Granola Cookies with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds

The first time I flipped through At Home with Magnolia, I was intrigued by these cookies. I am a big fan of granola and have been tempted more than once to make my own granola bars. Somehow, though, I’d never thought to put granola in cookies.

I have to say that I was not disappointed. I, along with everyone else who tried them, thought they were delicious. The original recipe used an oats and honey granola, almonds, and white chocolate. I used a vanilla-almond granola, toasted almonds, and Guittard extra semi-sweet chocolate chips. The darker chocolate helped to offset the sweetness of the granola.

Granola Cookies with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds combine your favorite granola with toasted almonds and dark chocolate. - Bake or Break

This is a great recipe for tailoring to suit your tastes. Next time, I’m thinking of using either peanut butter granola with roasted peanuts or dark chocolate granola with toasted pecans. With all the varieties of granola out there, you never have to make these the same way twice.

If anyone discovers their own really good variation, please let me know!

Granola Cookies with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: about 48 cookies

Granola Cookies with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups granola
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped roasted almonds*
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped chocolate


Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla, beating well. Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing until thoroughly blended. Stir in granola, almonds, and chocolate.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Leave several inches between cookies. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake 12-14 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.


*Spread almonds on a baking sheet and place in a 350° oven for about 15 minutes.

Recipe adapted from At Home with Magnolia.

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  1. Maria May 20, 2009 Reply

    I am always up for a cookie and this one looks amazing. I love the roasted almonds with chocolate! YUM!

  2. megan May 20, 2009 Reply

    These look great! Every recipe of yours that I’ve tried (pear bread – wow is that wonderful) has been amazing, so i’ll definitely be trying these :)

  3. Eliana May 20, 2009 Reply

    These look mouthwatering. Great job!

  4. The Duo Dishes May 20, 2009 Reply

    Mmmm, well now…granola=awesome, so it has to be good as a cookie.

  5. Nuwanda May 20, 2009 Reply

    Yum! I’m totally trying these.

  6. Okay, so that photo with the chocolate melting out of the center of the cookie just isn’t fair! I always sort of feel like I’m getting away with something when I bake and — as it is today — it’s 83 degrees outside (just wait till August — I feel nearly criminal then). Perhaps I’ll make a batch of these and bring them to work tomorrow — no one expects cookies to show up midweek in May.

  7. Is there a big difference from using the granola and using oatmeal?

  8. Juliana May 20, 2009 Reply

    Wow, nice cookies…looks really delicious and the pictures are just incredible. Nice work!

  9. Culinary Wannabe May 20, 2009 Reply

    I just made a Magnolia recipe this week and am totally in love with it. And your cookies look very tempting for an afternoon snack with a big glass of milk!

  10. darcie May 20, 2009 Reply

    yum! my favorite ingredient in my favorite cookie! i can’t wait to make some! i have a quick question …what brand of granola do you use? the peanut butter granola sounds delish as well ~ where can i get some? thanks so much and have a wonderful day! :)

  11. howtoeatacupcake May 20, 2009 Reply

    granola… chocolate… almonds… how can this get any better???? 😀

  12. Tianne May 20, 2009 Reply

    that looks sooo chewy and full of mmmm goodness.

  13. jennifer May 20, 2009 Reply

    Baking and Mistaking, I’m sure these would be just fine made with oats. The granola adds some flavor and texture that I highly recommend.

    darcie, the brand I used is Bear Naked. It’s available at my local supermarket. Try this link to find it near you.

  14. Martha May 20, 2009 Reply

    As a lover of both cookies and granola, I can’t wait to give these a try. Your pictures are fantastic!

  15. Carolin May 21, 2009 Reply

    Just curious as to why you have to refrigerate the prebaked cookies?

  16. Brooke May 21, 2009 Reply

    Try classic granola, white chocolate, and roasted chopped pecans. They’re to die for!

  17. jennifer May 21, 2009 Reply

    Carolin, this is not the sturdiest dough I’ve ever worked with. Refrigerating it makes it a little easier to handle. Also, in general, refrigerating the dough will keep cookies from spreading.

  18. Irene May 22, 2009 Reply

    Oh yum, these look delicious! I love the granola addition!

  19. The Food Hunter May 22, 2009 Reply

    What a great idea. I will have to give them a try.

  20. Jennifer May 24, 2009 Reply

    Those look FABULOUS!!!!!

  21. Bunny May 24, 2009 Reply

    What a nice addition to the cookies, these looks so good!

  22. alohacookiegirl May 25, 2009 Reply

    Aloha! This is off the subject but I followed the link to your Cinnamon Bun Scones from July 2006 and it is no longer active. Is this the same as the recipe you made — your picture looks amazing! Mahalo!

  23. jennifer May 26, 2009 Reply

    alohacookiegirl, that is the same recipe. I’ve also updated the recipe link on my post.

  24. Hayley May 26, 2009 Reply

    These sound incredible. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Baking Monster May 26, 2009 Reply

    These look tasty!

  26. foodcreate May 29, 2009 Reply

    What a inventive way to bake I love your cookies!
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!


  27. CookiePie May 30, 2009 Reply

    What a fabulous idea! I’m not a huge granola fan, but I think putting them in cookies with some goodies like chocolate chips sounds so delicious!!

  28. the caked crusader June 1, 2009 Reply

    that first photo is making me drool!

  29. sweetie June 5, 2009 Reply

    if you like baking with granola, check out ina’s banana crunch muffins. i’ve heard great reviews:

  30. Rebekka June 5, 2009 Reply

    I love how pale and tender those look!!!!

  31. These look delicious! I love granola, I bet that it would be fantastic in a cookie!

    Also, your photos are gorgeous, and are making me very hungry haha. :)

  32. Lauren June 7, 2009 Reply

    Love, love, love this book. And now I’m craving these cookies.

  33. Baking Monster June 8, 2009 Reply

    these look so good!

  34. Lubna Karim June 9, 2009 Reply

    Oh wow crunchy, soft, chocolaty and yum…healthy too…Awesome…

  35. Shelly June 11, 2009 Reply

    I just want you to know that I adore your site! I have just spent a good half hour of my life looking back through your recipes and am now so hungry I could die! I have bookmarked so many pages I don’t even know when I’ll find the time to bake all the recipes!

  36. I love granola and I have to say that I am really intrigued by these cookies. They will certainly be added to my list or must-try cookies.

  37. eatpress June 20, 2009 Reply

    I love granola anything and this recipe looks superb. I like to make my own granola from scratch as it is fast and really cheap, so this is a great use for the tons of jars full that I have at home! Thanks.

  38. Mixing Bowl Mama June 21, 2009 Reply

    These looks so delicious. I love granola, and try to get it into my kids as often as possible. We make our own at home and I think this would be a perfect use for some of it.

  39. Sprouted Kitchen June 24, 2009 Reply

    What a great site! Pictures are so enticing… makes me want to go on a sugar binge. I will be a frequent visitor ~

  40. Brandy June 26, 2009 Reply

    I am always looking for a new way to twist on chocolate chip cookies.

  41. vishali December 3, 2009 Reply

    Woohooo… These granola cookies look really mouth watering!
    I m going to give it a try!

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