TWD: Granola Grabbers + Homemade Granola

by Holly on August 19, 2008

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Michelle of Bad Girl Baking chose the Granola Grabbers on page 82. I was super excited that someone finally chose a cookie! There is such an amazing selection of cookie recipes in Baking From My Home To Yours!

I felt really good making these. I made homemade granola (which I had previously been too lazy to do – but never will be again!). I used this recipe from Orangette and it is truly fantastic.

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As for the cookies, well, if you come here often you probably have already heard me whine about how much I dislike dried fruit. Though there are many options out there, and it would have been healthier, I completely ditched out on the dried fruits in these cookies.

What did I replace it with? Why, what else, chocolate of course! I added a good sized portion of chocolate chips and then M&M’s and extra almonds and pecans for good measure.

These cookies are wonderful!! I actually only baked one sheet and then shaped and froze the rest of the dough so it is ready to pop in the oven at a moments notice – like this Thursday when Aidan comes home from his very first day of Kindergarten! (Wow and gulp!!) I’m sure they will be the perfect after-school snack!

I am sure we will make these cookies again (and again)! Thanks to Michelle for picking this!

Be sure to check out all the granola-y goodness from all the others spending Tuesdays with Dorie!

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steph- whisk/spoon August 19, 2008 at 7:06 am

m&ms are so way better than dried fruit! they will be the perfect thing to come home to from the first day of school!

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Manggy August 19, 2008 at 8:14 am

Usually I'd be all "tsk, tsk" for skipping the dried fruit, but I'd be a hypocrite, as I can't resist M&M's myself! 😀

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HoneyB August 19, 2008 at 9:53 am

I love the M&M's too – but I definitely loved my dried fruit mix I added to mine 🙂

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Lori August 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

M&Ms and chocolate chips = happy kids! Your cookies are beautiful.

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Teanna August 19, 2008 at 11:22 am

I loooove the M&Ms idea! I would eat 30 of those!!!

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n.o.e August 19, 2008 at 11:50 am

So cute and yummy looking! When I made these I knew there would be a lot of chocolate added! We love the dried fruit, and would add even more…
Nancy
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

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Steph August 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

yum! those look delicious and colourful!

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dorie August 19, 2008 at 11:56 am

M&Ms, now there's an idea … Given how much I like M&Ms and dried fruit, I must just add both!

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Sarah August 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Sounds like a great combination…ditch the fruit and bring on the chocolate! Great job!

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Prudy August 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Yep, I’ve already got to make these again with the candy. Yours look delicious, and don’t you love homemade granola? It is ridiculously easy and so cheap to make.

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rainbowbrown August 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm

These cookies would be so good baked on a moments notice from the freezer, what a great idea and what a perfect after school snack it’ll be. Have fun with the new kindergarten crowd!

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Anne August 19, 2008 at 2:10 pm

They look great with the chocolate- yum!

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kim August 19, 2008 at 3:01 pm

ooh the m&m's make them look so colorful and yummy 🙂 i would definitely reach for these before dried fruit any day!

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CB August 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm

M&Ms *and* chocolate chips! You are the best mom ever! haha. Love the pops of color from the M&Ms. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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Christine August 19, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Your cookies look delicious! Good luck to Aidan on his first day of kindergarten. My little one starts full day kindergarten after labor day!

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SiHaN August 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm

M&Ms!!! looks like a sweet deal to me. Why not?

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chocolatechic August 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Chocolate and m&m's.

Way to go.

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Amy August 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

All I had to see was the M&M's and I was sold!! Fantastic!!!

-Amy
http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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Natashya August 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

I love the colourful look of the m&ms in the cookies. So happy.

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Melissa August 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm

These look amazing!!! Mmmm, chocolate..

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Steph August 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Yum these look so yummy! I need to grab some for myself!!

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The Food Librarian August 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Your homemade granola looks fantastic! And the M&Ms are so colorful. I'm sure Aidan will love this treat.

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Maria August 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm

M&M's…yum! Sounds better than dried fruit to me..ha! Maybe I will add them in with raisins or craisins!! I will try to keep it healthy..ha!

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Megan August 19, 2008 at 8:21 pm

You know, granola doesn’t exactly qualify as health food anyways, so adding chocolate ups the antioxidant factor! See, instant health food!

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Kayte August 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Well, if you don’t like dried fruit, you just don’t like it. These look like a very fun and tasty substitution…they just look happy, don’t they, with all their bright colors? Great job.

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LyB August 20, 2008 at 12:48 am

Oh, I'm definitely making a batch with M&Ms, my kids will go nuts! As always Holly, you outdid yourself! 🙂

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Engineer Baker August 20, 2008 at 1:14 am

Those look so cute with the colorful m&ms! Glad you liked your variation (I'm a sucker for fruit in cookies though, so I put extra in mine).

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The DeL Sisters August 20, 2008 at 1:32 am

Definately “kid friendly” Great thinking!

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Mary Ann August 20, 2008 at 1:37 am

They look lovely with all the added chocolate and I am sure they tasted wonderful!

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Kelly H August 20, 2008 at 1:40 am

The M&Ms are PERFECT here! Good thinking!

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Rigby August 20, 2008 at 1:56 am

I love the M and M addition! 🙂

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Jaime August 20, 2008 at 2:03 am

love your adaptations! chocolate is always good in cookies 🙂

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BETTYISAWESOME August 20, 2008 at 2:15 am

Um, these look AWESOME! 😀

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~Holly August 20, 2008 at 2:17 am

The M&M's and the homemade granola make this a must try!! 🙂

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Erin August 20, 2008 at 2:20 am

These cookies look great! The granola looks fabulous and I love the addition of M&Ms- what a great add-in!

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Jules Someone August 20, 2008 at 2:36 am

And homemade granola? You are such an overachiever. Lovely cookies!

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Rebecca August 20, 2008 at 2:48 am

M&Ms! Now, THAT'S an after-school cookie. 😉

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danielle August 20, 2008 at 4:36 am

I’m so glad you made these. This is one of those recipes where there are so many options. I love it. Great job

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Peabody August 20, 2008 at 5:24 am

The M & M's were the way to go!

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Heather August 20, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I can’t believe that we used the same plates…it is uncanny…especially with the glass of milk in there too! My little guy is starting Kindergarten in a few weeks as well…I love that you froze them all ready to bake! What a great idea!

Enjoy!
Heather

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Madam Chow August 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Yes, chocolate makes a lot of things better, doesn’t it?

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bakingwiththeboys August 21, 2008 at 12:53 am

Those M&Ms look so good in there. I put chocolate in mine as well. Never hurts, right?

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Pamela August 21, 2008 at 2:19 am

I hope your little guy has a wonderful first day of Kindergarten! And I hope you do okay that day, too.
Your cookies look great, love the M&M's. The granola sounds yummy, too.

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Molly Loves Paris August 21, 2008 at 2:40 am

Wow, those look like a cookie any kid would love!

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Di August 21, 2008 at 3:52 am

Love the M&Ms. Good luck on Thursday. My daughter Brianna starts kindergarten next Monday. Where does the time go?

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