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Apple-Oat Squares

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Makes 24 squares

2 cups oatmeal, quick or old-fashioned
1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup melted margarine
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/3 cups applesauce
½ cup finely chopped nuts (optional)

1. Heat oven to 375° F and grease 9 x 13 inch pan.
2. Combine all ingredients except applesauce and nuts.
3. Mix until crumbly; reserve 1 cup of the mixture.
4. Press remaining mixture in bottom of greased pan.
5. Bake 15 minutes; cool slightly about 10 minutes.
6. Spread applesauce over partially baked crust and sprinkle with nuts.
7. Top with reserved mixture and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Cool in pan.
9. Cut into 2-inch squares.


 

Crunchy Oat Bar

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Makes 24 servings

6 Tablespoons margarine
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tablespoons molasses
3 cups uncooked oatmeal
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Cream margarine and sugar together. Add molasses.
3. Sprinkle oats with salt and cinnamon; mix into creamed mixture.
4. Spread mixture evenly in greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Flatten if needed.
5. Bake for 17 minutes. While warm, cut into 24 pieces. Break apart when cold.

NOTE:
If the mixture has set too hard to cut, put in warm oven
for 1 minute, remove and then cut.


Granola Bars

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2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. 


Oatmeal Cookie Mix

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2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour*
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups brown sugar
1 ½ cups vegetable shortening
4 cups oatmeal

*Variation: Use all white flour.
 

1. Combine flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Blend well.
2. Stir in brown sugar and mix well.
3. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork.
4. Stir in oatmeal and mix well.
5. Put in a large air-tight container. Label and store in a cool, dry place. Use within 10-12 weeks.

Oatmeal Jam Bars

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Makes 9 servings


2 ½ cups Oatmeal Cookie Mix *above
½ cup sugar
¼ cup margarine, melted
½ cup jam

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Lightly grease 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Combine Oatmeal Cookie Mix and sugar in bowl.
3. Add melted margarine. Mix well.
4. Press half of the mixture into bottom of baking pan.
5. Spread jam over mixture in pan.
6. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture on top of jam mixture.
7. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Cool thoroughly before cutting into bars.



Peter Pumpkin Squares

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Makes 48 bars

16 ounce can pumpkin
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups flour

1. In a mixing bowl stir together, pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs and oil until well mixed.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, oats cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
3. Combine flour mixture with pumpkin mixture and mix well.
4. Pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
5. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.


Toasted Granola Bars

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Makes 16 bars

3 ½ cups oats, toasted (toasting is optional)
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
1 cup raisins
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup honey, corn syrup, or molasses
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl using a wooden spoon.
3. Press the mixture in a well-greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
5. Cool pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars when cool.

To toast oats: Spread oats on a cookie sheet or large baking pan. Bake oats at 350°F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir occasionally. Toasted oats have a nutty flavor.


 

BREADS

Applesauce Bread

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1 1/4 cups applesauce
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, oil, eggs and milk; beat well. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt; stir until smooth. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.


Banana Bread

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Makes 1 loaf

1 cup margarine
3 Tablespoons buttermilk or sour milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup mashed bananas (About 3 ripe bananas)
 
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Cream margarine and sugar together. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas.
3. Measure buttermilk into a small bowl (if you do not have buttermilk make sour milk by mixing 3 Tablespoons of milk with ¾ teaspoon lemon juice.)
4. Mix soda with buttermilk or sour milk and add to creamed mixture.
5. Stir in flour.
6. Bake in lightly greased or sprayed ; loaf pan at 350;F for 45 to 55 minutes.
 

COOKIES

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Makes 24 cookies
1/3 cup margarine
1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon water
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Cream margarine, brown sugar and sugar until smooth and creamy.
2. Add egg, water and vanilla. Stir until blended.
3. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add gradually to creamed margarine and sugar mixture.
4. Add chocolate chips and oatmeal. Stir.
5. Drop by small teaspoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes.
7. Cool for 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.


Fruity Sugar Cookies

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Yield: 4 dozen cookies

1 cup sugar
1 (3-ounce) package gelatin (any flavor)
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

1. Mix sugar and dry gelatin together. Add shortening and eggs; blend well.
2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to sugar mixture.
3. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick on floured board. Cut with cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheet.*
4. Bake at 375°F for 5-8 minutes.

*Optional: Instead of using a cutter, drop spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheet. Flatten before baking.


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup peanut butter
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups chocolate chunks
½ cup butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugars and peanut butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until well blended after each addition. Stir in chocolate.
3. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 1 min.; remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely.

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Ranger Cookies

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Makes 6 dozen
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 cups oatmeal
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup crisp cereal
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Cream shortening, sugars and eggs together.
3. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
4. Add flour mixture, oatmeal, vanilla and cereal to shortening mixture. Mix well. Do not use an electric mixer.
5. Drop by teaspoonful on greased baking sheet.
6. Bake about 10 minutes.

NOTE: These cookies keep and travel well.


Yummy Sugar Cookies

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1 ¼ cups white sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

2. Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla.

3. Add flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Stir.

4. Form dough into walnut size balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Don't flatten. Bake 10 to 11 minutes, until tops are cracked and just turning color.