I Cannot Tell a Lie – These Cookies are Delicious

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.

Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies - from aboveI 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.

Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies - soak the oats (1)

2) Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg, salt, and baking soda.

Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies - beat in egg and vanilla

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.

Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies -  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.

Chocolate Cherry Whole Grain Cookies - place dough on prepared cookie sheet

8)  Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.

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4 responses to “I Cannot Tell a Lie – These Cookies are Delicious

  1. I know I’m going to love these cookies…dark chocolate and cherries are a perfect match.

  2. Mm I love the dried cherries with the oats in here. They really do look delicious!

    • It really is a delicious cookie Charisma! I just keep reminding myself out healthy they (supposedly) are 🙂

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