Sunday, February 19, 2012

Flu Fighter Cookies




Put down the phone, I didn't find a cure for the flu. I just made some yummy cookies filled with ingredients to help your body battle the flu! 

If you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you have missed the week long saga of  every member of my family being sick. We even paid the ER a visit on Wednesday! Fun times.  I am just now starting to feel human again (can't you tell? I made cookies) thanks to a LOT of herbal tea with honey and enough Vicks products to make any shareholder happy. 

Let's break down a few of these ingredients!
Cinnamon: anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic properties.
Nutmeg: helps regulate your GI tract.
Allspice: helps ease digestive symptoms (use your imagination), acts as an anesthetic to numb pain, it is also knows to have string antioxidant properties, and it is used to treat coughs, chills, bronchitis, and depression.
Ginger: widely used to treat colds and the flu.
Honey: helps treat allergies
Cranberries: rich in antioxidants and helps treat infections
Raisins: another concentrated source of antioxidants
WalnutsEating as few as six to seven average sized nuts a day could help scavenge disease causing free radicals from the body
Apricotsenriched with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; that helps prevent heart disease, reduce LDL, ("bad cholesterol") levels and offers protection against cancers


You might think they will taste like a spice cookie but the lemon zest adds a lovely freshness and keeps them light!


Have I convinced you yet?? 



Now go whip up a batch! 

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Flu Fighter Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced


Preparation:

Spray 2-3 baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray. 
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt until well combined.

Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Add the honey, yogurt, ginger powder and lemon zest and beat until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture to make a sticky batter (do not overmix). Fold in the oats and half of the raisins, cranberries, apricots, and walnuts.
 Mix the remaining dried fruit and nuts in a small bowl and set aside.

Drop 2 tablespoon sized scoops of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Top each with some of the reserved dried fruit and nut mixture and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake the cookies until dark golden but still soft, 10 to 12 minutes; cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.





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55 comments:

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I'm sold! I need these ASAP.

Allyson said...

Oh my goodness these look so good! I love every single one of those ingredients!

Allyson
http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

Brooke said...

I had the flu this week too. These are perfect.

Kelly said...

These are gorgeous regardless of their flu fighting capabilities! Great recipe! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

Leigh Anne said...

GREAT recipe! Thanks so much for sharing, can't wait to try these!

xo
Leigh Anne

Kara said...

Such a great recipe! I'll have to whip these up next time I'm sick (or maybe even before then)!

Jayme and Mendi said...

Wow, these are awesome! I could see these showing up on grocery store shelves!! I know I'd buy them! ;)

Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Anonymous said...

Wow! How interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Cara @ miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

LeahJo said...

totally love what you named them! they look and sound pretty tasty too.

Allison said...

You do! They are great!

Allison said...

Thanks, Allyson! I do too!

Allison said...

Eww. I'm sorry. I hope you are feeling better! Thank you!

Allison said...

Thank you!!!

Allison said...

Thanks, Leigh Anne!!

Allison said...

HA! You will! They are great...sick or healthy!

Allison said...

Thanks, Mendi! Your comments are such a blessing!!

Allison said...

Thank you!

Allison said...

:) Thanks!!

Rachael said...

Great idea, this is getting pinned for when we get the flu.

Halle said...

these look great!! Who knew fighting the flu would ever taste/look so good? :)

Best Wishes from, Classic+Glam

Allison said...

Thank you!

Allison said...

HA! So true! Thanks!

HayleyKiah said...

These sound so yummy! They have everything I love in them. I want to try them just for the heck of it not even because I have a cold.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great job...the info is great and what a way to get through the flu....I am going to pin this and make them for my boys!

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

These look great and sound delicious! And I'm sure they have preventive properties too. Like I need to eat two or three a day just to keep the flu away??!! So I don't have to wait until I'm sick . . . (puppy eyes here!). I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

ashlyn | nicole said...

these look so yummy & whats even better is that they are healthy for you! YEAHHHH. but sorry to hear your little family was sick, that is never fun. i remember when i was little everyone in my family had the flu but me -- i was afraid to be in my own house. haha

happy monday girl.
xx :: ashlyn

Allison said...

You should! Maybe its is just all in my head, but I DO feel better after enjoying a few yesterday. :)

Allison said...

Thank you! I know, right? You are such a great mom! Making cookies for your boys when they are sick! :)

Allison said...

Thanks for the invite Charlene!! Headed your way!

Allison said...

Thanks, friend! We actually opened the windows yesterday because we felt like we were breathing in our own germs. Gross.

Adventures of a DIY Dork said...

Those look sooooo yummy. I will definitely have to make some!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Mmmm....sounds yummy! I do love a healthy cookie! I'm pinning this one!

Allison said...

Yes, you will!

Allison said...

Me too! Thanks!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Okay, I need to make these. My daughter has some horrible virus and I'm afraid she's gonna pass it on. Thanks for the great recipe!

Allison said...

I hope she starts feeling better! Hopefully a cookie will cheer her up!

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

Melody said...

These look absolutely fantastic :) I'll have to try them. They would probably be great for seasonal colds as well!

Angie {Successful2gether} said...

Mmmm Yummy!

momto8 said...

I believe! The cookies look delicious!

Joanie's Quilts said...

I needed this recipe last week. I think I off and on had the flu all of February. Looks scrumptious too!

Allison said...

YES! They would!

Allison said...

Thank you!

Allison said...

Ha! Thanks!

Allison said...

Glad you are feeling better! Thank you!

 Curly J said...

MMM these look SO yummy! I wish I had one right now!

Kadie said...

Ok, anything that can help fight the flu is a winner in my book. If you can dress it up in a cookie.... amazing!! I have to try these. My kiddos have been coming home with a bug off and on for a while. I would love it if you would be willing to share this at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks.

http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/02/link-it-up-thursday-8.html

Michelle @ Changed By The Maker said...

These look terrific! I pinned the recipe! I found you at Domestically Divine Tuesday!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Yum. They sound good and good for you so total win-win. Sorry you've been ill but thanks for taking the time to share these!

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Love the name of these great cookies! Thank you for linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Can't wait to see what you bring to the party next! Hope to see you this coming week!

Kadie said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with us.:)

Kassi Mortensen said...

Um yes!!! You have my attention!! We definitely need a dozen or two of these in my house here lately... Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays by the way!
~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

These look delicious! We've had a few bouts of flu around here lately :( Pinned these! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

Holly Lefevre said...

These sounds delicious! I am making these for sure...YUM! Featuring these on Tickled pink this weekend!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Wow, I'm impressed that you know all this. Great job. Thank you so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Please do come back again next Friday.

Warmly, Michelle

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