Baking Under the Influence: Granola Bar Cookies


This probably wasn’t the greatest idea.

If I thought blow drying my hair was hard, I probably shouldn’t have attempted baking cookies 9 days after major surgery.

My adventure required a few extra ingredients in addition to the normal butter, flour, sugar and eggs. These included:

1 prescription pain killer (for me, not in the cookies)
1 cane (no lion handle, but it really does help)
1 office chair on wheels to roll around the kitchen (my mom’s idea, and it was genius)
2 worried parents who found me sitting the floor trying to get the hand mixer out of the cabinet
1 nap after thoroughly exhausting myself

Not my best work, but I got off the couch and made cookies. I’m pumped.

Recipe adapted from Sugar Plum Blog’s Peanut Butter-Honey Oatmeal Cookies

Oat and Honey Granola Bar Cookies


3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
not quite 1/4 cup honey
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup cashew pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Toast oats in the oven by placing them on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Once oats are toasted, remove from oven and turn oven up to 375 degrees.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it starts to brown and foam. Be careful not to burn it; stir frequently.

In a small to medium sized bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda

In a large bowl, beat together (on medium speed) the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey. Mix just until creamy, then beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. Beat in flour mixture slowly and then add oats. The mixture will be very thick, just take your time.  Stir in cashews.

When placing cookies on baking sheet, form into balls and then slightly flatten them. The cookies wont spread much while baking, and should basically hold their shape. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.



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