Crunchy and sweet Oatmeal Cookies packed with dried fruit and crunchy nuts is a great after school snack. The delicious, crunchy cookies are packed with great flavours and can be a yummy snack for the whole family.
These oatmeal cookies are great and you can really play around with ingredients to make them just the way your family will love them.
1 cup butter OR margarine or mix of both
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup muesli OR granola
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
ginger if you like
1 cup (or more if you want) mixed dried fruit and nuts - such as apricots, figs, dates, raisins, prunes, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.
Sunflower seeds for sprinkling on top (optional)
First, take all the nuts and dried fruit and put them in your food processor. Pulse, on and off, a few times until the fruit and nuts are chopped (not mushy). Remove from processor. Set aside.
Now, take the butter/marge and sugars and cream together in your food processor bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla and salt. Process for 1-2 minutes.
Now, add the flour and baking powder and all the spices - process until the flour is incorporated into the egg mixture.
Add the oatmeal and granola and mix them in with on/off pulses.
Now take the fruits and nuts that you set aside and add the mixture from the processor bowl. With a spatula or wooden spoon, mix the fruit into the cookie dough.
Okay. Now it's time to bake them.
Using a tablespoon, plop spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared cookie sheet - I always use parchment (wax) paper to cover the cookie sheet - SOOOO much easier for clean up!
Sprinkle sunflower seeds over each cookie and bake - 160C, 350F 10-12 minutes - keep an eye on them - you don't want to burn you cookies!
And for an easier way to make these cookies.... spread the dough in a rectangular baking dish and bake and then cut them into squares for oatmeal-granola cookie squares! So much simpler and just as yum! You'll have to do this in two or three lots as this recipe will make much more than 1 tray's worth.
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