These oversized cookies are more like muffin tops, but calling them cookies makes them seem more fun. These healthy treats make a great breakfast or snack when they're paired with a glass of milk. Unprocessed bran is usually found near the hot cereals in the grocery; if you can't find it, substitute oat bran or crushed bran-flake cereal.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped dried figs
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
2.4 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup unprocessed bran
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in figs, cranberries, and vanilla.
Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, bran, and next 3 ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, stirring just until moist. Gently fold in almonds.
Drop by level 1/4-cup measures 4 inches apart on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until almost set. Cool 2 minutes on pans. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
let your toddler help by: Pouring the measured figs and cranberries into a bowl. Stirring the ingredients in Step Pouring the measured almonds into the batter.
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