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Honey Oatmeal Cookies

If you read my previous blog on Quick and Flavorful Oatmeal you’ll know already how much I love oatmeal cookies. It’s ironic really that the only cookie I can ever fall for is oatmeal. I don’t like to eat sweets, I just love to make them, but I will fall hard, head over heels for an oatmeal cookie.  I knew immediately that I wanted to create my own and that my oatmeal cookie would have something most oatmeal cookies don’t: honey.

Nothing is better in oatmeal than the sweet taste of honey.  When that sweet taste is combined with the cinnamon spiced bite of an oatmeal cookie there’s a definite winner.

My honey oatmeal cookies are sweetened with pure clover honey and brown sugar to re-imagine the oatmeal cookie experience. Soft and chewy and brimming with the taste of oats, these cookies are further enhanced by a honey glaze drizzle.

Each dozen is $11.

Place your order through email: CherylsConfections21@gmail.com

through phone: (203) 583-6001 OR (203) 459-0814

or through a comment. Enjoy!

Cookie Ingredients: Rolled oats, all purpose enriched bleached wheat flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pure clover honey, eggs, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, ground ginger, non-aluminum baking powder, baking soda.

Honey Glaze Ingredients: confectioners sugar, 1% milk, pure clover honey.

Quick and Flavorful Oatmeal

I love oatmeal. Maybe it’s because I live up north and it gets so cold that I need something both warm and easy to digest because my insides are just as cold as my outside. Maybe it’s because although I grew up on instant oatmeal, I’ve always known oatmeal to be a healthy way to start the day. Maybe it’s because I have a thing for oatmeal cookies.

Whatever the reason, when it comes down to it, no matter how much I love oatmeal, I always have a difficult time getting the flavor right and the consistency to the thickness I desire. Instant oatmeal I either find to be bland, artificial, or both, and I can never get the water to oats ratio correct. Making oatmeal from scratch, I never know what to add to it to obtain optimal flavor and end up drowning my oatmeal in milk and syrup.

On a whim I decided to be semi-homemade with my oatmeal the other morning. We had granola and I knew I didn’t want it to go to waste so I got the idea to turn my vanilla  flavored granola into a flavorful oatmeal.

For your own semi-homemade oatmeal follow this simple recipe: MAKES 1 SERVING

  1. In a small pot, boil 3/4 cup of water
  2. Add 1/2 cup of your favorite granola into the water and stir continuously for approximately 2 minutes. Large clusters will dissolve and as you stir the oatmeal will thicken.
  3. When oatmeal has achieved desired thickness, remove from heat, serve, and enjoy.
When the granola you work with is already packed with nutrition and flavor, there is little need to add any milk or sweetener.

Blueberry Lemon Pinwheels

In honor of a cookie baking contest at the GreenSpring County Fair, I decided to whip up my own take on the classic pinwheel cookie. The idea for these pinwheels was inspired by my favorite combination of flavors: lemon and blueberry. Whenever I come across this combination I fall in love and so in making my own recipe I knew what I wanted to work with.

The result? Lovely pinwheel gems which have a lemon flavored base with just enough of a tang to balance out the sweetness of fresh and organic blueberry jam. Made like a jelly roll, the lemon dough is rolled into a rectangle, spread with blueberry jam and then topped with slivered almonds to add a nutty crunch. Nothing can top these cookies in flavor.

This recipe won 3rd place in the County Fair Competition.

Each dozen is $6. I do ship packages, standard shipping rates apply.

Place an order through email: CherylsConfections21@gmail.com

Order through the phone: 203-459-0814 OR 203-583-6001

Or, send me a comment.

Ingredients: All purpose enriched bleached wheat flour, sweet cream salted butter, vegetable shortening, eggs, granulated sugar, pure lemon extract, non-aluminum baking powder, blueberry preserves, almonds, pure vanilla extract.

Biscuits (hold the gravy)

I’ve been in college down in Georgia for the past 8 months and having lived my entire life in Connecticut, it was a bit of culture shock. I had never seen collared greens before, I didn’t know what grits were, and I was under the impression that gravy was for meat or potatoes not biscuits. Georgia was my first introduction to the phenomenon of biscuits and gravy.

I harbor no grudge against Southern food; I was just massively shocked for a few months.  I thought that would be my biggest shock of the year, but  I had yet to discover that the biscuits my college served were frozen. I’ll give that a moment to sink in: a Southern school with frozen biscuits. I never thought I was a biscuit snob until working in the kitchen one day my boss pulled out trays of frozen biscuits and told me to spread melted butter on them.

Is it an idealist notion that a large scale cafeteria has the time or the resources to bake fresh biscuits every morning on a massive scale? Yes, I admit this. It is a bit far fetched and maybe I had a preconceived notion that the south is known for its biscuits, but biscuits are one of my favorite things to make at home and I was disappointed.

Now that I am home one of the first things I did was bake home made biscuits for breakfast topped with blueberry jam. This is not an original recipe* but it’s certainly one of my favorites and definitely worth sharing. For other great recipes check out the book this came from: Favorite Brand Name 3 Books in 1: Cookies, Bars, Muffins (see cite information below).

BISCUITS:

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbs baking powder

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter

1 cup milk

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit). Grease 12 muffin cups.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in milk just until combined. Spoon into muffin cups.

3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until light brown.

Makes 12 biscuits.

 

 

 

 

*recipe courtesy of:

Weber, Louis. “Southern Biscuit Muffins.” Favorite Brand Name 3 Books in 1: Cookies, Bars, Muffins. Lincolnwood, IL. Publications International. Ltd.

 

 

Mother’s Day Sale

I’m back in Connecticut, ready to be in business, and ready to spend time with my mother on Mother’s day. Until Sunday, however, I’m ready to help you if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for Mom.

Just for Mother’s day CherylsConfections will be selling heart and shaped almond sugar cookies, glazed with a light icing in lavender.

Choose Sampler Size and get two small cookies (2.25 inches across)  hand made and hand wrapped for $1.

Or choose Jumbo Size and receive one large hand made cookie (4 inches across) for $2. All cookies can be bought by the dozen.

To order your Mother’s Day gift from CherylsConfections call in your order at (203) 459-0814 Friday May 11th or Saturday May 12th. Or place your order through email at CherylsConfections21@gmail.com

Pick-up or delivery can be arranged but order soon for the greatest convenience.

Fandom Food

Hey, I’m considering different cookies and cupcakes to market over the summer and with the current Superhero craze (of which I am proudly a part of) I’m looking into a line of either cookies (or cupcakes) based on various superheroes. The Avengers is coming out May 4th and I’m looking into ideas about Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor cookies. If this, or a different fandom appeals to you let me know! I’ll create a confection based on a character or fandom of your choice. Looking forward to your input.

Movie poster, courtesy of http://entil2001.com/blog5/?p=13053.