Bake: Oatmeal-Cherry Cookies

I love baking cookies.  They're simple, can usually be made with what I have in the kitchen, and are ready to eat in less than an hour (with the exception of my chocolate chip cookies, which I'll post one of these days).  Having previously posted a number of cookie recipes, I was running low on ideas.  So, I did what I usually do - went to the bookstore and bought way too many cookbooks.  One cookbook I purchased was Martha Stewart's Cookies.  Flipping through the recipes, I came upon an oatmeal cookie recipe.  I realized that I had all of the ingredients for oatmeal cookies, plus some dried cherries left over from the Greek yogurt I made last week.  The following recipe is mine, not Martha Stewart's, but based on the feedback from J's co-workers, I'd be willing to bet mine is better.

[Side note: What's with cookie recipes having a yield of 48+ cookies?  Who makes that many cookies at one time?]

Oatmeal-Cherry Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies

0.25 c unsalted butter, softened
0.25 c milk
0.5 c granulated sugar
0.33 c brown sugar
0.5 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1.25 c flour
2 c oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp baking soda
0.33 c dried cherries

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
(2) Cream butter, milk, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla

(3) Mix in egg

(4) In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

(5) Slowly add oat mixture to wet ingredients just until combined

(6) With a spatula, fold in the dried cherries

(7) Scoop cookies onto parchment-paper lined baking sheets; cookies should be about the size of a golf ball

(8) Bake each tray of cookies for 10-15 minutes, until the tops begin to turn golden brown

(9) Cool on a wire rack

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Notes: It's actually really important to soften the butter before making the cookies.  Setting it out at room temperature for about 30 minutes should do the trick.  It should be around 65 degrees, or just to the stage where an indentation is left if you poke it with your finger.  If the butter is too cold, it will lead to dense cookies.  Feel free to add raisins or nuts to these cookies (or substitute another dried fruit for the cherries).


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try making them. With the fall weather, I like adding oatmeal to my diet even if it is in the form of a cookie.

Jenna Devany Waters said...

xerox is too cute here! :)

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