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This is a great cookie, one of my husband's favorite.  It originally uses a 4 oz bar of bittersweet chocolate ( 60-62 cocoa) that you chop up into chunks, but I just used 1/2 bag of the Dark Choc
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Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 4:32 PM EDT
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This is a great cookie, one of my husband's favorite.  It originally uses a 4 oz bar of bittersweet chocolate ( 60-62 cocoa) that you chop up into chunks, but I just used 1/2 bag of the Dark Chocolate Chips and it turned jout great.  This recipe is from the Cook's magazine.  ( I'm giving them credit.) This one is especially for you, Nancy,  but anyone else is welcome to it too.

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups rolled oars ( old fashioned or quick...not instant)
1 cup pecans (toasted and chopped)
1 cup dried cranberries or sour cherries, chopped coarse
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks or 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
12 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
Adjust oven rack to middle position; Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.  In second bowl, stir together oats, pecans, cranberries and chocolate.
In standing mixer fitted witih flat beater, beat butter and sugar at medium speed until no sugar lumps remain, sbout 1 min.  Scrape down sides of bowl witih rubber spatula; add egg and vanilla and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated, about 30 sec. Scrape down bowl.
With mixer running on low gradually add flour mixture; mix until just combined, about 30 sec.  With mixer still running on low gradually add oat/nut mixture until just incorporated.  Give dough a final stir with rubber spatula to ensure no flour pockets remain and ingredients are evenly distributed.
Roll dough into balls 1 1/2" .  slightly flatten with hands on baking sheets to 1" thickness.
Bake for about 12 min.  do not overbake.
Cool cookies on baking sheets on wire rack for 5 min.  Using fwide spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temp.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 5:05 PM EDT
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Barbara B,  Looks like a great recipe!  I'm printing this one!! I really like that it has dark brown sugar.
Thanks for sharing!!!  I'll make these before it gets too hot here in San Diego area!!!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 7:24 PM EDT
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Great recipe.  I used to make these all the time when the children were little.  Now I will have to try with the grandkids.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 9:36 PM EDT
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Oh, wow, Barbara -- THANK YOU. 
And - lol lol - I have every ingredient right here - ready to go.  I'll try this within the week.
I've been looking at the lone bag of dark brown sugar, wondering what would ever happen to it.  Now I know!!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 9:41 PM EDT
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Just the name of this cookie has me salivating!!!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 9:49 PM EDT
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I just said that I  have everything ..... I ran to the cupboard to make certain I had the dried cranberries .......... Yes, I have a sealed bag of dried cranberries, a bag of dried sour cherries and a bag of "all natural dried cherries" that expired 4/20/11.   Oh  good grief.  My cupboard is incredible.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/1/2011 9:53 PM EDT
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I just printed this recipe. Sounds delicious.  Thank you.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/2/2011 4:16 PM EDT
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Sounds yummy.  I printed it off too!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/2/2011 10:09 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries:
I just said that I  have everything ..... I ran to the cupboard to make certain I had the dried cranberries .......... Yes, I have a sealed bag of dried cranberries, a bag of dried sour cherries and a bag of "all natural dried cherries" that expired 4/20/11.   Oh  good grief.  My cupboard is incredible.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, I'm sure that your cherries are not expired.  Dried fruit doesn't really expire.  it could get extra dry, but not between 4/20 and now.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/2/2011 10:10 PM EDT
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I've printed the recipe.  I think I'll make cookies tomorrow.  I love any with oatmeal since it is really good for you.  I still haven't seen any dark chocolate chips in my stores but I do have a bar of something really dark.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/2/2011 10:10 PM EDT
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Well, I tried this recipe tonight...... Just like Barbara suggested I used Nestles new dark chocolate chips.
And I used the dried cherries from my cupboard because they would soon be too old to use.
Results?   Oh, my goodness ..... this isn't a 'good' cookie - it's a GREAT cookie.
I think it's probably the best cookie I've ever made.
I made a batch of that great White Chip Island Cookie dough to bake in the morning to compare.
Barbara -- thanks again.  The recipe is a treasure - and so are you for sharing it.

I hope lots of this group will try the recipe and let us know what they think.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/3/2011 10:08 PM EDT
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I'll say again - this is the best cookie I've ever made.  What a combination of tastes!!
Tonight I made another batch using macadamia nuts instead of pecans -- Sunday morning they'll be given to a wonderful, wonderful young man - a county sheriff, who's fighting cancer.  He loves macadamias.   Isn't he gonna' get a kick out of these exceptional cookies ?!?!

And these freeze well.  Last night I put that first batch into the freezer and a couple (just a couple!!) were great when thawed.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 12:20 AM EDT
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I am really glad that all of you like the recipe. As I said it is my husband's favorite, and he has pretty good taste!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 7:41 AM EDT
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Barbara -- I bake and bake and bake.  It's so difficult to find a cookie recipe that's "new", unusual and great.

Last night, while I was making the macadamia batch of Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies, I made a batch of chocolate
cookies, rolled in chocolate spangles then topped with a chocolate kiss while still hot.  Extra work and lots of extra expense and they are OK but not great.   I won't make them again.

So - please, if you find another spectacular recipe - please let me know!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 8:52 AM EDT
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Talk about timing.  Barbara, I was looking for something to make and take to a friend who just had rotator cuff surgery.  These cookies sound awesome. Can't wait to try them.  Thank you so much.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 9:00 AM EDT
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YUM!!!! These cookies sound so good!!  Can't wait to try them! Printing the recipe as I type!!! Thanks for sharing!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 9:19 AM EDT
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I made thes cookies for a friend and his wife for easter and they enjoyed it.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 10:54 AM EDT
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Yum everything I love in one cookie!

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 12:42 PM EDT
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Wow!  How much can you cram into one cookie???  It is even fairly healthy.

Re: Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Cranberries

posted at 5/4/2011 4:38 PM EDT
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And my quick trip to WalMart last night was to get some more dried cherries ... they didn't have any.
I like cherries so much more than cranberries ...........

And the special batch I made with macadamia nuts for the county sherrif deputy I planned to take Sunday morning?   I just thought/remembered that his wife will be at church tonight.  I can take the cookies tonight and hear the report Sunday morning !
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