Sunday, January 9, 2011

Copycat Baker's Breakfast Cookies

Delicious replica of the famous Baker's Breakfast Cookies.  Healthy on the go breakfast!!
All the variations have now been tested!!!
I have also started adding 1/4 cup ground flax to the mix for an extra nutritional boost!

This is the "basic" Oatmeal Raisin:

3/4 cup apple juice concentrate*
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour(preferably Eagle Mills w/ Ultragrain or you can use all whole wheat)
1 TB baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 TB prune puree(baby food aisle or make your own and freeze in ice cube trays)
3 TB canola oil
5 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chopped raisins
2-3 TB water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line
with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar,oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder,
salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl combine concentrate, molasses, prune puree, canola oil, egg whites and vanilla.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid and raisins.

Mix until well blended.  Dough will be QUITE stiff!  You may need to use your hands and knead it like bread dough.(kitchenaids do a fantastic job of mixing the stiff dough!)
 For all recipes add in the water AS NEEDED, some recipes will need some water, others wont.

Scoop cookies by about 1/4 cup and roll into golf ball sized balls.  Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets

 Flatten to 1/2" with wet hands. These cookies do not
flatten very much while baking.

In the preheated oven, bake 8 minutes for chewy cookies 10 to 12 minutes for
dry cookies. Cookies will not get crisp.
( IMO 8-9 minutes is plenty. They are much better slightly UNDER baked.)

Remove from cookie sheets to cool on
wire racks.

All recipes make approx 24 cookies--nutrition link per cookie.

For Fruit and Nut: add in 1/4 cup chopped walnuts and 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

For Peanut Butter: Omit raisins and cinnamon  , decrease prune puree to 4 TB, add in 3/4 cup peanut butter(preferably something natural/no sugars added, and chunky), water as needed

Nutrition LINK per cookie

For Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk : follow instructions for peanut butter, adding in 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Nutrition LINK per cookie

For Peanut Butter and Jelly: Follow instructions for Peanut Butter omitting 1 egg white and reduce apple juice concentrate to 1/2 cup , add in 1/4 cup jelly, jam or preserves of your choice(I used triple berry)

For Chocolate Chunk:  Omit raisins and cinnamon, add in 1 cup chocolate chips Nutrition LINK

For Chocolate Chunk Raisin:  omit cinnamon,add in 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Nutrition link

For Double Chocolate Chunk: Omit raisins and cinnamon , decrease all purpose flour by 1/4 cup add in 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder and 1 cup chocolate chips
Per Cookie(LINK)

For Banana Walnut: Omit Raisins, omit 2 egg whites, decrease prune puree to 3 TB, decrease apple juice concentrate to 1/2 cup , add 1/2 cup banana puree,  1/2 cup chopped walnuts

For Morning Glory: Add 1/2 cup chopped dried apples, 1/4 cup coconut, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, Per Cookie LINK

For Mocha Cappuccino: Omit cinnamon, 2 TB prune puree and 1 egg white, add 2 TB dulce de leche** and 4-6 TB ground Esspresso(depending on your strength preference)
Nutrition(minus espresso, no #'s available, but I dont think it adds much if anything calorie wise) LINK

For Caramel Apple: Reduce prune puree to 3 TB, add 1/4 cup applesauce, 1/2 cup chopped dried apples, 1/3 cup chopped caramel candies(Kraft now makes caramel bits that are PERFECT, or you can use butterscotch chips), 2 TB dulce de leche **, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves and 1/2 tsp ginger

Per Cookie LINK

My own variations:

Blueberries and Cream:
Omit raisins, reduce prune puree to 3 TB and omit 1 egg white, add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 1/2 cups dried blueberries

Chocolate Caramel Chunk:
This is tested but I did not get a picture. My camera was in the shop.
follow directions for double chocolate chunk, substituting Kraft Caramel Bits for the chocolate chips

Lemon Delight:
omit cinnamon and vanilla, , reduce egg whites to 2, reduce prune puree to 4 TB ,add in 1/4 cup lemon juice(fresh squeezed with pulp is best) 2 tsp lemon zest and 1 tsp lemon extract
Dough will be sticky

Lemon Chip Delight: follow directions for Lemon Delight adding in 1 to 1 1/2 cups white chips(depending on how "chipy" you want it LOL)

Pumpkin Pie: Omit prune puree, cinnamon and 2 egg whites. Add in 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. (with or without raisins per your preference)

Make them Vegan by omitting the egg whites and adding 1/4 cup banana puree

*Homemade Apple Juice Concentrate...boil down 2 1/4 cups apple juice(fresh squeezed or store bought) until it is 3/4 cup allow to cool.

** To make Dulce De Leche: pour 1 can sweetened condensed milk into a small sauce pan, heat over medium low , stirring CONSTANTLY until it is browned and thick enough to not fall off the spoon when held upside down.

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