Thursday, November 12, 2009

Harvest Cookies


Not much to say about how these came about, other than I was craving cookies that were just a little different. These are soft and chewy, with tart dried berries and sweet chocolate chips. And oats make them breakfast-worthy!

Harvest Cookies

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 banana, mashed
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. backing powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dried berries*
1 cup chocolate chips **

Place racks in the upper third of the over and preheat to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add egg and mashed banana, and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix with a spoon. Add berries and chocolate chips and mix again.

Drop batter by heaping tablespoons 1-1/2 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minute, turning/switching sheets half way through, until golden brown. Cookies will be soft. Let stand on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool. Makes about 30 cookies.

* I used Welch's Dried Berry Medley with cherries, blueberries, cranberries, and golden raisins.
** I used Nestle Mini Morsels so there would be little bits of chocolate throughout rather than big chocolate chips.

1 comment:

Morven said...

These sound delicious with the addition of the banana. I'm always on the lookout for a soft baked cookie - my husband prefers soft cookies while I'm a crispedy crunchedy gal.