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A Saturday Baking Project

This was supposed to publish last night (Saturday) WHOOPS! So here you go!!

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I am STILL, trying to put a dent in my baking supplies, and I honestly can’t believe the amount of food that I have been able to make without buying anything, but butter. I don’t really have tons and tons of sticks of butter laying around, so that was the only thing on the shopping list lately.

This morning, I ended up taking on the project of making some Granola Bars. Surprise, surprise, I made them chocolate chip and dried cranberry granola bars. I don’t know what it is with this combo, but I LOVE it. I’ve always been a bit nervous about making these, simply because I thought there was a lot to it…or that it was complicated. But after making them, they couldnt’ have been easier. I would absolutely say they are easier than making rice crispy treats (I have some trouble with making those).

Chocolate, Cranberry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup Honey 1 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. In a medium sized sauce pan, on low heat, melt the butter, sugars and honey together. Do not boil the mixture.

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2. Stir in the oats, cranberries, almonds, and walnuts. Then take the pan off the heat, and stir in the chocolate chips.

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3. Line a smaller baking dish with parchment paper and press the granola mix into the pan. I used a 9 by 11 pan and ended up scrunching it to the end because it would have resulted in really thin bars that wouldn’t stay together well.

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4. Lastly, bake the bars for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. You want the top to be golden brown.

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Let it COMPLETELY cool before taking it out of the pan and cutting it. While it is hot the bars will not stick together. You can pull the whole parchment paper out and lay it on the counter to slice easily. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars.

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I am actually going to bring these bars with me to Naples. Brent and I are celebrating Christmas with his family and I thought it would be fun to bring some treats. I was trying to come up with a good way to bring them without the bars falling apart or sticking to each other and decided to wrap them individually in parchment paper. This way you can actually just throw them in a bag while you are on the run and don’t have to worry about a mess! GENIUS!

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I know this isn’t really an original idea, but afterwards, I kind of felt really smart. Haha, no puzzle is to difficult for THIS one to solve! Just don’t give me a rubix cube and completely kill my smarty pants ego.

Have you ever come up with a solution that just made you feel really, really smart??

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

These are the yummy cookies that I made for the cookie swap. I have made a similar batch to these in the past, but switched it up a little bit and increased the batter size by a ton, to make 4 dozen cookies. YUM.

Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Ingredients:

2 Sticks of Butter 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar 2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Water 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tsp Salt
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats 1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Dried Cranberries  1 Tsp Baking Powder

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.

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2. One at a time, beat in the eggs, vanilla then water.

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3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add it into the wet mixture.

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4. Lastly, add in the rolled oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

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Cook them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You want to spray the pan before you place the cookie dough on them OR you can just layer tin foil on the cookie sheet and eliminate a step in cleaning up! That’s what I did and it made making multiple dozens of cookies much easier. All I had to do was take the cookies off, throw away the tin foil and replace it with a new one 🙂

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies!

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They did turn out really well.

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I promise to branch out  from this in the future! I’m ‘making some cookies later this week, and they will NOT be anything like this…I swear 🙂