Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
Makes 36 Servings
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Place room temperature butter into bowl of a mixer and mix with a paddle attachment until smooth, or beat with an electric mixer. Slowly pour granulated sugar in an even stream into butter and mix on high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pour in brown sugar, mix until incorporated and then scrape mixture down from sides of bowl.
  4. Slowly beat in each egg one at a time until incorporated. Slowly beat in flour mixture until incorporated.
  5. Scrape mixture down from sides of bowl and stir in oatmeal and then dried cherries. (Note: Freeze dough at this point or continue to step 6 for baking.)
  6. Scoop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto a nonstick sheet pan, a pan lined with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until edges are set. Cool completely. Either serve cookies or stack between sheets of waxed paper in an air-tight container and freeze for up to two weeks before serving.
WW POINTS VALUE: 3 pts (1 cookie per serving)

Note: This recipe appears on www.weightwatchers.com. I was on a roll with oats and cherries and I had a sweet tooth craving. I had made this cookies before and I enjoyed them the first time and I couldn't wait to make them again. Oatmeal cookies have always been a favorite of mine. Adding chocolate and cherries to these oatmeal cookies make them sinfully delicious. These cookies are moist and chewy and are more delicious than the oatmeal cookies you buy at the grocery store. You can make the cookie dough ahead of time, freeze it and then bake them for that fresh-out-of-the-oven smell and taste.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies


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