Cabin Fever Cookies

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
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter, then add the sugars until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, flax seeds, spices and salt (if using). Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients until just combined. 
  4. Stir in chocolate chips, cranberries, nuts and oats until evenly mixed.
  5. 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!