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Taste Test Tuesday: Quaker Real Medley’s

Good day foodies! We’ve made it to another Tuesday. This week we’re talking oatmeal. The weather’s been changing a lot lately and sometimes you just need something that reminds you of your childhood. Quaker has released a product line of oatmeal called Real Medleys. As you have noticed McDonald’s and Starbucks have both started carrying oatmeal too.

I love oatmeal, I always have. It was the one thing growing up that my mother knew I would eat and not waste…lol. I like added things into my oatmeal, whether it be fruit, nuts or brown sugar. So these Quaker Real Medley’s are a real treat. There are for different medley combinations.
  • Summer Berry
  • Cherry Pistachio
  • Peach Almond
  • Apple Walnut
The Peach Almond oatmeal was delicious. Nice size chunks of peaches and slivers of almonds. The crunch of the almonds and the sweetness of the warm peaches is definitely a cozy fit. Apple Walnut oatmeal has a little surprise for you, there are also some tart cranberries in there. Crunchy walnuts and chopped pieces of sweet apples with the tanginess of the cranberries is like a party in your mouth. Sweet sun-ripened cherries, roasted almonds, and tasty pistachios create the Cherry Pistachio oatmeal. Pistachios aren’t a very popular nut when it comes to flavor combinations but Quaker did an awesome job with this one. Don’t want any nuts in your oatmeal? No problem. Check out the Summer Berry oatmeal with juicy strawberries, sweets raspberries, and plump blueberries. Fruit and oatmeal is such a great combination you don’t want to miss this one either.
All you have to do is pour hot water into the little cup, stir and enjoy. You can also add water and put it in the microwave, especially if you are on the go. I also tried milk with mine and it was just as yummy.
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Day 25: ‘One Dough, Three Cookie Recipes’

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Today is last day of 25 Days of Cookies so this one is a little special. This recipe can make 3 different types of cookies: Basic sugar, Chocolate & Walnut, Almond Orange. I enjoyed sharing these recipes with you. I hope to do something similar in a few months!! Have a wonderful holiday!!!

 One Dough, Three Cookie Recipes

Ingredients

Basic Dough:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate and Walnut Cookies, recipe follows
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Almond-Orange Cookies, recipe follows
1/2 orange, zested
1/2 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped in a blender to a coarse flour consistency
24 teaspoons chunky marmalade
1/2 cup sliced almonds, for topping
Coarse sugar, for sugar cookies only

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cloves in a small bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld beater.

Beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
 
Form dough into a 12-inch log (2 inches in diameter) on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up in the plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
 
Cut 1/2-inch thick slices from the log with a sharp knife and arrange on 2 ungreased large baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.
 

For basic sugar cookies, sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and slightly puffed.
 
Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely.

For Chocolate and Walnut Cookies:
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding the cocoa powder to the flour mixture and folding in the nuts just after mixing the batter.

Bake for 15 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

For Almond-Orange Cookies:
Make basic dough according to recipe above, but adding both the orange zest and ground almonds when you add the flour mixture.
 
When cookies are formed, make a slight depression in the middle and fill each with about 1 teaspoon marmalade.

Top each with a good pinch of sliced almonds. Bake for 20 minutes and then cool on sheets for 3 minutes before transferring to racks to cool completely.

Happy Baking!!


Day 19: ‘Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

It’s Christmas time and you have to use the cranberries, they just make everything better. Here is another recipe with them. Who doesn’t love oatmeal cookies? I just added walnut and cranberries.

 Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies


INGREDIENTS:

No-Stick Cooking Spray
3/4 cup Butter Shortening (Crisco Sticks work too)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. HEAT oven to 350ºF. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.

  2. BEAT shortening, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat into shortening mixture until smooth. Stir in oats, dried cranberries and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

  3. BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.