Monday, December 6, 2010

When the cookie jar is empty

My children seem to have bottomless pits for tummies and are always looking for a snack. I cannot afford to buy snacks, and they are always filled with preservatives, fats and salt, so I like to bake once a week to fill the cookie jar.

I have missed my last two weeks due to an increased workload over this time and my children were complaining when I say: "Eat some fruit!"

Last evening I made two of our favorites: Crunchies and Orange Polenta Cookies.

2 cups oats (preferably rolled oats, barley flakes are also nice)
1 cup flour (white or nutty wheat)
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
250 g butter (half a block)
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarb.

Optional extras: Add some or all of the following: half a cup fruit cake mix, raisins, seeds (sesame, linseed, sunflower, pumpkin), chocolate chips or let your imagination run wild!

Mix first four ingredients in a bowl. Melt butter and syrup. Add bicarb. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well and flatten into a baking tray. The size of the tray depends on how fat you like your crunchies. Smaller tray, fatter crunchies, bigger tray flatter crunchies. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes or until golden.

Orange Polenta Cookies: (Jamie Oliver's recipe)
170g polenta
170g sugar
255g butter
100g plain flour
zest of 2 oranges
2 large eggs

Mix dry, add wet and bake teaspoonfuls on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. They should be brown around the edges. Divine with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.


tansy said...

they look delicious!

two questions:

1. on the crunchies recipe, what kind of syrup are you referring to? maple syrup?

2. on the orange polenta cookies you list butter twice. should one of them be cornmeal or polenta?


Wendy said...

Tansy, so sorry about that. I have fixed the recipes. Enjoy!

Allison said...

I grew up on these things! They are amazing and i also make them for the boys all the time..