I like to give homemade gifts and I like to tinker around in the kitchen. So it’s probably not a surprise that Matt and I tend to give at least a few homemade edible gifts every year. This year I brought this cinnamon and sugar granola to a few gatherings.
It’s easy to pull together, has a nice crunch to it, and it’s super tasty. You can make quite a few substitutions (as with any granola) to fit your preferences and what you have available. The secret ingredient that makes it tasty and easy to put together? SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH!!
Recipe (From Girl Versus Dough)
I got about 9 cups of granola from this recipe.
- 1 (16 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough softened
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1-2 cups raw nuts (I used half slivered almonds, a handful of pecans, and some chopped walnuts)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup craisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used some white, some milk, and some semi-sweet)
Preheat oven to 325F. Line two baking sheets with foil and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer add everything but the dried fruit and the chocolate. Make sure your cookie dough is softened – otherwise it will be very hard on your mixer. Mix until the cookie dough is crumbled up and incorporated.
Transfer to the baking sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes. Stir every 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven when the cookie pieces are cooked and crunchy. Allow the granola to cool, and then mix in the dried fruit and chocolate.
Store in an airtight container.