Red Velvet~Cherry Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. Almond flavoring
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 T Red Velvet flavoring (or you can use red food coloring
2 T Cocoa (I used Cocoa Rouge to boost the flavor and color)
|Both of these products can be found at King Arthur Catalogue|
3 cups Old-fashioned Oatmeal
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. Nestles' Toll House Cherry-flavored baking chips
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, then add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the flavorings, extract, and cocoa and mix again.
Add the dry ingredients, dried cherries, then the chips and mix just until combined.
Scoop the cookies with a #20 scoop (about 1/4 cup) onto the lined baking sheets, leaving about two inches between them. Use your fingers to press down slightly on the scooped dough.
Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow the cookies to cool slightly, then remove to a rack to cool completely...or if you're like me, a warm cookie is almost like heaven!
Now, who cares what the weather brings--Enjoy!