Unlike some of the Alpha Bakers, I am a big fan of cookies. I don’t mind the time it takes to make multiple batches. I love having a huge assortment of cookies to put out for guests at Christmas. I love the Pittsburgh tradition of a cookie table at weddings. In order of importance, it’s right with there with the dress. . . and in front of the wedding cake. The luxury oatmeal cookies would be a welcome addition to any cookie table.
What makes these cookies “luxury?” you may well ask. Homemade granola for a start. I’ve only made granola once before. It’s not that it’s difficult. The reason I haven’t made it more often is because it’s so good. Store bought granola pales in comparison to homemade. It would be easy to make a big batch, sit down with the bowl and eat it all. Homemade granola is dangerous.
To create these yummy cookies, the granola is mixed with just enough batter to stick it all together. The recipe calls for raisins and chocolate chips. I did my usual and substituted dried cranberries for half of the raisins.
I didn’t set a timer, so my first batch was over baked. That’s a pity. With a recipe that makes three dozen, it was sad to waste a third. The remaining twenty-four, were light and chewy with fantastic flavor.
Ed said using granola for the cookies may have been Rose’s best idea yet. To be fair, Ed was in Poland when I started baking with the Heaveny Cake Bakers. He missed some of Rose’s other ideas, such as the Saint Honore Trifle.