Janelle, Brown Bag Blues – I pulled this recipe for lunchbox cookies out of some random magazine a million years ago, then changed it a bit. I was excited to find a granola bar disguised as a cookie; something still a treat but with more of a nutritional punch.
In fact, I have been known to put granola (sub varying cereals in place of cornflakes, even add a little coconut) and a variety of nuts (sunflower, walnuts, pepitas) and dried fruit right into these cookies. I will tell you the basic recipe, then you can improvise from there (note: if substituting, just stick with similar proportions).
Special Diet Notes: Lunchbox Cookies
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
For nut-free: sub favorite seeds for the pecans
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter alternative (Earth Balance sticks work well)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour (I use wheat)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1½ cups cornflakes cereal
- ⅔ cup roughly chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Beat sugars and butter; beat in egg and vanilla.
- Add flour, oats, soda, powder, salt just to blend.
- Add cereal and nuts. (If you are a dough eater, this dough rocks).
- Shape into 'golf balls' and bake for 10-12 minutes.