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12 August 2008 @ 09:16 pm
Cherry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies  
Jose Fritz, he got a new place, so I thought I'd send off a housewarming gift. This coincided with a deep desire to bake. I had this long fantasy that began with banana bread, traversed through shortbread spiral cookies and ended with a fully-from-scratch German chocolate cake. Unfortunately none of that stuff will travel well, so I looked up an oatmeal cookie recipe. Since I didn't have any raisins on hand, I came up with something of an unusual substitution. I modified Miss Amy Sedaris' recipe as featured in I Like You.

Here goes!

We begin.



When you mix everything in the manner suggested below, you are left with an enticing dough.

The mix.



Now chill out for an hour.

Next, pull out this jaunty little fellow.

The jaunty little fellow.



And make some dough balls.

Ball phase.



Then you're going to put your forefinger in the middle of those and carve out a little nest. Do this pretty deeply as it will get less shallow as it bakes. And please forgive the cheesiness of this animation, but it was too dumb an idea to resist.

Cherry madness!!!



Repeat as necessary.

Repeat as necessary.



Introduce your babies to the 375 degree oven and you get this.

Fresh from oven.



Arrange artfully on your fanciest cookie presenter.


The arrangement.



Check it out! I also made my own brand specifically for these!

Pretty Decent Cookies (brand)

Cherry Almond Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
3/4 c white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp freshly grated cinnamon (my special touch--you can just use the powdered cinnamon you already have)
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 c oatmeal
1/2 can cherry pie filling

Cream butter and sugars together. Add vanilla and eggs. Mix dry ingredients together.

Marry your wet and dry ingredients in a tasteful ceremony in your mixing bowl. Chill 1 hour in fridge.

Form balls, then pinch them into little nests for your cherries. See notes above for details on this process. Then spoon a cherry with enough cherry goop to fill your hole. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
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heatherpaper_wings on August 13th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
ooh these look good! i have that cookie scoop too, i love it.

and your post reminds me that i really do need to bake a german chocolate cake from scratch someday soon!
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