Granola Bar Cookies

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I have never found a cookie that I didn’t like. Seriously. I can’t think of one cookie I have tasted that I spit out in disgust. I like ‘em sweet, I like ‘em chocolaty, I like ‘em oatmeal-y.  I even like the British biscuits that are filled with currants. (Full disclosure: I am not a big fan of any anise-flavored cookie. I will eat it, because no cookie should be left behind, but I will not seek them out.)

I am not the worst cookie addict in my household, that honor goes to my beloved. But, because we all have cookie self-control issues, I try to limit the cookies we have in the house—we’ll just eat them. Every once in a while I go Cookie Monster postal because Me Want Cookie!!!

That happened last weekend. I found myself with leftover ingredients from other dishes, so I immediately went for the Granola Bar Cookies recipe below. I have seen many versions of and “All In” cookie recipe. This one I adapted from The Pioneer Woman website where they are called Everything Cookies. I have also seen them called Kitchen Sink Cookies. I call them Darn Tasty, and a good substitute for a granola bar in your lunch. They’re also great for breakfast when you gotta get out the door…but don’t tell my kids that!

This makes a lot of Granola Bar Cookies depending on the size. I usually freeze half of the dough. Play around with the add-ins: you can use chocolate chips, rice crispies or whatever you have on hand that sounds good…

Granola Bar Cookies
Serves: 36 

1-1/2 cup Butter
1-1/2 cup Sugar
2 cups Brown Sugar
4 whole Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla
4-1/4 cups Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1-1/4 Cup oats
3 cups plain granola or whatever you have on hand
1-1/2 cup chopped preferred nuts( walnuts, pecans almonds or combination)
1 cup craisins
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup raisins
1 cup corn flakes (optional)
¾ cup coconut (optional)

Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Next add flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in oatmeal and granola. Fold in remaining ingredients.

With cookie scoop or two spoons, drop onto cookie sheet and bake at 375ºF for 10-12 minutes.

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