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CCCO cookies

March 8, 2012

This weekend I hosted a very successful swap meet, if I do say so myself! A group of stylish gals came over with their gently used clothing, books, shoes, housing wares, etc. We laid everything out by category, and then got to swapping (I received the lovely bowl and table from the shot above, in addition to some beautiful sweaters, shirts, dresses and jewelry)! Everyone was very sweet, bringing a lot of treasured goods, recommending clothing items to each other, and telling stories of when they last wore that turquoise leather skirt, or where they bought the flowing black cardigan. There were a few memorable fashion shows (I love you Kate!) and we laughed all afternoon, trying things on and snacking intermittently on my favorite cookies. Even though I try not to eat cookies for breakfast, I thought I would share the recipe with you all…

Chocolate Cinnamon Cherry Oatmeal cookies
(adapted from the Joy of Cooking’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe)

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream together:
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar

Continue to beat in until well blended:
2 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sift into the butter mixture and stir until incorporated:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon coarse natural sea salt (the original recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of regular salt, but I prefer to add more of the chunky sea salt so you get a nice salty bite every so often)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir in:
3 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup dried cherries (sometimes its nice to chop these first)

Drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper or a silpat so that they won’t stick) and bake for 6-9 minutes. The cookies will still be a little soft when they come out of the oven so wait a few minutes before removing from the baking sheet to cool. This recipe makes quite a few cookies, so make sure you have some lovely friends to share them with!

Post Script: As per usual, I was running a little behind on the day of the swap… At first, I arranged the cookies on the baking sheet in a very organized manner, making even rows with equal numbers of same sized cookies waiting for their bake in the oven. When I was getting to the last few rounds, it was getting pretty close to swap time, and I let all that go out the window! I plopped those little dough balls down wherever they would fit without a care as to how it looked or if they were consistent. I ended up with a Siamese twin cookie, a few that were tiny and more crisp, and a few that were large and in cherry charge, but you know what, they tasted just as good!

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