The week before Christmas is baking week around here! When I was growing up, my mom always had big variety of Christmas goodies spread out on our table on Christmas morning. We would have a simple breakfast and dinner, and then snack the rest of the day. It made it easy on my mom since she didn't have to cook this huge dinner.
I've kind of done the same thing for Christmas around our house. I usually make a breakfast casserole, an easy dinner, and 4-5 Christmas treats for us to enjoy through the day. Derek really loves having a good Christmas spread, and I'm loving being able to include the kids in the baking a little more this year.
I got most of my baking done last week, and I tried a new recipe. It's good to change things up a little and keep the husband and kids guessing! So in addition to some of our favorites, I created this cookie recipe. They turned out nice and chewy, and I love that the Quaker® Simply Granola adds fiber to the cookies! I know Walmart has this cereal and all the other ingredients for this recipe.
Chewy Granola Almond Cookies
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 baking soda
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. Quaker® Simply Granola cereal
1 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 cup extra chocolate chips (for drizzle - optional)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda with a hand mixer until the mixture is well blended. Add in the egg and almond extract, and mix until blended.
2. Add in the flour and mix well. Add in the Quaker Simply Granola and chocolate chips. Mix until blended. The batter will be sticky.
3. Use a spoon or your fingers to form 1 inch balls - space them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper to keep them from sticking to the pan.)
4. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
5. Let the cookies cool for 5-10 minutes. If desired, melt the extra white chocolate chips and drizzle over the top of the cookies. Enjoy!
(These cookies are kid-approved.)
I think these cookies are best warm out of the oven, with a glass of milk! It probably would be the perfect cookie to leave out for "Santa" on Christmas Eve.
I was really debating whether to use the Quaker® Simply Granola or Quaker® Real Medleys® for these cookies - specifically the Cherry Almond Pecan one. I ended up choosing the Simply Granola, but I think the Real Medleys cereal would be great for some variety!
We picked up a box at Walmart the other day when we got the Quaker® Simply Granola, and it's a yummy cereal too! It is filling and not too sweet, and it stays nice and crispy in the milk. Anyway, I was letting the kids snack on the Quaker® Oatmeal Squares and Quaker® Simply Granola while I baked. They are my sweet little baking buddies!
What are some of your must-have Christmas treats? Are you trying any new cookie recipes this year?