Monday, March 10, 2008

Greek butter cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 powdered sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in the almond extract. Blend in the flour to form a dough. you may have to knead by hand at the end. Take about a teaspoon of dough at a time and roll into 'S' shapes. Place cookies 1 to 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned and firm.

Oatmeal whole wheat banana muffin

3 mashed ripe bananas
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 375ยบ.
2. Combine bananas and next 4 ingredients (through vanilla) in a medium bowl; mix well, and set aside.
3. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup and level with a knife. Whisk together flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a small bowl.
4. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until they are just combined.
5. Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray (or use paper liners), and spoon 1/3 cup batter into each cup (cups will be full).
6. Bake 16 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.