What’s For Dinner?
Granola Drop Cookies
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
What Can I Bring?
Perfect for: Lunchboxes, school parties, parent-teacher meetings.
Make and take: Store in an airtight container at home. Pack a few in a plastic bag to go.
Trans-fat, cholesterol free: I developed this recipe using Earth Balance brand shortening, which has no cholesterol or trans-fatty acids. You could substitute any butter or margarine, however.
-- Deborah Geering, for the Journal-Constitution
Hands on time: 40 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves: 40
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) shortening or butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown or granulated sugar
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup granola cereal
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried mixed fruit bits
In a mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the egg and beat until fluffy. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Beat in the flour mixture, then stir in the cereal, oats and dried fruit.
Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets (nonstick or lined with parchment paper). Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until just lightly browned. Remove from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
With more healthful ingredients in them than the chocolate chip variety, these cookies make a great snack for kids -- and for coffee-sipping grown-ups, too.