Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TWD: Granola Grabbers





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)

62 comments:

PheMom said...

I felt the same way that we were finally doing a cookie! Great job!

Tara said...

Pepitas? Never tried though...they look great! Good job on the stacking too!! :-)

HoneyB said...

We loved these cookies too! I wasn't overly excited but changed my mind after eating one warm from the oven....after that I had a hard time keeping my fingers away from the cookies!

Di said...

Ooh, I bet crystallized ginger would be great in these, especially since I used something called gingersnap granola. Love the tower of cookies. =)

L said...

I said the same thing -- wouldn't have made these without TWD. I wonder how many people felt that way? But so delicious! And I like your stacking experiment. :)

Sarah said...

great job! i loved that we finally had a simple cookie recipe as well. :)

n.o.e said...

Pepitas are a brilliant idea; we didn't care for the peanuts. I was also surprised by how acceptable the coconut was, although I would probably leave it out. Love the stacks!

Pamela said...

Sounds like you have some good ideas for next time! The bars were easy, though. I love a good cookie, but I just wasn't in the mood for all of the scooping, etc. Nice job!

Prudy said...

Love the stacks. It makes me feel like a kid with blocks. I loved these cookies, too and they look wonderful. Your mini cakes below are too too cute.

Teanna said...

How high can you go!? Love it! And pepitas! So interesting! Nice work!

Shandy said...

Cookies are my absolute favorite too! Your cookies look yummy and don't you just love the different combinations that this recipe adapts to? Your changes in the recipe sound delicious! Beautiful photos too =D

Natashya said...

I love the stacks, very creative and fun.
I think ginger is worth trying, maybe I'll give it a shot too.
Great job!

Steph said...

I agree, these were so simple to make! I made these while watching the olympics.

Flourchild said...

How did you get your stack of cookies to stay up?! I love the way they turned out! Keep baking!

rainbowbrown said...

Oh, what a gloriously tall stack of cookies. High five on the pepitas.

likesprinkles said...

I loved these too! They were possibly my favorite TWD recipe so far. Yum!

Great job on the stacking!

Jess said...

Impressive cookie tower building! Pepitas - great idea!

kim said...

hehe, i love your cookie stack! :) very impressive! your ideas for different fruits sound great :)

Steph said...

What a stack you had going there!! And I couldn't agree with you more about the one bowl concept :)

Megan said...

Hmmm. Homemade granola, only honey - no oil. I'll have to try that! Thanks!

Christine said...

Yeah to a simple cookie! These were such a hit in my house because of the fun factor. Love the cookie tower and your cookies look delicious!

Jules Someone said...

Nice stacking! I loved these cookies as well. They are very unfussy!

CB said...

I giggled at your cookie tumble crumble picture. I've never heard of pepitas. Maybe by a different name? Glad you liked the cookies!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Amy said...

Love, love, love 'em!!! Love the leaning tower of cookies. ;-)

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

chocolatechic said...

I have never heard of pepitas.

Sounds good.

Mike Spoodles said...

Even your cookies are a feat of engineering! I can see stacking good ol' choco-chippers, but these are all lumpy and I would have had a floor full of crums! :)

Jayne said...

Ooh, pepitas sound like a great addition! I loved your stacking pictures - had me on the edge of my seat!

SiHaN said...

like playing jenga! hmph.. great job on the cookie!

Mary Ann said...

I loved this recipe as well. Love your stacks!

Kayte said...

All your addition ideas sound great...how on earth did you get 11 of those to stack up like that? Kudos on cookies, stack, photos, and fun post.
www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

Erin said...

I was so happy that we made a cookie too! Yours look great. I love the picture of the tall stack of them!

Isa said...

I know, this are like the best cookies ever: quick, one bowl, delicious and healthy! Who could as for more!
Your cookies look amazing and if I make them again, I'll take in consideration your idea of the dried mango... Mmmm

Maria said...

Your cookies look so good! Cookies are my favorite treat!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Thank God for one-bowl recipes while my kitchen sink is on strike. ;)

Tammie said...

Hold the phone -- Crystallized ginger?! What a fabulous add-in idea! I just happened to have some and must try this! Thanks for the idea!

Rigby said...

I agree that these cookies are wonderful! Your homeade granola sounds like a treat!

LyB said...

Ha! Love your pics! I actually added pumpkin seeds to the granola. Are pumpkin seeds the same as pepitas? Anyways, great cookies. :)

Katie said...

Yum!

This might be an odd question since we both have food blogs, but I was wondering what got you into engineering. My dad is a nuclear engineer and I have always been curious.

The DeL Sisters said...

I think pepitas would have been really good, next time! I love how you stacked them in yours pics, very cool!

Liliana said...

I love your stack of cookies.

Great photos!

BETTYISAWESOME said...

Can those be stacked any higher?! Loving it! :D

Cynikell said...

Love the Leaning Tower of Grabbers.

And I have to say - having visited just about every Granola Grabber post -- you are the best commenter EVER.

Jaime said...

hhahaha i was looking at your pics and wondering how high you stacked them! :) amazed you got as high as you did.... they look nice and chunky!

Karen said...

dried mango and crystallized ginger... yes. sounds good. :) great job this week!

The Food Librarian said...

I love your tower of cookies. I think stacking them should be a new Olympic sport! London 2012!

Cathy said...

I am so impressed by your stack!! Love your add-in ideas as well. I thought these cookies were wonderful. And I was relieved that the recipe for my first TWD week was, as you noted, a relatively simple cookie. We'll save the ganache for next week. Great cookies and great post!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that is an impressive stack of cookies!

Nickki said...

They look so good! I was delighted about making a cookie recipe as well. They are so addictive!

Britin said...

Looks like we had the same stacking idea! The cookies looked great.

Passionate Baker said...

wow, yummm...these look sooo good!
i too am a HUGE fan of granola, but i think my absolute favorite type of granola has to have dried blueberries in it, yummmmm.
great job!
<3

Jenny said...

How like an engineer to think in terms of height. :-)

Piggy said...

you made your own granola? wow, good job and great looking cookies too!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Goodness,your stacking presentation even made these very homey cookies look quite glam! I'm glad you liked them.

bakingwiththeboys said...

I love fruit in my granola as well. so many possibilities with this cookie!

Maya said...

That is one long stack!! The addition of pepitas is intriguing.

Shari said...

Nice to know it's a stackable cookie too!! :) I never would have made these cookies without the peer pressure of TWD, but I'm glad I did!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Carla said...

I didn't make these cookies because nobody would really eat them in my family, but I love the last picture of the stack falling over!

Lynnylu said...

I loved making these cookies. Your stacking is way cool.

confectiona said...

Crystallized ginger -- there's an idea my older son would love. He's recently started popping it like Tic-Tacs. I'll pass on the suggestion!

Katie said...

Thanks! :)

April said...

I'm late-lucy here on commenting, but your photos are great and those cookies look delish! I'm going to have to try making granola myself.

kim said...

hi caitlin, fyi i gave you an award ;)