Sunday, 16 June 2013

Pandora's (Cereal) Box

A box of granola, sitting in the cool confines of the cupboard and had expired but no one in the house would throw it out. We all claimed because it was still full but I am nearly positive that no one dared touch the box in case the festering contents within would burst out through the seal, in a spore-rific geyser and infect us all. Or, it could be, that a newer, non-expired granola bag had come along and captured our hunger.

So the box remained in suppurated silence until, in a moment of weakness I needed to bake cookies.

Equipped with oven mitts, wielding a spatula and a bread knife I inched, slipper by slipper, closer to the cupboard. With great skill, that would make any angler proud, I hooked the corner of the spatula on the handle and swung the cupboard open.

There it stood: the brewing box of mystery. It had certainly moved since I had last looked (we practically barricaded behind the unsalted crackers and nacho chips) but all the other snacks had inexplicably crowded to the opposite side leaving me and the box. I studied it's blank canvass for any sign of fear, but it hinted at nothing (damn no-name packaging) and just when a drip of sweat traced down my temple it fell out of the cupboard and plummeted towards the wood flooring. The seal broke, I squinted in fear, and out poured a air-tight plastic bag containing a harmless granola mix. And so I made the cookies.

The end.

Want a similar thrilling adventure of your own? Let a box of granola expire (only by a few days, mind you) and try this delightful recipe below!

Cheddar Granola Cookies

  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp each Baking Soda and Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Liquid Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Granola
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese (in honour of Dairy Month find Canadian cheddar--support local farmers!)
  • 1 1/2 cups Raisins
Preheat oven to 350'F. Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes

In a large bowl, stir together all-purpose and whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt. Cream in softened butter and gradually beat in sugar and honey. Add eggs. Mix in granola, cheddar cheese and raisins (for a thick consistency).

Drop tablespoon of batter onto lined cookie sheet and space generously, these spread. Let them cool and enjoy! I specifically loved the salty addition of cheddar which mingles delightfully with the honey and raisins.

Recipe courtesy of
Keep your eyes tuned for Pandora's (Cereal) Box Part Two.