Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TWD Rewind—Cocoa Crispy Peanut Grabbers (Granola Grabbers)

Crispy Peanut Grabbers

For Tuesdays With Dorie this week, we could chose any recipe we wanted from the book as a rewind to either something we missed in the past or any recipe we really loved and wanted to make again.  While flipping through the cookie section, I found a couple of the recipes I hadn’t made yet, so I decided that I would make one of them.  I would still like to eventually try to complete every recipe in the book.

One of the cookies I missed was Dorie’s Granola Grabbers (pages 82-83).  I love granola.  I eat homemade granola almost every day.  However, I was currently almost out and when looking in my cupboard, I saw that I had recently gotten two boxes of Cocoa Krispies and decided I’d try the cookies, but use the Krispies instead.  So, needless to say, I ended up making a lot of changes to the recipe because I also altered the amounts of sugar and flour a bit and omitted some of the other ingredients in Dorie’s recipe.  

Cocoa Crispy Peanut Grabbers, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Dorie Greenspan

3 cups Cocoa Krispies (I’m sure Rice Krispies would be great, too!)

3/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (regular ones would be fine, too)

1/3 cup wheat germ

14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, minus 2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Combine in a medium sized bowl the Cocoa Krispies, peanuts and oats.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, wheat germ and salt. 

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of the bowl.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another minute or two.  Scrape sides of bowl.  Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.  Stir in the cereal, peanuts, oat mixture.  Scoop out rounded tablespoon of dough and form them into balls with your hands.  Space them 1-2 inches apart on the baking sheet.  Press each ball of dough down slightly.  Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes.  Move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Krispy Peanut Grabbers

I thought these turned out really well (I was a little worried with all the changes I made!)  The cookies are crispy but slightly chewy and have great texture with the cocoa cereal, wheat germ and oats, not to mention the peanuts giving them a great chocolate/peanut flavor. 

This is it, Friends.  One more week of TWD and our last recipe will also be a cookie, hosted by none other than Dorie herself!  I wonder what everyone else made for TWD Rewind week this week?


Cindy said...

I missed the Granola Grabbers too. Your version looks very tasty. I think I will try it while the grandkids are here.

Cakelaw said...

I like your take on the Granola Grabbers - they look delish.

sue @ Cakeballs,cookies and more said...

Well they do sound very good, even if you changed it a whole lot LOL. I may have to try these.

Anne said...

I made these as written once but think my husband would prefer them with the rice krispies, how creative! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Tia said...

omg do they ever look good! merry christmas!!!

Lizzy said...

I LOVE cookies full of "stuff," so these look especially yummy!

Peggy the Baker said...

Dorie's Granola Grabbers are one of my favorite cookies in the book! Your variation looks great, however, and I'm sure Dorie would approve your "playing around."

Emily said...

I love all of the fun ingredients in these! They look yummy.

jillbert said...

These cookies were really good, and your version sounds great!

Flourchild said...

Woah and yum! They look fabulous! I can not believe we are all most done! I am glad we can keep in touch on Facebook. Thank you for all the sweet comments over the years. Im going to miss TWD.

Jules Someone said...

What a cookie! The original is one of my favorites, but your changes sound yummy.

Spike said...

these cookies look so fun! Happy Christmas

vanillasugarblog said...

i can see why they are called grabbers. i need to print this one out.
merry christmas sweetie!

Kayte said...

These look great...very pretty actually and a nice take on an old recipe. Merry Christmas to you all, btw! It's Christmas morning here, and advantage of older children is that they sleep in! You'll get there someday, in the meantime, enjoy!