Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

“SHARE OUR SIMILARITIES; CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES.”  M. Scott Peck.

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I was so thrilled to participate in THE GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP 2011!  First of all, I have to give a huge thank you to Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil for all of their efforts and hard work in making this happen.  I can’t imagine what it took to pull off something of this magnitude.  But I only hope it was as much fun for them as it was for us!  I’m so happy to have been introduced to some fabulous new blogs and some really great people!  I can’t wait till next year!  If you are interested in participating next year, you can sign up here.

It was equally exciting to visit the blogs of those I would be sending cookies to; and then again those that I received cookies from!  Everyone writes with a different voice and style, but we are all brought together by our love for cookies!  And now I have 6 more sources of inspiration!

I chose to make a chewy, cherry and white chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie.  It is one of my favorites (it’s hard for me to resist any recipe that calls for a tablespoon of vanilla in it!).  And my lighting wasn’t ideal so my cherries look more like raisins (which I love…but not in cookies!).  So I took a close up. . . . .

 


Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

Hmpf!  Still looks like a raisin!  Well you will love the combination of tart cherries and rich white chocolate, in this sweet, chewy oatmeal cookie.  I think cranberries would work well, too!  Read on for this recipe, and to see the close ups of the cookies I received!

 

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

Yields: approximately 60 cookies

 

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 12 oz of white chocolate, coarsely chopped (plus extra for garnishing)
  • 1 cup of dried cherries (plus extra for garnishing)

Preheat your oven to 325°F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add your whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract.  Mix well and then scrape down the sides of the bowl once again.  Add the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Mix until everything is well incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate and cherries.  The mixture will be quite thick.

Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.  Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are beginning to brown.  Cool on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Because I knew that I would be sending these out and photographing them, I chopped my white chocolate bars into little square chunks and chopped a little extra.  I used these extra squares of chocolate along with some extra cherries to stud the tops of the cookies before baking.  I think this makes for a nicer presentation than just having the ingredients all mixed in with the hope that a few will poke out of the surface!  Enjoy!

 

Now, take a look at the beautiful cookies that I was so lucky to receive!!!

 

This  beautiful Raspberry Almond Rugelah came to me from Alyssa at Karma Cucina.

 

It is hands down the BEST rugelah I have ever tasted in my life!  Sweet, tender and beautifully spiced.  Alyssa….you have truly inspired me to try this for myself!  Though I am certain it will pale in comparison!

Thank you, Alyssa for such a wonderful treat!

 

Next, I received these AWESOME Salted Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Madeline at Thursday Night Baking!

 

When I opened the box, I smiled before I even saw the cookies because of the warm, spicy scents that were wafting up at me.  They were delicious and such a great blend of sweet and salty.

Thanks Madeline…for sharing such a special cookie!

 

And last, but not least, I was lucky enough to receive these beauties from Denise at Addicted to Recipes.  These are Gingerbread Snickerdoodles!

 

I love Snickerdoodles!  And I love Gingerbread!  I never thought to put these flavors together before!  But Denise did a wonderful job of balancing the cinnamon and ginger.  Perfection on a plate!  I don’t care what the season, I will never make my Snickerdoodles “plain” ever again!

Thank you Denise for introducing me to a new and improved Snickerdoodle!

 

I am looking forward to visiting their sites again to get the recipes for all of these fabulous cookies!  I hope you will visit them too.  And I had the pleasure of sending my cookies to Becoming Bianca, Life of a Bama Girl, and Mother Thyme.  All of these ladies have fabulous blogs, so please check them out!

Thanks again….to everyone involved…..for such a wonderful experience!

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Anne I’m so happy you had so much fun!! Your cookies look amazing (as does everyone who participated). We were on the same white chocolate/dried fruit wavelength! :) You have become quite the food stylist… that first photo is wonderful!! :) Hope you had a great weekend and a wonderful week again!! ~ Ramona

    • Anne says

      Thanks Ramona! It really WAS fun. And I am reading, reading and reading! Everything I can get my hands on. Which reminds me…I owe you an email!!! Hope you have a GREAT week, too! : )

  2. says

    Your cookies look some tempting and I love the way you presented them. Also the ones you received are mouthwatering. The cookie swap certainly was a big thing to coordinate and hats off to Julie and Lindsay for all of their work.

  3. says

    How fun! I really wanted to sign up, but I have been prepping for my prelim defense this week so I decided not to. But, I love the cookies you made! I love cherry anything! And you got some really delicious-looking cookies from other bloggers! Cookie heaven!

    • Anne says

      Oh, Stephanie….you would have loved this! If I had known you were working and studying so hard this week….I would have sent you a dozen, too! And I got some really great cookies from some awesome bloggers! : )

  4. says

    As someone who does like the darker variety of chocolate, I’m thrilled to see your white chocolate cookies! I love raisins AND cranberries in my cookies so I don’t care how the lighting made them look. They look delicious. Of course, the white and red is so Christmasy. You made a perfect choice. Thanks for sharing your recipe as well as the cookies you received. They’re all gorgeous.

  5. says

    Anne, these look amazing. This swap was so much fun to participate in and I am loving seeing all the recipes today! Its fun to see what everyone made for their fellow bloggers…looks like you got some great cookies an your recipients were lucky to get yours! Happy Holidays!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Maggie! And wasn’t this fun?! AND…your cardamom butter cookies with chocolate and espresso drizzle looked FABULOUS! : )

    • Anne says

      Thanks Cassie! And I’m glad you had fun, too! Your French cookies looked fabulous and I am still envying your grandmother’s cookie irons….so beautiful! : )

  6. says

    Wow, so you didn’t just swap recipes you actually sent each other the cookies?! How amazing is that…and what a feast for the eyes and belly! Everything looks scrumptious. I love your choice Anne – cherry and white chocolate is so yummy and what a pretty presentation with the festive ribbon. Good light is hard to find these days but no matter, your cookies look smashing!

    • Anne says

      Thanks Kelly! And this whole experience was amazing and mind blowing to me! Can you imagine total strangers sending cookies to one another? It was fabulous! And you know…I love my new camera….but am still struggling with my lighting and using it manually! I just have to keep reading and practice, practice, practice! : )

    • Anne says

      Brittany….thanks so much and I am so glad you enjoyed them! I’m glad we had a chance to meet through this swap also! Looking forward to following your blog! : )

    • Anne says

      Jen…isn’t it amazing how many cookies were flying around the country! I got a great bunch from some wonderful people! : )

    • Anne says

      MJ…lol…believe it or not….when you make enough of these….you actually don’t want to eat them anymore. I think the fun was really in the suspense of what you would receive and in getting the reactions of the people. But just in case…..I’m thinking of putting a virtual treadmill on my blog! ;- }

  7. says

    Anne these cookies are so beautiful. I am so glad you had fun. It really was a hoot. I just got my last batch from someone today. I will definitely do this again. Maybe we’ll get each other next year.xx

    • Anne says

      Kim….I would love nothing better than to get your cookies next year!!! But….I’m trying to figure out a way I can get some of your ice cream!!!! : )

  8. says

    Anne, this cookie swap was so much fun and I’m so glad we were connected through it. I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the cookies!! Gingerbread is one of my favorites so I was excited to combine the flavors. I’ll definitely be making your recipe soon.

    • Anne says

      Denise….it was great to meet you and I have to tell you….I will never make snickerdoodles the same way again. Your cookie was just outstanding! Looking forward to sharing more! : )

  9. Linda says

    Hi Anne,

    The White Chocolate chip cherry oatmeal cookies look great. But I cannot locate the recipe.
    How do I find it?
    Love your site.

    Thanks so much,
    Linda

    • Anne says

      Oh my gosh! Linda, thanks so much for bringing this to my attention! In my excitement to show the cookies I received…I forgot to post my recipe!!! I’ve adjusted it and it is there now! Too many cookies on the brain! LOL. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy them!!! : )

  10. Melissa says

    I have been making the Southern Living version of these cookies for years. However, this year I couldn’t find the recipe I use. As I frantically have been searching the internet for these I came across your recipe and website. I will be using your recipe from now on!! They are absolutely amazing. Thank you for saving my neighbors Christmas. Ha Ha.

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