We may never really know if George Washington was able to tell a lie, since the story of him chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree is a myth created by Washington’s first posthumous biographer Parson Weems (thanks Wikipedia for making me look smart!) We do know that he “[f]irst in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen” (Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee’s euology of George Washington). So in honor of this founding father (who is also the only president of the 6 who owned slave to free his) and his fictional cherry tree, I bring you dark chocolate-cherry-oat cookies.
I first made these cookies in December as part of my annual holiday cookie bake and immediately fell in love with them. They are dense and chewy with a sweetness that is cut perfectly by the tart dried cherries and bitterness of dark chocolate. Did I mention that they are 100% whole grain? They are made with whole wheat and oatmeal – so feel free to tell yourself they are healthy. You wouldn’t be lying – per se.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies
¾ cup old fashioned oats
3 tablespoons milk
½ (1 stick) cup butter, room temperature
⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
⅓ cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup dried cherries
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
1) In a small bowl, stir together oats and milk. Set aside.
2) Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg, salt, and baking soda.
3) Add whole wheat flour, mixing until just combined. The stir in milk-soaked oats using a spatula or wooden spoon.
4) Stir in cherries and chocolate.
5) Cover cookie dough and chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
6) Pre-heat oven to 375ºF and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
7) Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until light golden brown.
8) Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.