Really Good Soft & Chewy Granola Cookies


Can’t say much more than the title. There are good cookies and there are “really” good cookies, so good that you’ll allow yourself to half a dozen in one sitting. The type of cookies that allow yourself to indulge in eating pleasures without any post-guilt feelings are worth having in your recipe box. And hopefully, you’ll agree that these cookies deserve to be on that list.

Our continuous quest to find great cookies recipes that have both great texture, flavor and unique qualities is never ending. Often times we’ll search for cookie recipes with high hopes to be blown away by their taste. But sometimes we’ll just be satisfied but not over thrilled. Even a mediocre cookie can be good. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not cookie snobs (hopefully, not) but it’s nice to have your baking efforts rewarded with really great cookies.

These granola cookies came across our radar by chance, thanks to a past shoot we did for Food and Wine. The shoot had many savory dishes, but luckily we had two desserts to style and shoot, one of which were these granola cookies.

Normally during a food shoot, our jobs are not to recipe test. The client sends us finished recipes and we just cook them, style and shoot. So when these granola cookies first came out of the oven, they immediately went to set for the shot. Afterwards, they were shuffled to the side while we continued with the next shot. During break, we grabbed one of the cookies for a quick snack and were all amazed at how wonderful they were!

These cookies are soft and chewy oatmeal cookies with a slightly crispy edge, but with so much more texture and flavor. We’ve made many batches of these cookies and shared them with so many folks. Everyone who has them them fell in love instantly. The original Food and Wine recipe had dried apricots and pecans. But we added more flavors that we love finding in granola: combination of mixed, toasted nuts, different dried fruit, and peanut butter chips.

These are now one more cookie that we now always have to keep the dough on hand in the freezer, part of our emergency cookie craving stash. These cookies along with our snickerdoodles and the chocolate chunk cookies are now required to be on hand at all times. Or at least one or two of them until we can replenish the stash.


-diane and todd

Many of you have asked how Sierra has been doing since her surgery. Thanks for all the sweet messages and queries. Since her surgery for her torn ACL, she’s been resting and finally gaining some strength back. But it’s 8 weeks of healing so we’re taking it slowly, one day at a time!

And this weekend we were gardening with fierce excitement. We built some new planters for our blueberry plants, harvested a ton of spinach, implemented two new trellis for grape vines and planted 10 heirloom tomatoes. Whew! What a satisfying week. Thus, we rewarded ourselves again with these really good granola cookies!

5 from 1 vote
Oatmeal Apricot Cookies (Granola Cookies)
Total Time
45 mins

These are a wonderfully soft and chewy cookies with slightly crisp edges. We sometimes will macerate the dried fruit in rum, but if that isn't to your taste, feel free to add the fruit directly into the batter without soaking them. Experiment with your favorite nuts in the recipe as well to find what you like best. This dough freezes very well. We will roll or scoop them into balls, then freeze in freezer bags until ready to bake. For thawing, we will just take out the ones we are going to bake when we first turn on the oven and start it to preheat. By the time the oven is to temperature, the cookies have thawed enough.

Servings: 40 Cookies
  • 1 cup (200g) dried Apricots, cut into 1/2" pieces (or other preferred dried fruit)
  • (Optional) Rum or Kahlua , enough to cover the dried fruit
  • 1 cup (100g) chopped Pecans (or other preferred nuts)
  • 1 1/4 cups (155g) Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3g) Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 2 cups (180g) Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups (275g) packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup (125g) dark Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 cup (125g) Peanut Butter Chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Optional-Soak the dried fruit in a bowl with enough alcohol to just cover them.

  2. Put the nuts on a sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until aromatic and toasty. Let the cool for a bit, then coarsely chop.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oats. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Stir in the oat mixture until nearly combined. With a large spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the chopped nuts and the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Drain the dried fruit and stir them into the batter.
  6. Scoop heaping tablespoons full of the dough on parchment lined sheet pans, placing them about 1 1/2" apart. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned. Let them cool on the sheet pans for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Maggie Caldwell

    This looks like an excellent lunch for my sandwich-hating junior high school boy . . . maybe I’ll soak the fruit in apple juice for him instead, though 🙂

  2. Jeff @ Cheeseburger

    I like the chewy texture of this granola cookies.

  3. Brooke

    These look great! ne question though, do you suppose I could substitute coconut oil for the butter if I keep it at a room temperature consistency? Thanks!

  4. Jen Marie

    I am SOOO excited you shared this recipe! Been pining for them ever since the workshop in January when I stuffed myself with them. Just made a batch and stuffed myself silly with cookie dough. I used dates since I don’t have currants which was a delicious switch. And macerating the fruit in rum…so, so good.

  5. DebsKitchen

    These look delicious. They look like they’re for kids but the rum infusion makes them so very adult! Great for moms during a play date 🙂

  6. Amy

    Those cookies are looking soooo good!! I guess they would be the perfect mid-morning or late afternoon treat… Many thanks for sharing the recipes and those amazing pictures!

  7. @alyssarimmer

    Oh, I can always go for a cookie like this! Granola Cookies from @whiteonrice, adapted to be #glutenfree of course!

    1. Jenn

      Hi! Can you share with me the gluten free recipe? That’d be great!


      1. White on Rice Couple

        We don’t have a gluten free version. Sorry.

  8. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Rum-soaked dried fruit?! Wow. Sounds awesome. I’m thinking I would add some dried coconut to the mix!

    Awww poor Sierra :/ Hopefully she’ll feel better soon. At least she’s got some great company!

    1. White on Rice Couple

      I had thought about coconut too. If you end up trying it, let us know how you like it.
      Sierra sends puppy wags of thanks. 🙂

  9. Kim Beaulieu

    I love these cookies. They look so perfect.

    Sending good vibes for Sierra. We just found out our puppy has some issues she will need surgery for at some point. She’s so hyper we can’t get her to slow down and go easy.

  10. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Oh yum! I am going to crave these all day!

  11. Kelly

    These look simply perfect! What a great recipe 🙂

  12. harveys mom

    wow, i was just thinking about taking my boys to dog beach and this would be the best snack. a little baking detour and the boys, me and the cookies will be on our way!!!! sounds delicious!!!
    glad sierra is on the mend, really scary when something is wrong with the dogs.
    have fun!!

  13. Tom Tom

    These look crazy good, and I the idea of soaking the fruit in Kahlua sounds intriguing. Thanks!

  14. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    After all that work in the garden you deserve a few cookies. And those look like the kind of cookies that we all deserve. Thank you!

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I love oatmeal cookies that are loaded up with dried fruit and the chunkier and heartier the better. They look wonderful. Rum-soaked gets me excited, too. Pinning!

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