Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Take-Along Breakfast Cookies

My Hubbers is an avid bicycle rider.  He rides over 100 miles a week.  In 1997 he did a 3-month cross country ride, from Maine to Washington and down the California coast before heading inland to home. Each summer he and his biking crew plan a big ride.  This year it's to Glacier National Park in Montana.  Over the course of eight riding days they will log 550 miles and do 20,000 feet of climb. On a bicycle! Meanwhile I stay home and think I've done a good workout if I walk around the neighborhood!

The group left Sunday in our small RV.  I was requested to make these breakfast cookies.  They are a little bit sweet, a little bit savory.  My mom has been making these cookies for eons, I have no idea where she originally got the recipe. They are great for road trips as they stay fresh a while if kept in an enclosed container or bag. They provide a little bit of energy and are a good pick-me-up in the morning. Don't let the fact that a cookie has bacon and cheddar cheese in them, they are really quite yummy!

Take-Along Breakfast Cookies

¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups regular oats, uncooked
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup wheat germ
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

 Combine flour, soda, and salt; mix well, and set aside.

Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla.   Add flour mixture, mixing well.  Stir in oats, cheese, wheat germ, and bacon.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350° for 16 minutes.  Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets.

 Yield:  2 dozen.

I fondly refer to my husband's biking partners as his harem.  They have been doing bicycle trips for over 20 years now.  Our office manager, Anne, drives the RV from campground to campground each day, seeing the sights along the way.  She shops for groceries, runs errands, does laundry, and usually has their camp site set up by the time the bicyclists arrive in the afternoon. Lisa accompanies Mark on the tandem bicycle. At night they play cards, visit with the locals, and have been known to drink their fair share of tequila. There is never a dull moment with the three of them!

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