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Chewy Salted Dark Chocolate Cherry Food Processor Cookies

My mom is a Foods and Nutrition teacher (fka Home Ec.) so growing up homemade food was pretty much the norm.  Dinner was almost always home cooked.  Homemade baked goods appeared on the regular, and every year on my birthday, I got a decorated character cake.  (That character cake tradition actually continued until I was like 25…)

I also did a lot of cooking and baking growing up.  One of my earliest cooking-related memories is making stained glass Jell-O at kid’s cooking class through the park district.  We even got a little cookbook to take home with us.  I also remember having a blue apron with teddy bears on it that my mom made me.

Of course having a mom whose job revolves around the kitchen has its negatives.  For example, I have become a total kitchen snob.  I won’t accept anything less than quality kitchen items.  I live for OXO, Kitchen Aid, Wilton, Calphalon, and Cuisinart (just to name a few), and let’s be honest, if I could afford to outfit my entire kitchen with Le Cruset and Williams Sonoma, I totally would.

And I truly do not understand how people function without a Kitchen Aid stand-mixer.  I mean, how does one mix cake batter or cookie dough without it?  I’m joking really, but if I’m being totally honest here, I truly can’t remember a single time I’ve baked something without using a Kitchen Aid stand-mixer.  Until these cookies, that is.

Apparently you can make cookie dough using a food processor.  Who knew?!  Well, Weight Watchers did I suppose.  I adapted this recipe from the Weight Watchers One Pot Cookbook that my mom just picked up for me at Sam’s Club.

I used bread flour to help increase the chewiness of the cookie, (You can thank Alton Brown for that tip.)  but if you don’t buy it in bulk off Amazon like I do, all-purpose flour will work just fine.  The cookies just won’t be as chewy.

Chewy Salted Dark Chocolate Cherry Food Processor Cookies
Adapted from:
Weight Watcher’s One Pot Cookbook 
Yields:
24 cookies Points Plus: 3 points per cookie
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Put oats in food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  • Add flour, baking soda and salt and pulse to blend. Pour flour mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add butter and brown sugar to food processor and process until blended, scraping down if necessary.
  • Add egg and vanilla and process until smooth and creamy
  • Add flour mixture and chocolate chunks and pulse until combined.
  • Add dried cherries and pulse two or three times until incorporated.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for about 12 minutes until lightly browned around the edges.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet about 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack

224. My Holiday Baking Fix

I have to admit, I was a little bummed that spending Christmas in Mexico meant I wasn’t going to get to do my usually obscene amounts of holiday baking.  Luckily for me, the boy throws an annual “Festivus” party so I got to bake my little heart out for that event.

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Generally I bake way more than necessary for the holidays, and this year was no exception.  I went to town with three different kinds of cookies.

First I made a basic sugar cookie from The Joy of Baking.  I decided not to frost them because, well frankly, my back was starting to hurt and I was running out of time.  I did however roll them out and use my giant tub of cookie cutters on them.

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The second cookie I made was Homemade Chocolate Covered Mint Oreos from Eat Live Run.  Holy shit cow!  You need to make these right now.  Seriously, stop reading this, click that link and get baking.  You will not regret it.  I don’t really even like Oreo Cookies, and these are probably the greatest sandwich cookie I’ve ever had in my mouth!

The final cookie I made was Chocolate Crinkles using my mom’s recipe.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 c. canola oil
4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 c. flour, sifted
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Powdered sugar (about 1 cup)

Do It

  1. In medium mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl combine oil, melted chocolate, and granulated sugar.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  2. Add vanilla
  3. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to chocolate mix.
  5. Chill dough several hours or overnight.
  6. Roll dough, about 1/2 T worth, into balls and roll in powdered sugar
  7. Bake 8 –10 minutes.
  8. Makes about 80 cookies.

I’ve found the best way to chill the dough is in the fridge overnight in the mixing bowl.  I chilled it in plastic wrap this time and the dough was a mess to roll.  I had to put it in the freezer about half way through each batch.

I really love this particular recipe because the cookies are very brownie like.  I tore my house apart trying to find my copy of this particular recipe I love them so much.

Now if you’ll excuse my, I need to clean the disaster that is my kitchen, and you have some baking to do.

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