So a little while ago I got a jar of black strap molasses because it was supposed to loaded with iron and for whatever reason I was still anemic even though I was taking both a prenatal vitamin that had iron in it AND an iron supplement. I was trying to eat more iron rich foods and the molasses? So not for me. 🙁 I tried it a few times in my oatmeal and just did not like it at all. The flavor was not something I could get past.
I decided to give it a try in baking. I found this recipe and it sounded really tasty so this weekend I finally tried it! It was rainy and stormy and seemed like good baking weather.
- ½ cup butter (1 stick), room temp
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
- 12 oz (1 bag) chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli baking chips)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large bowl, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and molasses (which should all be at room temp). Mix until smooth using the paddle attachment or a hand mixer.
- In another large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together (or you can sift it).
- Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- Use a cookie scoop to drop dough onto your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2" in between.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown with the centers almost done. You want them to be chewy, not crispy.
- Let cool on the pan for about 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Notes: Betty Crocker recipe passed along from a family friend
The cookies were super easy to make and took maybe 15 minutes to prep. I baked each batch for 10 minutes on the dot and that worked well. They came out chewy and not crispy or too raw.
The cookies were FABULOUS. I am partial the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and these were so delicious. There was a HINT of the molasses flavor but for some reason it didn’t bother me in the cookies–it added to the richness of flavor instead of being off-putting for me. I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s really delicious, easy to make and they came out perfectly!
This weekend I also had a lunch date with my friend Erika. We went to Pizzicato. I was craving a slice + a salad! I really like their pizza. Since I’d had a small breakfast and went swimming before lunch I was kind of famished when I got there so I ended up getting two slices of pizza–cheese and the puttanesca (artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil and kalamata olives) — so good!
The lunch special comes with a salad and we both got the Arugula and Pear salad (it’s one of my favorite salads). It’s arugula and spinach with pear, gorgonzola and candied walnuts. Lunch was perfect and hit the spot on all my cravings!
We hung out for a few hours talking and catching up. Last time I saw her was at my baby shower but it was so busy and chaotic it was hard to talk about too much so this was nice….just getting out of the house and catching up with a friend.
In Due Time
I signed up for two 5k’s! Yahoo!
Damn, it’s so weird to see old photos of me! This was two summers ago:
So yeah…I signed up for two 5k’s–one in August and one in September. Michael signed up, too. I was so happy I was able to run two 5k’s last year — both while pregnant. One race was with Michael (his first) and one was with my dad. They were both cool experiences and I’m really excited about doing it again this year.
I am not putting too much pressure on myself in regards to training because obviously, things will be different this year. Once I’m cleared to exercise again by the doctor I’ll start training slowly. Lots of walking with the babe and eventually get back to running. I will probably do the Couch to 5k program again.
That was my weekend. How was yours?