These are an absolute favorite. Even if you’re not a baker, they’re difficult to mess up—and even if you do, just eat the dough or something. They don’t last long though, so I usually double the recipe, scoop out balls of dough, and freeze them so I can have fresh-baked, ooey gooey cookies whenever my heart desires! Which is about daily.
Cookies, undoubtedly, aren’t the most healthy–but it’s best to keep them all-natural, like these, and to include beneficial goodies such as nuts and dried fruit add flavor and “nutrients.” We may just be trying to justify eating these scrumptious cookies, but one thing is certain: you will improve the mood of anyone who eats them! Baked goods can be the perfect pick-me-up for the office on a long workday. They certainly were on Monday, when my coworkers scarfed down a few dozen! Thanks for helping me out!
1 cup butter
1½ cups brown sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
¾ teaspoons salt
½ cup white all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
¾ cup slivered almonds
You can try any combination of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, or even shredded coconut here. This combo is one of my favorites, but plain ol’ raisins are great, too!
- Preheat oven to 375°
- With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and beat well.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking power, cinnamon, and rolled oats, making sure to mix well.
- Add dry mixture to the other ingredients, incorporating little by little to ensure that the dough is well mixed.
- Mix in the chocolate chips, cherries, and almonds.
- Scoop into heaping tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten then slightly.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Here’s the PDF version for printing, and to prevent getting butter and flour all over your keyboard!
–Abby Gould, Sage Wellness Intern