Sunday, March 17, 2013

white chocolate & cherry cookies

take a bite! 
I just had to bake today because I hadn't baked in over a week and I was feeling deprived!  I hadn't made cookies in awhile - and usually my go to are chocolate chip or some variation with chocolate chips in them...but in my pantry I noticed a forgotten bag of white chocolate discs which I had purchased from bulk barn awhile ago.  So I decided to go with the white chocolate...which tends to be quite sweet, so the dried cherries are a perfect tart compliment.

what you need:
*makes 18 large cookies
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate discs
what to do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Using a paddle attachment of a mixer, or electric beaters, cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl, until smooth and well mixed.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beat for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add rolled oats.  Add these dry ingredients to butter and sugar mixture.  Mix until incorporated.  
  5. Chop white chocolate discs into halves.  Add chocolate and cherries to cookie dough, mix.
  6. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop large spoonfuls of cookie dough, 6 per cookie sheet.  
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.  Cookies may look slightly undercooked in the centre, but lightly golden browned on the outside.  Don't worry, this will keep them chewy/soft in the centre and they will continue to cook a little as they cool on the pan.  When they are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!
perfect for dunking

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