Oatmeal Walnut Cookies
Oatmeal Walnut Cookies
Makes about 24 cookies

Any cookie I can mix in one bowl is a quick and easy favorite. The dough is stiff, but the cookies are not-too-sweet delicious and they don’t spread much on the cookie sheet. I also think there’s a good argument these cookies are appropriate for breakfast – they’re not loaded with sugar, you can’t beat the nuts, oat, fruit, and fiber.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla. In another bowl whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir the oat and flour mixture into the oil mixture. Add the raisins or dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts. Using a tablespoon portion out the dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom. If desired, you can flatten the cookies when they come out of the oven by gently pressing on the top of the cookies with your fingertips or the bottom of a small glass.…
Meet Brownie's Sister Blondie

I’m proud to present, for the very first time, One Pan Blondie. This nutty companion to our brunette favorite – One Pan Brownies –  is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon cup of tea.

Makes one 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1  1/2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to blend well and set aside. 

Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Remove pan from the heat and whisk in the brown sugar until well combined. Let cool to the touch. Stir in the eggs, milk, and vanilla until well blended. Using a rubber spatula fold in the flour mixture, chocolate chips, and nuts. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be sure not to overbake. Cool on a rack. Have one or two before they’re gone. Just like the brownies, these don’t last long at my house.…