National Oatmeal Month Recipes: Cookies & Granola

January is National Oatmeal Month. Celebrate—and snack—with these two recipes from Cumberland County contributor Jennifer Malme.

Whole Grain Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
⅔ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup white whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

Yields 24 cookies.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Gradually add oat mixture and beat on low until combined.
4. By hand, stir in chocolate chips.
5. Chill dough for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto a baking sheet.
7. Bake until cookies are golden brown but still soft, 11 to 14 minutes.
8. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Coconut-Almond Granola, Jennifer Malme

Coconut-Almond Granola

4 cups old-fashioned oats
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
⅔ cup sliced almonds
⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup honey
½ cup safflower oil (or other light-tasting oil)
⅔ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries

Yields 7 to 8 cups.

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, salt, almonds and coconut. In a liquid measuring cup, measure oil and honey together.
3. Add the oil and honey to the dry ingredients and stir until well coated.
4. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Granola should be lightly browned.
5. Allow to cool slightly. Break granola pieces apart and stir in raisins and dried cranberries.
6. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Jennifer Malme is a writer based in Vineland. She is the author of Down-Home South Jersey, a lifestyle blog about her adventures living in the Garden State, and in addition to being a contributor to Jersey Bites, she contributes to Sharrott Winery blog. Jennifer enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the wineries of New Jersey.