They say that home is where the heart is, and sweets are baked with love. This morning, I found that to be my motto of the day as I stirred, mixed and scooped my way to the perfect cookie. You see, today was my first official bake off with Operation Baking Gals and I was baking for Staff Sergeant Daryl and his US Air Force team, so I wanted everything to be perfect. All I could think about is making a cookie that exemplified my heart and support for our troops in Iraq and the hope that the second they untied the meticulously wrapped brown paper box, I could feel the smiles from across the ocean.
Backed with the support of my team, Hungry Fox, I grabbed my oven mitts, armed my self with my favorite Pottery Barn green spatula and hit the oven running. Today I decided that I would make something a little different than the average cookie, something fresh and light to get them through those hot summer days in the Iraq sunshine...this led me to a simple but tasty recipe I have had stacked in my recipe pile for ages from the Pillsbury website. With a few modifications, I think I have created the perfect, yet refreshing, cookie that will no doubt fill the bellies of our soldiers and pile on the smiles.
Cran-Orange Quick Bread Cookies
1 package Pilsburry Cranberry Quick Bread and Muffin Mix
3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sweetend dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup oil (I use a little less than 1/2c.)
1 tablespoon orange juice
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl/standing mixer, combine quick bread mix, oats, coconut, cranberries and orange peel. Mix well.
3. To dry mixture, add oil, orange juice and eggs. Mix well.
4. Drop by heaping teaspoons (I used a medium sized cookie spoon) onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 10-13 minutes
6. Cool on wire rack
7. If desired, frost with basic powdered sugar glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- enough juice squeezed straight from the orange to make a glaze
- spoon over top of cooled cookies
*Makes 2-3 dozen
Variations: You can really use any flavor of quick bread mix, from pumpkin to lemon, and adjust the add-ins, like walnuts for cranberries or lemon zest for orange.
*In loving memory of Army Spc. Chase R. Whitham*