Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cherry & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

If you're an avid reader of this blog, you've probably noticed that I'm not a big baker. I don't have a huge sweet tooth, and I find the method of cooking much more innovative and liberal than the strict method of baking is. So, when I actually do bake, I normally follow someone else's recipe, step-by-step.

But, sometimes, when I have that "right" ingredient on hand, I get a little crazy with my baking. Crazy in the sense that I add one or two ingredients to someone else's recipe to jazz up an already delicious dessert.

It was my friend's birthday on Saturday, so I wanted to make something special for the occasion. I had everything on hand for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, so I took this Betty Crocker recipe and added an ingredient I also had on hand that I thought would make the cookies that much more special: dried cherries, which I had leftover from a spinach and goat cheese salad I made weeks ago.

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are probably one of my favorite desserts, but I never knew they could taste as good as they did with adding this one simple ingredient. I just added 1/4 cup of chopped dried cherries to the batter. The combination of chocolate, cherries, and the buttery flavor from the cookie melted in your mouth, with the cherries adding that "What is that and why do I like it?" factor.

This recipe wasn't my most creative, but it was definitely one of my more successful desserts. My friend ended his birthday party by polishing off the batch.

1 comment:

  1. that sounds delish, what a good idea!