Keeping things simple in a not so simple world

no ordinary chocolate chip cookie

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I am a picky cookie lover.  I like my cookies chewy, but not cakey.  I do not like nuts in my cookies.  And I hate too much sugar.  I also dislike cookies that take too long to make or ones I need to refrigerate.  Maybe for a special occasion I will do something like these amazing bites.

Often, I just want something simple.  Quick and easy.  Something that the kids can enjoy making too.

But I don’t want them to taste simple.  I want them to be decadent.  Chewy and flavorful.   So I add pizazz to my chocolate chip cookies.

You can use whatever your favorite recipe is.  I really like Orangette’s recipe, here, modified, of course for our gluten-free needs.  On another note, you may wish to try using flours that are not basic white or whole wheat just to get something more nutritious in your diet.

Chocolate chip cherry cookies

4 cups flour (I use 2 and 1/2 cups brown rice flour and 1 and 1/2 cups Pamela’s GF Baking Mix)
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup brown sugar (dark is better)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup ground flax seed
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
3/4 cup dried cherries, chopped (preferably without sugar)

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix ingredients together.
Place cookies on parchment lined paper.
Bake until golden.

Note: The amount of sugar you use depends on your tastes and whether or not the cherries were dried with sugar. Costco carries their brand (Kirkland) cherries that have no added sugar. But if you cannot find un-sugared cherries, add less brown sugar.

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