8 Weeks ‘til Christmas

October 29, 2010

Seriously! It seems like these weeks are going faster and faster and the countdown number is rapidly shrinking! I can’t say that I’m fully ready for Christmas yet, but it’s obviously coming whether I’m ready for it or not.

This week I made tribute to one of my favorite ingredients…OATMEAL! It’s amazing how versatile the little grain is, I could literally eat it morning, noon, night and dessert 🙂

I found the recipe for these Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges in a Better Homes and Garden Magazine I recently picked up. The magazine is focused on food gifts for the holiday season. There are a million creative ideas in the mag and I can’t wait to start making some foodie gifts. This year I want to focus on more homemade goodies and gifts, than the typical store bought Christmas.

These de-li-cious cookies are super easy to make, which I love. And they can be made in a jiffy! All of the ingredients are pretty common ingredients too, so I had everything on hand to make them and had no “one ingredient pick up” run to the grocery store. LOVE IT!

Spiced Oatmeal Shortbread Wedges
by Better Homes and Garden

Ingredients
1/2 c regular rolled oats
1 c all-purpose flour
3 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c butter cut in to small pieces
2 tsp milk
1 tbsp sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread oats out on to baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until oats are light brown. Let cool completely. In a food processor combine 1/3 c of cooled oats with the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Cover and process until oats are ground. Add butter pieces to food processor. Cover and pulse until mixture just comes together. Form dough in to a ball.

2. Pat dough in to 8 inch circle on an ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, make a scalloped edge. Brush dough lightly with milk. Sprinkle with the remaining oats and sugar; pres oat mixture lightly in to dough. Cut in to 10 wedges (leave in  wedges in circle).

3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Recut circle in to wedges while warm. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool.

This is what happens when a batch of cookies are left around me…

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April October 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

These look delish!

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2 Dajana October 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Your photo with an empty plate portrays me as well. No wonder it's empty if it is something so delicious you're talking about.

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3 Lee Ann October 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

These sound great!

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4 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life October 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

My heart started pounding when I saw 8 weeks until Christmas… that's IT?!? And I'm not even allowed to start enjoying Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

But your wedges look deeelish!!

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5 Debbi Does Dinner Healthy October 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Love oatmeal, love shortbread so these HAVE to be good! yummers! Thanks!

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6 Megan October 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I love those cookies that are so pantry friendly! These sound wonderful!

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7 Lisa October 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm

I love a good spice cookie and with that oatmeal, it would be healthy too, right? So, I could eat a couple of these for breakfast and I'd be doing a good thing, a really good thing.

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8 Chef Bee October 30, 2010 at 2:40 am

8 weeks!Yikes! You dish looks wonderful, obviously, look at the empty plate.

Plan B

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9 Marcellina October 30, 2010 at 4:16 am

Wonderful recipe! As you say simple every day ingredients but they remind me of Scottish shortbread cut into triangles like that.

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10 Sue October 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

This sounds like a fantastic recipe! I love shortbread and this variation sounds delicious!

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11 crustabakes October 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

spices, brown sugar and oatmeal. SO delightful, YUMMM!

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12 Megan October 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

Wow – those look so good – perfect any time of day. Or night!

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13 Seglare October 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

As a huge Christmas person, I'm so happy that there are only 8 weeks until Christmas – but at the same time, with the (temporarily) warm weather and all, it feels a bit unreal. 🙂

Your oatmeal wedges look great! No wonder that an empty plate is all that's left of these. 😉

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14 Gigabiting October 31, 2010 at 7:34 am

Shortbread is always my go-to treat- so quick and you always have the ingredients.

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15 UGG 5819 November 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

what a great post!

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