Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Give Me Berries










I have had the longest days these past two days...I'm two days into my week and I've already worked 25 hours! Fun stuff! It wasn't so bad thought, because I've been busy during the day. Anyway, I made these cookies a couple of weeks ago and they are SO yummy! I was concerned that they would go old quickly, but they last a pretty good while. They do soften over the days but hold their flavor well. If you're one of those people that freezes cookies, I think these would be a good cookie to try that with. What are they? Oatmeal strawberry cookies! I found them at Anna's site last year and finally tried them! Instead of using dried fruit, these recipe calls for fresh strawberries. It works well, actually. I might even add more strawberries next time! And what's better than chocolate and strawberries? Might I add that berries, chocolate, and oatmeal have lots of antioxidants, so these are good for you too! ;-) So, check out Sweetnicks' for this recipe and others on her ARF tuesday! Strawberry and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter -- melted (no subs please!) - I actually used one stick butter, one stick margarine
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries -- sliced in halves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts - I used pecans!
1/2 cup raisins (optional)- I omitted, let those strawberries shine!

Set oven 350°. With an electric mixer, cream melted butter with sugars and honey until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add in the eggs and vanilla; mix well. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, oatmeal and salt; mix well to combine. Add in the dry mixture to the creamed mixture; mix well until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, strawberries (care not to break too many of the the berries when mixing in) walnuts and raisins. Shape into golf ball size balls (I used a Tablespoon scoop). Place on a cookie sheet (leaving 2-inches apart).
Bake for 12-16 minutes or until set. Cool ten minutes before removing to a wire rack.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh, these look good, and being an oatmeal lover but raisin hater, they fit the bill perfectly.
Jennifer

Alisha said...

Those look great! Something healthy but sweet to snack on.

Hope you're catching your rest while you can. I bet these days are just flying by.

gail@more than a song said...

I'm sorry you're having such long days, goes with the territory though I suppose.
These look good and I like my cookies soft!

Kate said...

Interesting looking...those cookies. I would have never imagined such a combination. Sounds like they were a hit!

Kristen said...

Here I am complaining about time and then I come over here and see all you've been up to. How do you do it girl?

Janet said...

What a refreshing change, to put strawberries in cookies, I get so bored making the usual old chocolate chip or raisin cookies. I love this idea!

Annie said...

It's like chocolate covered strawberries in your oatmeal, only better!

Cookies make me happy.

Claire said...

Jennifer - I think oatmeal craisin is one of my favorites, but this cookies was WONDERFUL. I hope you try it.

Alisha - Exactly! My rest comes in quick batches, but after labor day I should have normal hours, at least until Thanksgiving.

Gail - Youre right...it does come with the territory and I'm LOVING my "job." I guess I just have to get used to the long hours. I like my cookies soft, too...but not cakey, so these were good.

Kate - I wouldn't have though of it either, but they were good.

Kristen - Hmm...just sleep, eat, exercise when you can! That's how it's done! And I like it, so that helps.

Janet - Thanks! I honestly don't really like chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. To me, an oatmeal cookie should have some kind of fruit, be it dried or (now) fresh, in it.

Annie - That's exactly what I thought...and who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?

gail@more than a song said...

Thanks for letting me know Claire!