Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Choc-oat-chip cherry cookies

My husband rolled his eyes at the name of this recipe. Hey! I didn't make it up! But he changed his tune once he bit into a warm, chewy cookie. "These cookies rock!" is his totally subjective and not all that descriptive opinion.

(All props to the recipe writers at Quaker Oats)
2 sticks margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried tart cherries

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer until creamed. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the butter-sugar mixture and mix well. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and cherries; mix well.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 9 to 11 minutes for a chewy cookie or 12 to 13 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Makes about 5 dozen.

I love that these cookies come together easily with an electric mixer. And when you mix in the oats, chips and cherries, the dough isn't so stiff it hurts your arm to stir. Really easy. A great recipe to let kids help with -- measuring and adding ingredients.

In the future I may cut back on either the chips or the cherries and add a half cup or so of chopped nuts. Mmmm maybe toasted pecans! I can't wait to try it!

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