Cookies were a must last weekend. I wanted something chocolatey but had no chocolate chips (I have such conflicting thoughts about keeping a stockpile in the house). But then I remembered my tried and true Oatmeal Anything Cookies recipe, pulled together some pantry items, and set to baking. This adaptation of my oatmeal cookie recipe involves dried cherries and walnuts, such a nice winter pairing I think.
Domestocrat’s Oatmeal Cherry Walnut Cookies
(makes roughly 30 cookies)
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1.5 cups AP flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. kosher salt
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped fine (I love Trader Joe’s dark sweet cherries)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped fine
Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Proceed by adding in the rest of the wet ingredients (egg, vanilla).
Next, slowly incorporate the dry ingredients (baking powder, cinnamon, flour, oatmeal, etc). When all of the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together, add in the walnuts and cherries.
Scoop uniform dough balls (I use a #20 disher for cookies) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies on 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until the edges and tops are slightly browned.
Let them cool if you can or just immediately eat. Either/or. I prefer these cookies warm. You can store in the freezer for a few weeks too.