These delectable granola cookies are bursting with flavor, sweetness, and delightful yumminess. They make a wonderful accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea, adding an extra touch of enjoyment to your break. Not only are they a perfect snack, but they also offer a healthier alternative to store-bought treats due to their homemade nature and inclusion of oats.
How to make oatmeal pecan cookies
All you need is one bowl and a spoon - yes that’s it. Okay, you need a few more ingredients but when it comes to utensils, you only need two things. Still, a super easy recipe to master. I call these cookies granola cookies but you can also call them oatmeal cookies.
For garnish, I added chocolate and sprinkles which are optional. But it’s up to you to add a garnish or not!
And then I got a bit creative I shaped the cookies into hearts. However, feel free to shape them as you wish.
Tips to ensure your granola cookies with pecans turn out delicious:
Use fresh ingredients
Ensure that your pecans and granola are fresh to enhance the flavor of the cookies.
Use old-fashioned oats
Old-fashioned oats are ideal for oatmeal cookies as they provide a chewy texture. Avoid using quick-cooking oats or instant oats, as they can make the cookies too soft.
Toast the pecans
Toasting the pecans before adding them to the cookie dough can enhance their flavor and crunchiness. Simply spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes or until fragrant. Let them cool before chopping and adding to the dough.
Measure ingredients accurately
Baking is a science, so it's important to measure your ingredients accurately to maintain the right balance of flavors and textures in the cookies.
Don't overmix the dough
When combining the dry and wet ingredients, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to tough cookies.
Adjust baking time
Keep an eye on the cookies while they're in the oven as baking times may vary depending on your oven. Remove them when the edges are golden brown and the centers are set.
Let them cool
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them firm up and prevents them from breaking apart.
To keep your granola cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also place a slice of bread in the container to help maintain their softness.
Experiment with variations
Feel free to experiment with different additions to your granola cookies. You can add chocolate chips, dried fruits like cranberries or raisins, or even a touch of nutmeg for extra flavor.
It's best to use old-fashioned oats in oatmeal pecan cookies for their texture and chewiness. Instant oats and quick-cooking oats have a finer texture and may result in cookies that are too soft.
Absolutely! While pecans provide a delicious flavor, you can substitute them with other nuts like walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts. Choose your favorite nut or use a combination for a different taste.
Yes, you can add raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, or other dried fruits to the cookie dough. They add extra sweetness and a chewy texture. Soak the dried fruits in warm water for a few minutes before adding them to the dough to prevent them from becoming too dry.
To make softer oatmeal pecan cookies, you can increase the amount of butter or add a tablespoon of molasses or honey to the dough. This helps retain moisture and results in a softer texture.
Yes, you can freeze oatmeal pecan cookie dough for later use. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the dough balls until firm, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, simply place the frozen dough balls on a baking sheet and bake for a slightly longer time than the original recipe suggests.
Oatmeal pecan cookies can stay fresh for about 5-7 days when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also extend their freshness by storing them in the refrigerator. If you want to keep them for longer, you can freeze the baked cookies for up to 2-3 months.
Yes, you can make gluten-free oatmeal pecan cookies by using gluten-free all-purpose flour instead of regular flour. Additionally, ensure that your oats are certified gluten-free as some oats may come in contact with gluten during processing. Follow a gluten-free baking recipe or adapt the proportions accordingly.
Other cookie recipes you should try:
For a non-dairy version of these granola cookies, check my out parve oatmeal cookies.
Make these granola cookies today!
These granola cookies are rich in flavor, sweet, and yummy. They can also be customized by adding other mix-ins like raisins or chocolate chips. With their homemade goodness and wholesome ingredients, oatmeal pecan cookies are a delightful treat for any occasion.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 sticks (200 grams) softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecan nuts
- 3.5 oz. (100 grams) dark chocolate
- Heat the oven to 160°C / 325°F with the fan.
- In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients into a unified batter.
- Shape cookies with your hands.
- Place the shaped cookies on a baking pan with baking paper - place the cookies at intervals since they will expand as they bake.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- For the garnish: In a bowl, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30-second rounds.
- Drizzle the chocolate on the cookies and add sprinkles.
- Have a cookie and enjoy!