By: Jenna Anding, Associate Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist, The Texas A&M System
Prunes are often packed in a 1-pound package. One serving is about 4 to 6 prunes.
Prunes make a great-tasting fruit snack for busy people. You can also use prunes in cakes, muffins and cookies.
How to store them
For best quality, store unopened boxes of prunes in a cool, dry place.
Once the box has been opened, store the prunes in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage. Use prunes within 6 months.
Oatmeal Prune Cookies (makes about 30 cookies)
What you need
½ cup shortening
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated white sugar
2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
10 chopped prunes
How to make it
- Wash your hands; make sure your cooking area is clean.
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar until the mixture is smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Set it aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir it into the creamed sugar and shortening mixture.
- Stir in the oatmeal and chopped prunes.
- Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and let them cool on a wire rack.
Tip: Soak the prunes in hot water for about 10 minutes to make them soft.
Tip: To measure packed brown sugar, spoon or scoop it into a dry measuring cup. Pack it down firmly with a spatula or spoon until level. Brown sugar should hold its shape when removed from the cup.
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