June 27, 2009

Southern Living: Granola Cookies

Last weekend I made another new cookie recipe, Granola Cookies. This one comes from a favorite cookie source, Southern Living's All-Time Favorite Cookies. I've made quite a few different recipes from this cookbook and all with great success.

I wanted to make something a bit different from the all chocolate cookies this time. I liked that these had granola in them, but I did substitute chocolate chips for the raisins. They came out a bit crispier than I like my cookies, but that didn't stop My Husband and My Oldest from coming back for more and more cookies! So, they were a hit... but, I do prefer a soft and chewy cookie a bit more.
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Since I had a few questions on freezing cookies, I thought I'd share what I've found today.
  • I use larger flat Tupperware containers to store them. You can use any brand as long as it provides a good seal.
  • Layer the cookies between sheets of wax paper. This will keep them from sticking together as they freeze and make removing just the amount you wnat much easier.
  • Keep in mind that the texture of some cookies may change after an extended time in the deep-freeze. I tend to only keep them in the freezer for 3-6 months at the most.
  • To defrost, I pull them out and allow them to sit at room temperature until I'm ready to nibble. Some cookies are actually quite tasty even when frozen, as My Husband and Father-in-Law have been known to head out to the freezer and nibble them without waiting!


Granola Cookies
Source: Southern Living, All-Time Favorite Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups commercial granola (I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)


Directions

  1. Beat butter at medium speed on electric mixer until creamy, gradually add sugars; beat well. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.
  2. Combine flour through cinnamon; add to creamed mixture, mix well. Stir in granola and raisins.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet (I cover mine in parchment paper).
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Yield: 4 1/2 dozen
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10 comments:

Deborah said...

I have this cookbook and need to bake from it more often!

finsmom said...

Great cookie recipe! I will have to try it out for my little ones!

Joelen said...

This looks great!! What a great way to use Granola!

Lynda said...

These look so good, Patsy- I like that you used chocolate chips in them as I don't like raisens cooked in cookies. Give me chocolate anytime! And granola and chocolate would be yummy!

Dragon said...

I love chewy cookies too. :) These look amazing!

Martha said...

I love chewy cookies too so always try to under bake them just a bit so they are softer and chewier.

Jamie said...

Patsy,
Looks like another great cookie recipe. I have the Southern Living America's Best Home Cooking Cookbook and it's a great cookbook.

Thanks for the freezing tips. I've never frozen my cookies. They seem to disappear too quickly.

Katrina said...

Mmm, I love granola. These look delicious!

EAT! said...

I see a trip to TJ's in the very future! These cookiess sound amazing. Do you have a few to spare? We never do.

Ashley said...

These sound good! I like my cookies on the softer side, too, but I'd definitely try these out :)

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