This is the day of the year when we all deserve comfort food. Apparently, there's a benefit to eating complex carbohydrates, like oatmeal, because they help calm feelings of anxiety. Cool, huh?
There's another favorite food that calms and relaxes us. We're doing ourselves a big favor when we reach for chocolate. It's loaded with serotonin, which is soothes us, and even reduces stress hormones!
But wait, there's one more. Cherries are rich in melatonin, which reduces irritability and helps headaches.
So April 15th must be the day of the dark chocolate and dried cherry oatmeal cookie. I've eaten (shh) two, and I'm feeling better already!
I tried making these a little differently. Instead of creaming the butter and sugar, I melted the butter with the sugar and then added it to a beaten egg. I'm not sure there's actually much difference, but it worked out fine.
The recipe makes a very thick batter.
The cookies don't run, so you can wedge them quite close together on the baking sheet.
Dark Chocolate Chip and
Cherry Oatmeal Cookie
(makes about 20 2 1/2 inch cookies)
1 stick (eight tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries
Melt the butter with the sugar over medium heat. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Beat the egg well. Add a small amount of the flour mixture and beat. Add a small amount of the butter mixture and beat. Alternate adding them until incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the oatmeal and mix. Add chocolate chips and dried cherries and mix.
The batter will be very thick. Roll it into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place on parchment paper. Using your palm or the base of a glass, flatten them to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Here's hoping everyone feels better soon!