Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Granola is a beautiful thing. And, it has become a staple around here. It’s a rare day that I don’t start things off with a bowl of yogurt and granola. I have almost as many varieties of granola in my pantry as I do peanut butter. Those two facts came in quite handy for making these cookies.

So, here’s a really great thing. You only need four ingredients to make these cookies. That’s right. Four.

And, I don’t mean there’s a mix and three more things. Or a roll of refrigerated cookie dough, some mini candy bars, and a couple of other ingredients. No, there are four ingredients – peanut butter, granola, egg, salt. Seriously.

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If there’s a catch, it’s that one of the ingredients is granola, which is, of course, a whole slew of ingredients in one handy package. Part of the granola is finely ground so that it acts much like flour. The remainder is stirred into the dough to add a lovely crunchy texture to the cookies.

Most any kind of granola will work. Just choose one that you think will go well with chocolate and peanut butter. I chose to use one of my favorite brands of granola, Early Bird, for these cookies. Specifically, I used their Choc-a-Doodle-Do granola, which features chocolate and coconut.

I also used Peanut Butter & Co.‘s Dark Chocolate Dreams for the peanut butter. There are several other brands of chocolate peanut butter, so just use your favorite. Or, if you prefer, use standard peanut butter without the chocolate element.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies | Bake or Break

Not only are these cookies amazingly quick to make, they’re also really, really good. They are soft and chewy and a little crunchy. They are just the right amount of sweet to satisfy a little sweet craving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 15 cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granola
  • 1 cup chocolate peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Separate the granola into two 1-cup portions. If using granola with dried fruit, remove the fruit from one portion and add it to the other portion.

Place the granola without fruit into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.

Transfer the ground granola to a mixing bowl. Add peanut butter, egg, and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat just until smooth. Add remaining granola and mix just until combined.

Using two tablespoons of dough at a time, form the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on prepared baking sheets.

Use a fork to flatten the cookies to about 3 inches in diameter.

Bake cookies, one pan at a time, for 15 to 18 minutes, or until cookies are set and lightly browned around the edges.

Cool cookies completely on pans on wire racks.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2013/09/chocolate-peanut-butter-granola-cookies/
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25 Comments

  1. Marcie September 30, 2013 Reply

    These look heavenly! I love these ingredients and they sound so simple to make!

    • Kelley October 2, 2013 Reply

      I agree!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 30, 2013 Reply

    Totally loving the simplicity to these! Yum!

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 30, 2013 Reply

    This is an AWESOME idea! These cookies look so thick and wonderful and DEEEELICIOUS!

  4. Stephanie @ PlainChicken September 30, 2013 Reply

    OMG – these looks awesome. I LOVE how easy they are. I am going to try these for the Auburn game this weekend.

  5. I love “healthy” cookie recipes! These sound like breakfast to me!

  6. JEP September 30, 2013 Reply

    I love cookies with lots of crunch and chew. I am a big fan of Peanut Butter & Co products. Now I just need to decide on what kind of granola to use.

  7. Vicki @ WITK September 30, 2013 Reply

    This recipe looks so simple and delicious! I love that you used the chocolate and PB from PB &Co. That stuff is addictive!

  8. Javi Trulove @ T3treats September 30, 2013 Reply

    I will skip the granola.. well at least skip the raising, i cant stand the raising… however i think the flavour on this cookie are so yummy.. this is a keeper for me.

  9. Tracy | Pale Yellow September 30, 2013 Reply

    I love how simple and adaptable these cookies are! Right now I’m envisioning a honey peanut I’ve been eying from Peanut Butter & Co. and a cinnamon granola! I can’t wait to try!

  10. Joanne September 30, 2013 Reply

    And to think I ALWAYS have all these ingredients on hand! These are pretty much perfect.

  11. Mimi @ Culinary Couture September 30, 2013 Reply

    Love these! Will be packing them in my nephew’s lunchbox….if I don’t eat them all first! :)

  12. Tahnycooks October 1, 2013 Reply

    These ARE a beautiful thing for sure! In more ways than one! I love how simple and fast they are to make and for them to taste delicious is a winner in my book for sure!

  13. Ruthy @ Omeletta October 1, 2013 Reply

    Granola and peanut butter are two of my favorite things, especially for breakfast. Which means, I think,that it is perfectly acceptable to eat a batch of these cookies for breakfast, right?

  14. Susan@LunaCafe October 1, 2013 Reply

    Wow, these look fantastic! Chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal–three of my favorite flavors. :-)

  15. kristine October 3, 2013 Reply

    These are already in the oven, with Trader Joes Cocoa Almond spread and Pecan Praline granola. Excited to taste them and try other combos!

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      jennifer October 3, 2013 Reply

      kristine, I came so close to using TJ’s Pecan Praline granola. I bet they’ll be great!

  16. I just love chubby cookies. What a great idea to use granola!

  17. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile October 8, 2013 Reply

    How simple and delish! Can’t wait to try these out!! :-)

  18. zen October 9, 2013 Reply

    These look great! can not wait to try!

  19. jolee October 13, 2013 Reply

    We thought good for the minimal amount of ingredients and time

  20. Erin October 14, 2013 Reply

    If I wanted to use regular peanut butter and some cocoa (cause they’ve gotta be chocolate!!), any idea how much cocoa I would use?

  21. Erin October 14, 2013 Reply

    …or maybe sub Nutella for half the PB? Hmmmmm, and mmmmmm.

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry October 14, 2013 Reply

      Erin, I think subbing some Nutella might be easier from a texture standpoint. If you want to try to add cocoa powder, I would add it with the granola that gets ground in the food processor. It should take much, as the recipe doesn’t make a lot of cookie dough. My best guess is maybe start with a tablespoonful and see how that works.

  22. Erin October 14, 2013 Reply

    Made a batch of both-purely for research purposes,of course. Nutella was the hands down winner for taste and texture. I added about 1/3 c. chocolate chips to both batches and in the Nutella batch I replaced about 1/3 c. of the peanut butter. Very reminiscent of the no-bake cookies of my youth, but I loved this baked variation, especially studded with warm, melty chocolate!! Thanks, Jennifer!

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