I stopped buying my yummy frozen breakfasts a couple of months ago because we’re trying to improve the ol’ bottom line around here. Cereal is fine, but I’ve been noticing (horror of horrors) that I like sweet things less and less. Isn’t that terrible? I’ve never been able to eat and drink sweets together; for example I couldn’t drink soda pop and eat a cookie. Bleh.
Now it’s extending to sweets in general. Cereals seem too much, even the yummy organic cranberry one I found a while back. It’s fantastic, and I occasionally have it for a snack. But first thing in the morning? No can do.
I happened to buy a box of the Quaker breakfast cookies (it was super cheap, so I thought I’d try) a while back and we all liked them. I’m not willing to pay regular price all the time though, so I pulled out a recipe I’d made once years ago.
It took a couple of tries to get it just right, but I’m very pleased with the result. Here’s the recipe:
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup instant dry milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
approximately 1 and 1/4 cup pie filling (I used peach)
Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Drop by 1/8 cupfuls onto cookie sheet, flatten into circle with slight indentation in center. Top with a rounded tablespoon of pie filling.
Bake at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes on pan, transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 18 cookies.
Note: the original recipe called for using 1/4 cup to measure out the dough but that was too huge in my opinion. Feel free to do what you like. They rise and spread while baking; I was only able to fit 9 on a sheet safely.
You can make these in advance and store in the refrigerator, and can change the flavor by using different pie filling.
Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to make their own breakfast cookies.