Occasionally my mother would make date squares when I was a child. I never really liked them then but I have learned to love them as an adult. Filled with oatmeal and sweet dates the squares are filling and tasty at the same time. Try one as a mid afternoon snack to get you through the day.
At this time of year I like to take picnics out and explore my home town. It’s great to have something sweet to finish off the meal. Peanut Chip bars are sweet and nutty and filled with chocolate chips. Their soft and moist but firm enough that they won’t disintegrate in your picnic basket.
For a change try using butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate.
Sometimes I like a small sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon. Instead of cookies or candy I often turn to dried fruit. Fruit Bites combine a number of popular dried fruits with nuts and seeds to make a rolled treat. For a change in the recipe substitute sesame seeds for sunflower seeds.
1 cup dried dates
1/2 cups cashews
1/2 cups dried apricots
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Put dates. cashews, apricots and oats in a food processor with the mixing blades. Mix on high speed until chunks are combined and the batter is of thick consistency. Batter will be sticky.
Remove from food processor and roll in a log in parchment. Chill for at least an hour.
Remove from parchment and cut in slices. Roll slices in sunflower seeds to coat.
I rediscovered my mother’s cookbook this week. It’s amazing what memories a few words on paper can bring back. The recipes lovingly copied in both my mother’s and my grandmother’s handwriting remind me of special occasions. My mom used to open the book to mix and bake her special recipes on a birthday, holiday or when one of us was feeling blue.
English Spice Cookies is a recipe originating from my English grandmother. Nana liked her sweets and we could always find cookies of some kind on her table. The recipe has a hint of spice and dried fruits to sweeten the batter. For a change try using dried blueberries or dried cranberries instead of dates.