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December is in full swing here in the Midwest. We have had several snow showers, but thankfully none that stuck around. This week is the first time we have truly felt the fury of winter temperatures and I am dying! I was literally wearing a coat in the house to keep myself warm and have been baking like a crazy person to warm the house up.
This holiday season we are trying to focus on the simple things in life. Friends, family, and spending quality time. We are intentionally spending less money and spending more time together. One tradition we are instituting this year is making and sharing cookies. We have several people on our life that could use a little holiday cheer, and we wanted to find a way to remember them this season. What better way than a plate of homemade cookies?
The recipe I am going to share with you today is a twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie. I was in Walmart the other day and picked up a box of Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds granola and the wheels started turning about cookie recipes. Nothing is better than a soft, gooey chocolate chip cookie … unless you add the crunchy goodness of granola!
Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds has 34 grams of whole grains and an excellent source of fiber, and 9 grams of fat per serving. It is really delicious on its own, so it makes a great addition to a classic cookie recipe!
My daughter and I spent an afternoon baking a few batches of these cookies and putting together some care packages for a few special people. I didn’t stress myself out with the perfect packaging, I just put them in a resealable container. This was all about letting people know we were thinking of them!
There are several people we are going to share these with, from my adorable 18-month-old niece who is a little cookie monster to our old neighbor who is an elderly man and really lonely since we moved away. This was a fun tradition for me and my daughter to start that really helped us to focus on what is important this holiday season. I can’t wait to deliver these, although we better get them to their intended recipients quickly before my family eats them all.
To make these chocolate chip granola cookies you will need to start with a box of Quaker® Simply Granola. I chose the Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds flavor, which was perfect for these cookies. You also need flour, baking soda, salt, butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, an egg and semi sweet chocolate chips. Mix the flour, salt and baking soda together in a bowl.
Then, in another mixing bowl, slightly soften the butter. I zapped it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You don’t want it to be melted just soft enough to cream in the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract and egg. Then slowly add your flour mixture until incorporated, then add your granola.
I like to use an ice cream scoop to portion out my cookie balls, then smooth them in my hands and place them on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and put in a preheated 375° oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes pull the baking sheet out, but leave the cookies on it for about 2 minutes. This allows the cookies to finish baking, but stay nice and chewy.
Cool, pop into a container, and share! These have just the right balance of sweet and crunchy and will definitely be appreciated by whoever you choose to give them to! You can purchase Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds at your local Walmart, or grab a package online here.
This is just one way to start a simple, family tradition and start to focus on what is really important this holiday season. I encourage you to be on the lookout for ways you can bless others this holiday season, even if it is just as simple as sharing a plate of cookies. Click here for more holiday inspiration and delicious recipes you can share this season.
- 2 1/4 C flour
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 C butter
- 3/4 C granulated sugar
- 3/4 C brown sugar
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 12 oz package of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 C Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds
- Preheat oven to 375°. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside. In another mixing bowl combined softened butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Add chocolate chips and granola. Stir in flour mixture until incorporated. Form into balls on parchment paper line baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, then let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 2 more minutes. Move to a cooling rack.