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Holiday cookie season is well underway. Try spicing up your favorite cookie recipes with a crunch. These sweet treats use Sunbelt Bakery granola cereal as a “secret” ingredient to bring a new texture and flavor to traditional combinations.

Add granola to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

If you’re a fan of the texture of oatmeal raisin cookies but prefer to add chocolate chips, this may be a new favorite.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup softened butter with ¾ cup sugar and ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar. Beat until creamy. Add two large eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla, and continue to mix until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine 1 ¾ cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture until well incorporated.

Stir in 3 cups of granola and 1½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Using a spoon, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Try the no-bake approach with these “drop” cookies.

Combine ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of milk and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a bowl. Mix well. If the peanut butter is dry, you may need to add more milk.

Add ¾ cup uncooked oats, ½ cup of your favorite granola cereal and ½ cup chocolate chips. With damp hands, roll 1-inch balls. If you’d prefer, roll the cookies in a thin layer of powdered sugar. Store the cookies in an airtight container and enjoy!

Add granola to baked apples for a fruit-based dessert option.

If you’re craving sweets but don’t have time to bake cookies, try out these “baked” apples you can make in the microwave and top with granola for a sweet treat!

Slice two crisp apples in half, lengthwise. Remove cores to create an indention in each half. In a microwaveable dish, arrange apples cut side up. Slice off the bottoms if necessary to keep from tipping. Add a ½ tablespoon each of raisins and brown sugar (or substitute honey) to apple halves. Top with about a teaspoon of butter.

Cover the dish with plastic wrap, leaving a small area open to vent. Microwave on high for five to six minutes. Be careful when removing the plastic, as the apples will be hot. Top each half with a heaping spoonful of your favorite granola for a crunchy treat!

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