Tuesday, August 19, 2008

TWD: Granola Grabbers

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection is from Michelle of Bad Girl Baking. She chose for us to bake these chewy little cookies called Granola Grabbers from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.. These cookies are a mix of granola, dried fruit and nuts. I made numerous substitutions because I had a lot of similar ingredients at home, therefore I wanted to those ingredients up before buying new ones, and besides, granola, dried fruit, and nuts can be quite expensive. I have listed the substitutions below, but I encourage you to check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll to see what other bloggers did with their cookies.

I made the following substitutions to my cookies

-I omitted the coconut because, well...I hate coconut
-I substituted dried tart cherries for the raisins and cashews for the peanuts because I had these ingredients on hand.
-I reduced the sugar in the recipe to 1/2 cup brown sugar and 3 Tablespoons white sugar because the granola I used was initially quite sweet.
-I also added 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to the cookie mix.

Notes: The cookies are cruchy and chewy at the same time. They go great with a glass of milk, and I would definitely make them again. I liked the substitutions I made, but I am sure they would be great with raisins and peanuts as well. I am glad that I reduced the amount of sugar that was called for in the original recipe because the cookies were just sweet enough.


Kelly H said...

I had read some comments about how sweet the cookies were, so I deliberately chose a low-sugar granola. Glad I did!

Sweet Peace said...

I love the idea of tart cherries and adding vanilla! Brilliant! Tart!

Jules Someone said...

I gotta tell ya, I hate coconut, and I liked it in these cookies. Yum!

Pamela said...

Your subs sound good, especially the cashews. I think they would be great in these. I made them into bars and was really happy with them.

TeaLady said...

These look good. Seems like all the changes we made, none of them were bad. Good job!