Finally! A cookie! Not only that, it's one that is definitely not fussy. If you're not too stuck on following directions exactly, this is a one-bowl cookie. One bowl! 15 minutes! Cookie happiness! Thousands of thanks go to Michelle for picking this one!
So I find it funny that I'm getting exclamation-mark-happy with this, one of the more "boring" things we've made since I've been in Tuesdays with Dorie. I mean, a cookie? One based around granola? How crunchy-hippy does that sound?
Let me tell you though, one of my favorite snacks is granola. I make my own, just oats, nuts, dried fruit, and just enough honey to make it sweet. No oil, no butter, just mix it up and slide it in the oven until toasty. Fabulous stuff, and much healthier than some other snacks I could be eating. I even managed to add something to my granola that I normally balk at - coconut. I must admit, I like the chewiness it imparts to cookies, but I hate the dried sweetened coconut you can get at the store. Yeeccchhhh. That is totally not coconut. Luckily, I liked it in these because there were so many different flavors going on.
With all the fabulous add-ins, it was like biting into a different cookie each time. The only changes I did make, in fact, were to increase the amount of raisins (because I love love love fruit in my granola) and sub pepitas in for the almonds. The pepitas were wonderful - crispy and salty and a different type of nuttiness. Next time, I'd probably add dried cherries as well. On the fruit front, come to think of it, I'd probably add some chopped up dried mango and papaya as well. Maybe even crystallized ginger? Now that's another one worth contemplating...
PS - Did you know that I was only able to stack 11 of these before the whole stack toppled? Unlucky 13 indeed.
Last Week: Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches
Next Week: Chocolate-Banded Ice Cream Torte (oh dear sweet lord of excess)