To be honest, I thought it would be safe to make these chocolate Nutella nut cookies. After all, I'm not one of those people (you know who you are) who can't pass a jar of hazelnutty-chocolaty Nutella without sticking a spoon in it. Temptation? No problem. Or so I thought. Then I made the mistake of tasting one of the cookies, still warm from the oven, and my willpower melted as quickly as that rich, not-too-sweet cookie melted on my tongue. So my advice to you is this: do not make these cookies unless your granddaughters, and your son-in-law, and your friend who comes for afternoon tea promise to stop by that very same day to eat the entire batch. If you do bake these cookies, and you're home alone, please remember that I tried to save you.
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First published in July 2006, this updated pantry ingredient post features new photos, links, and tweaks to the recipe. Please enjoy these granola cookies, which I've been making since my college days way back when, and which would be so perfect for a July 4th picnic or barbecue.
I'm a Motown, pre-1975 rock 'n roll, granola kind of girl. I don't bake much -- I've already owned up to keeping store-bought pie crust in my refrigerator -- but oooooh, baby, I love love love granola cookies, and that's why vegetable shortening resides in The Perfect Pantry.
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When my friends Donna (Just One Donna) and Stacy (Get Up Off the Couch) came for a day of work-related brainstorming, I took the opportunity to road test some recipe ideas for our lunch. After all, who better to suffer your kitchen experiments than fellow bloggers? A nice quiche, green salad, and molasses spice cookies followed a morning snack of walnut-raisin biscotti. Made with white whole wheat flour and not much sugar, these healthier cookies get their sweetness from golden raisins, which also keeps them just moist enough. We were so deep in conversation that we forgot to dunk, but the next morning I slid a leftover biscotto into my coffee, the perfect way to start the day.
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A perfectly balanced, sweet and crunchy cookie has the power to make you forget all about your resolve to stay away from carbs. Not all cookies possess this power, but these molasses spice cookies deliver. You'll see in the recipe more than the usual amount of powdered ginger plus cinnamon and nutmeg, warm spices that pair so well with molasses. Rolled in sugar before baking, the cookie stays soft on the inside while the outside crisps. It's an easy cookie to make; the hardest part is remembering to leave time for the butter to soften at room temperature. (You can let the sticks of butter sit out on the counter overnight, and then the dough comes together in minutes.) I used white whole wheat flour, my favorite way to sneak whole grains into my baking. The original recipe calls for all-purpose flour, so you can make it either way.
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