May 3, 2020,

Scenes reminiscent from bygone eras where mothers used to bake at home are surging back, only now fathers are heavily involved too.

Baking at home.

In recent times, with two wage earners in the home, parents were so busy they hardly had time to cook. Eating out and take home meals were common choices.

Now during the current pandemic, baking at home and families eating more in the home, are making a comeback.

As reported at cnbc.com, “Social media has been awash in people sharing how their lives are changing due to the coronavirus. Efforts to “flatten the curve” have meant people are spending much more time cooped up at home, and many have turned to baking.”

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Makes perfect sense, true? We understand people kneading to relax.

The global news leader CNN adds, “People around the world — including nearly all Americans — have been advised or ordered to stay home. Many are taking up bread baking to fill the time and easy their nerves — and enjoy some good bread as a result.”

One of the more popular comfort foods to bake is apple oatmeal cookies.

We love the main ingredients. Your body does too.

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At webmd.com they educate, “Apples are low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol. They don’t offer protein, but apples are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Apples can do a lot for you, thanks to plant chemicals called flavonoids. And they have pectin, a fiber that breaks down in your gut.

Some studies show that plant chemicals and the fiber in an apple peel protect against blood vessel and heart damage.”

We can really appreciate that.

Oatmeal is an incredible healthy partner to apples.

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The informative team at medicalnewstoday.com explains, “Oatmeal is a nutrient-rich food that contains many vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. There is some evidence to back up the claim that oatmeal can support healthy cholesterol levels due to its beta-glucan content. The beta-glucan in oatmeal forms a gel-like substance when it mixes with water. This solution coats the stomach and digestive tract.”

What a wonderful combination.

Baking at home can bring the family closer together and create some warm memories. Baking apple oatmeal cookies are beneficial to your health. Apple oatmeal cookies are incredibly delicious.

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That is like hitting a triple with men on base.

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We have a visiting female writer who would love to show you how to make this perfect stay at home comfort food.

Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38+ years and is the author of 38 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and an MA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN campus.

Ms. Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support. In addition, she is a Contributing Writer for the Caregiver Space website, Open to Hope Foundation website, and The Grief Toolbox website. She has appeared on more than 185 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN.

A popular speaker, she has given presentation at caregiving, public health, Alzheimer’s, and bereavement conferences. Her work is cited in Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories.

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Here is her story.

“I come from a family of cookie fans. The members of my family like all kinds of cookies and, consequently, I make dozens of flavors. Like many Americans, chocolate chip cookies are a favorite. Runner-up favorites include double chocolate chip, gingersnaps, spritz, almond, and oatmeal cookies.

One problem for me is that I’m not a fan of raisins. I don’t want raisins invading my oatmeal cookies. Coconut, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries are fine. Breakfast cookies are a relatively new product, and I decided to make oatmeal cookies. They would be like eating breakfast and dessert at the same time.

When I checked the pantry, however, I didn’t find any plain oatmeal. There was a box of instant, sugar-free oatmeal with dried apples and cinnamon and I decided to use it in a basic cookie recipe. I also decided to reduce the sugar and fat, and add more vanilla. (I adore vanilla!)

Crisco has less fat than butter, according to the manufacturer, so I decided to use a butter-flavored baking stick instead of butter. Although I’ve used Spenda Blend for baking, I haven’t seen this product in stores lately. I decided to make my own blend with brown sugar and Splenda. Would these changes, including the instant oatmeal, work? The only way to find out was to test the recipe.

The cookies were really good, especially right out of the oven. Yet they were different. For one thing, they were thinner than other oatmeal cookies, and had less texture. I could taste the apples and cinnamon, a happy surprise. And I admit it, I’d eat these cookies for breakfast and other meals. The next time I make this recipe I think I’ll add another quarter teaspoon of cinnamon.

Once the cookies start to brown, they brown quickly, so watch them carefully. Don’t over-bake these cookies. Apple-Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies freeze well.”

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INGREDIENTS

1 butter-flavored Crisco baking stick (or 1 stick of butter)
1 cup Splenda sugar substitute
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon reduced sodium salt
3 packets instant, sugar-free apples and cinnamon oatmeal

METHOD

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Tear off a large piece of wax paper and set it on the counter.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, cream Crisco, sugar substitute, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla together. Beat until light-colored and fluffy.
    3. Turn mixer speed to low. Slowly add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Beat until well combined.
    4. Turn off mixer. Add instant oatmeal and incorporate with wooden spoon.
    5. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheet.
    6. Bake about 10 minutes, or until cookies are light brown.
    7. Let cookies cool for 20 seconds. Carefully transfer to wax paper to finish cooling.
    8. Store cookies in airtight container. Makes about 50 cookies. Enjoy!

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Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 37 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 35 books. Her latest releases: The Family Caregiver’s Guide, Affirmations for Family Caregivers, A Journal for Family Caregivers, The Family Caregiver’s Cookbook. Visit her website and learn more about this busy author, grandmother, and caregiver.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-why-everyone-is-baking-their-way-through-the-pandemic.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/09/health/bread-baking-health-benefits-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/benefits-apples#1

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