Orange Oaties

These are oatmeal cookies that are flavored with honey, orange zest and orange juice.  They are just packed with flavor.  Then the addition of oats as part of the flour makes them a reasonably healthy snack.  It doesn’t hurt that they have limited fat too.  Because this recipe uses basic, simple ingredients, I often find that I have all these ingredients in my pantry. Its nice to have a reliable recipe like Orange Oaties for a treat that uses pantry staples!

Now, I find baking with honey sometimes requires knowing a couple of tricks.  Understand that the finished product will be tacky.  It seems no matter what, baking with honey leaves the product sweet but sticky. Think baklava!  Oh, but the taste is worth it–at least occasionally.

Other things to know about baking with honey.  Honey is sweeter than sugar.  In yeast breads you can substitute honey for sugar in the same proportion.  However, in other baking it is often necessary to reduce the honey.  If the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use only 3/4 cups of honey.  If you want to mix the two for the flavor, or because that is what you have in the pantry,  for 1 cup of sugar I’d use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of honey.  You get the idea.  If you don’t want such a sweet cookie, cut back a little on the honey.

Finally, honey does crystalize on the shelf.  No problem!  Just stand the jar of honey in a pan of hot water.  Be sure the water is higher than the honey and stir the honey as the crystals dissolve.  Now the honey is ready for baking.  Enjoy!

Orange Oaties
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cups honey
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup Postitively Free™ Instant Oats (toasted, if desired)
  • 1½ cup Baking Free™ gluten-free all purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 orange (just the zest, finely shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Toast oats in a dry frying pan ½ cup at a time until golden.
  2. Put the honey and orange juice in a small pan and simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and syrupy.
  3. Put the oats, flour, sugar, xanthan gum and orange zest in a bowl. Mix the baking soda with one tablespoon boiling water and add to the flour mixture together with the honey orange syrup. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Place spoonfuls of the dough on the prepared baking sheets, spacing slightly apart, and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on the sheets for 7 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 16 cookies.
Notes
These cookies stay slightly sticky.  Every cookie recipe I've ever baked with honey stay a little sticky.  Taste great though!

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