We were at a client event a few weeks ago, which meant we were dependent on conference food. Yuck. Every afternoon they would bring out trays of stale cookies that claimed to be vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. In my opinion, they were slices of cardboard in disguise. Each time I passed those long white tables filled with trays of cookies, I grabbed one but of course, and then my mind wandered to oatmeal cookies. I kind of became obsessed with them, thinking of how I would make the oatmeal cookie even better. Needless to say, I came home, and immediately began working on this recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies!
I started this ultimate oatmeal cookie journey by making a simple oatmeal cookie with no extra goodies inside, just old-fashioned oatmeal cookies. I used a mixture of coconut oil and butter, along with light brown sugar. It was good, a little chewy and slightly crispy. The next batch, I added chocolate chips, and it suddenly was better. Still a little crispy but oozy with chocolate. After a couple more batches, playing with dark brown sugar and adding more eggs, I tossed in chunks of dark chocolate along with some dried cherries. Suddenly, my good old-fashioned oatmeal cookie was even better. The tart cherries, added a sudden surprise, while the dark chocolate was soothing. If I baked the cookies for 10 minutes, they were soft inside and out, and if I baked them for 11 – 12 minutes, they were soft inside with a nice a little crisp on the outside.
It is safe to say, I am completely and utterly addicted to this recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies. I have a feeling, I may be whipping up a few more batches. Now to find someone to share all these cookies with, as we know how a certain someone does not like sweets laying around.
Happy cookie baking to you!