Friday, May 6, 2011

Ella Cookies

My mom was in town for a visit recently.  I love this lady!  She's amazing, truly.

While she was here, she and Ella made cookies as a thank you to a dear friend who watched the kids so we could have some Mother/Daughter time.  Doesn't Ella look happy?

When they started, Ella told my mom, "Now, G.G., you have to keep the wet and dry ingredients apart at first."  I was so proud.

Two of my favorite ladies.

I was out of several staples, so they made up a recipe.  These. cookies. are. divine.  My mom calls them Ella cookies.

Ella Cookies

1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups dried cherries
1 cup chocolate chips {optional}
1 cup pecans {optional, may substitute another nut or omit}

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place rack in middle position.

1.  Cream sugars and butter in a large bowl or mixer.  Add eggs and vanilla.

2.  Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa in another bowl.

3.  Add dry mixture to wet in 1/2 cup increments, allowing the mixture to absorb before adding more.

4.  Add oats, cherries, and chips/nuts, if using.  Mix until combined.

5.  Use a scoop or two spoons to drop around 2 Tablespoon-sized balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. 

6.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

This is a dense dough.  We baked 1/2 of it, and froze the rest.  If you've never done that, here's what you do.  Roll the dough into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap or wax paper, and freeze it.  Then, when you need a cookie or five, you can slice off what you need.  No need to thaw, but you'll need to add a minute or so to your cooking time.

Clearly, the cookies were a hit.

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