Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Whole Grain Wednesdays- Granola Cookies

Here is blast from the past, a cookie recipe that was first published by Wildwood back in 1994!  Use a low sugar variety of granola in these cookies, or use the granola recipe that follows to make your own.  These are creditable, but count as a "sweet" (limit sweets to twice per week).

Granola Cookies
1/2 cup honey*
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups low-sugar granola

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the honey and butter together until creamy, add vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients, then stir in the granola.
Drop by teaspoons on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 3 dozen cookies
*Do not serve honey to children under the age of one year.

Creditining information: Makes 36 servings, each serving meets the bread/bread alternate requirement at snack for 3-5 year old children.

3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
1/2 cup chopped nuts*
1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit*
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons canola oil
5 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey**
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Spread the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Tip:  It is best to rotate the cookie sheet once during the cooking time for more even cooking.

*can be a choking hazard for children under four.
**do not serve honey to children under the age of one year.

Crediting information:  Makes 31 servings.  Each serving creditable for 1 bread/bread alternate at breakfast or snack for 3-5 year old children.

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