Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nutty Dried Mango White Chocolate Cookies



When I started my blog we've just moved here and its been an on and off thing as I work and manage the home together with my husband and two children. I am also a wife and a mother so to speak but to say only these things would be unfair to myself because I never thought of it that way. I am me and I found that baking, cooking and writing is equally about myself, my life and my struggles. I want to write, I want to express my thoughts because it makes me feel good and useful. As I wrote before, ( http://kocinadepinay.com/life-is-what-we-make-it/ ) "Every woman is a person, not a camouflage. I enjoy conversation,making friends and I am not afraid to share my experiences. There are people out there who might need my reflections as a woman, as a person and probably they are just right there in one corner, afraid and lonely." So, yeah...I would always go back to where I begin. I wont even care if my readers have long been gone, it doesn't bother me at all.. write Lizza write.. This is totally changing my aging self and they say age is just a number but it's not true, personally speaking.. I feel the curse of aging..ha ha ha! and I can see it too. There are days when I look at the mirror, I would see myself..and oh my..yes its me and perimenopausal hits me.. its bulls eye! There's no escape, neither me nor you. So, I better get going and challenge myself to do the things that I love.. this time I wont be looking back, this time I will continue to progress and put my perspective into a reality, so help me God! Please I'm not a melodramatic mama here ..this is a happy post...ha ha ha!

So I will begin by telling you about these magical cookies that I made last time. It seems that my daughter is worried about her weight and I often tell her to go out, do some running or brisk walking. My son who is now serving his two-year National Service and a certified health buff has told me to stop feeding his sister with unwanted or unnecessary food for health and weight sake. You see growing up I didn't enjoy eating because I was born in the hard times..oh well this is another story. My tendency is to buy all the things that I know would be good and delicious. I bring home all the nice things that I can buy. I bake and I cook them too. Until my son told me that I needed to stop because I'm not doing any help to his sister and even to him at times. He told me that in as much as I want to do those things because I love them, I should stop, its enough because they are not small children anyway, they've had their time and they enjoyed it ..but I need to stop..yes STOP. These words struck me face to face and the realization hits me, my children have grown already. How come I don't know that..I didn't notice that..blame it on me yes.. and I will blame myself because I'm a working mother. Oh what a life..I love my children and I miss them badly as a small children.

Then let's go back to these magical cookies..I played around with ingredients. I put nuts, dried fruits and chocolates. But there's this batch of cookies that I will never forget because it brought me home, down the memory lane and they're so good. I never realize that putting our very own 7D Dried Mango together with white chocolate chips and pecan would be that great. By the way, I opted to make cookies for my children. I stopped bringing home all the goodies and our cabinet is empty.. just empty of those unnecessary for the health and weight. But the real me wont just stop like that..so in the end my world turn into cookies and I'm sharing with you the first ever delicious dried mango cookies in my whole 48 years of existence here on earth.. ha ha ha.. please join me in laughing!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white sugar

4 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup chopped dried mango

1 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped walnut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar.

While doing that process, combine all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside

Add the eggs one at a time. Add in the vanilla

Add the flour mixture gradually. Combine properly.

Add the oats and make it just combined, then add the ff : nuts, dried mango and white chocolate chips.

Don't over mixed. You can use apricot instead of dried mango, but use white chocolate chips only.

Drop 1/4 cup of dough or you can use a medium ice cream scoop about 7 cm apart onto lightly greased baking tray.

Bake for 16-20 mins 180 c /375


It's like embracing home once again.. I'm proud of our Philippine Mangoes, it's the best and the flesh is very rich and sweet. When its dried, its sweeter than sour and the texture is soft and chewy. Big and round that's how I wanted my cookies. I can't tell you how thrilled I am but Im sure the picture speaks for it.. these cookies are truly wonderful in a cup of coffee or tea. Let's eat. Let's giggle. Let's be merry.

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