It has been SUCH a gorgeous weekend here - bright blue skies with temperatures near 80 = happy Tracey! Today promises to be just as nice so I'm hoping to get outside and plant some flowers and do some yard work before enjoying the Celtics and Red Sox games. But first, let's talk about this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe!
This week's recipe was chosen by Jessica of A Singleton in the Kitchen: granola breakfast cookies! The recipe will be posted on her blog if you want to give these a shot. I admit I was a bit lazy this week with the recipe. The cookies incorporate granola (pretty obvious from their name, right?) and call for a recipe from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book for that granola. There were some unique ingredients in the granola recipe that I didn't have on hand and truth be told, we're just not granola people in this house so even if I'd made that granola no one would have eaten the portion that wasn't used for the cookies. Luckily, I found some Bob's Red Mill coconut granola in my freezer so I substituted that. I added some raisins and craisins to the mix as well as some spices to jazz it up a bit. I also substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the whole wheat flour but otherwise stuck to the recipe.
These cookies are terrifically simple to throw together. The dry ingredients are whisked together in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a second bowl. The wet ingredients are a bit unique in that honey and molasses are used in place of granulated sugar or brown sugar. The dry ingredients are added to the wet ingredients and finally the granola is mixed in. That's it! The cookies are ready to head into the oven.
The cookies are chewy and soft even after they've cooled. The verdict? I liked the cookies, but if they were sitting on a table with 2 or 3 other types of cookies, they probably wouldn't be the first ones I'd reach for. I think the molasses flavor was a bit too prominent for me. If I made them again I'd add some chocolate chips. I should add that we had friends over last night and one friend tried several of these cookies and was definitely a fan so take my opinion with a grain of salt and give these a shot for yourself :) Many thanks to Jessica for her pick this week. If you haven't visited her blog, definitely stop by and say hi!