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Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies- Cookies For Christmas

Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

These cookies were just posted on Butter Basil And Breadcrumbs, my good friend Prudy’s totally delicious blog, they were a guest post from yours truly, I liked them  so much I decided to put them in my gift baskets this year. They are crunchy, chewy, chocolatey downright delicious. I always put a chocolate chip cookie in my gift boxes because they are really a classic and adding the granola takes them to a new level. I used my homemade granola, it contains lots of nuts, coconut, maple syrup, coconut oil all good stuff and I make it super crispy. Forgive me for being redundant but had to include this cookie in my holiday repertoire. Note: I changed the recipe a bit after posting on Prudy’s site. reduced the butter by 1 tbs and increased the flour, I think it really depends on the granola that you use my latest batch must have had more coconut oil and the cookies spread a bit too much. You judge make a test cookie which is how I saw it spread. After adding the additional 2 tbs of flour they came out perfectly. 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup  (2 sticks) butter, room temperature (I use salted)
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups + 2 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ (heaping)cups granola (recipe here) Use your favorite or try mine. Your choice
  • 3 oz milk chocolate cut into pieces
  • 3 oz dark chocolate cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and brown sugar until creamy, add egg and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated and the mixture is fluffy.
  2. With mixer on low add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt, beat just until combined, add the granola and chocolate and again mix just until it is combined.
  3. I like to wrap the dough in plastic wrap or parchment put in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least an hour but its even better overnight.
  4. Remember: If you refrigerate overnight let sit at room temperature before baking(a half hour on the counter will do it). You can also freeze cookie dough, wrap well and place in zip lock freezer bags and store until ready to use. Let thaw in refrigerator about 2 days before you will be making the cookies.
  5. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Place scoops of the dough (I used a 1½ tbs ice cream scoop) on silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on rack.
  8. Note: the granola I used had pecans in it. If your granola doesn’t contain nuts you can add to the cookie dough unless you have a nut allergy.

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Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies For Just Another Cookie Monday

 

Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

Chocolate Chip Granola Cookies

Just Another Cookie Monday, what is that you might ask well it’s the brainchild of Prudy@Butter,Basil and Breadcrumbs. When I got an email asking me to participate in this cookie extravaganza I didn’t even hesitate to say YES, of course I would love to. First of all anything for Prudy, one of my absolute Fave bloggers and a real sweetheart, secondly, who doesn’t love cookies and anything to spread the cookie love is a very good thing. I hope you all enjoy my recipe.

The season of giving (cookies) is almost upon us and I am starting to make my cookie dough in preparation for the gift boxes, Secret Santa and Holiday Parties that are planned. The other day I made a  lot of granola. Granola is one of my favorite things, and homemade is what I really like best. I was feeling creative and used my recipe for chocolate chip cookies and changed and adapted to include some granola. My homemade granola is full of really good stuff, almond meal (left after making almond milk) coconut, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, pecans and I toast until really crisp. The resulting cookies are really nice, chewy and crisp at the same time, a little salty (in a good way) and chocolatey.  They will make a really nice addition to my gift boxes. Head over to Prudy’s now for the recipe and see all the totally dreamy recipes she has for you.

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Crunchy Nutty Granola And Mary’s Secret Ingredient Box

Granola

Granola

I received my Spring Box of Mary’s Secret Ingredient from the lovely Mary Frances at Love the Secret Ingredient a while ago, my intention was to write a post about it and use the ingredients in a recipe and do that right away, Shortly after I received my box I started working for a different company, that has taken up a lot of my time and energy and I also became sick and had to alter my diet significantly. Any food I have made I have had to give away with only a tiny taste for me to check on seasoning. Included in my box were some really fantastic items:

Calmer Sutra Tea- Peppermyntie Tea and Ginger Infused Honey

Flathau’s Fine Foods Chipotle Cheese Straws

Harmonium Oregano from wild crafted plants

Loacker Quadratini’s Dark Chocolate

Nueskes Applewood smoked Landjaeger sausages

Sweetwater Spice Company Pineapple Habanero Jerk BBQ Bath Brine

I decided to use the ginger infused honey to make some granola and it is probably the best granola I have ever had. It’s my own recipe and have posted it here before with a few minor changes. The boney is incredibly delicious and very gingery (is that a word???) Well anyway it really tastes and smells like fresh ginger and drizzling on the granola before you bake infuses the flavor into some of it, so it’s like a surprise in every bite.

NOTE: The amounts are approximate, I don’t measure when I make granola.  

Marys secret ingredient

Marys secret ingredient

Ingredients:

Makes a lot of granola

Oats approximately 3 cups (Not quick cook) I used Quaker old fashioned

Almonds chopped or coarsely ground (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

pecans some whole some broken into pieces (approximately 1 1/2 cups)

Unsweetened Coconut flakes (approximately 1 1/2 cup)

Maple Syrup (approximately 1/2 cup)

Brown Sugar (approximately 1/2 cup packed)

olive oil (approximately 1/2 cup)

Ginger infused honey (about 2 heaping tbs)

Sea salt

Pour all ingredients except ginger infused honey into large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pre heat oven to 300 degree’s. Spread onto sheet pan and drizzle with the ginger infused honey. Bake stirring occasionally until golden brown. It takes about 30-40 minutes. Let cool on pan and then transfer to air tight container for storage.

 

Ginger honey

Ginger honey

Nutty Granola

Granola

Granola

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast cereals, most mornings I have a shake or smoothie but when a shake just won’t do this is my breakfast choice. I like to make my own, it doesn’t take long and the results are fantastic. This granola is chock full of nuts, 3 varieties, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, the lightly sweetened, roasted nuts and oats is irresistible. I don’t add fruit to the granola, I save that for serving. One thing I really like about this is that it’s substantial, you only need a little and it fills you up and you know you are getting a nutritious meal. This recipe makes a lot, it’s almost half nuts, sweetened with a little maple syrup and coconut palm sugar, I also add coconut flakes and flax seed. Serve on its own or with fruit and I like my DIY almond milk with it. You might notice I use olive oil but you can use whatever you like, vegetable/canola oil or coconut oil.

A bowl of goodness

A bowl of goodness

Makes a lot of granola

3 cups oats (not quick cook)

1/2 cup finely ground hazelnuts

1 1/2 cup ground almonds (I use the almond meal left from making almond milk)

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup coconut flakes (preferably unsweetened but sweetened is fine)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or you can use organic or turbinado sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup (I used grade A but B is also good)

2 tbs flax seeds

Optional: drizzle a little honey on top before baking

In large mixing bowl add all the ingredients, stir to combine. Pre heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the granola in one layer, drizzle with honey (this is optional).

Place in oven and bake, stirring every 10 or 15 minutes. You have to watch it especially towards the end of the baking time. It takes almost an hour to bake. The granola will be a lovely golden brown. Cool and place in air tight storage jars or containers.