Monday, April 20, 2009

cranberry orange chocolate chip cookies

Life has been super busy lately. I suppose everyone's coming out of winter hibernation, but I swear I've never felt so popular! - so many get togethers and work events and birthdays...yes birthdays...I have a semi-large immediate family (I'm the youngest of 3 sisters & 1 brother; Brad's the middle child of 3) so once you add the neices & nephews in there are 28 people which means 28 birthdays to feel guilty about not sending a card/gift to in April alone there are 4, then 4 to follow in May...! I wonder if anyone will mind if I just bake presents from now on... :-)

My dad's birthday was Easter weekend and I still haven't seen him to celebrate with yet which is why I've invited my parents for dinner this week. My dad is the most moderate person you'll ever meet - so even tempered, so laid back, so how I wish I could be! - so when it comes to his eating habits, naturally he's the same. My siblings and I grew up hearing his famous mantra "everything in moderation" which meant he ate plenty of fruits & vegetables, but didn't skimp on the sweets either. One of his favorite sweets my mom makes him are oatmeal raisin cookies, so when I happened upon this recipe I couldn't wait to try out for him, luckily I made them just in time for his birthday celebration.
These cookies intrigued me because of - you guessed it - the lentils used instead of butter. They came out delicious, almost muffin-like. I can't wait for him to try them!

Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 C flour
1 t. baking soad
3/4 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3/4 C mashed cooked lentils
3 T water
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
2 C oats
1/2 C cranberries
1/2 C chocolate chips
1 t orange zest

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl. In bowl of electric mixer on medium speed, beat lentils & water for 30 second. Add sugar and beat for another minute. Add egg & vanilla; beat 30 sec. Add flour mixture; beat 1 minute. Stir in oats, cranberries, chocolate chips and orange zest. On greased cookie sheet, drop dough by 1 T 2" apart. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

I saw the best idea for packaging baked goods - take empty coffee containers, oatmeal containers, breadcrumb containers, etc. Wrap in fancy paper using double sided tape to hide seam and voila a super easy, stylish way to share your baked goods with others - no more wondering where all your tupperware's gone to!

recipe adapted from first magazine


Lynne said...

I can't believe the lentils instead of butter... amazing. I've got to try it. How did Dad like the cookies? Did you tell him about the lentils?

Brad said...

Just wait until we feed mom and dad lentil loaf when they come for dinner tonight...