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Chewy Trail Mix Cookies

The melodic patter of a summer storm’s leaking clouds fills the air around the house. Plants rejoice in the refuge from the heat and cats dream of catching the dancing droplets from behind the safety of their window. Busy thoughts and never ending to-do lists seem to fade into the calming tap, tap, tap of the rain outside. If there is ever a reason to take the day off, to relax and enjoy an afternoon free of tasks, rain provides the perfect excuse. I sink into my couch and ponder what simple task I will do my best to coast through with as little effort as possible. Then it hits me. I leap from the couch and dart outside to put the top up on my jeep. After averting disaster I return to my rightful place on the couch.

Rain usually means a few things for me: a day spent on the couch watching bad movies, the revival of a puzzle long since abandoned, and of course baking. I rarely need an excuse to bake but when it is raining outside, no matter how light or heavy, I feel obligated to bake something, usually cookies. A big pile of cookies seems to make any rainy day activity a tiny bit better.

It is no secret I love cookies. I bake half a gross every week. Chocolate chip is my favorite cookie but my second favorite cookie, quickly closing in on the classic chocolate chip, is this scrumptious, chewy trail mix cookie. In fact, I may bake this cookie more often than I bake chocolate chip cookies. There is so much going on with this cookie that every bite holds a surprise flavor or texture. This is also a very, very chunky cookie. About half of it is chopped nuts, oats, seeds, raisins and chocolate. The other half is the normal makings of cookie dough.

While this cookie has many ingredients, it is very easy to make. And the best part? This cookie is ridiculously customizable. So long as you keep the weight or volume of all the extras the same–more on this in a moment–, any adjustments will not require any changes to the preparation or baking time. So if you don’t like candied pecans, you can substitute them with good ‘ole regular pecans… or cashews… or dried cranberries. The possibilities with this cookie are endless and just about every time I bake them, I try a different variation. This variation I’m sharing now is my favorite though. I definitely suggest starting with this recipe below.

As you may know I cook for 7-8 mouths on average so I typically bake cookies 5 or 6 dozen at a time. This particular recipe will make 5 dozen medium/large cookies. Feel free to cut the recipe if half if you only want 2 1/2 dozen cookies. The recipe will scale with no problem. And as always, I advocate baking by weight and not volume but because I want everyone to be able to make these delicious cookies I’ve included both volumetric and weighed measurements. I’ve broken the ingredients into three groups to help simplify the instructions part since there are so many ingredients. As you will soon notice, I use a mix of cake and bread flour, but as always you can use all all-purpose flour instead.

This recipe, like so many of mine, is inspired from and built on the base of a Bo Friberg recipe. I took his idea and made it to my liking.

Chewy Trail Mix Cookies

Ingredients

8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
6 oz (3/4 cup packed) brown sugar
6 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar
2 oz (3 tablespoons) maple syrup
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspon vanilla extract
10 oz (2 1/3 cup) cake flour
3 oz (1/2 cup) bread flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
6 oz (1 1/2 cups) granola of your choice
4 oz (1 cup) chopped walnuts
4 oz (1 cup) chopped pecans
4 oz (1 cup) chopped almonds
2 oz (1/3 cup) flaxseed, ground/broken
4 oz (1 heaping cup) rolled oats
10 oz (2 cups) raisins
8 oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325F.

2. Mix the butter, sugars and syrup together until just combined.

3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined. Add the vanilla and mix in.

4. Add the flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix well.

5. Add the rest of the ingredients (granola, walnuts, pecans, almonds, flaxseed, rolled oats, raisins & chocolate) and mix until the pieces are distributed evenly throughout the batter.

6. Spoon the batter on to baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten each cookie to a 1/4 to 1/2 inch tall disk.

7. Bake in a preheated oven for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Born and raised in Texas, Russell van Kraayenburg may sit you down for a stern lecture if you confuse barbecue with grilling. Creator of Chasing Delicious, and author of Haute Dogs, his work has been featured in Southern Living magazine and on such sites as Lifehacker, Fast Co. Design, Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, The Daily What, Quipsologies, Neatorama,Explore, and Fine Cooking.

18 Comments

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  • cooking varieties-wan maznah

    hi chasing delicious, wow this sure looks very crispy and yummy..very flavorful… with cheese :) i like to follow your blog
    Blogwalk from bloggers.com. great blog you have here. Glad I visited. Have a nice day. Do visit mine , would be glad to read a comment from you too. chiao

  • Charissa

    Ooh, looks good. Perfect for a picnic or a hike…

    Btw, I love the name of your blog…it’s just so awesome! :)

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Those look delicious! I love cookies so much too, but don’t have nearly as many people to feed as you and I don’t like ending up with a ton of cookies all to myself. Good thing I have lots of in-laws to share with :D I love all the addins in these!

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    7-8 mouths is a bunch…but those cookies look they would be a winner for any mouth.

    DELICIOUS!

    Thanks for sharing, these might be able to take 2nd place as all time favorite cookie…after chocolate chip of course.

  • Kelly

    These cookies look so delicious, great pictures!! :)

  • anna

    oo i love trail mix cookies! so many variations are possible – i would love to make these with coconut and cranberries, although they look wonderful as they are too!

  • Anne

    These cookies are BEAUTIFUL! I imagine how chewy and sweet they are! I hope it rains more often in your neighborhood! I love your writing style and your pictures are great! : )

  • Spice Sherpa

    Chasing delicous? I think you found it. These look so scrumptious. What a great snack for a busy summer day.

  • Michael Toa

    I love cookies too. I must be supervised when making them though as I have cookie dough addiction and will be left with nothing to bake.
    These cookies look so scrumptious.

  • Maureen

    You have definitely chased delicious on these cookies. They look fantastic.

  • Skylar

    Those look great! Something you can pack with you on a long hike, or just enjoy as a nice snack. Thanks for sharing

  • The Chocolate Priestess

    Nice variation on the chocolate chip cookie and good job keeping it chewy. That’s how I like my cookies.

  • Eliot

    MMMM—Breakfast!

  • The Cilantropist

    I wish it would rain here in San Diego. I also wish I could have some of your cookies. You can bring the rain and these cookies to SD anytime. :)

  • Pauline

    Have to save this one, interesting use of flaxseed too.

  • Joy

    The cookies are a great pick me up.

  • Jon @ Candid Appetite

    That’s it, I’m making these cookies this week. A little birdie told me that they are good and versatile….they sound phenomenal! Can’t wait…..go to school tomorrow or make chewy trail mix cookies?!? School or cookies? School or cookies? Tough call…..

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