Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

1 c shortening
2 c sugar

2 eggs
2 c applesauce (2 c dried apples, 2 c boiling water, let stand for 5 minutes)

Add and mix well:
2 tsp soda
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves

3 1/2 c flour
2 c oatmeal
1 c chopped nuts (optional)
1 c chocolate chips (optional)
1 c raisins (optional)

Mix well and drop by spoonfuls on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes.

Note: I did add chocolate chips and nuts to mine. I also doubled up on the cinnamon.
Use a blender to create the applesauce for the cookies after they've soaked.

Apple Brown Betty

Apple Brown Betty

Pour 2 c boiling water over 4 cups dried apples. Let stand at least 5 minutes.

Topping: Mix the following ingredients well:
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c oatmeal
1/4 c brown sugar
Then cut in 1/4 c butter

Place the apples and liquid remaining in a greased 9 x 9 pan. Sprinkle the topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

I doubled the recipe for the topping mix as I really really like the crunchy stuff. You could also add some chopped nuts to the topping mix if you like.

I sprinkled my ice cream with a little cinnamon...just to be fancy. :)

Dehydrated Apple Slices

I've never really played with dehydrated food.  Today I tried out two different recipes.  Apple Brown Betty and Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies.  Both were made with dehydrated apple slices that I got at the Home Storage Center many years ago.  Seriously, at least 8 years ago.  

The Apple Brown Betty was a cinch to make.  I'd make that one again.  It turned out to be more like an apple crisp.  I would never have known it was made with 8 year old dehydrated apple slices. 

The Applesauce Oatmeal Cookie were fine but I screwed them up.  I made the mistake of not reading the directions on how to make applesauce from the apple slices.  So, after soaking them, I had some brain warp that did not let me thing through the problem of how to make it into applesauce.  I ended up using a ricer.  Please don't do that.  I ended up squirting apple guck all over the place including my hair and clothes.  I can laugh about it though.  I didn't have enough liquid nor enough riced apples.  Why oh why did I not think to use the blender?  I guess I've just shown how NOT to do something.  That's also very important.  Glad I could help.

I've included the recipes from the blog that I used today.  All in all I was happy with my endeavors.  Dehydrated food is not so scary after all.