Not one to panic, I decided to get to work in the kitchen creating my own version of a granola bar. And, well, we all know what happens when you turn me loose in the kitchen…I bake! I brainstormed a granola bar cookie recipe and went to work. The result is a mixture of crunchy outside and chewy inside, with just the right hint of sweetness sure to make this one of your favorite recipes!
Make it one time and it will be your go to for parties, sweet gestures for friends and last minute bake sale items! They are so good, you might find yourself wanting to serve them for breakfast. Go ahead, I won’t judge Print the recipe up before hand because people will be begging you for it!
Granola Bar Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup plain granola (use a granola low in sugar)
- 1 cup chopped apples (chop them in small pieces)
- Heat oven to 375 (350 for dark and nonstick pans) degrees.
- Mix brown sugar and butter until creamy.
- Add milk and egg and mix again.
- Add in everything else except granola and apples, mix until you have a crumbly cookie mix.
- Using a wooden spoon, mix in granola and apples. Stir just until blended.
- Drop by the tablespoon onto a nonstick cookie sheet.
- Bake for 11-14 minutes until just lightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.
This recipe is extremely versatile. You can substitute dates or cranberries for the raisins and you can substitute pears for the apples. There are several flavors of granola that could be used. I use the plain, as it allows the flavor of the apples to shine through, but you could try banana nut or even chocolate for a unique flavor!
My favorite thing about this cookie is that it isn’t overly composed of oats, which a large number of granola recipes include. There’s just enough in the granola to make you feel like you’ve done something good for your body, but just sinful enough to make you feel guilty about it!
Makes approx 32 cookies.
1 cookie= 160 calories