If you bake them, it will come

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pumpkin oat cookiesPumpkin is on my brain right now.  Starbucks is teasing the release of their Pumpkin Spice Latte (I actually have had a few this week already), fall decorations are everywhere in the stores, pumpkin recipes are popping up on my Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook feeds and my mom and I have already started talking about Thanksgiving recipes…I am telling you all I can think about is PUMPKIN!  I am hoping if I bake enough with it maybe Fall will find its way to southeast Texas sometime soon.

We are moving The Mammaw home to the Houston area this week so Honey and I came up to Lubbock yesterday to bring her back and the first thing she asked when she saw me was where were her cookies.  I was up here a few weeks a go & I brought theses cookies with us for something to snack on and The Mammaw fell in love with them.  I think over that few days she ate close to 2 dozen and then asked me when I was going to make more.  She wasn’t sure what was in them but she said she loved how there was little bit of sweet and a little bit of tart in each bite, and honestly that is what I love about these cookies as well.  They are not an overly sweet cookie and also quite filling, so just 1 or 2 is all you need and to make them even better they are low in points!!

Not only is there pumpkin in the cookies which makes them smooth and rich, oatmeal which adds body and a great texture without the added fat, I also threw in some dried cranberries, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips.  The combo of everything together works perfectly.  There is a bit of sweet, a bit of tart with a  bit of richness to make the perfect cookie. 

For some added fun (& texture) you could add in some toasted pecan or some pistachios, either would be delicious without overpowering any of the other ingredients.  You could also replace one of the chips with butterscotch chips, or leave chocolate out all together and throw in some toffee chips or caramel bits.  Really anything will work, except for the kitchen sink.  ;)

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies
Serves 60
A super easy, no mixer, cookie recipe that is loaded with tons of flavor while still low in points and calories
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
14 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
14 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour + 1 tbsp. flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  6. 1 cup butter
  7. 1/4 cup molasses
  8. 1 cup brown sugar
  9. 1/4 cup sugar
  10. 1 egg yolk
  11. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  12. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  13. *1/2 cup chocolate chips
  14. *1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  15. *1/2 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, or silicone mats
  3. In a large bowl mix together flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt
  4. Add in oats, stirring to combine, set aside
  5. In a microwave safe bowl melt butter
  6. Whisk in molasses, brown sugar and white sugar until well combined
  7. Whisk in egg yolk
  8. Add in pumpkin and vanilla and whisk until well combined, mixture should be thick
  9. Pour into dry ingredients and gently stir, mixing only until just combined
  10. Fold in your add-ins; you can use any combo of chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruits you prefer, just make sure they equal 1 1/2 cups total, mixing until just combined
  11. Using a small cookie scoop place cookie dough on prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart
  12. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the edges or lightly browned
  13. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to wire cooling racks
  14. Store in air tight container for up to 10 days
Each cookie is 2 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 93 Calories from Fat 39 Total Fat 4.3g Saturated Fat 2.6g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 12mg Sodium 67mg Potassium 63mg Total Carbohydrates 12.3g Dietary Fiber 0.7g Sugars 5.8g Protein 1.2g
  3. Vitamin A 12% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 2% - Iron 3%
  4. Nutrition Grade C-
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
It may not be Fall just yet but it is time to enjoy some of the best cookies ever!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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BBQ by Hubby

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BBQ sauceIt is no secret that The Hubby LOVES to grill…now.  You see when we were first married he was not so into it, and didn’t even see the point in having a grill, but once we got into our home and my brother bought us a little Weber charcoal grill he started to slowly fall in love.  It has taken some time, and several grills but we are definitely on the grilling bandwagon now. 

So with all the grilling going on we decided it was time to try and create our own signature BBQ sauces.  Now I am not going to lie I was a little intimated by this thought.  I would watch TV shows with some of the great BBQ kings (& queens) and they would brag about their award winning BBQ sauces that took years and years to develop, and I would think ok one day I will take the time to work on my secret sauce but for now Sweet Baby Ray’s is working just fine…that is until The Hubby asked me to try.  Well you see when someone even kinda throws a challenge my way (especially a cooking challenge) I am all over it and very determined to succeed…so the BBQ sauce making began.

I had listened to enough BBQ peeps that I had a basic idea of how I wanted to start, and then I just started adding in what I thought sounds good.  After several attempts and many tasting spoons from The Hubby and myself we ended up with a BBQ sauce that rivals Sweet Baby Ray’s and in my opinion beats it out hands down.

 

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce
Serves 15
A homemade BBQ sauce that is sweet with a little kick, much like Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce, only better
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups ketchup
  2. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup molasses
  4. 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  9. 2 tsp paprika
  10. 2 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1 tsp cumin
  12. 1 tsp salt
  13. 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together all the ingredients over medium heat, until well combined
  2. Bring sauce to a boil and then reduce heat and then let simmer for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens slightly
  3. Use immediately on your favorite meat or as a dipping sauce, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
  4. ENJOY!!
Each serving (3 heaping tablespoons) is 3 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 109 Calories from Fat 3 Total Fat 0.4g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 547mg Potassium 259mg Total Carbohydrates 27.8g Dietary Fiber 0.7g Sugars 24.6g Protein 0.9g
  2. Vitamin A 15% - Vitamin C 10% - Calcium 4% - Iron 5%
  3. Nutrition Grade A-
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
peach BBQ sauceTasting the success we had with the first BBQ sauce I decided to tackle a peach BBQ sauce.  Ok you may be asking, “why peach?”  Well the answer is quite simple, I have a ton of peaches (hence the Peach Cobbler Muffins from yesterday) and I wanted a milder BBQ sauce for chicken and fish. 

 

I have had a peach BBQ sauce once before at a little joint in central Texas and remember thinking how much I loved it, but that it was a little too spicy and not peachy enough for me.  They used siracha chilis in there sauce which in my opinion overpowered the sauce, so I opted for a little different heat combo.  I also wanted a smooth BBQ sauce.  A lot of fruit BBQ sauces tend to be a little chunky so I wanted to make sure and puree the peaches until they were smooth like velvet before mixing them in with all the other fun ingredients. 

PS…don’t let the pumpkin pie spice scare you, it adds a great little bit of spice that really enhances the peaches…trust me it will be that little thing that people ask you about when they taste it and will be shocked when you tell them.

Peach BBQ Sauce
Serves 12
A sweet, peachy BBQ sauce perfect for your next end of summer BBQ
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 peaches, diced (you can leave the skin on if you would like)
  2. 2 tbsp. butter
  3. 2 garlic cloves
  4. 1 cup ketchup
  5. 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  6. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1 tsp paprika
  8. 1 tsp chili powder
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 tsp pepper
  11. 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse peaches until smooth, set aside
  2. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter
  3. Add in garlic and cook for 1 -2 minutes stirring constantly
  4. Add in peaches and all remaining ingredients, stirring to combine
  5. Bring sauce to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer
  6. Stirring occasionally simmer for 20-30 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly
  7. ENJOY on anything and everything!!
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
Each serving (just over 2 tbsp.) is 2 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 59 Calories from Fat 19 Total Fat 2.1g Saturated Fat 1.2g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 5mg Sodium 447mg Potassium 140mg Total Carbohydrates 10.4g Dietary Fiber 0.7g Sugars 9.1g Protein 0.7g
  3. Vitamin A 10% - Vitamin C 9% - Calcium 1% - Iron 2%
  4. Nutrition Grade B
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
 With Labor Day just around the corner, send summer out with a bang and your own HOMEMADE BBQ sauces!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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Everything’s Just Peachy

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peach cobbler muffinsOne of The Hubby’s most favorite desserts is Peach Cobbler.  He is really not all that picky about it either, he would be happy if I brought the frozen kind from the grocery store and baked it up every week…he just loves peach cobbler!  Well, peach cobbler every week is not going to happen so I have been brainstorming some ideas on how to enjoy the amazing peaches that the Texas summer brings us in new and fun ways, and these peach cobbler muffins are perfect!! 

For me a muffin is a great way to start the day.  In my mind muffins are perfect because you can eat them on the go, with one hand if necessary, and if they have fruit in them that’s just a big plus.  Muffins are also great for an afternoon snack or you could creative and make them for dessert with a little whipped cream, additional fruit or even some ice cream.  Especially with these muffins, you could treat them like little individual cobblers, and top with a  little ice cream and voila…dessert!!

The muffin itself is light and fluffy with just the right amount of cinnamon and a few other spices to really bring you back to a traditional peach cobbler, while the crumbly top makes you think of the wonderful crust on a cobbler.  I used fresh peaches for these muffins, because I had them on hand, but you could easily use frozen peaches, just make sure to let them defrost first.  If peaches are not your favorite blackberries would be great, as would apricot.

 

Peach Cobbler Muffins
Serves 12
A moist and hearty muffin filled with peaches with a crumbly top that brings together all the best of peach cobbler to your breakfast table
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Muffins
  1. 1 1/2 cups flour
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  7. 7 tbsp. butter
  8. 1/3 cup skim milk
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 egg yolk
  11. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 1 1/2 cups diced peaches
Topping
  1. 2 tbsp. butter
  2. 1/4 cup flour
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake lines, or spray it with nonstick spray
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugars, baking powder, salt & pumpkin pie spice
  4. In a microwave safe bowl melt butter
  5. Add in milk to butter and stir to help butter cool down
  6. Whisk in egg, egg yolk & vanilla
  7. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until just combined
  8. Stir in peaches until evenly distributed through batter
  9. Using a cookie scoop divide batter into muffin liners
  10. In a small bowl combine all topping ingredients using your fingers until mixture resembles small peas or oats
  11. Evenly sprinkle topping over muffins
  12. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until muffins are lightly browned and springy to the touch
  13. Remove from oven and let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes
  14. ENJOY!
Each muffin is 6 WW+ points
  1. Nutritional Info
  2. Calories 216 Calories from Fat 87 Total Fat 9.6g Saturated Fat 5.7g Cholesterol 54mg Sodium 376mg Potassium 93mg Total Carbohydrates 29.6g Dietary Fiber 0.8g Sugars 15.3g Protein 3.1g
  3. Vitamin A 8% - Vitamin C 3% - Calcium 3% - Iron 6%
  4. Nutrition Grade D
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Muffins are not just for breakfast, especially these amazing cobbler muffins!!  Go ahead, its ok…you can do it!!

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   Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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