I hope you have all been staying warm and cozy. I hear we are to expect another blast of extremely frigid air starting tomorrow—YIKES! That means I am going to bake something comforting and delicious to enjoy with the many cups of tea I enjoy a day. I have been on a major tea kick this winter. I am hopelessly stuck on one in particular although I drink many different kinds and am always trying more. My top pick at the moment is White Chocolate Peppermint by Teavana. Since the nearest store is an hour away and in a direction that I rarely go, I order it in bulk amounts delivered right to my door step. I am expecting its arrival any day now. I happened upon this new find when I met a new friend for lunch one day this winter. We met through one of the blogs that I faithfully read and anxiously await for each new post but that is a story for another time.
Todays topic is about a new recipe. I was going through a drawer in my kitchen that holds an enormous amount of recipes and 2 cookbooks. I have several folders in said drawer that contain a gajillion(word?) recipes that I have gleaned from magazines over the years. I always think I am going to get around to trying them but seldom do. Well, the other day I pulled one out and gave it a try. It is for Flu-Fighter Cookies. It was featured in the Food Network Magazine in 2009. They sounded like a delicious winter time cookie. And I will take a batch of cookies over a flu-shot any day!
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 t. baking powder
3/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 c. molasses
1/4 c. low-fat plain greek yogurt
1 T. freshly grated ginger
2 t. lemon zest
1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 c. golden raisins
1 1/4 c dried cranberries
1 1/4 c. roughly chopped walnuts
( I know….it is quite the list of ingredients and several that you may not keep on hand but sooo worth it)
You are suppose to chill the dough for 30 minutes but I did not leave time for this step (because I had not read the recipe through–as usual!) and they turned out fine without it so that is up to you.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves & salt in a medium bowl.
Beat the butter and brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time . Add the molasses, yogurt, ginger, & lemon zest and beat until smooth. Don’t forget to scrape the bowl as you go!
Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture until it is a sticky batter–do not over mix.
Fold in the oats and 1 cup each of the raisins, cranberries and walnuts. Put the other 1/4 c. each in a small bowl and set aside.
Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto parchment lined sheets and top each one with some of the fruit and nut mixture.
Bake them at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes. You want them to still be soft when you take them out.
Store them in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
When these cookies were cool enough to eat, I tried one and thought they were good but kinda of dry. They are a cake-like texture. But the next day they were SUPER! I think that is the way it goes sometimes with baked goods with dried fruits in them. They seem to soften up after a little bit. Since I am no science-whiz, I do not know why that is but I’m a thinking that the moisture still in the fruit softens the cookie up as it sits.
Now onto what you have really been waiting for…..the GIVEAWAY!!!
A basket full of tea time items to take the chill off while you are enjoying those cookies!
The teas are from Art of Tea. It is a Wellness Sampler box. The teas are all organic and may be just the thing to get you up and going if you are feeling the winter doldrums.
Also included are some bags to brew your tea in, a tea timer, a “learn about tea” brochure, and from Laney Honey, a bottle of their clover honey and a beeswax bar for dry winter skin. Lastly, there is a vintage napkin to set under you cup, embroidered by someone long ago. I came across it at an auction in a box full of linens. All good things to get you through the next 58 days when we will usher in the first day of SPRING! To enter, leave a comment here on the blog. Let me know what you are doing to enjoy the winter days or just say “Hi!” I will pick a winner on Friday. Until then, make some Flu-Fighter cookies and eat your way well. It beats a flu shot anyday!