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Recipe ~ Oatmeal {& Coconut} Chocolate Chip Cookies

It has been bloody cold here the past few days. The Winter has been especially terrible this season, in general. But this week? Brrr. -43°C?

Ridiculous.

When it is this cold, I don’t even want to step out the door. Since I am now a stay-at-home Mom, I can stay inside if I so choose. I so chose! I had been craving chocolate chip cookies, but I did not like how the recipe that I used previously turned out. A friend of mine pinned the following on Pinterest & it caught my eye:

http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/moms-simple-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies-best-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies-around/#comment-36310

I knew I had all of the ingredients, although I wasn’t sure if I had enough oatmeal. I did. I had quick oats, however. The recipe called for old-fashioned. Also, I only had milk chocolate chips & extra-virgin olive oil. I tend to use what I have on hand — more cost-effective that way, for sure! I also had less than half a bag of unsweetened coconut that I wanted to use up instead of throwing it out. So, I added coconut to the recipe! I love coconut. They turned out delicious! My husband immediately ate four large cookies after Supper ^_^

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil (use a little more if dough seems too dry)
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks + more if desired

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer add the oatmeal, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, canola oil, eggs and vanilla, beat until the dough is moist and all the ingredients are combined. The dough will be crumbly. Mix in the chocolate chips.

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The Little Human waiting patiently as the cookie dough comes together!

Using your hands clump together a tablespoon of dough. Use you hands to really squeeze the dough into a ball. If the mixture is not holding add 1 tablespoon more of oil. Place on prepared baking sheet. If your balls are a little crumbly do not worry, they will come together while baking. Repeat with remaining dough.

Those are some nice looking balls!

Those are some good-looking balls!

Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until set and golden. These are best right out of the oven, so eat up!

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Such a great mixture of chewy & crunchy!

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OMNOMNOM!

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Sunday Recipe – Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

de·con·struct (www.freedictionary.com)

tr.v. de·con·struct·ed, de·con·struct·ing, de·con·structs

1. To break down into components; dismantle.

 

I am no Martha Stewart, by any means. But I do love experimenting with recipes and adding my own twist to them. I used to cook all the time, then work became a priority and I found cooking to be more of a necessity, rather than an interest. You get tired after 8+ hours of work. I generally wanted to cook something quick and easy! I found that passion again once I became pregnant with the little human – especially now with the Pinterest craze. You can find pretty much anything on there! I have made quite a few recipes that were found on Pinterest, but of course I tweak them. I tweak everything!

 

Today I made something similar to this recipe: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/recipe/chicken/chicken-and-cornmeal-dumplings/. It has been rainy and dreary outside, so the BBQ wasn’t an option today. It felt like a comfort food kind of afternoon, so nothing says comfort cooking to me like the slow-cooker!

 

I call mine a deconstructed chicken pot pie, since there isn’t a “crust.” My recipe looks like this:

-1 potato

-1 celery stalk

-4 medium carrots

-1 can of corn

-1 sweet onion

-1 tablespoon corn starch

-2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth

-3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

-1 package of Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits

-Seasoning

 

1. Add potato, carrots, corn, celery and onion to the slow-cooker. I added coriander (would skip this for the next time), garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt and pepper. Top with chicken breasts and pour the chicken broth over the mixture.

2. Cover and cook on the high setting for 4-5 hours.

3. About halfway through, take out the chicken and chop it up. Add some corn starch to the broth (I used roughly 1 tablespoon – I usually just eye it. I find corn starch easier than flour, as I rarely have flour on hand. Dessert baker, I am not!) Mix the chopped chicken in with the vegetables and continue cooking.

4. Bake the Pillsbury biscuits towards the end, as you want them nice and warm. I just used the pre-made biscuits rather than making my own to save some time! They take 11-15 minutes or so and viola! Easy, easy.

5. Cut the biscuit in half and then scoop out the chicken filling and top with the biscuit.

 

Finished product!

 

It was pretty good. I would omit the coriander as it was a little too strong for the filling. Otherwise, it didn’t take too long to make (the beauty of a slow-cooker) and the hubby ate it all! That is generally a good sign when trying something new. The biscuits were decent on top, but if you prefer something with more of a crust taste or a heavier breading, I would choose a different biscuit or make your own dumplings.

 

Rate This Recipe: 6/10

 

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