Makes about 20-26 cookies
You'll Need: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup almond meal**, 1 tsp baking powder, 1.25 cups granulated sugar, pinch kosher salt, 2 large egg yolks (room temp), 3 large eggs (room temp), 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, zest of half organic orange, 2 cups M and M nut and raisin trail mix (or any kind of trail mix you have on hand)*, additional 1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour for kneading and handling dough.
How to Prepare: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, almond meal, baking powder, sugar and salt and sift into a large preparation bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, eggs, vanilla and orange zest. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together using an electric mixer (I like the hand held one). Alternate adding wet and dry ingredients until everything is well combined in the bowl. Scrape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula so that all is incorporated. You will have a sticky dough. Using a spatula or your hands, stir in the trail mix. Transfer the dough to a well floured work surface (a granite island or countertop works great). Flour your hands well and knead the dough a few times. Using your hands, shape the dough into two rectangular logs. Each should be about 3.5" wide by 15" long. Transfer the dough logs to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F. Remove cookie logs from oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. Transfer baked logs to a large cutting board. Using a serrated knife, slice the logs width wise, into about 1/2 inch pieces. Put the cut sides down on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake again for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and using tongs or finger tips, flip the cooked and place back in the 275 degree F oven for an additional 15 minutes. Remove cookies from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. After you've gobbled some cookies up, store the left overs (if there are any) in an airtight container, for the best shelf life. We like to dip these in our coffee, tea or chocolate milk. Enjoy.
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* We buy a big container of the M and M trail mix at Costco. It has M and M's, cashews, almonds, raisins and peanuts. It's delicious.
** Note, if you or your kids have any nut allergies, then use an additional 1/2 cup of flour and omit the almond meal. Use dried fruits instead of any nut based trail mix.
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