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KITCHEN POETRY
By ANNIE
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Granola Praline 

No-Bake Cookies 

 

     My Mom always made amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake cookies when I was growing up. She was a wonderful cook and there was always a dessert of some type in our house. Being Southern, a meal always ended with a ‘little something sweet’. 

I have made Mom’s no-bake cookies multiple times and always looking for a quick and easy no-bake cookie recipe to add to my collection. During the holidays I found an easy No-Bake Coconut Pecan Praline Cookie. I made them for gifts and kept the less than perfect looking ones for me to nibble on when I got that craving for ‘a little something sweet’. I quickly realized that I could not have these around my house because they were so addictive … told a friend they were like cookie crack! 

Never satisfied to keep a recipe exactly as I found it, I decided to try a slightly different version using my favorite Granola from Young Living made with Einkorn wheat and chocked full of goodness with Oats, Sunflower seeds, Coconut, Cranberries, Almonds, Wolfberries, Pecans, Walnuts and Cacao nibs. So… I got busy adapting the recipe. 

For my Granola Praline No-Bake Cookies this is what I used:

1 cup of granola – your favorite or make your own – my favorite is Young Living’s Einkorn Granola

1 cup of shredded coconut

cup sugar

cup brown sugar

cup evaporated milk (or whole milk, buttermilk, I have even used whey left over from making farmer’s cheese)

cup light corn syrup

teaspoon vanilla

teaspoon slat

 

Directions:

 

1.   In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together sugars, milk, corn syrup and butter until melted and smooth.

2.   Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes – watch carefully the entire time so it doesn’t boil over believe me you don’t want this to happen – remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Fold in granola and coconut until incorporated. Continue stirring for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture begins to thicken and cool.

3.   Once thick, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to drop spoonfuls onto wax paper or foil lined baking sheets.

4.   Let set completely (freezing if necessary – or refrigerate), then enjoy!

Here is an added bonus recipe … my Mom’s Chocolate No Bake Cookies

 

Ingredients:

 

*1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter

* cup milk

* 1 cups sugar

* 4 tablespoons baking cocoa

* 1 tablespoon vanilla

* Large pinch of Kosher salt

* 3 cups old-fashioned oats (rolled oats – not quick cooking)

* cup peanut butter … creamy or chunky … your choice … I use whatever I have on hand! 

Directions:

1.   In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together sugars, milk, cocoa and butter until melted and smooth.

2.   Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute – watch carefully the entire time so it doesn’t boil over … believe me you don’t want this to happen – remove from heat. Fold in vanilla salt, oats and peanut butter until incorporated. Continue stirring for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture begins to thicken and cool.

3.   Once thick, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to drop spoonfuls onto wax paper or foil lined baking sheets.

4.   Let set completely (freezing if necessary – or refrigerate), then enjoy!

To kick the flavor up a bit, I add 1 tablespoon freeze dried/instant coffee or espresso powder and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. If you have or can find Chocolate Extract add 1 tablespoon of that as well … gives them a mocha flavor that people cannot quite decide what makes your cookies different and special!

ADD TO A HOLIDAY COOKIE BUFFET!
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ADD TO LITTLE DECORATIVE BAGS AS GIFTS!

MOM IN YOUNGER DAYS
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