No Bake Cookies

The second dessert prepared by Michelle in the South Arm Seniors Kitchen is a No Bake Cookie.

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These No Bake Cookies freeze well. It is a healthy snack for your kids’ lunch box. You can substitute the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter if your kids’ school is a peanut free zone which most schools are.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup pure cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots, optional
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ

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Source: via Michelle

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Amaretti Cookies

For dessert, Minoo prepared an Italian cookie called Amaretti Cookie at the South Arm Community Kitchen.

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The Amaretti Cookie is chewy and has a strong flavour of almond. Minoo told us this cookie bakes better in a convection oven with even heat circulation.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour or 3 cups of blanched slivered almonds, finely ground up
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

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Source: this recipe is adapted from simplyrecipe

Makes about 30 cookies

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Almond Thins

Michelle prepared some Almond Thins cookies for the Chinese New Year celebration at the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors.

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Michelle called it Monica’s Almond Thins. I guessed the recipe is from Monica. The Almond Thins are crispy and quite additive. They are great with a cup of tea.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • orange rind from one orange

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Monica

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Dried Fruit and Spice Oatmeal Cookies

This Raisin and Spice Oatmeal Cookies ties up the spice theme in the Gilmore Park Church community kitchen. Besides the benefit of spices, this cookie also has the goodness from oatmeal.

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Here is an excerpt that Minoo shared in the community kitchen on the reasons to eat oatmeal.

  1. Many studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or bad cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. In January 1997, the Food and Drug Administration announced that oatmeal could carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet.
  2. The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. The result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.
  3. New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.
  4. With the exception of certain flavoured varieties, the oats found in your grocery stores are 100% natural. If you look at the ingredients on a canister of rolled oats, you will usually see only one ingredients… rolled oats.
  5. According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn.
  6. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron.
  7. the fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers.
  8. Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. Even when cooked on the stovetop, both old-fashioned and quick oats can usually be made in less than 10 minutes. And what about instant oatmeal… a hot breakfast in under a minute.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Epicurious.com

Makes about 40 cookies

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Chocolate Banana Cookies

For dessert, Minoo selected a Chocolate Banana Cookies recipe to end the meal at South Arm Community Kitchen. This Chocolate Banana Cookies are great for breakfast or tea time snack. They can be easily packed into the lunch box.

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This Chocolate Banana Cookie is soft and fluffy. It’s has a cakey texture. You may use various types of chocolate for this recipe, like milk, white, dark or flavoured chocolate. If you do not like banana, you may leave it out. To make this into a real chocolatey cookie, you may add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

We made this recipe with dark chocolate which is produced by adding fat and sugar to the pure cocoa solids. Dark chocolate is believed to reduce the possibility of heart attack when consume in small amount regularly. This is due it’s dark chocolate is a rich source of epicatechin and gallic acid which possess cardioprotective properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe banana, peel and slice
  • 4 oz (100g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2/3 cup (100g) soft light brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (100g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (50g) oats
  • 4 oz (100g) dark chocolate, broken into small chunks

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We usually double or triple the recipe when we cook in the community kitchen. The left over food can be brought home for our family to try.

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I love butter in the 1/2 cup stick. It is much easier to cut up the quantity required. I’m glad it can be found in the Real Canadian Superstore now.

Source: Minoo

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Oats Cake

The second recipe which Minoo demonstrated in the South Arm Community Kitchen is taken from Fresh Choice. Although it is called Oats Cake, it is more like a cookie or granola bar.

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The Oats Cake is crispy when it’s fresh from the oven. I noticed that it turns soft the next day for those extras that we took home. These Oats Cake makes a great after school snack.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats (we used quick cooking oats)
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (I’ll recommend reduce this by 1/4 teaspoon as the oats cake has a hint of bitterness to it but if you eat it with jam, you will not taste the bitterness)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cold water

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Source: Fresh Choice

Serves 8 portions

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Chinese Almond Cookies

Marian completes the Chinese theme cooking session at the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors with a Chinese Almond Cookies. There are a number of the members who have sweet tooth like me.

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The Chinese Almond Cookies are buttery and crisp and great with coffee or tea.  Love the presentation demonstrated by Minoo.

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Stella also bought some Chinese New Year cookies for the Chinese New Year celebrations. There are some sesame balls called ‘Laughing Jo’ and some deep fried wonton skins like pastry.

Marian, Stella and Minoo, thank you for sharing the Chinese New Year festivities in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

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P/S: The baking powder should not be in the photo. Also, the team doing this recipe had started creaming the sugar and butter before I took the photo of the ingredients.

Source: Marian

Yields 30 cookies

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Oatmeal Currants Cookies

For dessert, Minoo made an Oatmeal Currants Cookies. This recipe is specifically for a gentleman participant in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen who would love to learn to bake some simple cookies or muffins.

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These Oatmeal Currants Cookies make a healthy treat for kids lunch boxes.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup currants

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Lucie Costa, North Plank Road Tavern, Newburgh, New York

Prep time: 15 minutes;  Baking time: 10 minutes per batch

Makes 12 cookies

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Indian Cuisine: Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

For dessert, the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors made some Chai Spiced Almond Cookies to complete the Indo-Canadian inspired meal.

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These Chai Spiced Almond Cookies are similar to Mexican Wedding Cookies. They are good with tea.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for rolling

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Source: this recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit

Prep time: 20 minutes;  Bake time: 20 to 25 minutes;  Yields 20 cookies

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Walnut Balls

Someone requested for the recipe of the Walnut Balls brought by Ella during the Richmond Community Kitchen Potluck before Christmas break last year. So, Minoo looked up for the recipe and shared it in the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen.

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Ella commented that these Walnut Balls are better than those made by her friend.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 oz walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

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Source: unknown

Prep time: 30 minutes; Bake time: 14 minutes; Yield 36 balls

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