Baking Cookies…

1 04 2011

Gather the Ingredients...

Sometimes the most ordinary baking is the clear favorite with your family…We made cookies tonight to take to church for a Children’s Fair next weekend.  I find baking to be great relaxation therapy after a busy day!  Today my BRAIN hurt…I was in the office all day and was ready for a change of pace when I got home.

This recipe comes from Linda Pauls who lives here in Buhler.  She is an award winning (many times over) Kansas State Fair Champion Baker, and we are honored to have some of her recipes included in our Adrian’s “Between Friends” Cookbook.  This is her Oatmeal Cookie recipe, and is just pretty tasty!  They are crispy on the outside, and nice and soft on the inside.

Start with the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar, white sugar & eggs.

Start by putting the butter flavored Crisco, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs into your mixing bowl.

Madagascar Vanilla Paste

We found this Vanilla Paste and it is heavenly!  I use it in place of vanilla extract.  Smells amazing!

Beat thoroughly...Love my Beater Blade!

I love my Beater Blade Replacement Blade for my Kitchen Aid Mixer…It thoroughly cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl.  Click to view a great side-by-side Beater Blade Video Demo.

Dissolve Baking Soda in Hot Water

Linda’s recipe calls for dissolving the baking soda in one teaspoon of hot water…what a great idea!  I have occasionally bitten into a muffin or cookie and had a clump of baking soda in one bite. Ugh!  This solves that problem in a very simple step! I will do this with other recipes as well.

Now add the real goodies!

Now for the good stuff…Coconut, Oatmeal and Raisins (however, I substituted Craisins today…no raisins in the house). Mix it all together.

The lovely dough...Why bake it??? I love cookie dough!

Now scoop it all out onto greased cookie sheets and bake for about 10-12 minutes.  I use a stainless steel cookie scoop to get the cookies to be a uniform size and shape.

All lined up like little soldiers!

Of course, by now the house is smelling heavenly as these start to bake.  There is no candle (even at Adrians 🙂 that smells as good as REAL home baked cookies coming out of the oven!

Mmmmmmmm.......

All we need now is an icy cold, tall glass of milk.  Good thing most of these are going into the freezer for later…it would be hard to stay away from these cookies!

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe from Adrian's Between Friends Cookbook

I mentioned above how much I love to use my Beater Blade.  It is a REPLACEMENT blade for the Kitchen Aid Mixers that continuously scrapes down the sides of the bowl saving you time and frustration.  No more pockets of leftover flour in the bottom of the bowl! We carry several different sizes at Adrians, and I would highly recommend them to any of you that are Kitchen Aid owners.  Here is a short demo video showing the Beater Blade making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I think you will enjoy watching it!

Oatmeal Cookies (with Coconut & Raisins)
Linda Pauls, Buhler, Kansas

Click for an Easy Print Copy of Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. shortening, butter flavored
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. hot water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. flour
2 c. quick oats
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 c. coconut
1 c. raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the sugars and shortening and cream well; add eggs and mix well. Add vanilla in hot water; mix in well. Mix all the other ingredients together and slowly add to creamed mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on racks.

*NOTE:  Linda is an award winning baker and has collected many Blue Ribbons, Grand Champion Ribbons, and honors at the Kansas State Fair over the years.  We are thrilled that she was willing to share some of her recipes for our “Between Friends” cookbook.  Thanks so much Linda!

We featured our BEATER BLADE Video Demo with this recipe in our Newsletter.  Click here to view a short video showing HOW to make Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with your Kitchen Aid mixer and a BEATER BLADE.  Click Here for Video

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10 responses

1 04 2011
Sue Stewart

Where do you get the vanilla paste? I love that you are posting recipes since I have always believed you to be one of the best cooks around. Here I am older than dirt and still learning different ways to do things ie. disolving the soda in warm water. Will be using this recipe soon. Do you have anymore of the cookbooks, if so I’d like one. Tks

2 04 2011
Vicki Adrian

So good to hear from you Sue!!! I got the Vanilla Paste from Williams Sonoma. Here is the link to the paste on their website: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/nielsen-massey-vanilla/?pkey=e%7Cmadascar%2Bvanilla%2Bbean%2Bpaste%7C1%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_- Sorry, it’s very long and may be easier to just search for it on Willilams Sonoma.com zI really do lilke the paste for baking! Sorry, but our cookbook has completely sold out! We are considering a re-print and I will keep you informed via our emails. I haven’t had time to investigate how much it would cost to do that yet. So are you in Colorado yet??? Vicki

2 04 2011
Sue Stewart

Thanks Vicki, We’re still in Newton but will leave for Colorado about the middle of May. Thanks again.

10 06 2011
Penni

I’m guessing 30 seeds in a strawberry and our favorite family dessert is a Strawberry Pretzel salad!

10 06 2011
Penni

email address is phill@ncra.coop

10 06 2011
Tammy Barron

My guess is 300 seeds in a strawberry and our favorite strawberry dessert is a rhubarb/strawberry sprinkle cake.

10 06 2011
Anita

292 seeds in a strawberry. Our fav strawberry dessert is strawberry rhubarb pie. YUMMY

11 06 2011
Debra Acevedo

Abt 200 seeds, Our favorite is Strawberry short cake.

12 06 2011
Bonny Jordan

225 seeds in a strawberry. Our family favorite strawberry desert is strawberry pie.

14 06 2011
Kim Long

There are 200 seeds on a strawberry. Our family likes strawberry pie.

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