Winter Foods: What’s Considered a Winter Food?

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Orange Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Have you ever wondered what foods are considered “Winter Foods”? Here is a list of foods that are considered to be winter foods, as well as recipes to make this winter.

There are 9 winter food dishes that are very popular:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Creamed soups
  • Cheese based casseroles
  • Cheesecakes
  • Chili
  • Pies
  • Cookies
  • Fried side dishes
  • Creamy pot pies

Other great foods that are associated with winter are:

  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts, including but not limited to chestnuts
  • Grapes, pineapples, apples, grapefruit and oranges
  • In addition, cabbage and sweet potatoes are usually available throughout the winter months as well.

Depending on where you live, the winter months may be long, dark and cold. If that is the case, food may bring comfort during that time. Hence the term, “Comfort Foods”. Starting up our oven when it is cold outside not only provides us with a warm meal, but it also adds warmth to our homes. The smell of an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven often brings a feeling of comfort to us as well.

One of my favorite winter pairings would have to be cookies and milk. Cookies are already associated with the winter season and I am going to give you a recipe for white chocolate milk that will warm up your insides this winter.

Since oranges are associated and available during the winter, I am going to share with you, recipes for Orange Oatmeal cookies.

Orange Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Crisco, butter flavored
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt (Check out our recommended salt and pepper grinder sets!)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Spray cookie sheets with butter spray. (Or line them with no stick foil)
  3. Blend Crisco, sugar, egg, milk, vanilla and orange juice until blended.
  4. In separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add dry mix into wet mix and slowly blend.
  6. Add coconut. Mix.
  7. Drop by teaspoon full scoops onto sheet, 2 inches apart, with a cookie scoop
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Crisco, butter flavored
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed, or from sugar bowl
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Spray cookie sheets with butter spray. (Or line them with no stick foil)
  3. Blend Crisco, sugar, egg, milk, vanilla and orange juice until blended.
  4. In separate bowl combine oats, flour, soda, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Add dry mix into wet mix and slowly blend with hand mixer
  6. Add cranberries. Mix.
  7. Drop by teaspoon or cookie scoop full scoops onto sheet, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.

Now, let us not forget our pairing: Cookies and milk. Here is a sweet recipe for White Chocolate Milk:

White Chocolate Milk

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp white chocolate flavored instant pudding
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

Pour milk into a glass mug and add pudding. Mix. Heat in microwave for 45 to 60 seconds. Stir.

Add: (optional)

Dollop of cool whip

Sprinkle of cinnamon

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