Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
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    Servings Prep Time
    54 cookies 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    10-12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    54 cookies 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    10-12 minutes
    Coconut Oatmeal Cookies rest on a blue and white striped napkin that is draped through a white wooden tray. A small glass bottle of milk sits to the side and a canister of cookies lays in the background.
    Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      54 cookies 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      10-12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      54 cookies 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      10-12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: cookies
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
      2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
      3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars.
      4. Add egg and molasses and beat to fully incorporate. Stir in vanilla.
      5. Add flour mixture, oatmeal and coconut. Mix until just combined and dough comes together.
      6. Line baking trays with parchment or silpat mat. Using a 1 ounce cookie scoop, scoop out dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
      7. Bake one tray at a time on the middle rack for 10-12 minutes.
      8. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on tray for 2-3 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

      Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

      Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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        Servings Prep Time
        30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
        Servings Prep Time
        30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
        Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
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          Servings Prep Time
          30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
          Servings Prep Time
          30 Cookies 60-70 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          7-8 minutes per tray 3-24 hours
          Ingredients
          Servings: Cookies
          Instructions
          1. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
          2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric mixer beat butter until fluffy.
          3. Add granulated sugar and beat until incorporated. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat on medium until egg is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
          4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and blend together until just incorporated.
          5. Divide dough in two, scooping out onto sheets of plastic wrap. Fold over plastic wrap to seal and press each into a 1" flat disk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
          6. Heat heavy cream and pour over 8 ounces of chopped chocolate and 3 tsp corn syrup. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk together until smooth and glossy. Cover with plastic wrap directly on chocolate. Allow to sit and set at room temperature (see note), this will take several hours.
          7. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line baking trays with parchment.
          8. Remove dough from fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Flour your work surface and roll out one disk at a time, dusting your work surface underneath and the top of the dough as you roll. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1" apart on baking trays.
          9. Re-roll remaining dough, dusting with flour as needed. Repeat with the second disk of dough.
          10. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes, allowing to cool slightly on trays before removing to a cooling rack.
          11. Once completely cooled, spread or pipe 2-3 tsp of ganache onto the bottom of a cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side down.
          12. Melt 2 ounces of chopped chocolate with 1 tsp corn syrup. Pour into a disposable piping bag cut with a very small hole or use a #4 round tip to drizzle chocolate over the cookie tops.
          13. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, in the fridge for 3-4 or the freezer for up to a month.
          Recipe Notes

          -Ganache takes several hours to cool to room temperature, make first if planning to bake and assemble cookies the same day.

          -Allowing ganache to set at room temperature allows it to be more spreadable and pipeable.  If you do chill it, allow it to come to room temperature and beat with 1-2 tbsp of heavy cream for about 30 seconds to soften it enough to pipe.

          -I re-rolled the dough 3 times with no ill effect to the final cookie.

          -Cookies are slightly crisp but soften when sandwiched together with the ganache.

          -The recipe yield will vary with the thickness of your dough, and cookie cutter used.  I yielded 30 sandwiched cookies using a 2" heart shape cutter.

          -The cookie wafers can be made in advance and frozen until ready to assemble.

          -If you happen to have any ganache left over, chill, roll into small balls and dust with cocoa for a homemade truffle!

          Toasted Bran Muffins

          Toasted Bran Muffins
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            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 20 minutes
            Cook Time
            30 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            12 muffins 20 minutes
            Cook Time
            30 minutes
            Toasted Bran Muffins
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              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 20 minutes
              Cook Time
              30 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              12 muffins 20 minutes
              Cook Time
              30 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: muffins
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spread wheat bran out on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-8 minutes turning once.
              2. While wheat bran is toasting and cooling, cook 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree raisins until smooth.
              3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wheat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
              4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and brown sugar. Add egg and egg white and whisk to combine. Stir in pureed raisins, remaining 3/4 cup water, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest.
              5. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of raisins. Scoop evenly into muffin cups, mounding the batter.
              6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before removing muffins from tin to cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -it is highly recommended to weigh dry ingredients.

              -when scooping the batter, the muffin cups will be very full.

              -if you don't want whole raisins in the final muffin, cook all the raisins with 3/4 cup of water and blend, continue with recipe adding only 1/2 cup additional water (for 1 1/4 cup total) and omit raisins at the end.

              Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard


              Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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                Servings Prep Time
                48 pieces 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-40 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                48 pieces 30 minutes
                Cook Time
                30-40 minutes
                Mini Cornmeal Sausages with Creamy Honey Mustard
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 pieces 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-40 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  48 pieces 30 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30-40 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Cornmeal Sausages
                  Creamy Honey Mustard
                  Servings: pieces
                  Instructions
                  Creamy Honey Mustard
                  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Keep chilled until ready to use.
                  Cornmeal Sausages
                  1. Using a pot or dutch oven, add enough oil to come up at least 3". Clip a high-temperature thermometer to the side of the pot so the tip is submerged but not touching the bottom. Heat oil to 350℉.
                  2. While the oil is heating, skewer the cocktail sausages. Whisk together remaining ingredients for batter until just combined yet smooth. Pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping sausages. (see note)
                  3. When the oil is hot, dip sausages into batter one at a time, coating completely. Add to hot oil and cook for 2-2 1/2 minutes per side until golden. Repeat with remaining sausages. Depending on the size of your pot, you'll be able to cook 6-8 at a time.
                  4. Remove with tongs to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat. Serve immediately with Creamy Honey Mustard.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -use a deep fryer if desired.

                  -I found cocktail sausages at Costco.

                  -pour batter into a large, tall glass to aid in dipping the sausages if desired.  Because they're only 2" long, using a bowl will work fine.

                  -if you want to cook half now and half later in the day to always eat them fresh and crispy, simply cover and refrigerate unused batter and re-whisk prior to using.

                  Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls

                  Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 rolls 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    12 rolls 30 minutes
                    Cook Time Passive Time
                    18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                    Rosemary Buttermilk Rolls
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 rolls 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      12 rolls 30 minutes
                      Cook Time Passive Time
                      18-20 minutes 105 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: rolls
                      Instructions
                      1. Whisk together buttermilk and 1/4 cup water. Warm to 95℉-110℉ in the microwave using 30 second intervals.
                      2. Combine warmed liquids, sugar and yeast in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook (see note). Allow yeast to bloom for 10 minutes
                      3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of flour, rosemary and salt. Start kneading and add the butter chunks a few at a time, along with additional flour until the butter has been incorporated and the dough is starting to pull away from the sides. Continue to add flour by the tablespoon until the dough is smooth and no longer sticks to the side of the bowl, about 8 minutes.
                      4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in size, approximately 60 minutes.
                      5. Preheat oven to 400℉. Remove dough from bowl to a clean work surface. Knead two or three times by hand to remove the air. Divide dough into 12 equal portions of 55-58 grams each. Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined baking tray 1/4" apart. Cover with oiled plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
                      6. Whisk egg and 1 tbsp of water with a fork and brush evenly onto rolls. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20, rotating tray half way through baking time. Remove from oven and slide onto a cooling rack, removing the parchment paper. Allow rolls to cool to slightly warm or room temperature for serving.
                      Recipe Notes

                      -If kneading by hand, bloom yeast as instructed and stir in the first portion of flour, rosemary and salt.  Turn the wet dough onto a work surface and add a few chunks of butter and 1/4 cup additional flour.  Knead by hand, adding remaining butter and flour by the tablespoon until dough is smooth and no longer sticks excessively to the work surface. Proceed as the recipe indicates.

                      -Spacing buns 1/4" apart will result in tray style rolls that you have to pull apart.  For more individual rolls,  increase spacing to 1 1/2" between rolls.