Cookie Time

Gather round you friends of mine,
I’m Pretty Green Girl and it’s Cookie Time!

Sorry, had to throw a little Troop Beverly Hills in there. One of my favorite movies of all time! Who remembers it? I’m actually trying to figure out a way to play it for all my friends when we go glamping next month, but I can’t figure out how to do it without any electricity (15 girls gathered around a laptop might be too much). Any ideas? We’re not going to be close enough to the car to run power from it…

Anyway, as promised, here’s that cookie recipe I alluded to the other day! They’re kind of like halfway between a cookie and a muffin, with a bit of the taste of a thumbprint cookie (must be the whole stick of butter…mmm).

Strawberry-Blueberry Muffin Cookies

I started with this recipe for blueberry oatmeal cookies, but kind of just threw together what I had.

Preheat oven to 350

1 stick butter, softened
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Few splashes agave nectar
1 cups oat bran
1 cup white whole wheat flour
Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Handful blueberries
Handful sliced strawberries

I totally forgot to cream the butter with the sugar – you’d think I’d never baked before! So here’s what I did, though it might not be the best method. πŸ™‚

Mix sugar, flour and oat bran in a mixing bowl
Add the rest of the ingredients, minus the fruit and agave.
Add a little agave nectar, tasting the batter to make sure it’s sweet enough, but not too sweet. Be careful not to overstir so the batter doesn’t get dry or tough.
Add the fruit and stir to combine.
Bake at 350 on parchment or a Silipat (more eco-friendly!) or a sheet greased with butter!

They took about 14 minutes, but I set the timer for 10 and then just kept checking them. I’d guess it made about 22 cookies or so.

And they were delicious, if I do say so myself. Not exactly healthy (though whole wheat), but real butter is what makes them good! I think I’d experiment with cutting some of the butter and sugar in the future, but I was really pleased with how they turned out, and they were perfect for my family camping trip!

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Speaking of camping, how cute is my little brother? He’s 7 – big age difference, huh? He’s a half-brother. πŸ™‚ Our campsite was just down the road from this great apple farm. Unfortunately apples aren’t in season yet – and I really wanted some because I LOVE apples – but they did have amazing organic apple juice and other apple products. And the old man working there was so adorable! You leave your money in a little cash box and take the change – honor system. I love that!

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After our last day of camping, my sister and I met my mom, who lives nearby, at a winery for a picnic. My Mom is an amazing cook and hostess and this picnic was fabulous, of course! We met at Toulouse Vineyards which had amazing wine. We actually went wine tasting the day before, and while I really liked those places a lot, Toulouse blew me away! I loved everything I tried – a Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and two Pinot Noirs. I thought I didn’t like Pinot Noir, but I am slowly changing my mind, thanks to the Anderson Valley.

Anyway, here’s the Farmers Market-filled spread my Mom brought for us – organic baby carrots, farm-fresh deviled eggs, asparagus, LOCAL sea salt (amazing), sliced radishes (divine when sprinkled with said sea salt), wraps filled with hummus, havarti, roasted red pepper and roasted garlic (both of which she roasted), organic sparkling pear juice, and her first homemade cherry pie. YUM!

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Thanks, Mom!

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Check out that view!

So, what did you do this weekend?

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Cookie Time

  1. OH MY GOODNESS, TROOP BEVERLY HILLS! I own it on VHS and I knew all about “The Frug” before I bought my first Rilo Kiley CD. Love it so much!!!! It’s actually the reason I wanted to join Girl Scouts when I was a kid. Ha.

    Your cookies look delicious. That picnic also looks amazing. It’s too darn hot here in Florida to do that (heat index of about 112*) so my picnics have been indoors, which means they’re just lunch or dinner.

  2. Lacy

    Pretty nice post. I just found your blog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

  3. Hey, it’s cookie time at my blog too! but different, it’s a giveaway πŸ™‚

    This past weekend was really busy. Every day has been really busy! But tonight is my husband’s surprise mustache birthday party. I gotta go glue on my ‘stache…!

  4. I have an idea for your Troop Beverly Hills dilemma. You could have your friends act it out! Sound like you’ll have a blast. Enjoy the good weather. Chocolate truffles will be waiting for you when you return!

  5. janeterin

    I love all the Troop Beverly Hills love! Acting it out – that’s an awesome idea. Love it!

    Michelle, I gotta enter your giveaway! I have good luck with those lately! πŸ˜€

    Heather, I love Rilo Kiley, too! It was on at the restaurant I was at last night! Love her voice.

  6. meg

    I used to watch Troop Beverly Hills at every single sleep over party I hosted from age 6-12 I think! It is a favorite!! I love the idea of watching it again with friends while camping, the outrageous fashion would be a great laugh!

  7. What an awesome picnic- fabulous view!!

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