Glazed Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

cookies

Chewy and super yummy – these are the perfect Spring/Summer treat!  🙂

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
― Leo Tolstoy,  Anna Karenina

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 stick Butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Or replace the coconut oil by making the recipe with 1/2 lb. Butter total)
  • 1 – 1/4 cups packed Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 4 cups rolled Oats
  • 1 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 10 oz. bag Cinnamon Chips
  • 1 cup toasted chopped Walnuts
  • 2 cups, soaked & drained Raisins

For the Glaze: Powdered Sugar & Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Cream together the sugars and butter. Add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time, combining well after each addition.

Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a separate bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and blend well. Stir in the chips, raisins and nuts.

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out onto lined baking sheets.

Bake for about 12-13 minutes and remove from oven to cool on sheet.

Make the glaze by combining powdered sugar and a bit of water to a good drizzle consistency.  Drizzle over cooled cookies and allow the glaze to set up.

Bon Appètit!

Hot Cross Buns

These are delicious rolls, especially with a little butter melted inside. 🙂 For as long as I can remember, my family has made these every year near Easter time. While we would sit down together at the table to enjoy these tasty delights, my mom and dad would explain the symbolic meaning of the ingredients in the bun: The raisins represent, the nail piercing of Jesus hands and feet, the cross represents His crucifixion, the spices in the bun represent the spices that Jesus’ body was wrapped in after his death on the cross. And lastly, the raised bread represents Jesus’ raising from the dead on the third day. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us, how great and big is our God!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Hot Cross Buns (photo)

Hot Cross Buns

  • 1 1/4 cup lukewarm, milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2-4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 TBSP. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces.
  • 1 cup raisins

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar heated to bubbling, for glaze

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP. milk

Pour the milk into a small bowl and whisk in the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine 3 cups of the flour, the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Stir in the yeast mixture. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the butter.

Knead by hand or with a dough hook, adding flour as necessary. Knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes; knead by hook until dough is not sticky and pulls cleanly from the bowl sides, 6-7 minutes. The dough will be soft.Form the dough into a ball and place in a clean, greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, 1 1/2- 2 hours.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and press flat. Scatter with raisins over the dough. Fold in half, then knead to distribute the fruits. Dust lightly with flour and let rest for 10 minutes.

Grease and flour a baking sheet. On the work surface, roll the dough into a log 9 inches long. Cut into 18 equal pieces. Knead each piece into a ball. Arrange the balls, well spaced, on the prepared sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees.

Place a shallow pan of boiling water on the floor. Using a sharp knife, slash a cross 1/2 inch deep on each bun. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Transfer the buns to a wire rack and immediately brush with the hot glaze. Let cool and then drizzle the frosting in a cross on each bun. Serve slightly warm.

Yield: 18 buns

*picture from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/hot_cross_buns/

Chelsea Buns

The Chelsea bun was first created in the eighteenth century at the Bun House in Chelsea, an establishment favored by Hanoverian royalty and demolished in 1839. The bun is made of a rich yeast dough flavored with lemon peel, cinnamon or a sweet spice mixture. Prior to being rolled into a square spiral shape the dough is spread with a mixture of currants, brown sugar and butter. A sweet glaze covering is added before the rolled-up dough is sliced into individual buns and baked. The process of making this bun is very similar to that involved in producing the cinnamon roll.   (Source: Wiki)

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 4-1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon rapid-rise dry Yeast

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 2/3 cups golden Raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Orange Peel, finely chopped or shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Currants
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves

For the Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Orange juice (or any flavor really)

Directions: Starting with the milk, add together the ingredients to make the dough.  -Personally i use a bread machine to kneed the dough, but if you don’t have one, just kneed the dough until it is elastic-like and smooth. –   Once the dough is done, Place on a floured surface and roll out into a square,  keeping the dough thick enough so that it won’t tare.  Next, brush the dough with the melted butter,  and then sprinkle on top of  it the filling ingredients. -Leave a 1/2 inch space along the edges free from the filling, so that it won’t leak-out when you roll it. –    When the dough is covered with the filling,  roll it into a log, and then slice it 1 inch thick with a sharp knife or if you know how  – do the cinnamon-flavored-floss cross-over slice. (I’ll post a tutorial on the in the future!)
 Ok, so now that the dough is sliced and placed into a greased pan, cover and let it rise for an hour. Meanwhile,  heat your oven to 400 degree’s.  Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes, or until they have risen well and are evenly golden all over. Once they are baked, let them cool slightly in the pan before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool further.  – if you don’t want to take them out of the pan you can just let them cool until they are not so hot that the glaze will run off.  – To make the glaze just mix the sugar and water in a small saucepan on low heat. Stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then add the rest of the ingredients, boil the mixture rapidly for 1-2 minutes without stirring, until mixture is syrupy.

Happy Baking And Bon Appètit!

*Picture via Google Image. Original Recipe found in the book – Bread Machine- How to prepare and bake the perfect loaf- *