Each year Hubby hikes to the top of Mt. Timpanogos. It is an 18 mile round trip hike with some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see. The weather is very unpredictable--but always amazing. Hubby went last week and hiked mostly in the clouds. I wanted to make a treat to add to his lunch--something more than a cookie but tastier than a protein bar. I found the perfect cookie, it is full of oats, dried fruit, nuts and a little white chocolate for fun. It is packable and delicious. It would be a great addition to a 'care package' for the starving college student. Or just hide a few in the freezer for those afternoon cookie cravings. Trust me--they are yummy.
Granola Bar Cookies or 11,752 Thousand Feet Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (3.5 ounces)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried fruit, I like a berries and cherries mix, chopped
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup white chocolate chips
In the bowl of a mixer add butter and sugars, beat for 3-4 minutes till light, add eggs one at a time beating well after each one, add vanilla. Combine salt, spices, baking powder, baking soda, flour and oats. Add dry ingredients to mixer bowl and stir gently. Add dried fruit, nuts and white chocolate chips. Stir gently.
Bake on a parchment lined sheet pan at 350 for 9-10 minutes till just golden. Cool on pan for several minutes then remove to a cooling rack.