my favorite way to heat the house

The house has been a little chillly in the mornings lately, so I’ve been resorting to my tried and true method for making it a little more comfy – baking! Now, I know that running my oven isn’t as energy efficient as running my heaters, but it does make the place smell a lot better than those dusty old heaters! Plus, we have the benefit of living on the top floor so our apartment never really gets too cold (thanks to the people downstairs!), so an hour of baking generally gets it up to where we don’t have to wear scarves (that was a bit of an exaggeration). Anyway. So this morning’s baked goodness takes the form of Power Cookies. I adapted this recipe from Bethany Harding’s recipe in Hot Providence, adding an egg and switching to pecans. It’s a great recipe for lessening the ‘guilt’ associated with chocolate chip cookies (and whether we should feel such guilt is still up for debate). These cookies are actually quite good for having as much ‘healthy’ stuff in them as they do. Perfect with that afternoon cup of coffee!

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
3 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups whole or quick oats
1 cup oat bran
1/4 cup millet
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Cream together sugars and shortening. Then add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to creamed mixture and stir in remaining ingredients. Roll into balls. Flatten the balls a little with the back of a measuring cup or the bottom of a glass (these cookies don’t tend to spread too much, so they need a little help in the flattening process). Oh, and you can sprinkle them with a little turbinado sugar for that extra pizzaz. Bake at 375 F for 8 minutes.



1 Response to “my favorite way to heat the house”

  1. 1 swingerofbirches
    November 2, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    They look great! We’re currently quite fond of Mrs. Struble’s “Mock Baker’s Breakfast Cookie” from the same cookbook. They’ve got good substance and taste like a glorified oatmeal cookie, but a little better for you. Sometimes we’ll have one for breakfast with fruit and yogurt and coffee and it really satisfies.
    I’ll have to try these dandies! Thanks!

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