Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I Read Canadian 2021 + Oatmeal Cookies!

It's that time of year again. That day in February to take 15 minutes to read Canadian. Here are a few picture book favourites, and since we're still having snowy days here in Ontario, many of the books have an element of winter within their pages.  

The Tea Party in the Woods - Words & Pictures by Akiko Miyakoshi - Publisher - Kids Can Press

Malaika's Winter Carnival - By Author Nadia L. Hohn & Illustrator Irene Luxbacher - Groundwood Books

Small in the City by Sydney Smith & Groundwood Books

Birdsong by Julie Flett - Publisher:  Greystone Books

Bear's Winter Party - Written by Deborah Hodge & Illustrated by Lisa Cinar and published by Orca Books

And my 'read' for I Read Canadian Day? A Stopwatch from Grampa - Written by Loretta Garbutt & Illustrated by Carmen Mok - Published by Kids Can Press. A beautiful book about remembering, and the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild.

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & Walnuts

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Inspiration:  Anna Olson's Oatmeal Cookies from Sugar (2009)

My version has cranberries and toasted walnuts as my pantry was lacking raisins! Rather than soft and chewy, these cookies are crispy and light - my preference in an oat-y cookie. 

2/3 cup (150 gr) unsalted butter, softened 
1/2 cup (100 gr) golden cane sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup  (75 gr) brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup (250 gr) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups (250 gr) oats
3/4 cup (100 gr) dried cranberries
1/3 cup (50 gr) toasted, chopped walnuts
Orange zest, to taste

1.  Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

2.  Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla until well-blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder & soda, salt and spices. Add to the butter mixture and blend. Add the oats, cranberries and walnuts and stir gently but thoroughly with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until just combined.

3.  Place spoonfuls onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass into flour and gently press down on each cookie to flatten slightly. If desired, sprinkle tops of cookie dough with sugar.

4.  Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, turning baking sheet halfway through cooking time, until lightly browned.

5.  Cool on a rack. Enjoy.

And don't forgot to time how long it takes to eat one cookie...but maybe, just maybe, you'll have more than one.

Such deliciousness - in books & baking. Now, more than ever, we need both.

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