Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crunchy muesli cookies

My husband and son love their cookies with lots of butter, chocolates and nuts and they have been fussy having dried fruits in their sweet treats. For this reason, I think I have created more than enough their preferred version of cookies and cakes. Now, I need to be "selfish" this time, baking these "guilt-free" cookies for myself.

I made these cookies with lots of my favorite dried cranberry, replaced the butter with Alfa
one rice bran spread and reduced the sugar content dramatically. I have also added a tablespoon of honey to compensate the missing 25g of fat to help binding of the ingredients. These cookies are crunchy and deliciously good! ...Surprise! Surprise! My son like these cookies too.

Love the crunch of the almond and the tangy taste of cranberry. Got to find my quiet corner now to enjoy this...
  
Here's the recipe from Australian Women weekly miniature cookbook, Cupcakes and Cookies (with my modifications in blue)

Make 36 (I made 34)
1 cup (90g) rolled oats
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 cup (220g) caster sugar (I reduce to 100g)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup (55g) finely chopped dried apricot (I didn't use this)
1/4 cup (35g) dried cranberry (I use 120g to replace the missing apricots)
1/2 cup (70g) silvered almonds
125g butter (I replace with 100g alfa one spread)
2 tbsp golden syrup (+ 1 tbsp honey)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (I use baking powder)
1 tbsp boiling water

1. Preheat oven to 150°C/130°C fan forced. Grease oven trays and line with baking paper
2. Combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts in a bowl.
3. Melt butter with golden syrup (and honey) over low heat Add soda and boiling water. Stir warm butter into dry ingredients.
4. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls, flatten with hand (I didn't do this), place on tray and bake about 20 min, cool cookies on trays.

Happy Baking.

31 comments:

  1. I like this type of cookies a lot especially all the dried fruits on it and better still it is healthier. I am bookmarking this to try out once we finish our CNY cookies. thanks for sharing.

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  2. looks great. bet they were delicious :)

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  3. Your modifications were a great idea. These can be a breakfast cookie. :)

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  4. These are beautiful cookies. I would just need a couple of these treats and a good cup of coffee and I would be happy. Very nice.

    Velva

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  5. I love to have dried fruits in my cookies too...:P

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  6. yummy goodness combined in one delectable piece what could go wrong? looks great Zoe!

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  7. These look great, especially with cranberries, I would add the apricots too, as I love apricots as much as cranberries!

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  8. I eat anything with a cranberry in it. These look delicious.

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  9. These look so good! I love the cranberries in them, though I'd probably love the apricots just as well. :)

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  10. I love this type of cookies too. These look fabulous.

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  11. What a neat healthy cookie. They look absolutely delicious and even better, I could eat them without the guilt.

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  12. Feel like gobbing some rite now..

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  13. I bet my son would love these sweet balls too!

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  14. It looks so tempting! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. i wonder if they can be made into breakfast bars? i love cranberries in my bakes too :)

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  16. i like how you always make supposedly sinful desserts so healthy! i can imagine them going all noisy in my mouth cos they're so crunchy and crispy! :D

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  17. Your healthier cookies look so delicious. It doesn't seem like anything was sacrificed when you revised the recipe. Great photos Zoe.

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  18. These look very yummy. I also love muesli! And, weirdly enough, with all the snow here in NYC, I've been craving light snacks and not heavy ones so these would be perfect!

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  19. They looks fabulous! Your additions and replacements looks even better in my opinion. I must stop reading your blog on an half empty stomach!

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  20. Yummy! I try to sneak in the better stuff when I make cookies for my husband and daughter, but my husband almost always can tell. These look great though.

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  21. I made this before during Chritmas, it's easy to make & delicious too! Same like you, I'm thinking to bake again for my CNY cookies. :)

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  22. This recipe sounds like a winner; love the fact that you improvised with what was in the cupboard; they look so good.

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  23. Oooh such a good idea and they look so tasty

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  24. wow, what a GREAT idea! i would devour these any time of day!!!

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  25. nutritional and delicious cookies, zoe. i do like these cookies, i used to have sort like these cookies for breakfast a lot at one time.

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  26. Oh Zoe, yum! These look like the perfect pick me up for that 3 pm blood sugar lull. :o)

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  27. With a little rascal of my own, I can never get enough of these kinds of recipes. Thank you so much!

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  28. Love the way you have healthied (!) these up :-}

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  29. I'd love to try your guilt free cookies! They look delicious!

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  30. ZOe what a great idea to use muesli for cookies! Beautiful and healthy!

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