Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Spin

These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are full of surprises. From the more traditional Spiced Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan to a more unique Dark Chocolate with Cherries and Orange, these will not disappoint. The spices, nuts, and fruit give them a holiday flare that make great gifts. Since both batches start with the same base,  it's easy to whip up both varieties at once.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch ground clove
1 cup chopped pecans
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup dried cherries
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment and place in refrigerator.
  2. In standing mixer, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla, and beat until well mixed. Stir in eggs, one at a time.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking soda in separate bowl. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter with the mixer on low speed. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the second half. Stir in the oats.
  4. Divide dough in half and place in separate bowls. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pecans and chocolate chips to one half and mix well. To other half, add dark chocolate, cherries, and orange zest and mix well. Refrigerate all dough 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350degrees.  Drop the dough, by the tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on a rack.

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