Thursday, 28 November 2013

PB Granola Cookies with Chocolate Chips & Coconut

As I have mentioned many times, the residue of Friday Treat Day at my work lasts FOREVER. We had Kirkland granola sitting on the kitchen table for weeks.

More for my own piece-of-mind, I decided to make the granola into cookies. A quick google search of granola cookie recipes led me to For the Love of Cooking's recipe for Granola Cookies with Chocolate Chips and Coconut which I only lightly adapted.

Yield: 20 cookies (I only got 19, so maybe make yours smaller?)

1 cup of flour (used whole wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup of white sugar (didn't have any so doubled the brown sugar)
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick of butter *BEST SUB - use peanut butter instead, the equivalent is 1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup of granola (the almost exact amount that was left)
1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup of shredded coconut

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another, larger bowl, mix your sugars, butter/peanut butter, and vanilla with a hand mixer until creamy. Add the egg and mix until well combined.

I like to weigh peanut butter right into the bowl so I don't have to scrape out a measuring cup. 1/2 cup pb = 8 tbsp, 15g/tbsp (as it says on the label) so 8 x 15 = 120g of pb

Slowly add the flour mixture - I did this in three batches. I may have done something wrong, but the batter become very thick and crumbly. Next time I would consider adding another egg.

Add the granola, chocolate chips, and coconut and mix with a spoon, or your hands, until combined. I rolled the dough into 19 balls and placed on the cookie sheet which I lined with a silicone baking sheet.

Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 11-13 minutes. I broke the cardinal rule for baking with peanut butter - they still seemed soft after 13 minutes so I left them in for a few minutes longer. DON'T DO THIS. Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit on the baking tray for 3 minute before moving them to the baking rack to cool. My cookies ended up being quite firm but still really, really delicious. I have to say that the peanut butter sub was probably my best idea ever.

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