I put some ginger cookie boys (or girls) in our granola!

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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 thisย mini gingerbread man cookie cutterย 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.

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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….

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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.

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But granola with cookies helps!

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Actually, anything with cookies helps.

Especially cute little ginger bread cookies that I am in love with. Seriously, I cannot get enough of them.

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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!

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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!

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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 notย me.

But hey, I did make the cookies a little healthier by swapping in some whole wheat flour and using coconut oil!

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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?

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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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Gingerbread Man Granola

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rest/Refrigerate 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Cups
Calories Per Serving: 938 kcal

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Ingredients

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Granola

Instructions

  • To make the gingerbread cookie dough. In a small bowl combine the flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl (using a hand mixer) or bowl of a stand mixer cream together the the coconut oil and brown sugar, beating for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and egg, beat until combined. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until no streaks are showing in the dough. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and flour a clean work surface, and the dough. Roll it out as thin or thick as you like. If you want the cookies crisp roll thin and if you want them softer roll a thicker dough. Personally for this granola I thought somewhere in the middle of super thin and supper thick was good! Using a small ginger bread man (or girl!) cookie cutter. I used one from this pack -http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004Y67U/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00004Y67U&linkCode=as2&tag=halbakhar-20
  • Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter, cutting them as close to one another as possible to minimize waste.
  • Transfer the cookies to the prepared cookie sheets. Cover the baking sheets and place them in the fridge while you make the granola.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, shredded coconut, candid ginger pecans (almonds or macadamia nuts), pistachios, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ and cranberries. Toss well.
  • Melt the coconut in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir in the molasses and maple syrup. Place the mixture back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Sprinkle the espresso powder over top and stir to dissolve. Add the cinnamon, ginger and salt. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the warm mixture over the dry oat mixture and stir to fully combine. I normally stir for a good 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Spread the granola out on a parchment lined baking sheet with sides and drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes stirring every 15 minutes so the granola will get evenly toasted. The last time you stir the granola drizzle it with the remaining 2 tablespoons honey. Remove from the oven and let cool five minutes. Up the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • After 5 minutes spray the bottom of a flat 1 cup measuring cup or a flat bottomed glass with cooking spray. Press the granola into the pan using the bottom of the measuring cup so that you have a flat slab of granola that looks like they could be cut into bars. Let the granola sit for one hour to cool and harden. After an hour break the granola up into clusters.
  • While the granola cools bake the gingerbread cookies. Remove the pans from the fridge and bake the cookies just until they're slightly brown around the edges 8 to 12 minutes, or until they feel firm. Let the cookies cool completely before tossing with the granola.
  • When everything is cool toss about half the cookies or however many you wish with the granola. Enjoy!

Notes

*Granola adapted from [here | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/brown-butter-pumpkin-seed-espresso-glazed-big-cluster-granola/]

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Not to mention that they just plain taste great together.

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  1. 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!

    1. 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 Holidayโ€™s ? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 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 !

    1. HI! Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so flattered! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Use 4 tablespoons softened butter. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the granola!

  3. Love this recipe, can’t wait to try it today!! ๐Ÿ™‚ just curious what the honey process does to the granola?

  4. Tieghan, Love this recipe!! Do you need the Espresso??

    Will make great Christmas Gifts!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. 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!

  6. Too cute Tieghan! And I love the idea of gingerbread granola + yogurt + pomegranate. What a great combo… Stay warm, girl.

  7. 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!).

  8. 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!

  9. Your recipes are sooooo diverse it blows me away! Sweets, savory, elaborate, simple, granola! You can make it all! Wanna be jealous, but making other bloggers recipes and chefs inspires me to improve and learn!

  10. Awww look at those little gingerbread people in the granola. The one in the last photo it looks like it’s drowning in the yoghurt

  11. These are SO cute!! I can’t believe Christmas is 15 days away. Holy moly. Thankfully I’m all done with Christmas shopping but STILL. Where has time gone?! Gimme a bowl of this and I shall savor it!

  12. Ahhhh! Don’t remind me that Christmas is only 14 days away–I have done NOTHING. Literally nothing.

    This granola is adorable Tieghan! Those mini gingerbread cookies totally take it over the top. Your family and loved ones are super lucky to have you cooking for them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. You and me both!! I do all the shopping for my mom (the bothers and my dad are clueless), so I really need to get going or her stocking is going to look pretty sad!

      Thanks Laura!

  13. Pinned to my GB board! SO CUTE!
    Love the pour shot & the adorable lil men!

    I grew up in MN where we’d put things outside in our attached porch for like 10 mins and yes, t they’d freeze solid. My mom would use the entire porch as her pseudo 2nd fridge for most of the winter. Was perfect for holding dozens & dozens of cookies, etc!

    1. I knew you grew up in MN, but it is still so hard to believe! You are such a Cali girl/warm weather girl!

      Thanks Averie!

  14. You know I am a sucker for some crunchy, clustery granola! Love the little gingerbread men.They are so cute, Tieghan! And they bring little something special to the photos and the granola itself! I need to go out and buy a mini gingerbread men cookie cutter now.

  15. Now this is SO cute! and obvious delicious — because how could it not be? I have a thing for mini gingerbread — so festive!

  16. I can’t believe how cute this is! I have a little tiny gingerbread man cutter and I know exactly what I’m going to be doing with it this weekend. So darn adorable.