Take Along Breakfast Cookies
Cookies for breakfast?! My husband is a “cookie monster” who has never met a cookie he didn’t like! I recently discovered a recipe for Take Along Breakfast Cookies that he really likes. He often exists on coffee until lunch time or even later so I’d rather see him eat a “breakfast cookie” than nothing at all!
Take Along Breakfast Cookies are basically oatmeal cookies to which wheat germ, shredded Cheddar cheese and crisp crumbled bacon have been added for some savory goodness. On days when we are rushed, wouldn’t it be nice to have Take Along Breakfast Cookies as a grab-and-go treat?
Yields 24 cookies
10 minPrep Time
16 minCook Time
26 minTotal Time
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
- 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; mix well and set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar; beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Add flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats, cheese, wheat germ and bacon.
- Drop (or scoop) dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 16 minutes. Enjoy!
First of all, fry the bacon ahead so that it has time to cool, making it easier to crumble. I always fry more bacon than I need for a recipe so I can crumble it into a salad or an omelet or any food that’s enhanced by the flavor of bacon! Be sure that the bacon is well drained on a paper towel to get rid of any excess drippings.
Also noteworthy, the butter and sugar cream together best if the butter is softened. You can always microwave it on the low setting (10%) for 75 seconds or the length of time specified by the manual that came with your microwave oven. The goal is to soften the butter, not melt it – so watch it closely.
In addition, scoops have really made portioning food for baking so much easier! My husband has seen me use a scoop to portion cookies so quickly and effectively that he uses a scoop for cookies too. (He is a Cookie Monster, after all!)
Eating on the Run
At times, family, work, school, extracurricular and social commitments often seem to collide creating the necessity for “eating on the run.” Eating on the run might mean buying some “fast food” to eat in the car while driving. Eating snack food at your desk to continue working is another example of eating on the run. Any time we don’t have more than 10 minutes to eat a meal could be referred to as “eating on the run.”
One of the pitfalls of eating on the run is that we aren’t paying attention to what we’re eating; we’re engaged in “mindless eating.” Part of our distraction from eating is not being aware of how hungry we are as well as whether or not the food is satisfying our appetites. We’re also deprived of the pleasures of eating because we’re thinking about things other than the food we’re ingesting.
When we’re not engaged in “mindful eating” we don’t enjoy the food and we are less aware of how much we have consumed which can lead to overeating later in the day to try to get the enjoyment we missed at the meal we ate “on the run.” I used to have about 10 minutes to wolf down my lunch at my desk in the job I had before I retired. I still have a problem slowing down to eat meals because I developed such a bad habit of “eating on the run.”
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Take Along Breakfast Cookies but I also hope you don’t make it a habit to miss enjoying a real hearty breakfast at times too! Check out other Silver Foodie recipes for other breakfast items.
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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