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Double Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick pads and set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, regular butter (or oil) and honey and heat on high for 30 seconds until the honey is very runny and the butter is about half melted. Use an electric mixer to mix until the butter is completely melted and ingredients are combined.
  3. When the butter is melted and the mixture has cooled slightly, beat in the egg and vanilla, followed by the salt and baking soda.
  4. Slowly incorporate the cocoa powder.
  5. Mix in the oats.
  6. Put away the electric mixer and use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  7. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to divide the dough into 10 2-Tablespoon balls. Space them evenly on the prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are crisp. Cool cookies on sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

If your almond butter is unsweetened, you may want to add an additional Tablespoon of honey.

For a lactose-intolerant variation, use vegan butter (e.g. Smart Balance or similar product), shortening or coconut oil as the fat and a dairy-free brand of chocolate chips.

For a gluten-free variation, make sure you are using oats that specifically say “certified gluten-free” on the package.

For a vegan option, use the lactose-intolerant ingredients above, plus an egg replacement such as EnerG or flax eggs. You may need to increase your baking time to compensate for the added moisture that egg replacements usually contain.

If you are not serving these immediately after baking, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.