Cookies & Pancakes

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

May 13, 2010

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Categories: Family, Food

I made up a pancake recipe tonight. No oil. A little too much sugar, but I will cut it in half next time.

No Oil Buttermilk Pancakes

I mix the eggs and buttermilk, quickly whisking. Then, I add the powdery items (sea salt, baking powder, sugar, vanilla), mixing until well incorporated. Quickly add and mix applesauce, flour, and oats. Stir in blueberries. Drop by the estimated quarter cup on to a hot non-stick skillet. If you use cast iron, make sure the pan is well seasoned. If sticking occurs, use oil or butter. Try not to get too distracted by the milk delivery so you can turn the pancakes at the right time!

The next recipe is one of my favorites, and now one of my family’s favorites. This is a recipe for my grandmother’s “no-bake cookies.” For the other learned folks out there, they can be called “on-top-of-the-stove cookies” as some cooking is done.

Levi helping with No Bake Cookies

Grandma Pat’s No Bake Cookies

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (can add more as desired)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter (creamy works best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 cups oatmeal (quick oats work best)

Boil for one minute: sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk. Add a pinch of salt, and peanut butter. Melt peanut butter. Add vanilla. Add oats in two parts, stirring until fully incorporated. Drop by the spoonful unto waxed paper. Makes more than 9 cups of cookies!

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