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I put some ginger cookie boys (or girls) in our granola!
Yes, I really did and yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds.
I have had this idea for what feels like months now. I even bought this mini gingerbread man cookie cutter weeks ago in preparation for this granola. Really, I just had the picture in my head. Mini gingerbread cookies in granola. Cookies in granola is the new thing. Well, at least I want it to be.
Ever since my family literally went through this granola in a day I have wanted to make another batch. With Christmas only fourteen days away and people arriving for Christmas one week from tomorrow now seemed like a good time to make a giant batch.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling it will be long gone by next Wednesday though….
It is kind of that good that you just want to keep eating handful after handful.
Well, that and we’ve had a steady flow of people here since Thanksgiving. People who eat a lot and make a lot of extra messes. It has kind have been a disaster zone around her lately.
But granola with cookies helps!
Actually, anything with cookies helps.
Especially cute little ginger bread cookies that I am in love with. Seriously, I cannot get enough of them.
Oh, and I think it is especially easy to eat this granola by the handfuls when it is extra, extra cold outside.
I should know since the temperatures have been in below zero mode for a week now. So dang cold you guys. Yesterday had a wind chill of negative thirty. Yeah, -30! It is so cold that when I do go outside my phone actually gets too cold and shuts off. Granted I have an older iPhone, but still! It is cold!
Anyway, the granola is really simple and while it bakes in the oven (and makes the house smell like Christmas) the cookies get to chill out in the fridge.
I was stupid though and put them out on the deck, which normally acts as my second fridge (I know, so hillbilly, but it works). They froze in like five minutes. Luckily this was ok since freezing cookie dough is no big deal, but I mean five minutes? Seriously, it needs to warm up to at least the teens already!
After the granola comes out of the oven you have to let it sit a full hour. This is a must if you want some granola clusters, which I personally love!
While the granola sits, bake the cookies. Sure, go ahead and eat one or two. Ok fine, go for three! They are mini, and the recipe makes some extra cookies just for this purpose. Really, who can resist a warm, cute little mini ginger bread man?
Obviously not me.
But hey, I did make the cookies a little healthier by swapping in some whole wheat flour and using coconut oil!
I recommend making a double batch.
One for you and one as a gift. If you make these solely with the intention of giving them as a gift they will be gone before you can package them up! I mean how can you resist not biting into one of these little guys?
Oh, and I think my favorite way to eat this granola is mixed with some plain greek yogurt + some pomegranate arils .
Why? Ahh, because it looks like my ginger bread boys are swimming in a winter wonderland of fluffy white snow!
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Not to mention that they just plain taste great together.
Hi Tieghan! I just wanted to let you know that one of the ingredients listed was labeled as “candid ginger”, think you meant candied, but just wanted to let you know in case that was something you wanted to change. The recipe looks incredible! So cute!
Yes definitely did! Thank you so much Kari! I hope you try this! xTieghan
If i cannot find molasses, what could i substitute it with, dark agave syrup?
HI! I don’t recommend subbing out the molasses as it is a key ingredient in these cookies. So sorry I couldn’t help more. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂
How absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to see what recipes you have in store this holiday season!
Thank you Cassandra!
Lovely recipe, how much butter should I use if substituting the coconut oil, I love it but for gingerbread it’s butter all the way thanks…
NB . I must say, having visited many other blogs, your blog is special .
great balance and presentation in recipes, to say the least about the flavours . Bravo !
HI! Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so flattered! 🙂
Use 4 tablespoons softened butter. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the granola!
Love this recipe, can’t wait to try it today!! 🙂 just curious what the honey process does to the granola?
Tieghan, Love this recipe!! Do you need the Espresso??
Will make great Christmas Gifts!! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Nope, you can omit the espresso.
Counting my lucky stars that I found this recipe before I actually made my annual Christmas-treat bags for friends + neighbors! This would be an excellent and unexpected addition to the bags, don’t you think? However, I don’t know how many of those men will actually get eaten — they’re almost too cute to munch on!! And poms + gingerbread granola + tangy greek yogurt sounds like an INCREDIBLE combo!
You make gift bags?!?!? Seriously, you are awesome. And please, send me one! 🙂
Tieghan, that is 100% edible fun! Love it. 🙂
Thank you, Sommer!
Too cute Tieghan! And I love the idea of gingerbread granola + yogurt + pomegranate. What a great combo… Stay warm, girl.
Thank you, Allie!! Things are hopefully going to warm up tomorrow!
So adorable, those little gingerbread boys make me smile. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a bowl of this goodness (or just eat it by the handful for a midnight snack – guilty!).
Thanks Laura! This is the perfect midnight snack!
This is so adorable! Cookies for breakfast, why didn’t I think of that!! If I can find time, I am totally going to make this for gifts!
Thanks Karley!Hope you find some time to make this! 🙂
Cuteness overload! So fun and festive, I would love to get this for a gift!
Looks great! Fun gift to give, too!
Thank you, Sandy!