Wednesday, December 14, 2011

a Christmas cookie

I think of these as Christmas cookies, because I made them a few times as part of a holiday baking session with my friend Dana. The recipe is her mother's, with a couple of minor tweaks I've made. They are sort of a jazzed up oatmeal cookie, with dried cherries in place of the raisins, and slivered almonds and almond extract in there with the chocolate.

Cherry-Chocolate-Almond Cookies

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter at room temperature (I love to bake with kerrygold)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries (I like the tart ones best in this recipe)
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Mix in the egg and both extracts. Slowly add the flour mixture, until fully incorporated. By hand, mix in the oats, cherries and chocolate.

Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, placed 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, switch sheets (alternate top/bottom and back/front) and bake for 6 more minutes. Cool on a rack.

Yield: about 2 dozen


pierre said...

warm and iamy

KPiep said...

Oddly enough, Christmas cookies are one thing I don't miss. We've always used my father in law's recipe, and it is terrible!

I may have to try these on the girls. I'm always looking for oatmeal type cookies I can use for breakfasts.

Emily Vanessa said...

Kerrygold is my favourite butter for baking too. These look amazing, another cookie recipe to add to my list. Thank you!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Oh no, another temptation. I know cherry-chocolate-almond is sure to be a killer combination.

Kristy said...

Lecia, I made these to bring to Florida with me to share with my family. When I pulled them out after dinner last night, every single one disappeared and my uncle has already insisted I make them again. I think I'll have to make a double batch tonight! I did leave out the almond, since my mom is allergic, but they were still killer. Thanks for sharing, and major props to Dana's mom for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Why would you save these only for Christmas? These are my husband's favorite things in a cookie. Gonna be made at this house as soon as it cools off -- don't run the oven and AC at the same time!