This post could also be titled: “How to make your boss’s birthday.” Assuming, of course, that your boss is a oatmeal cookie person. Oatmeal cookies are my boss’s favorite.
Since I work in such a small office, we normally do a little something for each person’s birthday. Especially for summer birthdays when everything is incredibly quiet.
Fast forward to Sunday night when I remember I had agreed to bake something and am scrambling. Oatmeal? Check. Raisins? No check. Okay, cherries then. Turned out to be a genius move.
The dried cherries are bright and tart. The oatmeal is toasted. And the overall effect is addicting, even for those who aren’t normally big fans of oatmeal cookies like me.
Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from the Kitchn
3 1/2 c old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c dried tart cherries
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Spread oats over 2 baking sheets evenly. Bake, stirring halfway through, for 15-20 minutes. Oats will be slightly golden and smell great! Set aside to cool.
Take 1/2 cup of toasted oats and put in food processor/blender/spice grinder. Pulse until finely ground. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping down bowl as necessary.
Add all dry ingredients including toasted and ground oats. Stir until just combined. Add cherries and gently mix in using a rubber spatula, until evenly distributed.
Place cookies on baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Bake an additional 2 minutes if you prefer crispier cookies.
Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Move cookies on rack to cool completely.