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Homemade Oreo Cookies

oreoSo these are more of a cross between an Oreo and a moon pie, but they are yummy!

Here’s the story:

After I had my first child my Mom informed me that there was a tradition in our family, Grandpa gives each of the grandchildren an Oreo when they are 8 months old.  I wouldn’t want to break tradition… so, if my child was going to eat an Oreo, it would have to meet my standards.  I knew I would have to make my own… somehow.

The resulting cookies were tasty enough for us healthy people, messy enough for Grandpa and healthy enough for me so I think we did pretty well!  Although I will admit that Grandpa was a little less than thrilled about it not being a REAL Oreo.

My biggest trouble was with the filling, since I have cut shortening out of my diet I needed something else.  I decided to use a marshmallow recipe I had found on the internet.  So the final product is an Oreo like sandwich cookie filled with marshmallow fluff.

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Homemade Oreo Cookies 

Cookie Wafers:

2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp stevia (about 3 packets)

1 tsp canola oil

3/4 cup honey

2 tbsp butter

1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients together.  Blend in remaining ingredients.  Knead dough with your hands until it becomes like playdoh (add water a little at a time if needed).  Form into 3/4 inch balls, place each ball on a greased cookie sheet and press flat with the bottom of a glass,leaving about 1/2 inch between each cookie.  bake 4-6 minutes, or until cookies are crunchy.    Remove from cookie sheet and place on cooling racks immediately (if they cool on the pan they are very difficult to get off).  Separate cookies into like size pairs, pipe filling onto one side (almost to the edge) place the other side on top, repeat until all pairs are filled and sandwiched together.

Marshmallow Filling:

1 cup agave nectar

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/2 tsp Mexican vanilla (has a little bit of a cinnamon flavor)

3 Tbsp cold water

1/8 tsp salt

Mix gelatin into water, microwave about 10 seconds and stir to dissolve gelatin.  Put gelatin mixture and agave nectar and remaining ingredients into a bowl.  Beat for 10-15 minutes until mixture becomes thick white and fluffy.  Put marshmallow fluff into a pastry bag with a wide mouth tip and pipe onto cookie halves.

Makes about 3 dozen sandwiches

I like to use the pastry bag because I always have leftover marshmallows, I make the remainder into mini marshmallows by piping the excess out onto waxed paper that has been dusted with cornstarch.  to do this you place the tip of the bag close to the paper press out a dollop of marshmallow and ease off the pressure as you pull the bag straight up (it will look like a large white chocolate chip).  After letting them sit for a while you dust your hands with corn starch, take each marshmallow off the paper, roll it in your hands gently to coat it lightly in corn starch and place it in a baggie.  They make a perfect little mini treat!

Make sure to rinse your bowls right away because it is really sticky and a lot more difficult to remove after it dries!

On a side note, I am not sure that cornstarch is the best ingredient to use as it is not a whole grain but I have not been able to find any alternative and it takes half as much to thicken things than using white flour.

For anyone who may want a more traditional Oreo, here is the original filling recipe- if you know of a better alternative for shortening let me know.

Creme Filling:

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup shortening

3 tbsp hot water

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  form into 1/2 to 3/4 inch balls, place in the center of each sandwich and press until the filling nearly reaches the edge of the cookie.

I don’t know that there is any way to make the filling healthier- I will stay with the marshmallows!

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Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

When Nanna started eating like we do she said that she missed the sweets, and especially her mom’s cookies.  So what did we do?  well of course we called up grandma got the recipe and converted it!  Nanna said they came out just right.

Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup honey

1 egg

5 pkg stevia

Mix all the above ingredients together then add:

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup oatmeal flour (I usually put oatmeal in a food processor until it is chopped fine)

Mix together then add:

1 pkg grain sweetened chocolate chips

bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes

Variation:

after making this recipe my husband said “could you add cinnamon, cloves and raisins instead of chocolate chips to make oatmeal rasin cookies – so we did

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for Daddy

using the above recipe, add the following ingredients to the dry mix

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

omit chocolate chips and add

2 cups raisins

enjoy!

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White Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing and Cherry Banana Ice Cream

Before starting my new lifestyle, my downfall was cake and icing.  If the changes I have made weren’t so important to me I would have given in to this temptation on several occasions.  To this date, it has been over three years since I have had a piece of cake.  As my daughter’s first birthday approached I attempted a whole wheat carrot cake, which was an utter failure.  So imagine how thrilled I was when I found a home made cake recipe in this month’s Friend which seemed oh so easy to convert.  I think I have found this years birthday cake – and it won’t be served to the trash can like last year 🙂  The cake is a little more dense than I would like, but I have a few ideas to fix that… when I do I will repost with a new recipe!  As for the ice cream, I have made ice cream in the past with an ice cream maker… it turned out good but this recipe which was originally found on pinterest is so easy that it can be made any time, without special tools, extra noise or extra mess.  We now make it frequently and it has changed significantly from the original recipe.

So here are the recipes:

White Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 Cup whole wheat baby cereal

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

3 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 butter softened

1 cup honey

1/4 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup milk

6 egg whites

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees, prepare three 9 inch round cake pans

2. Sift the flour 2-3 times then sift with cornstarch, Baking powder and salt.  Add cereal and mix well.

3. In a large bowl, cream honey and butter.  Stir in water, milk and vanilla.

4. Gradually add flour into wet mixture, mixing well after each addition.

5. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Gently fold egg whites into batter.

6. Divide the batter between the 3 prepared pans.  (for a fun look, you may want to color each portion before pouring into pans)

7. Bake in preheated oven for 25 min, or until a toothpick, inserted into the center, comes out clean.

8. Remove from oven, allow to cool, in pans, on wire racks for 1 hour. remove from pan and allow layers to cool another 30 min on wire racks.

9. Spread frosting between each layer and over entire cake

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

1 pkg cream cheese

6 Tbsp Honey

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp water

Put all ingredients into a bowl.  Mix well.   spread over cake

Cherry Banana Ice Cream

1 Banana (peeled and frozen)

3 Tbsp heavy cream (use milk for a lighter version)

1 Tbsp honey (for less sugar leave this out or use 1/8 tsp stevia)

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp chopped almonds

3-4 Frozen cherries

combine all ingredients in a food processor, blend well and serve.  If mixture seems too thick add a small amount of milk or cream until it reaches desired consistency.  (This can be refrozen but it takes some time to thaw enough to eat.)

Enjoy!

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