Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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I promised!

Yes, not too long ago I promised to build up my “cookie” category because who doesn’t want more cookies?  Today’s Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are made just for me!  That’s right, they’re not Christmas cookies made for giving, chocolate chip for my husband or spicy oatmeal for my brother.  Nope, they’re golden with crispy, buttery edges and a slightly chewy centre. Pure coconut and oatmeal goodness, and they’re just for me. This wonderful Coconut Oatmeal Cookie is MY favourite and not made enough in my opinion.  It’s wonderful to bake for others and I truly love to do so, but today I’m thinking of myself.  I really don’t need to eat a bunch of cookies all by myself, but these are oh so good and I do like to have a little treat once in a while. Luckily they freeze wonderfully!!

What makes a good cookie?

I suppose one could say that depends on what kind of cookie your making, but many cookies start off in a similar manner by creaming the butter and sugar first.  So here are a few tips,

1. Use room temperature butter, do not substitute margarine or shortening. Sure they will work, but butter just tastes better.

2. Cream the butter and sugar well, ensuring the sugar crystals are evenly coated. This helps give a tender texture to the cookie.

3. Mix dough until just incorporated and dough sticks together. 

4. Measure out dough or use an Amazon cookie scoop where applicable for each cookie to ensure each one is the same size for uniform baking.

5. Do not overcrowd on the pan.  Allow the cookie enough room to spread and brown evenly all around.

6. Do not over bake.  This can be difficult as cookies are still soft when removed from the oven so it’s hard to judge sometimes.  I bake one tray first according to the recipe and adjust if needed before baking more.

7. Use parchment paper or Amazon Silpat mat  to prevent cookies from sticking.

8. Bake one tray at a time using the middle rack.  This takes a little more time, but every cookie will be the same.

Author: Compelled to Cook, recipe adapted from Best of Bridge BL’s Cookies.

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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.

      Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

      Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup

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      A day for family…

      February 18, 2019 marks Family Day in my province of Alberta, Canada.  A holiday to promote family values and spending time together as a family.  Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup is perfect for your family day weekend.  Super easy to toss together in your slow cooker, and forget about until dinner time. Giving you the whole day to spend with your family without having to worry about dinner until the last few touches are required, which is hours later.

      Dinner is ready…

      With just a couple of last minute touches to the soup, the whole family can enjoy a hearty and satisfying soup made from scratch.  It’s a wonderful bowlful to warm everyone up from a day of outdoor activities even if it’s not a holiday.  The recipe makes about 10 cups and freezes well too.

      To ham or not to ham…

      I love the subtle smokiness a ham bone can bring to soup and I just happen to have a ham bone leftover from the holidays. If a ham bone isn’t available to you, a smoked pork hock works just as well and they’re readily available all year.   I also like the texture and flavour of meaty little bites of ham throughout the soup too, so I’ll definitely ham it up when I can. But don’t fret, this is a lovely vegan soup without the ham if that is your preference.  The dill and vinegar in the recipe add a little brightness to the soup and helps to cut the starchiness of the lentils.  It’s so, so good.

      Now, about the lentil…

      I could rattle on and on about the lentil, but the lentils website is very informative about the varieties, nutrition and cooking of the lentil.  It’s a good read with lots of information.  

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      Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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        Servings Prep Time
        10 cups 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 hours
        Servings Prep Time
        10 cups 30 minutes
        Cook Time
        7 hours
        Slow Cooker Lentil and Ham Soup
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          Servings Prep Time
          10 cups 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 hours
          Servings Prep Time
          10 cups 30 minutes
          Cook Time
          7 hours
          Ingredients
          Servings: cups
          Instructions
          1. Rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils along with onion, celery, carrots, cabbage, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, thyme to your slow cooker.
          2. Cut excess ham away from bone and save for later.
          3. Add ham bone and 7 cups of broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours, stirring once or twice.
          4. While soup is cooking, coursely chop or shred ham. Cover and refrigerate until soup is ready.
          5. Remove ham bone and bay leaf from soup. Adjust consistency with the additional cup of broth. Stir in chopped ham and white vinegar. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes to warm ham. Add a generous sprinkle of fresh dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh dill.
          Recipe Notes
          • a smoked pork hock will work in place of a meaty ham bone.
          • for a vegetarian/vegan option, use vegetable broth and omit the ham and sour cream.

          Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

          Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

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          We all need a little love,

          What better way to show a little love than with homemade Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies. The day of love is almost upon us and this year I ’ll be sharing my heart in cookie form. And not just any cookie, Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies!  These gorgeous cookies will win the heart of your Valentine with just one bite. 

          Rolled chocolate cookie wafers get sandwiched together with a rich chocolate ganache and then drizzled with even more chocolate. These cookies are made with love and are not only beautiful but perfect for sharing and giving.  Because after all, cookies make the world a better place.

          Be creative!

          This recipe is relatively simple, however, they do take some time to prepare, assemble and decorate.  I chose heart shape Amazon Heart Shape Cookie Cutters with a simple drizzle of chocolate and candied pearls.  The shape and decorating are completely up to you, get the kids involved and have some fun. Personalized cookies show that they’re made with love and say to that special person just how much they mean to you. Happy Valentine’s Day?

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          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!

              Catalina Dressing

              Catalina Dressing

              It will soon be summer with salads of crisp greens and bitter radicchio.  What better way to dress your salad than with homemade Catalina Dressing.  I’d say it’s a bit of a forgotten dressing, one that’s been in the shadows of more trendy dressings made with avocado and tofu.  Kinda like it doesn’t get to hang out with the cool dressings, but there’s no reason for the snub.  Catalina Dressing is sweet and zingy, and just what your greens are screaming for.

              It’s not new and maybe even a bit old fashion, but I thinks it’s more that everyone has forgotten how good it really is and all the other great uses it has.  Dressing is dressing you might think, but how about mixing it with mayonnaise for a great burger and sandwich spread. 

              Next, you’ll want to add a generous splash of sriracha to that spread and serve as a dip for sweet potato fries or potato wedges.  

              Oh, and did I mention Catalina Dressing makes fantastic chicken wings, yes you read that right, CHICKEN WINGS.  Coming soon to the blog, I promise!  So never, never underestimate this humble salad dressing, it’s anything but boring. 

              Recipe for Catalina Dressing adapted slightly from: Epicurious

               

              Catalina Dressing
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 cup 10 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 cup 10 minutes
                Catalina Dressing
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cup 10 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cup 10 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cup
                  Instructions
                  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Allow to rest at room temperature for at least 1 hour to meld flavours. Move to fridge if not using shortly after. Will keep for 1 week refrigerated.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Yields:  1 generous cup

                  Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

                  Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

                  Recently I treated myself with a 3 piece pasta attachment set for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, and I’m wondering why it took me so long. Let’s start by saying I have the tendency to be on the frugal side and there always seemed to be something more important to spend a couple hundred bucks on. I did give some consideration to the less expensive counter top hand roller for a fraction of the price, but I’m also on the fussy side. I wanted what I wanted, so this little item on my wish list sat on the back burner. But now I have it, and I’m thrilled to share with you Shrimp and Pesto Pasta.

                  Of course you can make pasta by hand, and that’s a blog post in itself, but the convenience and ease of the roller and cutters is undeniably great! It makes having fresh pasta simple and easy. One of the first dishes to get pumped out of my new set is a simple and delicious Shrimp and Pesto Pasta. Certainly not a unique combination, but worthy of being a regular on your weeknight plate because of how quick it comes together once the pasta has been rolled.

                  Once you get the feel for making fresh pasta, you can experiment with different flavours, flours and shapes. It’s so much fun to be creative and even better when you get to savour the results.

                  Recipe source for Shrimp and Pesto Pasta:  Compelled To Cook

                  Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 people 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10-20 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    2 people 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10-20 minutes
                    Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 people 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10-20 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      2 people 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10-20 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      1. Season 3 litres of water with 1 1/2 tbsps of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. If using fresh pasta, cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.
                      2. Dab shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and garlic and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side until shrimp curl and turn opaque. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
                      3. Add pesto and 2-3 tbsp of pasta cooking liquid to the same skillet over low heat just to warm, stirring once or twice. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat. Toss in shrimp to warm and combine. Serve immediately, garnishing with parmesan cheese.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Fresh pesto and pasta is best, however store bought may be used if desired.  You'll find recipes below for fresh Classic Pesto and fresh fettuccini pasta.

                      Classic Pesto

                      Fresh Fettuccini