Granola Cookies

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Oatmeal cookies are wonderful because there's less cookie and more good stuff. Oatmeal cookies have just a little bit of 'dough' to bind the oats together, so they also don't expand significantly like some cookies do. Adding a few extras like nuts is fairly common for cookies, but this recipe asks for a variety of ingredients that make the cookies into a nice little snack.

Really these cookies are very versatile and you could substitute whatever seeds, nuts or dried fruit you desire to make your own variation. Feel free to improvise with whatever dried fruit, nut and seed combo you desire (as long as these all add up to a total of 2 cups, you should be fine). Most kinds of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and even candied ginger is lovely. It is best to chop up the larger items so they're spread more evenly through the cookies, and easier to eat. Just be sure that you don’t make your dough too dry with too many additions.

You could also substitute whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour but just remember that the whole wheat flour would make your cookies a bit drier. You could add just a little more yoghurt and a touch more butter to balance this out.

1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plain yoghurt
3 cups oats
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.

2. Mix (with an electric mixer if you have one) the brown sugar, butter, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, salt and yoghurt.

3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

4. On an ungreased cookie tray drop generous tablespoons full of cookie dough about 2 inches apart (these cookies spread).

5. Bake for approximately 9-11 minutes or until the cookies turn light brown.

6. Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple minutes before removing from the cookie sheet and placing on a wire rack to cool.


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