I’m posting two recipes this week, including Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies, because today is The Boyfriend’s birthday! Here’s a little known fact: The Boyfriend didn’t really eat dessert before we started dating. Actually, he’s a real trooper when it comes to taste testing all of my recipes because he usually doesn’t like sweets. I know, it’s very shocking. However, there is a short list of sweets that The Boyfriend loves and Oatmeal Cookies rank very high on that list. Every year I make oatmeal cookies for his birthday and I put a little twist on them each time.
This year I made Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies with a special ingredient: orange extract. The orange and cherry flavors make the cookies taste sort of summer-y and I love it. Normally I would add walnuts to these cookies, but The Boyfriend recently developed nut allergies! Feel free to add a 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts if you’re feeling adventurous. I’m proud to say this twist on a classic recipe got The Boyfriend’s seal of approval! What is your favorite cookie? Let me know in the comments below—maybe I can put a little twist on one of your favorites!
Yields 30-36 cookies
25 minPrep Time
12 minCook Time
37 minTotal Time
- 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
- 1 large Egg
- 1 teaspoon Orange Extract
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not instant)
- 3/4 cup Dried Cherries
- 6 ounces Dark Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl using an electric mixer combine the sugar, brown sugar and butter; mix well to cream together.
- Add in egg and orange extract and mix until combined.
- Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour and mix well.
- Fold in the oatmeal, dried cherries and chocolate chips--making sure that all ingredients are evenly spaced.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 3 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges are lightly golden.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.
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