These granola cookies blend crunchy granola goodness into a chewy cookie for a sweet treat that any cookie lover will love.
What I love about this cookie recipe, outside of the fact that it makes granola super portable, is that it can be dressed up in so many ways. Add your favorite fruits like dried cranberries or raisins or sprinkle in coconut chips or pumpkin seeds.
If this is your first time making granola cookies, you just might find that they become your go-to recipe for cookies that will satisfy a sweet tooth with a little healthiness added in.
Why You’ll Love Granola Cookies
If you like to munch on granola, you’re going to fall in love with these cookies.
- Easy – These simple cookies are made with basic ingredients and require no fancy equipment or techniques.
- Convenient – You can toss granola cookies into lunchboxes or pack for a picnic or hike.
- Versatile – Eat the cookies all on their own or dress them up by making them a layer in a parfait or into ice cream sandwiches.
These simple ingredients come together to create the most delectable cookies.
- All-purpose flour: All-purpose flour helps bind the ingredients and helps to create the cookie’s texture.
- Whole wheat flour: Whole wheat flour imparts a nutty flavor.
- Baking soda: This leavening agent helps the cookies rise.
- Coarse kosher salt: Coarse kosher salt balances the sweetness and brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Unsalted butter, softened: Butter helps to make the cookies soft and rich.
- Brown sugar: Using brown sugar helps to make the cookies moist.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract balances the cookie’s flavor profile.
- Eggs: Eggs help the cookies to be moist while also binding the ingredients together.
- Granola: This key ingredient is the star of the show, giving these granola cookies their unmistakable crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
- Add-ins (mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, golden raisins, dried fruit): Add sweetness, nuttiness, and chewiness with these optional additions to the cookies.
How To Make Granola Cookies
These crunchy cookies couldn’t be easier to make.
- Sift dry ingredients. Using a sifter, add both flours, salad, and baking soda to a medium mixing bowl. You can also whisk them together instead of sifting.
- Beat butter and sugar. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl of a stand mixer. Beat butter and sugar until creamy and smooth.
- Add vanilla and eggs. Then, add vanilla and eggs and mix until completely combined.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add half of the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and combine. Then add the remainder of the wet ingredients and mix again.
- Fold in granola. Gently fold the granola and add-ins into the cookie dough. Tightly wrap the bowl with saran wrap and chill.
- Scoop dough. When ready to bake, use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough onto a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake. Place the cookies into the preheated oven. Bake cookies until the tops are a light golden brown.
- Cool. Allow the cookies to cool briefly on the cookie sheet. Then, use a spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack.
What to Serve With Granola Cookies
You can serve these delicious cookies with all sorts of other treats. Try washing them down with a cup of coffee or tea, or serve them alongside a fruit smoothie for a mid-day snack.
You can change up some of the ingredients to make your own style of granola cookies.
- Sweeteners: Replace some of the brown sugar with honey, maple syrup, or an alternative sweetener.
- Flour: Experiment with almond flour, coconut flour, or your favorite gluten-free flour.
- Spices: Shake in some cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm flavor.
- Nut butter: Try incorporating peanut butter or almond butter for a nutty flavor.
Storage, Make Ahead and Freezing
You can store these granola cookies at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Refrigerator: Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Make ahead: Prepare the dough ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking.
Freezer: Freeze cookies for up to 3 months.
Common Questions About Granola Cookies
Oatmeal cookies incorporate rolled oats while granola cookies are a blend of a simple cookie dough and hearty, crunchy granola.
This is up to personal preference. We suggest using granola or a granola cereal that you already know and love to get the best results.
Flour helps to bind the cookies but if you prefer not to use it, try using your favorite alternative flour.
More Easy Cookies
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granola
- 1/2-3/4 cup add-ins mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, dried fruit
- Sift or whisk together both flours, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl using a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and eggs, mixing until no streaks remain.
- In two additions, combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
- By hand, fold in the granola and other add-ins.
- Cover and chill cookie dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and place dough onto the parchment 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
- Remove and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
- If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings!