Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

From my February 2010 Newsletter

Cherries and dark chocolate offer antioxidants, oats fiber, black walnuts good fats, and the cinnamon has blood sugar-regulating properties. Almost good-for-you cookies :).

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped black walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk

Heat over to 375 F. Cream butter and sugars together. Add applesauce and vanilla and beat until well blended.

In a bowl, combine flour, oats, cherries, chocolate chips, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add to the butter mixture along with the milk, stirring until blended.

Put tablespoon-size mounds of dough about 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten the mounds a bit. Bake until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Cool for a minute on the sheet before transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

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