Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | CTB

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness

You had me at chocolate, but adding cherries was really the icing on the cake.  Truth be told though when I read this recipe I was skeptical, but alas these cookies are the bomb.  They will certainly be reappearing in my kitchen and I can’t wait to try variations: apricot & chocolate (white or dark); blueberry, cranberry (craisin) with rosemary & white chocolate.  But, the base cookie is hefty and delish without mix-ins on at all.

So in a thought – move over Kashi these granola like cookies are pure delicious sustaining goodness.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness

CHOCOLATE CHERRY COOKIES

  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    {I use a whole bar of Lindt 70% = 3.5 ounces}
  • Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350°.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness
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Very dry dough, just have faith the end texture is chewy, dense, and great!}

Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Melt butter and add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness
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Now the magic of Lindt 70% Chocolate happens}

Fold in chocolate. Mmmm, chocolate.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness
{I love Coconut Oil Spray for this, but use whatcha got!}

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Granola like Oatmeal Cookies, 70% chocolate, dried cherries = pure awesomeness

Yet another fabulous recipe brought to your from my CTB (Cook-the-book) Project.  The New Way to Cook Light.  I was ambitious, hesitant, skeptical, and am now pleased with my decision to do this.  It’s breaking me out of my cooking norms and I’ve loved every bit so far!!

Try them – you won’t regret it!  I personally believe I could live off them forever.  My husband says I’m not allowed to try.  Men.

ApronClad

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