TWD: Granola Grabbers + Homemade Granola

by Holly on August 19, 2008


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.


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!

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! 😀

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 🙂

Lori August 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

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

Teanna August 19, 2008 at 11:22 am

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

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…
The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

Steph August 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

yum! those look delicious and colourful!

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!

Sarah August 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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

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.

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!

Anne August 19, 2008 at 2:10 pm

They look great with the chocolate- yum!

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!

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

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!

SiHaN August 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm

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

chocolatechic August 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Chocolate and m&m's.

Way to go.

Amy August 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

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


Natashya August 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm

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

Melissa August 19, 2008 at 6:08 pm

These look amazing!!! Mmmm, chocolate..

Steph August 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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! 🙂

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).

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

Definately “kid friendly” Great thinking!

Mary Ann August 20, 2008 at 1:37 am

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

Kelly H August 20, 2008 at 1:40 am

The M&Ms are PERFECT here! Good thinking!

Rigby August 20, 2008 at 1:56 am

I love the M and M addition! 🙂

Jaime August 20, 2008 at 2:03 am

love your adaptations! chocolate is always good in cookies 🙂

BETTYISAWESOME August 20, 2008 at 2:15 am

Um, these look AWESOME! 😀

~Holly August 20, 2008 at 2:17 am

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

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!

Jules Someone August 20, 2008 at 2:36 am

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

Rebecca August 20, 2008 at 2:48 am

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

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

Peabody August 20, 2008 at 5:24 am

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

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!


Madam Chow August 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

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

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?

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.

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

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

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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