When it snows, I bake. It's probably not the most productive thing I could have done with my time, but it hasn't stopped snowing for many hours. So, today I came up with a recipe called Cabin Fever Cookies - a mix of granola, chocolate chip (adapted from the Fannie Farmer recipe) and oatmeal cookies with other healthful things mixed in.
Cabin Fever Cookies (yields about 3 dozen cookies)
- 1 stick of butter (or 1 Earth Balance stick, if preferred) @ room temperature
- 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
- 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 egg (or vegan egg substitute can be used) @ room temperature
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/8 c. flour
- pinch of sea salt (omit if you use salted butter)
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- pinch or two of ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- 2-3 Tbls. of ground flax seeds
- 1/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. dried cranberries
- 1/2 c. rolled oats
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter, then add the sugars until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, flax seeds, spices and salt (if using). Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries, nuts and oats until evenly mixed.
- Spoon teaspoon-sized amounts of dough onto the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just lightly browned. Remove cookies and put on cooling racks.
|extreme close up of Cabin Fever Cookies|
Good things about the recipe:
- Easily adaptable for your tastes and/or whatever ingredients you have in your house.
- Really good to make for picky eaters, especially kids.
- Because they have much more healthful things (fiber, protein, complex carbs.) in them than regular cookies, they're filling and you won't/shouldn't eat as many.
- They're really tasty, so that last point I made will probably be ignored.
Here's to the snow and shoveling out my driveway tomorrow. Yay!