With what I had to use up, I almost made granola...but I didn't have enough dried fruit variety for my liking...and no coconut...so I went with a nutty oatmeal cookie instead. Although if you want to see some killer granola, Deb did make some that had me drooling and cursing my not-so-well-stocked (as I thought) pantry! But cookies did suffice.
from Food Matters by Mark Bittman
yield: ~3 dozen cookies
items I used up from my pantry or fridge/freezer
1/2 c. peanut oil or vegetable oil, or 8 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. applesauce, or 2 eggs
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. rolled oats (not instant)
1 c. (~3 oz) chopped dried apples, or other fruit I used only 1/2 c. raisins & dates
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans I upped it to 1 c. of nuts and also used pine nuts & almonds
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, or cow's milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
...Bittman also suggests adding 1/2 tsp. ground ginger and 1/4 tsp. each allspice & nutmeg and bumping up the cinnamon to 1 tsp. to make the spice flavors more prominent...if you like...and I do. Like. You can also add an extra 1/2 c. of chocolate if you're feeling "decadent". Which I wasn't. And also, take a look at the recipe ingredients...if you choose the first options through the list, you've got a vegan cookie!
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Use an electric mixer to cream oil or butter and sugars together; add applesauce or eggs and beat until well blended.
2. Combine the flour, oats, fruit, nuts, cinnamon, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Alternating with the milk, add the dry ingredients to the butter & sugar mixture by hand, a little at a time, stirring to blend. Stir in the vanilla.
3. Put tsp-size mounds of dough about 3 inches aprt on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Cook for ~2 minutes on the sheets, then use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a rack to finish cooling. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for no more than a day or two.
something else from Bittman. Hmmm.
These cookies were good. Not my favorite, but I ate them. My favorite oatmeal cookies have more of a chewy texture while these were very cakey and soft (probably because of the use of baking powder instead of soda, I'm guessing)... I think they would have been good with a thin drizzle of icing. And while some are of the school that screams at those nuts and fruit to stay out of their cookies! I am not. I love nuts and fruit in my cookies. Yum.
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