Thursday, January 13, 2011

White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies


For how often I mention cookies on Twitter, I should really have more cookie recipes up on the blog. Unfortunately cookies and I haven't been on friendly terms as of late, with their high fat and high calorie counts. This separation is not necessarily a choice, as evidenced by my frequent longing for these sugary morsels. I finally gave in the other night. You see, I had been eyeing this "healthy" cookie recipe for a few months--oatmeal, white chocolate, dried...blueberries? Yeah, I wasn't sold on the blueberries either. The white chocolate and oatmeal? Hell yeah. There was also some wheat germ to contend with, but I ignored its presence completely. I'm of the mind that everyone should have a white chocolate, tart cherry and almond dessert in their repertoire (I have a few), so destroying that healthy cookie recipe and building it back up into something way more scrumptious than the original was a no-brainer. They're still kind of healthy, I guess, but you could embrace the white flour if you choose (I usually do).

In other news, I extracted the coconut milk/banana leaf pork recipe from The Chef last night, which is a story unto itself that will be told on either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Also look for a review and accompanying recipe (a savory bread pudding, perhaps) near the end of next week. And an announcement of sorts. 'Cause change is in the air and stuff.

Yeah, I'm not very verbose tonight.

White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted From Eating Well
Makes 30 cookies

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp almond extract
1 cup rolled oats
2 oz white chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

Preheat oven  to 375F.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix egg, sugar, oil and extract. Incorporate flour mixture. Then mix in oats, chocolate and cherries. Drop by teaspoonfuls on baking sheet and flatten them down slightly. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool completely before eating, preferably overnight.


26 comments:

Kristina @ spabettie said...

I don't think I'd be able to cool completely, and CERTAINLY NOT overnight!! these look good...

such a tease, with the mention of news! :)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

These cookies look so good. I just purchased a bag of dried cherries so I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

Wow, whole wheat, oats, oil instead of butter and dried fruit? Well it's settled then, these are definitely healthy, no-guilt cookies!

Joy said...

I want cookies. Miss N were talking cookies last night but we ended up making pineapple carrot cupcakes that are so rich they don't need icing. These cookies look fab, white chocolate is my all-time favourite chocolate.

Annie said...

These looks so very good. I love the white chocolate chips and how they are practically bursting from the cookies!

Speaking of cookies being bad for you, I just got a book called "Crazy about Cookies" that has some low fat and sugar free recipes mixed in with the traditional. I posted low fat ginger cookies yesterday.

Steph said...

Do not leave me alone with these cookies, I'm telling you right now that I'd eat the whole tray! These are one of my favorite cookies and yours look so scrumptious

Sommer J said...

These look gorgeous. Love me some oatmeal cookies.

Anna's Table said...

Love the guilt free aspect of these cookies. I have a similar recipe that I've been using for years. Not only a healthy version but so versatile. I will often alter the recipe by adding raisins or cranberries and throwing in some orange zest. These are definitely worth a buzz on the FB site. Thanks for sharing

briarrose said...

Ehehehe....great post. The cookies look wonderful.

Chef Dennis said...

A healthy cookie sound really good right about now!! that means I can eat even more....yeah, thats right!!
They do look delicious, I think your adjustments came up with a really good cookie!!
Dennis

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Couldn't you just use white chocolate chips? I know that a lot of products out there that seem to be this are not made with cocoa butter but there are some brands which are and not all of those are very expensive.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I am so glad you finally indulged into some good (ehm great!) cookies. Healthy or not, these must be made in every kitchen at least once in a while! I agree on the cheery instead of blueberry issue. I like blueberries but white chocolate deserves cherries! Have a great weekend BB!

Brie: Le Grand Fromage said...

oatmeal cookies are the best! these look delicious!

Tiffany said...

Whole wheat flour and rolled oats? These are totally healthy :D

Lisa said...

Sneakily healthy. Yum.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Dried blueberries are actually super delicious! Give them a whirl next time :) Maybe I'll have to give them a try in this recipe first! Thanks!

Lauren said...

These look really good. And once, I actually ate a dried blueberry, and it was quite swell. Dried strawberries are great.

I think these should come in granola bar form.

peacelovecupcakes said...

Yum! These look delicious and I love that they are semi-healthy too!

Monet said...

You don't have to be very verbose when you tempt me with cookies like this. All I want to do is pull out my flour and sugar and start baking! I love that these have whole wheat in them. I'm all about a more healthy cookie. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. I hope your weekend overflows with good food, good friends, and love.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow these look divine

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Yeah cookies aren't my friend right now either, but I'm allowing myself a little splurge on the weekends! These look like my Saturday treat!

Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy said...

I discovered dried cherries recently and love them! Must be a great addition to cookies :).

Kita said...

Im trying to get over my post holiday cookie fix and these aren't helping! Those cookies look great :)

Maria said...

LOVE these cookies!

Carolyn said...

Okay, this is totally crazy but I made the exact same cookies last week during our snowstorm. On Wednesday the 12th, so before you posted this! It seems like I am copying you, but I am not, I promise. Great minds and all that jazz...

Carolyn said...

Well, okay, not totally the same because mine are all sorts of bad for you and have no redeeming qualities beyond deliciousness ;)

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