TWD #26 A cookie by any other name…

August 19, 2008 at 1:42 am 45 comments

Another Tuesday, another Dorie baking day!

This recipe is hosted by Michelle from Bad Girl Baking. You can find the complete recipe on her blog. Also don’t forget to check out what the other Dorie bakers did with their cookie creations!

I have to admit that I wasn’t going to make these cookies. I am not really a cookie person. When I eat cookies its usually a snickerdoodle variety. But I prefer cupcakes or cheesecake if I have a choice in the dessert matter. Actually I rarely eat more than one of those desserts either. I think I am more of a salty snacker. Give me kettle chips and I’ll eat the whole bag. LOL.

But my brother was visiting and he was craving cookies so I said “what the heck? My brother will eat them!” Of course trying to bake on a whim produces a few dilemmas.

1. I didn’t have granola
2. I didn’t have wheat germ
3. I didn’t have slivered almonds
4. I didn’t have raisins

Wow. Talk about a great time for some adaptation huh? I raided my pantry and came up with some interesting awesome (if I do say so myself) substitutions. Bare with me. This should be fun.

What did I learn this week:
As I’ve mentioned many times, one of the great things about TWD is the ability to make each recipe your own by substituting ingredients to fit your lifestyle, cravings, tastes. In my case not having some of the required ingredients made me think outside the box and come up with my own little cookie recipe. Isn’t that the fun part of baking?? esp if it actually tastes good? LOL

Kashi Kookies

(Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s BFMHTY | photos from me!)


3 cups granola without fruit (I used Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal instead)
3/4 cup moist, plump raisins (dark or golden) (I used craisins instead)
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup slivered almonds (I omitted b/c they are already in the cereal)
1/3 cup wheat germ (I substituted with more AP flour)
1-3/4 sticks (14 tbsp) unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup AP flour

I wanna give a shout out to my size-2-I-want-to-hate-her-but-she’s-so-sweet-I-can’t girl, April, for introducing me to the world of Kashi cereal. Me and my hubs love it! and its fiberlicious! You know how I love 2fors! w00t!


Preheat oven to 375F. Line baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

Put cereal in a large bowl and break up any clumps with your fingers. Add in craisins, peanuts, coconut. Mix together. Cream butter at medium speed for about 1-2 minutes. Add sugars and beat until creamy. Add in egg and salt. Reduce speed to low and slowly add in flour a little at a time until just blended.

Slowly add the cereal mixture and use a spatula to fold it into the cookie batter.

Scoop out the cookie dough in 1/2-1oz balls (depending on how big you want the cookies) and arrange on baking sheet about 1-2 inches between each ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Repeat with remaining dough.

Serve to Santa Claus with milk.


Husband rating: A+
He really liked the combination of kashi cereal, coconut and craisins in this cookie and ate more than one.

Wifey rating: A
I was really surprised how good these cookies were! ::rubbings knuckles on chest::

Other rating: A-/B+
My little brother said they were good but he’s not a granola, fruit type cookie person. Maybe next time I’ll have to add chocolate chips.

Next week: Chocolate-Banded Ice Cream Torte on pages 288-289


Entry filed under: Tuesdays With Dorie.

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45 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mara  |  August 18, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Fabulous…!! I love Kashi as well, but I’m more of a straight Fiber One gal. I am all about the fuel for the body since I work out so much…well when fuel in the form of SUGAR is not coming from cupcakes or cookies. :D

    I also made some adapts… had to add CHOCOLATE! haaa.

  • 2. steph (whisk/spoon)  |  August 18, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    right on with those substitutions–i’d never know you fiddled with the reicpe from the looks of them!

  • 3. Holly @ PheMOMenon  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Good to know that the Kashi is yummy. I’ve been meaning to try it. Your cookies look wonderfully fantastic (yes – you get TWO adjectives! lol) Great job!

  • 4. HoneyB  |  August 19, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Oh yum! Kashi is a great and healthy addition!

  • 5. Lori  |  August 19, 2008 at 3:54 am

    I added cereal, too – not Kashi, but that would be so great!

  • 6. uglydudefood  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Ooooh, good call on the Kashi! I’m going to rejigger this recipe with a few of my favorite cereals in the future!

  • 7. Steph  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I love your step by step pictures. Your cookies look great and spread so nicely even though you added more AP flour.

  • 8. Michelle  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I used Kashi cereal too…great stuff! I love your pictures.

  • 9. Melissa  |  August 19, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Your cookies look great. They really would make a good cookie to leave out for Santa! :-)

  • 10. Caitlin  |  August 19, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Kashi cereal is fabulous – a perfect sub in these cookies. Glad you were pleasantly surprised by these!

  • 11. Anne  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:13 am

    They look awesome- way to make them your own!

  • 12. Teanna  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I love the Kashi idea! SOOO good (and less calories than granola!) Those look delicious!

  • 13. rainbowbrown  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Nice work here, lady! The pantry raiding technique totally beats shopping!

  • 14. kim  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:04 am

    yum! they look just like the granola version. i love the pics with the milk, very cute :)

  • 15. Megan  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Sure, you make cookies for your brother and then he doesn’t like them! Typical!!

    Great substitutions – and they look great.

  • 16. Christine  |  August 19, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Kashi a great addition! Yum your cookies look delicious!

  • 17. April  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Thanks for the shout out! PS – I’m a size 4, not a 2. LOL I look anorexic when I’m a 2. Anyway…
    These look awesome! I adore Kashi products. They make me just feel good all over. LOL

  • 18. chocolatechic  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I like your substitutes.

    I used chocolate in mine. We loved them.

  • 19. hornedfroggy  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:34 am

    CB, these sound (and look!) fab! Love that you added Kashi!! :)

  • 20. Jessica  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Nice job with the grabbers! I love, love, love making recipes without actually having to go shopping. Very inspiring!

  • 21. Natashya  |  August 19, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Glad you guys liked them, they were surprisingly delish.
    I love your milk glass.

  • 22. pamela  |  August 19, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Kashi! What a great idea. I think I’ll give that one a try next time. It’s probably a tad bit healthier than the granola I chose. They were really good, much better than I expected. Great pictures!

  • 23. Stephanie  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Oh my godh!! I LOVE Kashi!! Very inventive, and something I must, MUST try! And you wuldn’t even be able to tell the difference by the pic! They look so scrumptious :)

  • 24. Jayne  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I love Kashi – what a great idea to substitute that for the granola (I realize your options were limited to begin with!) The cookies look fabulous.

  • 25. alan  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:40 am

    it was pretty good haha i just wish it was a little bit more unhealthier naw mean

  • 26. Beryl  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I love pantry raid style baking! Great job!

  • 27. Erin  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:50 am

    That was sheer genius to use the kashi. Yum!

  • 28. Mary Ann  |  August 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Those look so yummy! I think the Kashi would’ve made a great cookie! Very ingenius.

  • 29. Cristine  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Great job! I am currently in LOVE with craisins!

  • 30. LyB  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    You are way creative! Those are some great modifications you made, it’s good to know these can be made with different types of cereal. Oh, and chocolate chips are great in these. :)

  • 31. Maria  |  August 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Love your twist on things!

  • 32. Kayte  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Great adaptations…those look amazingly wonderful.

  • 33. Rebecca  |  August 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Awww, I could used Kashi! Good call.

  • 34. Erin  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    You did a great job adapting these! They look great!

  • 35. Jaime  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    those cookies look great! love how you made the recipe work for you! :)

  • 36. Susan  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Yuck. You sound like a grown up. I still like Sugar Smacks. Wait, they call them Honey Smacks now, so that they sound healther.
    I can’t eat healthy cereal.
    but you go right on ahead. I don;t trust someone who isn;t into cookies anyway.
    Nice job though!!

  • 37. Nancy/n.o.e  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I love the way you changed them to suit your circumstances! They were tasty, weren’t they?

  • 38. Di  |  August 20, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Your cookies look great! I definitely recommend adding chocolate chips. The craisins sound good, too.

  • 39. Esther  |  August 20, 2008 at 6:38 am

    They looks great! We used cranberries as well, I really liked how it tasted!

  • 40. mari  |  August 20, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I wholeheartedly agree, nothing like a totally tweakable and totally delicious! Well done!

  • 41. Piggy  |  August 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Your cookies look great! I’m gonna check if I can get kashi cereal here… ;-)

  • 42. Jenny  |  August 20, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Good to know Kashi works for these, since it is what I would use if I were making the cookies. Go Lean Crunch, it is wonderful!

  • 43. Heather Peskin  |  August 20, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Lovely close-up pics and nice plump looking “Kashi Cerial Grabbers.” Kashi sounds like a cereal that I must try.

  • 44. Kelly D  |  August 20, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I have never tried any Kashi stuff but I hear good things about them. Not a cookie person. Wish I could say the same.

  • 45. Shari@Whisk: a food blog  |  August 21, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    It’s great to know this recipe works with all the substitutions! I love Kashi too, and am impressed that it works in this cookie!! Great job!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog


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