Heard about Cronuts? How about Cuffins?

CuffinI don’t even pretend that I can cook. I give my husband dinner disclaimers before I serve supper:

“This meal is not exactly like the recipe said, I didn’t have an ingredient so I substituted another. Oh, and I put in a Tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon. I didn’t have my glasses on when I read the recipe. It should be edible, but I don’t know how good it will taste.”

My dog Bailey heads for the door as soon as he senses that the oven is on. I have set the smoke alarm off many times. Loud piercing noises are not good for doggie ears.

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Since I am back on Weight Watchers, I am counting points. Every food has a point value, based on fat, carbs, fiber and whatever.

Remember hearing all the hoopla about “Cronuts” in NYC, and people paying others to stand in line for them?

So I whipped up these Cuffins. Part cookie, part muffin. Huh, Kinda sounds like “coffin.” Heh. They are cookies that rise high like muffin tops. Well, they’re edible because I’m hungry. I took an Oatmeal cookie recipe and lightened it up.

Here’s what I used:
1 cup quick oats (8 points)
½ cup flour (anybody know how many points?? I can’t find my book.)
1 smushed banana (zero points baby, and yes, “smushed” is the technical term.)
1 apple, peeled, chopped and smushed (ditto)
1 egg (5 points)
1 Tablespoon of butter (anybody know the points??)
Dash of:
• Salt
• Nutmeg
• Cinnamon
• Ginger
Baking soda (or was it baking powder? I don’t know the difference, except one helps the fridge be less stinky.)

Mix it up real good in a bowl.

Oh yeah, first preheat the oven to 350.

Grab a cookie sheet; spray it with Pam (I don’t count any points for Pam, no matter how much I use)

Plop large tablespoons of the stuff onto the cookie sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes. Well, first wait until the oven hits 350.

And here they are:  Cuffins.

Cuffins

These are NOT a prize-winning dessert, just something to eat when you are trying to feel full and trying to cut down on the calories. Yes, I probably should have had a salad…..

Does anyone know the point values of the flour and / or butter?

Oops I just noticed I left out 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. See what I mean?

If you would like advice from someone who KNOWS how to cook and bake, head on over to my friend Dave’s website Spiced.

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