granola cookies (+ nuts, dates and chocolate)

the evenings are coming in cooler and cooler, and around 8 or 9pm these days i often get bakey. i get a desire to dirty some bowls and spoons, dust the front of my jams* with a little spilled flour and bring something AWESOME-smelling out of the oven. recently i imagined that oatmeal-raisin cookies would suit us well while we watched a Gene Hackman movie from 1974 (did you know he was born in 1930?). welllll, i was severely low on oats. there were also no raisins! i almost gave up, but spied a jar of homemade granola that i’d considered a bit of a failure (that happens when i think i’m too smart to use measurements) plus some spare dried dates and cranberries.

“i can make granola cookies!”

i’m sorry, i mean i do realize now that these are basically Ranger Cookies, but in my defense, i have never eaten a Ranger Cookie before. and these are hella good and i knew i would need to share with y’all! they’re wonderfully chewy, crisp on the edges, and loaded with toothsome nuts, dried fruit, and a touch of crisp coconut and melty chocolate.

totally awesome while watching Gene Hackman get paranoid as a surveillance expert.

these cookies also make me a little bit proud because i actually modified a recipe that requires Science to actually work (baking is my nemesis), and not only did these turn out, but i will totally make them a billion more times! yum. i’ve been a touch scarred by cookie baking ever since a Martha Stewart chocolate chip cookie recipe was printed with an error, and i lost faith in myself. and nearly in Science also (totally made that recipe like six times before my smart husband told me there was too much butter). so, yay! cookie victory. suck it, Martha.

i’m kidding, i love Martha.

ps…. these cookies totally count as breakfast! there’s flax seeds so you can feel like you can conquer anything, all day long.

*jams = pajamas, or sweats

granola cookies with coconut, chocolate, dates and nuts to munch for breakfast – or with a movie – or to give to your neighbor as an apology for your noisy dog

adapted from America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
makes about 2 dozen
i decreased the sugars and omitted spices since my granola was sweetened and had cinnamon and nutmeg in it (and coconut! oh man such good cookies). store-bought granolas are sweeter still, so cut back a little more if necessary.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (16 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup granola (containing coconut flakes, if you can)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup raisins (dried fruit or berries, chopped if large)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds

whisk flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside.

in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars together until fluffy and light, a good 5 minutes at least (something i have learned about baking cookies! this fluffy-butter mixture step is key). add eggs one by one, beating well and scraping down sides between each.

with mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and mix well.  mix in oats until just combined. stir in almonds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and flax seeds. dough will be dry and crumbly but don’t you worry.

chill dough for at least an hour (or store in the fridge for a couple days and make fresh cookies whenever you wanna).

round about 2 tablespoons of dough into spheres for each cookie, and place on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. bake at 325F for 18 – 22 minutes each, or until just beginning to brown.

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13 thoughts on “granola cookies (+ nuts, dates and chocolate)

  1. I don’t know what I enjoy the most. Your writing, your sense of humor (runs in the family), your photography (also runs in the family) or your recipes. I’m trying this one for sure.

  2. i’ve never heard of ranger cookies?
    this weather really does lend itself to late night baking. i’m not a fan of doing measurements either, but when it comes to baking, i do try to keep a tight reign on measuring baking powder or soda and flour… everything else, like flavoring ingredients? it’s a free-fall.

    • I hadn’t heard of Ranger Cookies until between the time i photographed these and got them on my blog :) posted them. i wish i had measured the spices in my granola! a little tooooo heavy-handed on the cinnamon. yikes.

  3. nans says:

    hahaaha. you are the best. simply the best. miss your face (and your cooking!) xo

  4. yum! I wish I had some of these for breakfast :-)

  5. Jennifer says:

    These cookies look delicious, but I’m still snickering about your recipe title, so thanks for the laugh, too :)

  6. Love this! Linking back to this post in an upcoming FFC post :)

  7. Sophie33 says:

    I made these beautiful tasty cookies & they were awesomely delicious! x

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