Saturday, July 23, 2011

Submitted recipes: Rachel's chewy chocolate cherry cookies


Rachel, being the dear that she is, made these yummy cookies a long time ago and when I pestered her enough about them, she brought a batch to her last visit to the ranch! We both agreed maybe a bit more chocolate and cherries and a little less cinnamon in the next batch would be good but I didn't see anyone turning up their noses to the platter of cookies already prepared.

Rachel says the recipe is a bit of work but the cookies are well worth it.

Rachel's Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- based on the much healthier sounding "Hearty Oatmeal Recipes" article in Mother Earth News

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup coarse raw sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1/3 cup oat flour
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried cherries

Melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar just begins to caramelize (as soon as the mixture bubbles). Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. Mix in raw sugar, molasses, vinegar and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together baking soda and powder, salt and spices. Add to the wet ingredients, then beat in the egg. Mix in flours, then stir in oats, chocolate chips and cherries.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease and flour a baking sheet. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto baking sheet, then chill the pan in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Bake cookies for 8 to 12 minutes. Take them out of the oven when the center still looks a bit gooey, and leave them on the baking sheet for a few more minutes. Let baking sheet cool before starting another batch. Yields 40 to 50 cookies.

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