TWD: Granola Grabbers (And a Visit From Fay)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Well, we’ve battened down the hatches and have hunkered down for the long haul. The cars are in the garage (thanks to a feat of engineering and physics). We’ve got gallons of water and ice-filled coolers lined up in the laundry room. There are scads of canned goods in the pantry (including lots of Spam). Flashlights and lanterns are armed with fresh batteries. And, our “safe room” is stocked with pillows, blankets and reading material. If Hurricane Fay comes a callin’, we’re ready for her. We’re good at this. We’ve done it before.

Something else we have plenty of around here are Granola Grabbers. A Granola Grabber is basically a granola bar masquerading as a cookie. It’s also this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. When I first read through the recipe, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I’m not much of a granola fan. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t really love it either. However, Mr. and Mini SGCC both like granola, so I figured that these cookies would be a nice breakfast treat for them.

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Granola Grabbers are made with flour, butter, white and brown sugar, egg, granola (hence, the name), wheat germ, raisins, almonds, peanuts and coconut. I found a vanilla-almond granola at the market that I thought would be perfect for this recipe. Since my husband doesn’t like raisins, I decided not to include them. Since I don’t like peanuts, I left them out too. Instead, I added some dried raspberries and chopped pecans. I wanted to add some chocolate chips too, but I forgot to buy them. The dough for these cookies is a snap to make and comes together quickly. There is also enough for a ton of cookies!

I was pleasantly surprised with the way these Granola Grabbers turned out. They were good. Really, really good! I knew that my family would love them, but I really didn’t expect to like them so much myself. They were crunchy and nutty and fruity. Even though there is a quite a bit of butter in them, all of the other good stuff made them seem a lot healthier.

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Thanks to Michelle of Bad Girl Baking for choosing this recipe. If not for her, I probably never would have tried it. To see what all the other TWDers did with these cookies, check out the blogroll here. If you’d like to try making Granola Grabbers for yourself, you can find the recipe in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.

Enjoy!

47 responses to TWD: Granola Grabbers (And a Visit From Fay)

  1. On August 19, 2008 at 3:06am, Manggy said...

    Hey Susan! Praying for the safety of your family here :) I hope the hurricane fizzles out soon.

  2. On August 19, 2008 at 4:12am, HoneyB said...

    Hope you were safe from the hurricane!

    Your cookies look as yummy as mine tasted! :)

  3. On August 19, 2008 at 5:20am, Lori said...

    I love our selective understanding: health cookies (la la la, fingers in the ears butter la la la). I insist on thinking of these as healthy. I hope Fay merely waters your lawn!

  4. On August 19, 2008 at 5:43am, Judy@nofearentertaining said...

    Stay safe Susan! Thinking about you. We are right in the worst of Fay right now!

  5. On August 19, 2008 at 6:13am, Ning said...

    Wow! I admire your preparedness in the face of Fay. Praying for your safety!

    I don’t exactly like granolas, but I love cookies, so this recipe might change my mind… :)

  6. On August 19, 2008 at 6:37am, Mike of Mike's Table said...

    The weather is still all quiet in my neck of the woods–lol, so much for my plans of having the day off from work! These look like tasty treats. I hope all is well by you

  7. On August 19, 2008 at 7:26am, Bellini Valli said...

    Sounds like this recipe is well worth trying…so glad you found it and you ladies shared:D

  8. On August 19, 2008 at 7:34am, rainbowbrown said...

    It IS a granola bar in disguise isn’t it?? Well I’ll be. Your subs are just perfect and your cookies are beautiful.

  9. On August 19, 2008 at 7:42am, Jules Someone said...

    Seriously, you have to buy chocolate chips? I seem to have an abundant supply at all times…. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the cookies and are ready and safe.

  10. On August 19, 2008 at 7:48am, Sarah said...

    dried raspberries? yum! great job! hope fay isn’t too bad to you…

  11. On August 19, 2008 at 9:33am, Claire said...

    Last I heard, Fay was coming but had downgraded to tropical storm. Hope y’all are well and “only” get rain. These do look good. I think I’ve jumped over them in the book but they look great. Maybe I’ll try them out…I bet that Honey Bunches of Oats just clusters would be good in this.

  12. On August 19, 2008 at 9:36am, Engineer Baker said...

    Dried raspberries sound delicious. Good luck with the Fay thing – stay safe!

  13. On August 19, 2008 at 9:43am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Dear Readers- Thank you for all of your good wishes and concern over Fay. They mean the world to me. Apparently, Fay heard I was ready for her and she wimped out! It is now 11:00 am on Tuesday and I haven’t seen 1 drop of rain, nor 1 leave rustling. Things may change, but for now we seem to be in the clear. Oddly enough, we lost power last night at midnight for about 2 hours. WTF? There wasn’t even a breeze!

    Lori- Lol! Whatever works! I wish Fay would come and water my lawn. It needs it!

    Judy- I was thinking of you too. Hope evertything is ok there.

    Mike- All is well here. You take care. Looks like you may get pounded a little. Fay is fickle!

    Jules- I know, I know. Someone (Mini SGCC) raided my stash!

  14. On August 19, 2008 at 10:09am, The Food Librarian said...

    Glad to hear you are so prepared for Fay with these yummy cookies and lots of Spam. :)

  15. On August 19, 2008 at 10:58am, kim said...

    your cookies look delicious!! glad to hear that fay might be dying down, best wishes to you!

  16. On August 19, 2008 at 11:20am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    Glad to hear you’re safe and sound.

    First it was blueberry squares, then scones, then cookies. So prolific with the baking. Let me know when the hurricane threat is completely over so I can come over please.

  17. On August 19, 2008 at 11:25am, Natashya said...

    Dried raspberries sound really good. I am glad you ended up loving them, I did too.
    Great job, as usual!

  18. On August 19, 2008 at 11:27am, LyB said...

    I didn’t expect to like these so much either, but I can’t stop eating them! lol! I’m hoping Fay does wimp out on you! Stay safe!

  19. On August 19, 2008 at 11:33am, Steph said...

    I really enjoyed your pictures, they were great! The dried raspberries sound like a great idea, I wish I could buy them.

  20. On August 19, 2008 at 11:44am, Christine said...

    Stay safe I will be sending warm thoughts your way! I think Fay knew you were prepared and fizzled out! Your cookies look delicious.

  21. On August 19, 2008 at 12:40pm, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    Susan, I was relieved to see your second message – hope it stays that way!

  22. On August 19, 2008 at 12:56pm, Prudy said...

    Oh, gosh, be safe! What a scare. Those cookies would be good company in any crisis.

  23. On August 19, 2008 at 1:59pm, J.Danger said...

    I love big piecy cookies like this one. Hope Fay keeps on moveing along. My brother and his wife had to hunker down also. We never have weather like that out here in CA. We get one drop of rain and according to the news its a torrential flood!

  24. On August 19, 2008 at 2:41pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    I would love a granola grabber, Thank You Please!

  25. On August 19, 2008 at 2:47pm, The DeL Sisters said...

    Yummy! Raspberries and pecans! Sounds wonderful!

    Great pictures!

  26. On August 19, 2008 at 4:49pm, Bridgett said...

    oooh, I really like the idea of dried raspberries. I know I have bought dried cranberries, but never raspberries. These cookies look and sound delicious. I will have to give them a try and get my kids to eat a healthy cookie for a change!!

  27. On August 19, 2008 at 5:54pm, Cynthia said...

    I pray that you, your family and everyone there remains safe.

  28. On August 19, 2008 at 6:25pm, SiHaN said...

    Dried raspberries and pecans.. sounds great! Meanwhile, I’ll be hoping and praying for you and your family’s safety. Take care!

  29. On August 19, 2008 at 6:34pm, noble pig said...

    Fay, stay away!

    These look so great! Just beautiful, overall and very rustic!

  30. On August 19, 2008 at 7:43pm, Mary said...

    Is there anywhere online that those of us without the book can find the recipe? I’d love to make these in advance as grab-and-go breakfasts.

  31. On August 19, 2008 at 7:44pm, Kelly H said...

    If you have to batten down… these cookies are good to have around.

    Good luck – and hang on!

  32. On August 19, 2008 at 9:48pm, Rebecca said...

    Love that first photo. I regret ever referring to these as “fuglies.” ;)

  33. On August 19, 2008 at 9:54pm, Linda said...

    Wishing you and your family a safe haven thru the storm! You’re photos have transformed these homely cookies into some beauties!

  34. On August 20, 2008 at 2:04am, Grace said...

    appropriate name for these suckers, i’d say.
    meanwhile, why can i never find dried raspberries in the store? there are always dried blueberries, dried cranberries, dried grapes, dried plums. never dried raspberries. or strawberries, for that matter. hmm.

  35. On August 20, 2008 at 6:58am, Donna said...

    Yours look really yummy! I made some subs too, these cookies lend themselves to that real easy, don’t you think? To tell you the truth, one was enough for me. I gave the rest to John to take to work. The grabbers are dead to me now!
    Hope you survive the storm. Sheesh! One thing after another. The first day of school, now Fay!

  36. On August 20, 2008 at 7:16am, Teanna said...

    Good luck with the hurricane! I’m wishing only the best for you! Great grabbers… gorgeous pics!

  37. On August 20, 2008 at 7:30am, Brilynn said...

    I made these last summer, (has it really been that long?) and my Dad now requests them by asking for “those cookies with all the stuff in them”. They’re awesome!

  38. On August 20, 2008 at 8:41am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Well, we seem to have escaped the wrath of Fay. It is actually a bit of a letdown. We didn’t even get one drop of rain where I am along the coast. Not one drop! Fay appears to be very fickle, though. She can’t decide what to do. Now, it looks like she may turn around and head west again. Eek! Be careful what you wish for! Thanks to all who sent me prayers and good vibes. It seems to have worked. :)

    I am so thrilled at the response to these cookies! You all are awesome!

    A few of you have asked about where to get dried raspberries. I got mine at Publix Supermarket in Florida. They recently started carrying a large selection of bulk dried fruits and nuts. They also have the most delicious moist and plump dried strawberries too. We have been eating them like candy! I have also seen them at Whole Foods. I have also seen instructions on the web for drying fruit yourself. I’ve never tried it, but it sounds like it would be a good way to have berries all year long. I hope this helps.

    S(d)OC- You can come over anytime. I’m still looking into that adoption thing. ;)

    Mary- I couldn’t find an email address for you, so I left a link on your blog for the recipe. If you have any problems, email me and I will send you the recipe.

    Well, I guess I’d better get some work done now. Wish I were a lady of leisure! ;)

    To all who visit here, have a great day! :D

  39. On August 20, 2008 at 12:40pm, Patricia Scarpin said...

    I hope things work fine there for you and for everyone, darling. Let us know, ok? You’ll be in my thoughts.
    As for these cookies… I know I would eat the whole batch in seconds. :)

  40. On August 20, 2008 at 3:13pm, Mevrouw Cupcake said...

    Sounds like you’re well prepared, but I do hope that there is no need. Hopefully, you’ll some of these delicious cookies left, just in case though!

  41. On August 20, 2008 at 7:31pm, Cakelaw said...

    Hope you guys are OK and that the hurricane passes you by. Delicious looking “grabbers”, by the way.

  42. On August 20, 2008 at 11:28pm, RecipeGirl said...

    These look like yummy little snacks! Stay safe there in FL!

  43. On August 21, 2008 at 1:40am, Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

    When I grew up our town was hit by an earthquake and for months and years after that we were prepared for the “big one”. Thank God I have now moved out of that area, but I remember the fear as a child. I hope you are all safe. The cookies will be hit by hurricane Chris and Chloe when school is out and I have a batch of these ready!

  44. On August 21, 2008 at 3:19am, Mochachocolata Rita said...

    gosh…everyone’s safe and well i hope?

    tropical storm nuri is approaching hong kong…and i am ready with loads and loads of instant noodle packages ^_^

    may i have some granola goodness too? hehe

  45. On August 21, 2008 at 8:05am, Tom Aarons said...

    Who needs canned goods when you’ve got these! Here’s hoping it’s all going well and everyones safe and sound.

  46. On August 21, 2008 at 1:02pm, Pamela said...

    Hope all is well for you! Just wanted to say that the cookies look fabulous. Isn’t it nice when you are so surprised by something? These were really great cookies.

  47. On August 21, 2008 at 2:33pm, Shari said...

    I love all the substitutions! And your photos are stunning! Keep safe!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

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