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Saturday, June 28, 2008

No-Bake Oatmeal Fruit and Nut Cookies

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I know it’s too hot to bake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have homemade cookies. A girl cannot live on ripe fruit alone! Here is an easy recipe from my pals at King Arthur Flour Company for oatmeal fruit cookies — and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Plus, they are pretty low in fat!'

2 cups (7 ounces) rolled oats
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter
1 cup (8 ounces) brown sugar
1/2 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit (apples, cranberries, golden raisins, apricots, etc.) chopped small
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Place the oats in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan set over low heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, apple juice, spices, and salt. Bring to the boil and stir till sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture over the oats. Then stir in the dry milk and the assorted fruit and nuts. Now drop by tablespoonful onto a greased parchment lined sheet pan. Press top to flatten slightly and serve when cooled. You could also press mixture into a greased 8x8 inch pan, allow to cool, and cut into squares.