Wednesday, January 18, 2012

29 gifts:day twelve

Today's gift was two items from the kitchen.  I made cookies for my husband to take to work and granola for a friend who was asking about our recipe.  These are two of my all-time favorites - one an old classic and the other a new find.  Enjoy!
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Makes a 9x13-inch pan of bars

2 1/8 cups (10 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup (7 ounces) light brown sugar
1/2 (3 1/2 ounces) cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (use your preference)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the brownies from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula.

Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 24-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 2-inch squares and serve.
 Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Illustrated

Low Fat Granola Recipe

Makes 15 servings

3cups old fashioned oats
1cup wheat bran
1cup wheat germ
1/2cup almonds (or pecans or walnuts)
1/2cup pumpkin seeds
1/2cup sunflower seeds
1/4cup honey
1/4cup brown sugar
1/3cup orange juice
2tbsp melted butter
1tsp cinnamon 
Mix oats, wheat bran, wheat germ, nuts, and seeds in large bowl. In small bowl mix honey, brown sugar, orange juice, butter, and cinnamon. Pour honey mixture onto oats mixture and stir well. Bake in a 275º oven for 1 hour, stirring every fifteen minutes.

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