Thursday, February 14, 2013

Granola Cookies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a nice recipe to have on hand when there's granola in the pantry and you get the urge to bake cookies. I found this simple recipe on the Epicurious site and it caught my eye because the recipe lends itself to simple manipulation. I cut back a bit on the sugar and replaced some of the chips with raisins and toasted nuts. I also added maple extract and cinnamon for a bit of extra flavor. The recipe makes a nice cookie, but I must admit that good old-fashioned oatmeal cookies still hold first place in my heart. If you are in the mood to bake and would like to try something new, I think you'll enjoy these cookies. Here's how they are made.

I am sorry to be late this evening. I had trouble loading photos to blogger and it took sometime to figure out a work-around. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal tomorrow.

Granola Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Gourmet magazine

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 to 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
1 large egg
1 cup granola
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (nuts and dried fruit can be substituted)

1) Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter, sugars, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes, then beat in egg until combined well. Reduce speed to low, then add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in granola and chocolate chips.
3) Drop 18 mounds (about 2 level tablespoons per mound) of batter about 2 inches apart onto 2 ungreased large baking sheets, then pat each mound into a 2 1/2-inch round.
4) Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until pale golden, about 13 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 minute, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Yield: 15-18 cookies.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

Many years ago I used to make something very similar to this, and it was amazing! I know yours is, too! Maybe it is the same recipe!

Alessandra said...

They sound perfect for the lunch box, or for my husband when he is running!


Kim said...

I will keep this recipe in mind, it looks really good Mary!

Unknown said...

wow yummy and healthy cookies...luks perfect.

Unknown said...

Mmmmmm... granola cookies... YUM! Okay, so I would say yum to just about any cookies, but still... they look fantastic!

pam said...

I make my own granola, so I am always looking for ways to use it other than just plain ole eating it!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Adding granola to cookies has to make them healthy...right.

Tanna said...

I struggled with the blogger thing, too. Grrrr...

These sound wonderful... and so does the granola recipe!! blessings and Happy Valentine's wishes ~ tanna

Merisi in Vienna said...

I wished I could snatch one off the screen! ;-)

Happy Valentine's Day, Mary!
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful recipes and photographs. Like Valentine Day throughout the year,

David said...

Mary, These cookies really sound good! My wife made sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies this morning...perhaps I can get her to make these granola cookies the next time. Thanks for the recipe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

teresa said...

i would never think to make cookies out of granola, they look fantastic!

Joanne said...

The granola must add such a nice crunch to these! How tasty!

Valérie said...

They look great! I need to learn how to make deceptively tasty cookies that are also relatively healthy, in case my baby grows up to be a picky eater!


I love crunchy things ... so this would be a good cookie for me.

I was in Cannon Beach last week and thought of you. We were in the same state for a few days.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

These cookies look good, Mary, but I'm with you... Oatmeal cookies are my all time favorite cookie in the world. The recipe from Neiman Marcus is the best I've found.

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