I know last week I asked you all to tell me what you all like to see on this blog, and many of you said you all like it when I keep it real. While my most favorite thing to write about is definitely DIY tutorials, I also love to bake and don’t do it as often as I’d like. So this weekend I pulled out the hand mixer and got to work. However, I like to bake things that come together super quick and don’t require a ton of foreign ingredients that I can’t find in Small Town USA.
I had seen the Maple & Brown Sugar with Bacon Instant Oatmeal at H-E-B and had bought some. It caught my eye because, hellooooo bacon, but also because it had a fancy “Primo Pick” tag on it. The Primo Pick tag means it’s new, limited release, you should buy this NOW kind of thing. So, if you have an H-E-B near you and want to find cool new things to eat, look for the Primo Pick tag near the item. The sea salt cashews are a Primo Pick, and we cannot stop eating them. Finding Primo Pick tags has become a new obsession with Daniel and I. We puffy heart food.
So then I kind of chickened out on eating the oatmeal as intended for breakfast….until now. I also got some of this Apple Crisp soda which I’ll talk about in a moment.
Bacon is like the “it'” thing right now all over Pinterest and life in general, but I wanted to use these to make Daniel some tasty oatmeal cookies. He LOVES oatmeal cookies and they’re so quick to throw together. With about 10 minutes of prep + 10 minutes of baking you can have yourself some tasty, gourmet cookies.
Maple Bacon Instant Oatmeal Cookies (Makes about 24-28 small cookies or about 12-16 large cookies)
-6 packs of H-E-B Maple & Brown Sugar with Bacon Instant Oatmeal Packets
-1 cup of all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup of white sugar
-1/2 cup of brown sugar
-1/2 cup of butter (room temperature)
-1 tbsp. of milk
-1/4 tsp of baking powder
-1/2 tsp of baking soda
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Add in additional wet ingredients until well mixed. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients together.
-Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
-Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, form little balls of dough and flatten to about a quarter inch thickness (see below). Using a tablespoon makes you a ton of smaller cookies and using 2 tablespoons gives you that big cookie that you can get at the mall. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and crispy. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!
These cookies don’t have in-your-face bacon flavor, but they do have a slight smoky, bacon taste that pairs beautifully with maple and brown sugar. The hubby gives these 2 thumbs up!
Finally, I also convinced my hubby to help me create a fall shandy. The H-E-B Apple Crisp soda has a delicious, sweet natural flavor that I thought would be great in a beer. Being the beer nerd he is, he picked the perfect pairing that even non-beer lovers would enjoy.
Apple Shandy Recipe (Makes about 2-4 servings depending on glass used)
2 Paulaner Beers
2 cans of H-E-B Apple Crisp Soda
-Fill a glass 2/3 of the way with Paulaner beer and fill the remainder of the glass with H-E-B Apple Crisp soda (both are seasonal Primo Picks!). Drink and enjoy!
This drink really foams up a lot, which to me makes for beautiful presentation. You can definitely taste the apple, but it’s not overly sweet so as to make the beer taste awful. It’s a smooth, refreshing drink. The cookies and beer go well together for game day on Sundays.
Hope you all enjoy these recipes! Two weekends ago, my husband and I demolished our fireplace mantle. It was a bit of a “Oh my god, what have we done?!” kind of moment, but this past weekend we finally pulled up our boot straps and got to work on revamping it. You guys…wait until you see it!
I’ll be back with more about that later this week. For now, I’m off to enjoy a conference in Oklahoma where I am getting an award for social marketing! Wooooo! It’s definitely an honor, and I hope I win the gold award.
Although silver or bronze would work, too. It’s just an honor to be nominated.