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The Cookie Files: Chocolate, Dried Cherries & Oatmeal

September 8, 2010

This is my favorite cookie recipe.  Well, o.k., one of my many favorite cookie recipes.  This is my go-to cookie: a crowd-pleasing potluck offering, a cookie in lieu of trail mix on a long hike or bike ride, a comforting nibble with a cup of tea on a cool autumn night.  Imagine a cinnamon-laced bowl of oatmeal studded with sweet dried cherries and little pops of chocolate to sweeten the deal.  In a cookie.  If you love nuts, go ahead and toss some chopped walnuts or pecans in the mix, too; I prefer the chewiness of the oatmeal and dried fruit, so I stick to the recipe on this one.  I’m pretty sure I found this recipe on the back of a package of dried cherries somewhere once — if you recognize it, let me know.

Dark Chocolate & Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Cream together the butter and the brown sugar.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt.  Do not overmix.  Gently fold in the rolled oats, dried cherries, and chocolate chips until just incorporated.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden brown.  Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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7 Comments
  1. September 8, 2010 3:21 pm

    These look truly delicious!I think it’s coffee break time!

  2. September 8, 2010 8:54 pm

    Thank you! They do taste great with a cup of coffee. 🙂

  3. September 9, 2010 9:37 pm

    I have never used dried cherries in anything before. What a great addition to a cookie! 🙂

  4. September 10, 2010 7:24 am

    Mmmm – I’ve been following your great blog since your SunButter recipe. And this cookie recipe is just what I was looking for to feed a bunch of hungry kids as they get off the school bus this afternoon. Thanks!

  5. September 12, 2010 4:09 pm

    Thanks, Elizabeth. Be sure to check out the new post on energy bars made with Sunbutter!

  6. September 15, 2010 1:05 pm

    Great flavor combination–Sounds delicious! I make a great chicken salad with dried cherries.
    http://michaelbeyer.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/roasted-chicken-salad-with-dried-cherries-and-peanuts/

  7. September 15, 2010 2:20 pm

    Sounds like a great savory use of dried cherries!

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