We had a surplus of granola, so I decided to see what would happen if I ground it in the food processor and put it in chocolate chip cookies.
Using the old urban legend cookie where ground oats stand in for some of the flour, I swapped the oats for granola. The result was a thicker, chewier and very tasty cookie. There was a pretty significant texture difference in the cookies baked with dough that had been chilled for 24 hours and the cookies I baked right away, so if you have the time, chill the dough. The way I did it was to shape the giant cookie dough balls, lay them on a plate, chill, then bake.
I can’t wait to make more of these, and it will be interesting to see just how using different flavors of granola affect the flavor of the cookie. For this recipe, I used 1 1/4 cups with a total weight of 5 ounces. I also picked out any fruit before grinding, but I’m not sure that was totally necessary, as the ground fruit might have made the texture even more interesting.
- 1 1/4 (5 ounces) loose homemade granola
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (4.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts (optional)
- Don’t preheat the oven because the dough needs to chill.
- In a food processor, grind the granola into a fine meal. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and both sugars until light and creamy, scraping the side of the bowl often. Add the egg and vanilla and beat jut until mixed.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until blended, then stir in the ground granola, chips and nuts.
- With a generously heaping tablespoon, scoop up balls of dough and arrange on a plate. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight.
- Arrange on on ungreased baking sheet spacing about 2 ½ to 3 inches apart. Press tops down slightly.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 12 minutes or until cookies appear brown around the edges and the centers look set. Let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.