Saturday, August 30, 2008

blue ribbon recipes

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C shortening
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 t hot water
2 C rolled oats
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour (white flour is fine, but then they won't be cookie vitamins)
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
2 C chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)

Whip together the shortening, eggs, vanilla, sugars and hot water until fluffy. Then add the oats, flour, salt and baking soda and mix well. Mix in the chocolate chips. Put in small balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.

Grandma Huff's Ginger Bends
1 1/2 C shortening
2 C brown sugar
1/2 C molasses (I use Brer Rabbit blackstrap--I think it's called Full Flavored or something)
2 eggs
4 1/4 C flour
4 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 t ginger
2 t cinnamon
1 t cloves

Preheat oven to 375*. cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and eggs. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Roll into teaspoon size balls and roll in sugar (I do cinnamon sugar). Bake 8 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen.

The cookies will be very doughy when they come out of the oven--let them sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack. If you cook them too long they will not be ginger bends, they will be ginger snaps.

For both of these recipes I use one of those cookie scoops that looks like this:
It's about 1 1/2 " across. It's way faster and easier and cleaner than rolling them in your hands. Also, I usually only cook about one or two pans of cookies, and freeze the rest of the dough. Put it all in balls on a cookie sheet lined with a nonstick mat or waxed paper, freeze it, then put the dough balls in a freezer bag. Cooking instructions are the same for the frozen dough balls.

The bread recipe is the same one I linked to a while ago--the Dutch oven bread from Mother Earth News.


Amy said...

Thank you, thank you. Your the best. Can't wait to try these!

dawnie said...

Hey Layne! We switched our blog to private, so send me an email at so we can invite you. We love reading your blog!

All8 said...

I have a recipe very similar to you Ginger Bends. They're called Ginger Chews. Very, very yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes.

Amy said...

Tried your ginger bends. It was one of my first experiences with using shortening in cookies (I always seem to shy away). They turned out delish. Can't wait to try the chocolate chip vitamin-cookies!

Sarah said...

Yummy cookies! I used 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips. So good.