Chai Tea Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

I’m clearly slowly coming around to fall … I bought new scarves. Thick – woolly – cozy- way too big – scarves.

I’ve restocked my shelves with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger powder &  molasses.  I’ve began roasting vegetables instead of grilling them. My morning cup of caffeine hasn’t changed over to Pumpkin Spice …. Yet – but I’m a work in progress.

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And I made cookies!!

Cookies chock full with oats & spices …  and everything nice(s) … I also added grape nuts.

Have you ever had grape nut cereal …. I’m embracing my inner old lady, when I say this – but I freaking LOVE grape nut cereal … and Toucan Sam doesn’t even grace the cover of the box.

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– I’m totally growing up.. yo.

….. or not. And we’re back to you probably wanting to punch me , or just shake me and say hey, grow the hee-haw up!!

I just say hee-haw. Heh. So funny.

I also added tea to these cookies. I’ve baked with teas before .. like in this cake … and these killer muffins … oh, and these muffins too. I like the flavour and depth it adds – it also creates a spice blend that I sometimes can’t match – and it’s so freaking easy to just tear open your favourite tea bag and throw it into your favourite recipe, instead of guess the ingredients and their measurements.

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Chai Tea Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 

1½ cups flour

1 cup rolled oats

¼ cup Grape Nut Cereal

2 Tbsp Dried Chai Tea

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 Tsp Cinnamon powder

1 Tsp fresh nutmeg

1 cup softened butter

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

¼  cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 Cup walnut pieces

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Instructions 

Preheat oven to 375ºC. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix flour, rolled oats, grape nut cereal, tea, baking soda, cornstarch, cinnamon & nutmeg. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.

Add the vanilla and eggs.

Add dry ingredients to wet – mix until well combined.

Add walnuts

Scoop the dough using a medium cookie scoop (or a heaping tablespoon) onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes.

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If this smell of these cookies, don’t hoax you into falling in love with fall …. Well by golly, you’re tough cookie.

Heh. Get it, cookie .. for a cookie recipe

.. and falling in love with fall, because it is fall!!

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… please come back — I’m not a total dork

Blood Red Orange Dark Chocolate Scones

I’m on a bit of a kick these days … a deep – intense –  flavour kick.

I’ve been in the mood for food with not just great textures, but goodies and delectable that look as appealing as they taste and when it comes to taste … I want it to be through the roof.

If I’m going spicy – I want to feel the heat!

If I’m yearning for something sweet – bring on the sugar!

Pizza? – I want it extra saucy and good quality cheese.

Doughnuts? – Chocolaty and crazy amounts of sprinkles … or jam-packed with jelly.

Oatmeal? – Extra cinnamon

Coffee? – Dark Roast Please.

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I guess it’s not a kick … I guess it’s life.

If I’m going to eat, I might as well eat good food and fall in love with the experience.

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Hence Dark chocolate and blood red oranges; Bonjour Belle

YES … let it happen.

Let the sweetness of this stunning fruit play with the emotions of the dark chocolate. Let the two romance each other – have a little alone time

… and taadaaa beautiful Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scone babies are born.

Don’t kid yourself, your food gets frisky too.

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Blood Red Orange, Dark Chocolate Scones

Fresh Zest and Juice of 2 Blood Red Oranges

1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Cups Flour

1 Tsp Baking  Powder

1/4 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Egg

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla  Extract

1/2 Cup Cold Butter

1 100g Dark Chocolate Bar – coarsely chopped ( the bigger the chunks, the better ;) )

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 oc. Prepare a large baking sheet, by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside until ready to bake

In a medium-sized bowl, mix sugar and blood-red orange zest.

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In a large bowl, sift together all of your dry ingredients (Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda & Sea Salt). Toss in your orange-sugar.

In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla extract and orange juice.

Next, using a box greater ( or you can use 2 forks, or a pastry cutter) grate cold butter into your dry ingredients. Note: the colder the butter, the better!! 

Mix together the dry ingredients and the butter. Next, toss in the chopped chocolate.

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Add your liquid mixture to your dry. Mix until well combined.

On a well floured surface, form a 1 inch round disk. Cut your dough into half – then quarters – then eighths ( or you could form round scones, by using a biscuit cutter :) )

Bake 25 minuets.

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I say, put up a pot of dark roast to percolate – we’re just about ready for the weekend!!