When life hands you cold rainy weather – make cookies!

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Granola CookiesIt has been chilly here in Illinois for the last couple of days. I started thinking about using the oven. Once it gets hot we won’t want to turn on the oven, so why not take advantage of it?

I made my granola cookies. I called my next door neighbor and said, hey, I just made cookies – you want some? Even though it was after 10, she was at my door in like 2 minutes!

I used to call them garbage cookies, but that doesn’t sound real good, does it? I would just keep throwing stuff in them. So then I thought, kitchen sink cookies. But that didn’t sound much better.

As I was eating one of the softy warm cookies, I realized that the ingredients really are similar to granola – So that is the new name Granola Cookies. Except instead of hard and crunchy like granola bars, they are soft.

Granola Cookies

Ingredients –

1 stick butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup coconut

For the last 4 ingredients, its sort of use what you have in the house. All I had on hand last night was chocolate chips, so I put in a cup. That was a little too much in my opinion, but my neighbor disagreed.

Heat oven to 350 F.

Mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl – Beat butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy.

Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.

Add the flour mixture and mix well.

Add the oats and whatever else you are throwing in and mix well. If you were using a hand mixer, you will need to switch to a wooden spoon at this point. Its too thick for the beaters.

Drop by rounded teaspoon fulls on ungreased cookie sheets. They are a little crumbly, so you may need to form them a little.

Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool on the cookie sheet for one minute.

Remove to racks to finish cooling. OK, I use plates. Just don’t stack them until they are cool.

We ate probably 10. I gave my neighbor some. I put aside 6 for myself, and put the rest in the freezer. I came out with about 4 1/2 dozen.