Friday, May 29, 2009
Well, I’m not exactly a big cookies fan, however, I do enjoy them occasionally. So, this is one of the cookies that I do like, "granola grabbers" . I call them “power cookies” as they’re chock full of healthy ingredients like granola, nuts, and fruits. Do try this wonderful and healthy recipe when you plan to bake some cookies next. Have a great weekend!
Recipe adapted from Baking From My home to yours by Dorie Greenspan
3 Cups Granola Without Fruit
3/4 Moist, Plump Raisins (dark or golden)
1/2 Cup Salted Peanuts
1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
1/2 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1/3 Cup Wheat Germ
1 3/4 Stick (14 Tbsp) Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
3/4 Cup (packed) Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Large Egg
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
Position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Put the granola in a large bowl and break up any clumps with your fingers. Add the raisins, peanuts, almonds, coconut and wheat germ and mix together.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and beat for another 3 minutes, or until creamy. Add the egg and salt and beat until well blended. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add flour, mixing only until it is incorporated, then steadily add the granola and fruit. Stop the mixer when most of the granola mix is blended into the batter and finish the job with a sturdy rubber spatula, making sure to get up any bits of dry ingredients left in the bottom of the bowl.
Scoop out rounded Tbsp of dough, pack the scoops between your palms and arrange the mounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between them. Flatten the mounds lightly with your fingertips.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the sheets from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point. The cookies should be golden brown but not firm. Allow them to rest on the sheets for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring them to racks to cool to room temperature.
Repeat with the remaining dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.