Dried Cherries

Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is what you would trade mushy oatmeal for if you had the time.  Baked oatmeal is that Sunday morning warm hug brunch dish.  It’s a little sinful, but not as bad in fat and calories as your stack of pancakes or french toast.  Baked oatmeal has more textures and flavors than your regular bowl of oatmeal.  It’s toasty, sweet, chewy and crunchy.  It’s like granola and oatmeal had a love child in the 70’s and named it baked oatmeal. Get it? Haha…

Baked Oatmeal Something SweetThis baked oatmeal is best served with warm milk.  Someone who doesn’t like oatmeal might change their mind with this recipe.

Baked Oatmeal Recipe: (Serves 4)
1 1/2 C. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 C. Melted Butter
1 Egg Beaten
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp. Orange Oil or 1/2 tsp. Orange Zest
1/2 C. Milk
1/2 Green Apple Chopped
1/3 C. Dried Cherries or Cranberries
1/4 C. Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350.

Instructions:
1. In a medium size bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.

2. To the oat mixture, add and mix in the melted butter, beaten egg, milk, vanilla, and orange oil or zest.

3. Add the fruit and nuts of your choice and mix well.

4. In a greased 9×9 baking dish, spread the oatmeal mixture evenly in the pan and bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.

For leftovers – place the oatmeal in an oven safe dish or on a foil covered sheet pan.  Toast the oatmeal in the oven or toaster oven until it just starts to turn golden brown.

 Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marlee

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Spiced Dried Fruit Tea Cookies

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When you curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, you need something slightly sweet and warm with spices to counter the bitter and floral notes of the tea.  These chewy and mildly sweet cookies are the perfect match to your cup of tea.

These cookies were inspired by my love of spices, dried fruits and nuts.  I’m not a fan of chocolate sweets with a cup of tea, so I needed to create something to nibble on.  I was inspired by Ina Garten’s Fruit Cake Cookies and a certain cookie dough from the bakery I work at.  Sometimes taking two really good recipes and mashing them up can create a really good cookie!

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Fruit Cake Tea Cookies

I think I would make the British proud with this cookie or “biscuit.” If you’re having a tea party, I guarantee your guests will be grabbing more than one! These are a great gift to give to your tea obsessed friends as well!

You can make these cookies all your own by adding what ever dried fruits and nuts you want.  I chose dried dates, cherries, apricots and walnuts, but you could use raisins, pecans, pineapple, etc.

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Spiced Dried Fruit Tea Cookie Recipe:
1/2 C. Softened Butter
1/4 C. Light Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Orange Zest
1/2 C. Chopped Dried Dates
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Cherries
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Apricots
1/4 C. Chopped Walnuts
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
1 1/2 C. Bread Flour
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt

Preheat the oven to 350.

Instructions:

1. In a stand mixer, cream your butter. Once light and fluffy, add your brown sugar and mix until fluffy.

2. To your butter and sugar mixture, add your honey, dried fruits, nuts and orange zest. Mix together.

3. Add your egg and vanilla extract.

4. To your wet ingredients in the stand mixer, add the bread flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  Mix only until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.  

**If you over mix your cookie dough, it will not keep its form while baking.

5. On a sheet of plastic wrap, form your dough into a 1 1/2 – 2 inch width log.  Let the dough sit in your freezer or refrigerator until firm.  Cut dough into 1/4.” Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies just start to show color.

Your cookie should be light, firm and chewy.

I hope you enjoy this cookie with your next cup of tea! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

xo,
Marlee

P.S.
My go to and favorite teas are Tazo’s Organic Peachy Green and Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender.