Monday, December 28, 2015

Chewy Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are always good.  Add some pine nuts and dried cherries to the standard recipe and you have one delicious cookie.  The coconut in this recipe makes the cookies extra chewy. To keep the texture of the cookies soft, I only baked them for about 10 minutes or until the edges started to turn golden. For a crunchy cookie, you can bake the cookies a couple of minutes longer.  Store these cookies in an airtight container with a slice of sandwich bread to keep them moist.

These cookies are great anytime with a glass of milk.  When I am on the run, these are great breakfast cookies.  Oatmeal, coconut, nuts, cherries, egg - what could make a better breakfast?    I have been known to take some on vacation with us for our breakfast and a quick snack.  Enjoy:)

Chewy Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

1-cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1-teaspoon vanilla
1-½ cups flour
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups quick oats
1-cup coconut
1-cup pine nuts
1-cup dried cherries

1.    In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
       Set aside.
2.    Cream together the butter and sugars.
3.    Add the eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.
4.    With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar
       mixture and mix well.
5.    Slowly add the oats, coconut, pine nuts, and dried cherries.  Mix until just combined.
6.    Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least one hour.
7.    Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
8.    Measure one tablespoon of cookie dough and roll into a ball.  Place on a
       cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
9.    Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges start turning a golden color.
10. Cool for two minutes; remove to a wire rack for cooling.
     When completely cooled, store in an airtight container with a slice of bread.

 Makes 3-dozen cookies.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Best Snickerdoodles Ever

Snickerdoodles are a family favorite around the holiday time.  We just can't get enough of them.  This year I found a fantastic recipe for our favorite holiday cookie on the Averie Cooks website.  She has your basic Snickerdoodle recipe and then variations for Snickerdoodles that sound and look yummy.    The basic Snickerdoodles  are soft and chewy with a very light fluffy center.  The key to this texture is not to over bake the cookies.  I must admit, I was tempted to bake them longer when I first took them out of the oven but I didn't.  One of the best holiday baking decisions I made.  Not only is the texture of this cookie wonderful,  but the cinnamon-sugar coating that coats the entire cookie adds a little bit  of  sweet spiciness to the cookie.

Mmmmm a delicious cookie that is going to please the cookie lovers in your family.  You can find this  delicious recipe here.