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Peanut Butter, Banana & Oat Dog / Squirrel Treats

Tired of banana bread? Use your brown bananas to make dog treats. Squirrels also LOVE these, and humans can eat them too! If you’re making this recipe for humans, you may want to consider adding a little maple syrup or honey to the mix.  Peanut Butter, Banana & Oat Dog / Squirrel Treats Ingredients 4 mashed ripe bananas 1/3 cup of natural peanut butter (peanuts should be the only ingredient) a sprinkle of turmeric powder (optional) 1/3 cup coconut flour (optional) rolled oats   Directions Preheat your oven to 250F and line a baking sheet or two with parchment. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add oats until the mixture is firm enough to roll balls without sticking to your hands too much. Start with 1 cup and see how it is.  Use a mini cookie scoop or teaspoon to scoop the mixture and then roll into balls. Flatten slightly on a baking sheet. They don’t spread so you can place them close together.  You may also press the mixture onto the baking sheet and flatten it into a

Chocolate Chip Rugelach Cookies

I was always on the hunt for the chewiest chocolate chip cookie recipe I can find. I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Chocolate Chip Rugelach on an awesome blog called Bakerita, and I absolutely LOVE these cookies. They're flaky and delicious! The only change I made was to use regular size chocolate chips since I couldn't find any mini ones. Oh, how I wish I had some of these right now!


The dough all rolled out.

Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips.

Rolled and ready to be chilled. 

Mmmm! Fresh from the oven. It's coffee and cookie time!

Chocolate Chip Rugelach Cookies
Makes 48 cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cold, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg white
  • Turbinado (or course) sugar for sprinkling
Directions
  1. Combine flour, salt, butter, cream cheese and sour cream with a pastry cutter (or put a glove on and use your hands - it's easier) until crumbly. You could also use a food processor.
  2. Divide into four equal balls and flatten into disks. Wrap separately in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Combine cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Roll each disk into a 9 inch circle. Be sure to keep the other ones chilling so they don't get warm. Bakerita suggested using a large bowl as a guide to trim the circles but I just eyeballed it.
  5. Sprinkle on 1/4 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and then 1/4 of the chocolate chips. Press into dough. Be gentle.
  6. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. You can use a pizza cutter but I just used a sharp knife.
  7. Roll the wedges starting at the wide end.
  8. Beat the milk and egg white together and brush it onto the tops of the cookies. Sprinkle on some sugar. Place the cookies on parchment lined baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes before putting in the oven. Repeat the whole rolling and cutting process for the other 3 disks of dough.
  9. To bake, preheat the oven to 350F and place the chilled cookies on the middle rack for 22 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks. Store them in an airtight container. Bakerita says they freeze well but I wouldn't know anything about that. They didn't last that long!
Tips:
  • Be sure to brush the milk/egg mixture on the cookies before placing them on the baking sheet otherwise whatever liquid spills onto the sheet may burn. 

Comments

  1. Delicious! Who knew there are so many way to make choc chip cookies :) I would love you to check mine out, they are #5. Thanks!

    The Farm Girl

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  2. Ooo Yummy.. Your pictures are sinfully awesome..I love and have to try this.. I'm visiting from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com and officially following ya with smiles.. Hope you can stop in sometime.. : )) Off to indulge in more of your awesome posts.. :)) lol!!) Happy weekend..

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  3. I love it!! What a great spin on the challenge theme! These look absolutely delightful!

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  4. This was original and creative. The two of you made a great chocolate chip cookie.

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  5. These look SO good! I am going to have to try them out! I'm so happy to see you have joined the challenge too! That's so awesome! :) :) :)

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  6. What a creative twist on the chocolate chip cookie! Great pics too. I'm #48 in the challenge. :)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by!! Your cookies look amazingly tasty! Following ya :)

    ~Nikki #41

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/candied-bacon-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

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  8. These look delicious!! I'm definitely going to have to make these!

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  9. Oh wow, those look so interesting!! I might need to try these stat!!

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  10. I too wish that I had some of these right now, they look wonderful and I've saved the recipe to make.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  11. I love rugulah and I am definitely going to try these. Love your blog too.

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  12. Your Cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you, I am #15. Hope you are having a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

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  13. Wow, those look like a stomach ache waiting to happen! Yum!!

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  14. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

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  15. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!loved the shape....pics are too good

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  16. So glad you enjoyed the cookies! :)
    They're definitely up there in my favorite cookies I've ever made...but I'm a sucker for flakiness, chocolate, and cinnamon!

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  17. I love rugelach! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!

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