Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trail Mix Cookies

We are heading to the beach for a week...yea! So just a short post for now. Anyway, I wanted to bring along some hearty and hopefully somewhat healthier, cookies for us to snack on during the week. I came across quite a few recipes for trail mix cookies that seemed to fit the bill. I took some elements from a several recipes and came up with these cookies. This recipe is open to endless interpretation, so use whatever combo of dried fruits and nuts that you want.

Trail Mix Cookies
(printable recipe)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour or a mix of white and wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips or chunks
1 1/2 cups total of any mixture of dried fruits and nuts. (I used cranberries, almond slivers, and raisins)

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla.Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix into butter mixture. Add rolled oats, chocolate chunks, and dried fruits and nuts. Roll into balls ( I made mine 2" because I wanted a big cookie), place on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake 10 to 15 ( depending on how big you made your cookies) minutes or until bottoms are golden, not browned. Cool on pan for
5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about two dozen cookies
Other great recipes for trail mix cookies:
Trail Mix Energy Cookies/Breakfast Cookies


Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love baked goods like this - with oats and dried fruit. It is so moreish but in a way you can feel better about.

Have fun at the beach!

grace said...

SO jealous. i'm totally due for a beach vacation. :)

bellini said...

Enjoy your holiday. I sure wish I was headed off to the beach, although Spring has arrived it is not bathing suit weather yet. What I can do is make cookies:D

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

O how I wish I was going to the beach!!! These cookies look great, I love trail mix inspired goodies.

Have a wonderful vacation :-)

Reeni said...

Hope you had a great time at the beach! The cookies are hearty and delicious - love all the fruit and nuts in them.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if the 1/2 sugar is 1/2 cup of sugar?