A Baking Furnace

Wednesday, June 29, 2011  ::  

Who in the world would bake in Tucson, AZ in the middle of the summer? My friend Tenney definitely would not. But, alas, I love to bake, so I heated up the house for much of the day!

We are heading to New Mexico tomorrow to hang out with my family and to pick up our kids who have been on a week long get-away with grandparents. It's been a nice week, but I'm ready to see my kiddos!

When I visit my family, I like to take food. My parents cook and play and host for 12 of us, so helping out with some baked goods, fruit, veggies, and whatever else sounds helpful makes me happy.

In the old days (smaller kids, fewer responsibilities) I would experiment with different baked deliciousness. Lately, I've just been sticking to the tried and true, easy, and most requested recipes.

Here is what literally heated up my house today:

Banana bread that has no oil and made with whole wheat flour.  Some of the loaves have pecans and chocolate chips.

M&M cookies. I've been making these for years. And, people don't seem to mind.

The recipe I have makes SIX DOZEN! That's a whole lotta cookies! 

Moo-Moo bars, aka, chocolate oatmeal bars.  My aunt Jenny once said, "Mmmm, what are these called? Moo-Moo bars?" Yes, Aunt Jenny. That is exactly what they're called! Butter and sweetened condensed milk? Moo-moo indeed. This time I used more whole wheat flour than normal, so they turned out a little darker. As you can see, Chad and I decided to taste one to make sure they were ok. Pretty good. Want to taste them??

Lots of people have asked me for the recipe for these delightful Moo-Moo bars. I'm not so good at writing it out for the requesters, so here's your chance (Susie.)

1 cup butter
2 cups br. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
3 cups oatmeal

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour, salt, soda, and oatmeal. I mix all of this in my fancy schmancy mixer, but if you don't have one (Susie) just mix really good by hand. You can do it! Spread 2/3 of dough into greased and floured jelly roll pan. (I just spray the pan with Pam. So much easier.) After you've prepared the chocolate filling (see below) spread it over the dough. Top with the remaining dough by spoonfuls. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Chocolate filling:

12 oz semi-sweet choc chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tblsp butter
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
(I always half this part. It's just too much chocolate, but this is the real recipe. Experiment and see what you like, but my Moo-Moo bars are pretty good, so you may just want to trust me on this!)

Mix these ingredients and melt it in the microwave.  Be careful not to burn it. Start with 20 seconds or so, then stir it up. If you need to, blast it a little longer... I'm speaking from experience when I say to heat it slowly. Burned chocolate is stinky and not tasty.

Let me know if you plan to try the recipe.  Or, just let me know if you want to skip baking and just come over and eat some that I've made.  I'll be happy to whip you up something sweet.

P.S.  I was nominated for Top Family blog on the Circle of Moms site.  Cool, huh?? So could you be a great friend and click on over there and vote for me...every day for the next two weeks?  That would be awesome.  :)

3 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Alysa said...

Yum, I love your moo moo bars!! Have a great trip :)

Emily said...

If your family doesn't eat all 6 dozen cookies, I will definitely help you eat what's left over. :)

Anonymous said...

I just read this and decided to give these cookies a whirl for the Beth Moore study tonight. I will let you know how it goes :)


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