Thursday, January 9, 2014

Honey Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

It's time to "Fill the Cookie Jar"! This month Cynthia gave the group a couple of options, one of which was "healthy".  I know I am not alone in trying to start the new year off with "healthy" goals in mind, so that was the cookie choice I went with. The first two recipes were NOT to my liking. In fact, one batch went directly to the chickens!  The second batch, Truckin' Man rejected as well, but I kept them around, they will work for dunking some day when the cookie craving has hit.

Thankfully, the third recipe was the charm! I found this recipe hidden in a stack of recipe newsletters that my Gram had saved from the late 70's to early 80's. Since Gram had saved them all these years, I new that there had be some amazing recipes tucked away in them. I found several little gems in themI did find several little gems. You may hear about more of them in the future :)

What I have brought for the "healthy" cookie is a Honey Oatmeal Cookie with Dark Chocolate. It may not be the healthiest cookie ever, but I liked the twist with the honey. And, I added some dark chocolate in, that's healthy right? And to kick it up another level, dried cherries! These were delicious. They were more "cakey" then I typically make my cookies, but all the flavors made them so enjoyable.

If you are interested in joining Fill The Cookie Jar group on facebook, fill out the form that can be found at Fill The Cookie Jar. Each month we bake a different theme for the cookie.
We bake, we share and we enjoy our cookies!

Honey Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

1 cup honey
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup dried cherries  (raisins or dried cranberries would be great too!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large mixing bowl, cream honey, butter and eggs.  Cream until light in color.  In medium bowl, add both flours, baking soda, salt, and baking powder; whisk together.  Add dry ingredients to honey mixture, mixing until fully incorporated.  Add oatmeal and vanilla; stir.  Fold in chocolate chips and dried cherries.

Use a medium cookie scoop and drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are light golden. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Enjoy :)

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  1. Kris, I can fill my cookie jar with these little beauties anytime. They sound delicious :)

  2. Kris, these look delicious! I LOVE baking with dried cherries, and I have some in my fridge right now. And dark chocolateis the perfect addition! I'm so glad we bake in Fill the Cookie Jar together! :)

  3. I love dark chocolate. What a great idea with dried cherries. :-)

  4. These look really good! I'm trying to eat healthier in the new year so I like healthier cookie recipes. And I love using honey in recipes, too!

  5. Hi Kris, Love your cookies. I'm such a big fan of healthier cookies since there are 3 of us in my family who have to make dietary changes. This recipe is on my "must make" list for the upcoming week. Grampy already ate the 3 dozen cookies I made. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Don't you love when you find gems like this?! These cookies sound delicious…I love the addition of the dried cherries! :)

  7. Yum! I am making these THIS weekend for certain! They look delicious and I love a healthy cookie :)

  8. Kris...oh how I wish I could rummage through a stack of your grandmother's recipes! What a wonderful vintage treasure hunt that must be! And these cookies look wonderful. I'm glad you persevered and perfected them for us. Honey, oatmeal, dark chocolate and cherries will start my year off right! (and your chickens are so lucky!!!)

  9. honey is such a fantastic sweetener and i love how it can subtly flavor baked goods. these cookies sound terrific!

  10. Oh, yay! I'm so glad you shared these at Treasure Box Tuesday! Thank you for coming to our party! ♥

  11. Love oatmeal cookies! I'm excited to try this version with honey. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  12. What kind of oats are best to use: old fashioned or quick oats?

    1. I used old fashioned, but either would be fine.

    2. Oh okay good - that's what I have on hand. Thank you.