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Cherry Granola HeartsHappy Valentine's Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

If you don't care for dried cherries, you can use golden raisins in these Cherry Granola Hearts for an equally healthful, sweet and chewy granola.

Dried Cherries

Recipe Ingredients

1/2 cup dried cherries or golden raisins
3 cups granola
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons honey

Recipe Directions

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.

In a small bowl, combine the dried cherries with enough hot tap water to cover. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the granola, flour and baking powder.

Stir in the butter, egg and honey until the mixture is evenly moistened. Drain the cherries and add them to the mixture, stirring until well combined. Scrape out the batter onto a clean surface and pat it into a 1/4-inch-thick rectangle.

Using a 1-1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Reroll the scraps.

Bake Cherry Granola Heart cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown around the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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