Saturday, February 23, 2013

Granger Cookies

Sometimes you need a little sweet treat!

Even though we all strive to eat healthier every year, sometimes to curb cravings you should treat yourself (in moderation) to a treat.  Part of the Eat Well 2013 motto is to strive for fresh, clean eating and to limit the amount of processed foods.  But, it also allows for an indulgence every now and then.

These are my sweet treat (ok, not counting the Valentine's Day dessert!).  So I stole found another old time cookie recipe from my mom's sacred recipe box.  Mom said they are a cookie from the 50's from a man name Granger in Australia.  Great era don't you think!  The web shows may versions of these cookies floating around.  I'm glad to have the ones mom thought were great.  These cookies were very popular and once you make them you will see why.  They are a spin off of a chocolate chip cookie.  A little sweeter, and crispier than your average cookie, but great nonetheless.  

Easy to whip up on the weekend with your kids...or not and make them for yourself!  Isn't it great to be able to share recipes of old with new generations, and teach them the fundamentals of cooking??  

Share some love this weekend by making a batch of these great cookies!

Granger cookies 
mom's recipe


½ cup soft butter
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a baking tray (cookie sheet).

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and egg. Stir in sifted flour and baking powder until just combined. Stir through chocolate chips and cranberries.

Log method: Form the mixture into a log and either use now or freeze for later.   To make now slice into 1 inch thick rounds and bake 15 - 20 minutes until brown.

Drop cookies:  Place spoonfuls of mixture onto baking tray, allowing room for spreading. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.

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