I'm fresh off a girls road trip to Napa, California. We stayed at a wonderful hotel in Calistoga called Solage, rode bikes to local wineries, ate, laughed and participated in a self led water aerobics class. We think we're so funny, the lounging pool folk may attest otherwise. We enjoyed a personal tour and tasting at Kelly Fleming's vineyard, and chatted around her big farmhouse table. I get so inspired when I watch people pursue what they love. It is absolutely gorgeous up there. As a Southern California girl, I am awe struck by the landscape that is a mere 8 hours north.

My kitchen has been quiet the past few days, so we're sharing a recipe we had posted on The Kitchn earlier this week. Tara at Seven Spoons posted a version of this recipe quite a ways back, and her images haven't left my mind since. I knew that when I next committed to make a decadent, buttery, serious business cookie, this would be the one. Her post was about a year ago, which goes to show I don't have the self control to make 'serious business' cookies very often. They certainly met my expectations. After a year of thinking about them, they materialized into the soft centered, slightly crisp exterior I had hoped they'd be.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated
If you like a salty bite to your sweets, I would suggest giving them a sprinkle of sea salt just before you put them in the oven. Pairs perfectly with cold milk or some vanilla bean ice cream.

1 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/4 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup Pecans, toasted and chopped
1 Cup Dried Cherries, chopped coarse
8 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped into small pieces OR chocolate chips
3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, softened but still cool
1 1/2 Cups Muscavado/Packed Dark Brown Sugar
1 Extra Large Egg
1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)

1. Use parchment paper or a silpat* to line several standard baking sheets and set aside.
In a bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2.In another bowl combine the oats, pecans, dried cherries and chocolate.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a whisk and a strong arm, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Slowly add the egg and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
3. Gently sift, or with the mixer down to low, add the flour mixture to the bowl. Stir until just combined. Finally incorporate the oats, nuts, fruit and chocolate. Do not overmix.
4. Roll these portions lightly between your hands in about 1/4 cup portions, then place on each baking sheet, spaced evenly. You can make them small, but adjust your baking time a few minutes less. Wet your hands and lightly press the dough to a 1-inch thickness. Bake the cookies, two trays at a time, in a preheated oven for 12 minutes. Rotate the trays top to bottom and back to front and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cookies are uniformly golden, but still wet in the middle. They should appear slightly undercooked.
5. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
* You can find a silpat at Bed Bath and Beyond or Amazon. They keep the bottoms on cookies or biscuits from burning, while also creating a non-stick surface. They come in a few sizes, so be sure it fits the measurements of your cookie sheet!

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Reader Comments (64)

I love that you came North! I live an hour from Napa...isn't it gorgeous up here? I still have a place in my heart for So-Cal though :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

That last picture with the melty chocolate chip? To die for. Oh how I am craving baking and cookies right about now.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

You have such a beautiful site, Sara! And Hugh's photography is wonderful.

I loved reading about your trip...I could use a vacation (and a cookie) right now, so I'm totally living vicariously.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie

good lord woman! these pictures are amazing. i feel like stuffing five of these things in my mouth right now.

Mmm, I love a good hunky cookie!

breathtaking beautiful.
Can't wait to try.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterannie

omg, I need to find myself an oatmeal cookie stat after seeing this! Del. I. CIOUS.

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Sohdalex

Delicious. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are just the best and adding in the cherries and nuts is such a superb idea. Also - that batter shot is totally mouth-watering!

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blue-Eyed Bakers

My stomach is growling for these babies! Right up my alley. Thank you for sharing :) xo

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Um, WOW. Just wow. So when are you opening a bakery?! :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Can you tell me what the cookies in the picture are baking on


August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Hines

yum! Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite...and this recipe looks phenomenal!

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAppetite for Conversation

these look amazing! I have to try them! unless I find something else on your site to try first...

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersera

You just reminded me of how long it's been since I made my own batch of chocolate chip cookies! I love them loaded with stuff like these, yum!

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are my favorite! Cherries and pecans? Even better. Thanks for the recipe. :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Jewell

holy moly!!! i too love oatmeal cookies. these look sensational! thank you for introducing me to my next pregnancy craving :)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

Those look amazing! Now I am craving cookies (and a trip to Napa). Thanks for sharing ;)

August 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee

those pictures are amazing...and the cookies look spectacular, can't wait to try these, thanks!

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternikki

A girls weekend in Napa sounds perfect, and these delicious little babies are getting me in the mood for fall. Yum.

they were deeelishious- i ate them all .

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercydney morris

I'm going to build a time machine so I can go back to yesterday, read this post and then make those cookies...all so I can be eating them NOW.

Love the silpat with the little circles. Where did you get it?

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe French

Oatmeal cherries, pecans and chocolate together, this one was meant for me.

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTender B.

Also curios about the silpat. You made an asterick for a note but I didn't see any additional information.

Also, I think these are standard size cookies (2 1/2 to 3 inch across)? Rather than mini cookies? Thanks.

Mmmmmm these look SO good. I love the combination of chocolate chips, cherries and nuts. I think I need to go make myself breakfast because I'm drooling thinking about these!!

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdelicieux

The French: Hmm I believe it's from Home Goods? I know that store is hit or miss, so you could try Amazon as well!
Andrea: I fixed the silpat note, thank you! Yes, these are larger/standard cookies. Mini's would be SO cute!

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Any tips on what I can substitute the 1 egg with seeing as I've recently been diagnosed as intolerant to eggs and on the look out for natural substitutes for eggs in desserts (my favourite meal)??!!

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I'm really, REALLY disappointed these aren't healthy. Take it back.... say they are. On point, how many did hugh scarf? :)

August 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMollie

Laura: I would play around with a mixture of banana and flaxmeal, as both of these can help as binders (to an extent). I'd guess about a 1/4 mixture here, but that's a guess :) There is also a product at health food stores called Ener-G, that is a tasteless egg replacer for vegans or people with allergies. Good luck!

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

yours are gorgeous, sara! hopefully worth the wait - you're far stronger than me.

drat it all, now i want some.

August 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertara

wonderfully rich. They sound like "cowboy" cookies. Yihaa!!!

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramelia from ztastylife

I made the cookies last night and they were delicious, but I just realized - the vanilla is not mentioned further than the list of ingredients!

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

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Yum! I love the idea of dried cherries in a cookie! How fun!

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

these look amazing... where did you get the nonstick liner so you know where to put the cookies... Mine always melt into each other.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I just found your blog through another, and I'm so very glad I did! Love all the gorgeous food and I also love how easy to navigate your site. Your blog will be on my must reads! I live up here in San Francisco Bay Area, and love all the "food mad" people up here, as I am one of them. Your cooking style seems to really fit Nor Cal, ever think of relocating up here?? :)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Mackey

These look amazing! I love anything that has oatmeal in it and chocolate- so this is a good combo! I might have to try these soon!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersterling style

Yum. I love this combo -- it reminds me of fall, which may be on its way!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

This makes me itch to make cookies. I'll hold out for as long as I can.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I love your statement "I get so inspired when I watch people pursue what they love." So so true and I completely agree. Sometimes observing and learning about how others pursue their dreams is the best motivation for yourself to go after your own.
And these cookies look amazing. I lovvvveee cherry desserts.

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Great timing, Sara! I have some women coming and these would be a super addition to the table.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

your photos are making me drool. must try those cookies soon!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

You blog is beautiful! I saw that recipe on the kitchn and was in love...
Isn't it such a refreshing thing, going somewhere and seeing people in the midst of something they love? It always leaves me inspired and full of spunk for something new.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngharad

Yum.. like everyone else, I'm in love with the silpat with the circles in it. I'm going to BB&B this weekend to hunt it down!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Homemade cookies! Mmm. With milk. Gotta make them. Now.

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndreas Holm

where did you get that awesome cookie sheet liner i want one! The cookies look delicious by the way.

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchloe

Ironic - I'm sitting in lax now waiting on a flight home. We road-tripped from Portland and stayed two days in napa earlier in the week. A lively place - I'd move there in a second!!

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ chiknpastry

You two make a great team...The food and photos look incredible!

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

The texture of these cookies look amazing. Again nice job on the blogpost and pictures!

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDennis


August 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramee

omg. my head and heart just exploded. these cookies look amazing!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy@OldSweetSong

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