We eat a lot of granola around here, but I’ve never cooked with it before. General Mills sent a New Year’s box of cereal to me that included Nature Valley Protein cranberry almond granola and a recipe for Betty Crocker’s No-Bake Granola Jam Thumbprint Cookies. I was planning on making the recipe, but I didn’t have any corn syrup. Instead I changed the ingredients by omitting corn syrup, which cut out some sugar and saved me a trip to the store, and added an egg. The cookies were delicious and my kids and husband loved them.*
The recipe is easy and took only a few minutes to prepare. Combine all ingredients in one bowl starting with the egg.
Beat the egg with a fork and add a ½ cup packed brown sugar.
Then add ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter.**
Next, add a ½ teaspoon vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula until smooth.
The granola comes next. Add 3 cups, breaking apart any big chunks.
Mix until combined.
Shape into 1 inch balls and drop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Flatten with thumb and spoon in jelly.
Cook for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges are brown. Let them cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Cookies
3 Cups Nature Valley cranberry almond granola
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup creamy natural peanut butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup strawberry jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat egg with a fork. Add brown sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add granola, breaking apart any big pieces. Mix until combined.
Shape cookies into 1 inch balls, place them on cookie sheet, and then lightly flatten with thumb. Spoon jelly into the indentation. Cook for12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
*The cookies don’t contain gluten ingredients, but the Nature Valley Protein cranberry almond granola package had the warning that it may contain wheat. **I used natural peanut butter that contains no added oil or sugar.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I did receive granola and cereal for review purposes.