Life seems to be busy no matter where I am.  Right now I am visiting our daughter and husband in Texas. We planned a dinner last night with their son (our grandson) & his girlfriend; he had requested my homemade pizza so I made three pizzas, adding different sauces & toppings to each one.   I made two of them on cookie sheets and the third on a pizza stone.  It gave a variety of thickness to each pizza.

Slice of pizza

I used my favorite recipe for pizza dough/crust (which is simply Greek yogurt mixed in with self-rising flour) & did three different toppings. Although I did not take pictures of what I made last night, one of them looked just like the picture here with an olive oil/garlic base topped with cheeses to bake.  After removing from the oven, I top with chopped tomatoes.   Adding more shredded Parmesan cheese & red pepper flakes makes it even more tasty.

Our family has always loved Oatmeal Scotchies so I had decided to make them for dessert.  I have always used the tried and true recipe off the Nestle Tollhouse Butterscotch morsels bag and this is basically what I did yesterday.  However, upon looking in the cupboard I found we had no brown sugar.

No brown sugar (1)

The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup of white sugar & 3/4 cup of brown sugar. What to do?  Maple syrup to the rescue which added a nice flavor to the finished product.   I was concerned about the difference in the finished product substituting a liquid sweetener for some of the sugar, but it did not affect the final outcome.   I was very pleased with the results & would actual consider doing this even if I had brown sugar in the house.

I  opted to make the pan version of the recipe; that may have had something to do with the outcome of the replacement not affecting the final outcome, also.  The recipe called for a 15 by 10 inch jelly roll  pan & my daughter had a Paula Deen one so it worked out great. Oatmeal Scotchies Cookie Jar on the Jelly Roll Pan I also must confess that I made another substitution.  The only options I had in the house were Bread flour or Self-rising flour.   I used the self-rising flour & eliminated adding the salt & baking soda.   It turned out just fine, but when I first looked into the oven and saw the cookie dough rising I was afraid it was going to “overflow”, but it turned out just perfect.    So I had a win-win day for substitutions.   YEAH ME!

So what have you been baking lately?

Gramma Sherry (4)

 

 

Oatmeal Scotchies
Print Recipe
Sweet moist cookies with the yummy goodness of butterscotch chips in each bite.
Servings Prep Time
2 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Oatmeal Scotchies
Print Recipe
Sweet moist cookies with the yummy goodness of butterscotch chips in each bite.
Servings Prep Time
2 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cookies 10 minutes
Cook Time
22 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Using a mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Remove bowl from mixer and hand stir in oats and morsels.
  3. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, or use parchment paper, leaving "handles" on the side to remove from pan. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.
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