Friday, June 10, 2016

Oregon Trail Cookies


Last week-end we hiked the St. Perpetua trail located at Cape Perpetua Oregon. It is a fairly steep climb down and then back up, about 3 miles total. From the top we could see the rocky beaches and the pacific ocean. There were wild flowers decorating the sides of the hill at the summit.


During the walk down old trees draped in moss kept the sun at bay


and Olive found herself a very nice stick.


The day before I baked these Oregon trail cookies to take with us. I added wheat germ and substituted walnuts for the almonds otherwise kept true to the recipe. The base of the cookie is made with flour, oats and peanut butter. We enjoyed them very much.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from a recipe on Bob's Red Mill Website

1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
¾ cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter (softened)
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 egg (beaten first, then added)
½ cup walnuts (chopped)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup dried cranberries

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 350

Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a medium-sized bowl add and whisk together flour, oats, wheat germ, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and honey. Then add in egg and vanilla and mix together. Combine and add flour mixture, one half at a time. Now gently mix in walnuts, pumpkin seeds and cranberries.

Roll dough into balls, (I used a ¼ cup measuring tool to keep them all the same size). Flatten tops with a fork and bake until golden brown about 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool in pan about 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 12 cookies
Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

56 comments:

  1. These are my kind of cookies and Olive is too cute 😀

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  2. I would love this cookies..healthy also..Olive is a darling..lots of hug to her..but dear want to see a photo of Pacific ocean from top..if you have

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    1. Hi Moumita, will add pic of the pacific ocean for you later today or tomorrow, take care!

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  3. How appropriate are these cookies for you! I think they might have been named just for you :) They sound perfect for hiking a beautiful Oregon trail! Love your pictures, how fun!

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    1. Thanks Chris, we are enjoying ouyrselves.

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  4. Olive really did find a good stick - so smooth and just the right size. I miss my labradors. This looks like a wonderful hike - with the mist and flowers - sounds like a wonderful adventure. The cookies look great too! Have a great weekend Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, you should see some of the sticks Olive tries to pick up, they are huge at least this one wasn't too big.

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  5. Aw, love your sweet Olive! A stick for her and yummy cookies for the rest of you!!

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  6. Oh my gosh, your cookies look sooo good, Cheri. Love to replicate them...BTW Love the sweet pic of your doggie, Olive, too =)

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  7. Sounds like you had a scenic adventure Cheri and Olive found a keepsake:)

    Everything about these cookies is healthy and yummy, Cheri...dreid cranberries make them pop!

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip and cookies, Cheri...

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    1. Hi Louise, yes we had a great adventure, Olive is always very happy when she finds a stick.

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  8. What beautiful scenery! I have friends who are originally from Oregan, I can see why they love the area. The cooked look fabulous, I've been looking for a lunchbox cookie for the kids so I will give these a go.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. Thanks Julie, these are great travelling cookies!

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  9. I love the images of your hike. I've just finished a 5km walk on the beach and I'm exhausted - and it was all on the flat! And I didn't have any trail cookies - what a great idea xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, oh I love walking on the beach, so relaxing!

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  10. Both of us are so lucky to live in places with such beautiful scenery and pristine walks in the woods. And love cookies like this for the journey. Now I'm in the mood to bake! :)

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    1. Hi Lea Ann, yes I agree, everywhere I look I see beauty here. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. I feel as if I am vacationing in Oregon through your eyes Cheri, so much fun and so beautiful! Your cookies look delicious!

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    1. Thanks Peggy, we are all enjoying ourselves!

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  12. Looks like it was a fun walk, Cheri. And it's always nice to take a healthy treat along to enjoy!

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  13. Appropriately named! What a lovely place for a hike and cookies sound so chock full of delicious flavor, Cheri. Olive looks very proud of her stick :)

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    1. Hi Susan, yes Olive almost looks like she is walking with a swagger when she finds a stick.

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  14. Those cookies sound and look very delicious!

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  15. These are perfect cookies for energy while hiking! I love Olive - what a beauty!

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    1. Thanks David, she is a wonderful companion.

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  16. Sounds like a great trail! And, what a perfect cookie to take along on a hike.

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    1. Hi Lisa, yes it is a great trail, there are alot of places to hike here.

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  17. I love baking things like this to take on a walk, what a lovely thing to do and these sound delicious!

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  18. Hi Cheri. I love that Olive found such a great stick on your wonderful walk through uch great secenery

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    1. Thanks Tania for stopping by, Olive does love her sticks.

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  19. appropriately named cookies, and delicious ones, at that! delightful. :)

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  20. What a great treat to take along on your hike. Good planning, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Monica, we hike almost every day so that makes things pretty easy.

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  21. I love this post and I love seeing how happy Olive is on the trails! I need to make these cookies to enjoy on the land!

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    1. Thanks Pamela, she is so happy on the trails and always when she finds a good stick.

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  22. What a beautiful hike, and these cookies sound like the perfect thing to snack on!

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  23. What a beautiful hike, and these cookies sound like the perfect thing to snack on!

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  24. These cookies sound wonderful! It seems like they would have great texture. I would love to try making them. What a beautiful place for a hike! I really enjoyed your pictures, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Shari, we love it here, but I am already missing the kids back home.

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  25. Those look delicious, Cheri, and your hike seems heavenly. Isn't it funny how labs always want to carry a stick on their walks? Mine always have to have the biggest one they can find and they change it up several times during our journey!

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    1. yes, labs are the best, once Olive finds the one she wants she carries it the whole way. Take care!

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  26. Beautiful post. Cookie looks so delicious :-)

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  27. These cookies look great. Love your dog!

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    1. Thanks Janet, appreciate you stopping by.

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