Zucchini, Oat and Dark Chocolate Chips Cookies

The South Arm Community Kitchen rounded up the meal with some healthy cookies.

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We made this Zucchini, Oat Cookies in two batches, one with chocolate chips and another with raisins. This is a healthy breakfast cookie and great for snack too.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (we used half all-purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (1 medium)
  • 1 1/3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we used walnut)
  • 1 2/3 cups (10oz pkg) chocolate chips or raisins

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Neslte @ Very Best Baking

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4 Ingredients Banana and Peanut Cookies

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a very simple cookie with just 4 ingredients.

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You can substitute the dried papaya with dried pineapple, raisin or any dried fruit or even chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 small over ripe bananas
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter (depends on how ripe the bananas are)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Yield: 18 to 20 cookies.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

For dessert, we made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.

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These cookies are soft and chewy and soft fresh from the oven and turned crispy when cooled.

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We served Mint Iced Green Tea which the recipe can be found here.

From webmd.com:

Green tea is so good for you that it’s even got some researchers raving.

“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink”, says Christopher Ochner, PhD. He’s a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Of course, no one food will protect you from disease. Your health is wrapped up in your lifestyle and your genes, so even if you drink green tea all day long, you also need to take care of yourself in other ways, like not smoking, being active, and eating a healthy diet.

Green tea’s biggest benefit? “It’s all about the catechin content,” says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Cathechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins or cranberries or chocolate chips (or combinations of them)

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Source: food.com

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The last item we made in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen is a cookie bar.

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These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are good for breakfast or snack on the go.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups quick oats or rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

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Source: Oneforthetable.com

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Orange Bizcochitos

The Mexican theme meal of the South Arm Women Community Kitchen ends with a Mexican cookie called Orange Bizcochitos.

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Bizcochitos are anise-flavoured cookies that originated in New Mexico. Prepare the dough in advance, and refrigerate up to three days. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Omit the aniseed if you don’t care for its licorice flavour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Source: this recipe is adapted from myrecipes.com

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Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

Happy Chinese New Year eve to all Chinese readers.

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Michelle shared a Chinese Almond Cookies recipe in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for a little Chinese New Year spirit.

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This Chinese Almond Cookie is light and is certainly great with tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • thinly sliced almonds

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Source: from Simplyrecipes.com

Yield 5 dozen

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No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Michelle shared a no bake cookie bar recipe for the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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These No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars has to be refrigerated and serve right out of the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxmeal, flaked coconut, hemp seed or nuts

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Source: this recipe is adapted from website New Nostalgia

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Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with 6 ingredients

Michelle shared an Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with 6 ingredients in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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We made the cookies with extra ingredients like vanilla, ground cinnamon and baking powder to add more flavour and rise to the cookies.

Michelle brought up the issue of the new threat to health is sugar. She told us that she generally reduces the amount of sugar in her baking by half especially for those recipes that have other sweet ingredients like banana, dates, etc in it.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar, preferably dark brown sugar (we used 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (or 1 cup quick oats as quick oats absorb more moisture than rolled oats)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
  • kosher salt (optional)

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Source: BakerBettie.com

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