Oatmeal raisin cookies got a bad rep when I was a kid. They weren’t very sweet, had a dry crumbly texture and just couldn’t stand up to classic chocolate chip cookies. These cookies give chocolate chip a run for it’s money. The cherries and chocolate go so well together and the texture was soft and not too crumbly. The cherries really take this cookie to the next level because they added a little bit of tartness to balance the sweet. I will definitely be making these again! The recipe makes 5 1/2 dozen so I cut the recipe in half. If you wanted to make the larger amount, just double the measurements below.
I recently came across a recipe for chipotle cherry salsa and I was automatically intrigued. The combination of sweet, spicy and smoky made me so excited to give it a try! The only time consuming part was removing the pits from four cups of cherries. It turned out to be well worth it as the salsa was everything I thought it would be: smoky/spicy from the chipotle and sweet and fruity from the cherries. There’s also a hint of balsamic vinegar that adds another dimension to the salsa. It was a combination that worked out great for the Steak Tacos.
Cherries and chocolate are a perfect food combination. The tanginess and sweetness of the cherries combined with dark chocolate is one of my favorite desserts. I had never tried making a cherry and chocolate cookie before and when I came across a recipe for this cookie I knew I had to try it. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but the chips can easily be substituted for chocolate chunks from a good chocolate bar. The recipe begins as a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe which is very easy to throw together. The steps that deviate from that recipe comes from adding the cocoa powder and the dried cherries. I like chocolate chip cookies to be crispy on the outside and chewy/soft on the inside and these were pretty much the perfect texture in every way. The tangy cherries and chocolate were perfectly balanced. I’m sure you could exchange the dried cherries for some other dried fruit that pairs well with chocolate so I can’t wait to play around more with this recipe!