Monday, May 20, 2013

Cherry & Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Do you know that feeling, when you had a lot of things going on in your life and you're just longing for a moment for yourself with a good book and something nice to nibble? This is how I felt yesterday afternoon. For me there's nothing closer to perfection than cookies in these moments. So I went to the kitchen and checked which ingredients were left in my baking cupboard. I saw chocolate and oats. I recently baked chocolate oatmeal cookies, but yesterday I felt like there should be a little extra to it. Something fruity had to be added. That's where the dried cherries came to my mind. Fortunately I always have some dried fruits at home and I took out the baking bowl and started my lazy Sunday mission.

I realized that I haven't prepared cookies in a while. These were the first in 2013 and we're already May. Recently there were so many cupcakes involved that I didn't have the time and the place in my stomach to add a round of cookies. But here we go now, with delicious little treats for the public holiday laziness. I know I keep pointing the lazy part out, but recently my life has been quite busy and I am just enjoying being alone baking and reading and writing my little blog posts. 

I already prepared oatmeal raisin cookies around a year ago and I decided to change the recipe a little bit. I must say I am happy about the result. The only thing is that they are a little fragile and soft when you take them out of the oven. So you have to be very careful not to break them into little pieces. The best thing is to wait a bit and let them cool down before you put them on the cooling tray. Because otherwise they might not survive it from the baking tray to the cooling tray

For around 15 cookies you need:

115g butter
85g brown sugar
1 egg
60g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
115g oats
100g chocolate chips
75g dried cherries


Preheat the oven to 160°

In a large bowl whisk together the butter and the sugar. Add the egg and the oats, the baking powder and the vanilla extract. Mix again until you get an even dough. Carefully add the chocolate chips and the cherries.

With two table spoons form little cookies and put them on the baking tray. Be careful to let a certain distance between the cookies because with the heat they might flatten a little bit.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

As mentioned before, let them cool down a bit on the baking tray before you put them on the cooling tray.


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