Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and cherries

 Chocolate and cherries baked into a delicious cookie, who can resist!
 
This summer we experimented with drying cherries from the tree in our back yard and they turned out just delicious and chewy, like big raisins.
 
I wrote a lot about our cherries here and here.
We imagined the dried cherries would be perfect for fall and winter cookies so on Saturday morning my daughter and I whipped up a batch of chewy, chocolately and healthy oatmeal cookies. I have adapted this recipe from this beautiful blog.

I love baking with my daughter and as she is nearly 18 and time is flying, I am savoring and treasuring every moment she wants to spend with me. We have become a seasoned pair in the kitchen, often knowing exactly what the other one needs and without words passing the vanilla or a wooden spoon and laughing about this and that. 
Anyway, back to the baking....these cookies are super easy to make, not overly sweet but have a wonderful texture and they disappeared very quickly.
Oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and cherries

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted margarine
3/4 cup unsweetened dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate

Sift the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Place the wet ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix. Fold in the cherries and the chocolate chunks and stir with a spoon until a uniform dough forms.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes or longer. Using a tablespoon, pick up bits of dough and roll into a ball with your hands, then set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten the balls gently with your hand.
Bake in oven at 350° F (177°C) for about 12-15 minutes until light golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
 
I could not even take a photo without a little boy's hand grabbing a cookie, not staged, honest!
Enjoy a cookie or two on pretty flower napkin with a cup of cinnamon tea....happy baking!
xoxo
Karen


2 comments:

nest full of eggs said...

They look yummy!

Dagmar said...

Your blog looks lovely, cookies smell good all the way here to BC!
Xo