Arizona Trail Mix Cookies

You all probably know by now that I was born and raised in Arizona. I left a huge family there when I moved to Chicago in my 30’s. I also left the wide open sky filled with breathtaking sunsets. And I left the incredible mountains where we would go hiking more than once a week. Right now while it is freezing cold here in Illinois and a snow storm is brewing, I miss Arizona even more! Making these Arizona Trail Mix Cookies gives me the taste of being at home with the sweetness of my family and remembering taking a bag of trail mix to fuel our mountain hikes. These are delicious, they look amazing and they have a health kick that everyone will appreciate. Make them for your family and share them with friends. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

¾ C unsalted butter, softened 

½ C light brown sugar

¼ C honey 

1 large egg

1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

1 ½ C old fashioned rolled oats 

¾ C flour 

½ tsp baking powder 

½ tsp kosher salt 

½ tsp ground cinnamon 

1 ½ C your favorite trail mix 

Directions:

One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper 

Two: Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar and honey until smooth and creamy 

Three: Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined 

Four: Using a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon until combined 

Five: Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet until combined 

Six: Mix in 1 C of the trail mix into the dough 

Seven: Using a medium ice cream scooper, scoop out some dough and place onto the cookie sheet 

Eight: Place dough mounds about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet 

Nine: Press a bit of the trail mix into the top of the cookie 

Ten: Bake the cookies in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned 

Allow to cool before moving and baking the rest of the dough

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