Whats in my cookie jar?

When my cookie jar is empty my kitchen feels incomplete. I'm serious. So I thought I would share every week "whats in my cookie jar"? This week it is filled with yummy homemade granola bars (It's simple I promise!)

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed

  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup dried raisins (i prefer golden)

  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • Directions
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish or sheet pan and line it with parchment paper. Toss the oatmeal, nuts, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.
    Kid tested and approved by E many times!
    I think baby O wanted some too.
    Enjoy! Whats in your cookie jar?


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