Foodening Friday – September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th!

This post is pulling double duty this week.Pintester Movement
I decided to toss my name (blog?) into the mix on the Pintester Movement – hosted on The Pinterester blog. If you haven’t run across her website, the posts are hilarious if occasionally (ok, frequently) containing language which *might* not be safe for work. The Pinterester Movement is really exactly what it sounds like – readers are encouraged to pick a Pin from Pinterest and then write up a blog about the results.
Since this is almost exactly what I do on Fridays (although the movement isn’t just limited to food pins), I figured I’d do my part and save anyone who is interested the time and energy of deciding if the following recipes were worth making or not. Enjoy fellow readers!

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Sept 13_2First up! I was on the hunt recently for a healthier oatmeal cookie, to make for a friend’s birthday. Catch was, I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal raisin, so I wasn’t actually sure what would (or wouldn’t) make for a good recipe. In the end, I went with something that I could calculate as being healthy, and just hoped for the best taste-wise. (The recipe made about 14 mounds, which I calculated at about 75 calories per.)

I stay away from baking projects in general because they’re complicated when it comes to ingredients – and it if you leave out or incorrectly measure a SINGLE ingredient…disaster. I’ve also experienced more unintended results when baking – and these oatmeal cookies were no different. The ingredients were quick to combine (although I almost forgot the almond milk!), and I easily scooped them onto the pan. I assumed they’d flatten out during the baking process – like any normal cookie. They didn’t.

As the baking time got closer to being finished, I peaked in to check to see if I needed to keep them in longer – and noticed they had retained their scooped shape. I immediately became worried that the middle of the mounds weren’t cooking properly. So I ‘smooshed’ four of them, to see if they were doing ok in the middle. The texture seemed to the same throughout, so I gave them until the end of the 20 minutes then let them cool.

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Since I’m not a fan of the cookie type, I asked my housemate to test and at first, she wasn’t sure about the texture. But as evidenced above, she rose above her hesitation and bravely tested them. Going by how quickly six of them disappeared over the next day, I’m going to say they were a win. Maybe misnamed, but definitely a win. #TasteVerified!


Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

I made these about a month ago, for a friend who was having a bad day. This was one of two cookie recipies I’d looked at, but the only one that actually USED Oreo cookies. Now, if you’re going to call something by a brand name, at least have the decency to INCLUDE the item in the actual recipe. I’m sure I’ll attempt the other recipe at some point, just for comparison. But really, it’s the principle of the thing.

The original blog (and pictures, because I don’t have a great track record of remembering to take pictures either during the cooking process nor the results) can be found here, just scroll down past the original author’s thoughts and frustrations regarding buying shoes.

When I made the cookies I used the type of cream cheese I had in the house, low-fat Philadelphia spreadable cream cheese. Because it’s so smooth in texture already, everything combined REALLY easily in the bowl. Which didn’t immediately raise issues, until it came to the step of trying to scoop the cookies and “roll” them in the cookie crumb. They wouldn’t roll in to a ball. They wouldn’t hold SHAPE of any kind, they were just too…mushy. So I got creative. I grabbed two spoons; scooping with one, did some fancy turning and scooping out of one with the other and with a third spoon, pressed Oreo crumbs all over the “ball”. They went into the oven on a parchment lined sheet, because that’s how I roll – er, bake.

When they came out, I was super concerned – they were incredibly floppy and gooey, and I figured using the spreadable cream cheese had messed it up badly. But I left them to cool and hoped for the best. Thankfully, once they had cooled off enough they formed up quite nicely. Holy crap were they sweet however. You definitely didn’t want to eat more than one or two at a time. I wasn’t too incredibly impressed with the bottom of the cookies – they turned out a little caramelized/burned, which I think came from having them on a piece of parchment instead of a silicone baking sheet – need to get some of those again. But definitely in the WILL MAKE AGAIN category! #TasteVerified!

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  • Little Chestnut

    Those Oreo cookies sound great. Also, the oatmeal cookies are really good if you substitute the raisins with dried cranberries and dark chocolate. Not quite as healthy, but no raisins.

  • Baking Suit

    I’ve wanted to try the banana oatmeal but haven’t been brave enough that it wouldn’t be gross. Thanks! I’ll test them on my husband.

  • Glad your pin turned out well, even if it was a bit questionable at first. Isn’t the Pintester Movement fun??

  • Wow, two wins! Good for you! And I have the same hesitations about baking– it seems so complicated. At least with cooking, I can wing it a little.

  • Christine

    Nice work! Two wins is pretty amazing, glad they turned out so well!! Even if the Oreo ones were too sweet (will definitely have to make those myself =D).

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  • Cwupcake

    My healthy protein muffins (similar ingredients in muffin form) also have a tendency to maintain the scoop shape. Weird.
    Good job balancing the universe with the healthy and not-so-healthy options 🙂

  • Hannah S

    Those oatmeal raisin ones sound too healthy for my liking, but may be something I need to try. The oreo ones sound amazinggg.

  • Jodee Rose

    Absolutely want to try the Oreo Cheesecake cookies. Thank you for posting a “not healthy” option. Heh.

  • Amanda J.

    Oreo cheesecake cookies too sweet? NO SUCH THING! (J/k, there’s totally such a thing.) Sounds like all came out well, bravo!

  • Starlight Falls Designs

    I’m not an oatmeal cookie person either. Total love the sound of the Oreo Cheesecake cookies.

  • I have been too scared to try the oatmeal cookie and now you give me hope to try it 🙂

  • AfricanKiwi

    I pinned these awhile ago but never took the plunge to actually make them as they looked really dry. Yours look yummy though…def gonna give
    them a go

  • Mmmm must try the oreo cookies, next time I allow myself a “cheat day”
    Great job 🙂

  • Kristen —

    Oreo + Cheesecake sounds divine! Must try….