1 July 2011 § 9 Comments
The Ladies™ wanted to make cookies. There was no negotiation. Zero. They had to take cookies on their afternoon playdate. We had all of 30 minutes to make them. If I was making them alone that would not be a problem, but add two four-year olds in the mix and that becomes quite a challenge.
I remembered the now-mushy cherries I bought last weekend at the Farmers’ Market. Their fate was either cookie or an early grave in the compost bin. So I snuck in the cherries as they cost too much to throw out.
Not sure if it was the time pressure but I kept adding ingredients like a crazy woman – a handful of pistachios, some coconut, oh and chocolate chips. The cookies turned out to be a riot of flavor in each bite – nutty, sweet chocolately cookies.
Miraculously it took us about 35 minutes to make them, so we were only a few minutes late for the playdate. The stress was worth it for the just-baked cookie smell in the car.
Ingredients – makes about 24
- 1½ cups plain flour
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon – I prefer to grate from a cinnamon stick (don’t trust powdered cinnamon)
- ½ tsp salt
- 12 tbs unsalted butter softened
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 7 oz chocolate chips – I used a mixture of white and semi-sweet
- 4 oz unsweetened grated coconut
- 1 cup pistachios (obviously shelled! And chopped)
- 1 cup chopped cherries
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
In a large bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients.
Cream together the butter and sugars – I usually do this in my stand mixer, but you can do with a hand mixer or by hand.
Then add the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla.
Beat in the flour on a low-speed.
Fold in the chocolate, coconut, cherries and nuts.
Mould the dough into balls the size of a golf ball.
Place the cookie dough balls on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Pre-heat the oven to 350° and bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes until just beginning to turn golden.
Cool on the cookie sheet, on a rack.