipe 😀  I’ll link you to her recipe as soon as she posts it….

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Did you know that today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day?!!  I didn’t….until this afternoon and HELLO?!  I had to make some Oatmeal Cookies!!!!

And if you hadn’t noticed yet, I really like making cookies and bars with oats.

So go check out some of my other favorite oatmeal recipes!

No Bake Cookies

Granola Bars

Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Oh Henry Bars

And this is just for your viewing pleasure…a random pic of Rae & Cade

Check out those boots!!

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Oh Henry Bars

As I said yesterday….I love Tuesdays 😀  Mike and I usually tag team:  I get them ready for school and he takes them to school.  But we also like to take turns giving each other a day of the week to “sleep-in”.  This just means that only one of us has to get up and get the kids ready for school and take them to school.  I like my sleep-in days to be Tuesday.  Today Clarky and I slept till 9am.  Then we had some tickle time.  Then while still in bed, he watched some cartoons and I checked all my emails and blogs.  We moved on to some breakfast (he loves eggs in a basket…egg in the middle of bread) and then he got busy at playing hard and making a big mess of toys in the living room and I got busy getting some laundry done and making a big mess of folded laundry in the living room (while watching my fav show: McLeod’s Daughters).

Cader had soccer practice this evening, so tonight was a perfect night for Sloppy Joes.  I was also able to throw some Oh Henry Bars together before practice.  I still have never figured out why they are called Oh Henry Bars, but who cares?!  They are quick to make and yummy.  It just doesn’t get much better than oats and chocolate and peanut butter….mmmm. (and a cup of butter and lots of sugar isn’t bad either)

Oh Henry Bars

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 4 c quick oats
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 c peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together butter, brown sugars, sugar, and oats.  Spread in 10×15 jelly roll baking sheet.  Bake for exactly 12 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave.  Remove bars from oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Spread melted chocolate mixture on top of warm bars.


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Granola Bars

I’ve been hearing from you and from my husband about how you are enjoying my blog.  I’m humbled, really.  My intention was never to bring attention to myself, but only to share my love of cooking, particularly baking.  I’m glad that you are getting a small glimpse into our lives, my life.

I’m not gonna lie…It’s been a rough couple of days.  There are just some times that I can actually feel the fingers of depression choking me, holding me down until I don’t want to breathe.  It’s really scary, actually.  This week has been one of those weeks.  It always seems to get the better of me when the kids have been sick, and the weather is bad and I can’t get out of the house and then everything seems so overwhelming.  There’s more laundry, more dishes, more meals, and on and on.  Then I begin to think, “What’s the point?” It’s all too much….so I just go back and lay down with Clark while he watches cartoons.  Sleeping and watching t.v. helps me forget about the present.  I’ve got a great husband, though.  He told me just get some sleep this morning and got the kids ready and off to school.  Then he called me around lunch and said, “I want to take you to get a taco.  Let’s get you out of the house.”  It’s just what I needed. He’s always what I need…. Even though it’s cold and rainy and dreary outside, the fresh air and the walk around Target did me some good.  I already feel better.  Not so overwhelmed.  The fingers are loosening their grip.

This pizza came out so pretty, I had to share a picture of it!  I made something a little different for me and Mike: Chicken and Tomato; the kids still had pepperoni and cheese, as always.  Since tonight is Pizza Night and I’ve already posted my pizza dough here, I’m going to share this recipe tonight.  My kids love granola bars, especially for their snacks at school.

Granola Bars

  • 1/3 c butter, softened
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 c corn syrup
  • 2/3 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c rice krispie cereal
  • 2 1/2 c quick oats
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c wheat germ
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan.  In your mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar and vanilla.  Next add cereal, oats, flour, wheat germ and chocolate chips – mixing well after each. Press dough firmly into your pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully press down dough again (this makes sure that the bars are not crumbly).  Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

Soooo yummy!  I think they’re even better the next day!

And this lil’ guy whom we call Dooser, because he’s always “doing” something, was taking a break from shoveling snow 😀  He’s been sick for the last 3 days and so he told me he needed to work!

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Shara’s Oatmeal Bars

What a day…an excellent day 😀

1.  I got to sleep in!!
2.  I got to spend some time with my bestie…I really needed some girl time!
3.  I got to take a nap!
4.  The kiddos played really well together!
5.  We had homemade pizza!
6.  I got to make one of my favorite cookie bars for our Pizza with the Pastors Lunch tomorrow!

The only downer of the day was that Mike and I were supposed to go out on a date tonight.  And technically, we still could have gone, but both agreed it was for the best.  He’ll be preaching tomorrow because our Sr. Pastor is under the weather, and we felt the time would be better spent on him preparing.  Oh well!  Thank goodness we made plans in advance for an early Valentine’s date 2 weeks from now! 😀

Here’s those yummy bars:

Shara’s Oatmeal Bars
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
1 c oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 c flour
3 c quick oats
1 c chocolate chips
1 c butterscotch or peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 10×15 or half-sheet baking pan (13×18).  Combine sugar, brown sugar, and oil in mixer.  Mix well.  Add eggs and vanilla and make sure everything is combined well.  Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour and oats.  Combine again.  Lastly, add in chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.  Dough will be very sticky and thick.  Spread dough out into pan.  Dough will seem too stiff, but just keep working it out to the edges.  It really puffs up during baking!  Bake for 15 minutes or just until edges begin to brown.  Cool completely before cutting.

And I’m just throwin’ this pic in because he’s just so darn cute…I mean, look at those lil’ freckles!  After his shower tonight, he went and fixed his hair all by himself.  He’s already turning into a metro like his daddy 😀  I had to hurry & snap this pic before he put his ninja mask on to take on Cader & Daddy….LOL

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Oh, how I love oatmeal cookies. The earthy cinnamon and oats, the chocolatey goodness of the slightly melted chocolate chips….mmmmm. This recipe is my collision of an old recipe that my maternal grandmother makes and another recipe I found on the internet. They’re soft, chewy, cinnamony, chocolatey, yummy. Which is why I HAD to make them this afternoon! 😀

Shara’s Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c butter
1/2 c butter flavored shortenting
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour
3 c quick oats
1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, sugar, and pudding mix. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Make sure you eat a few right away, because they don’t last long!

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