OATMEAL COOKIES WITH DRIED FRUIT AND NUTS & CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Mix various dried fruits, nuts and chocolate chips, for an interesting blend of flavors.



You are going to love this versatile, chewy cookie, just chock full of fruit and nuts. Lighten up on the sugar and they are really good for you as well.


RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©

OATMEAL COOKIES WITH DRIED FRUIT AND NUTS
		
✹INGREDIENTS: Makes 4 dozen large cookies
		• 2 cups all-purpose flour
		• 1 teaspoon baking powder
		• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
		• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
		• 1/2 teaspoon salt
		• 1 cup (2 sticks)  butter, room temperature
		• 2 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
		• 1/4 cup honey
		• 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
		• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
		• 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
		• 1 cup raisins
		• 1 cup chopped dried fruits (Any dried fruit,  pears,  peaches,  cherries,  cranberries, apples or kiwi are fine**SEE COOKS NOTE 2.**		
		• 1 cup chopped walnuts or mixed unsalted nuts,  almonds or pecans, (no peanuts) 
		• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

           


DIRECTIONS:

 •  Preheat oven to 350°F. 

1.  Line 2 baking sheets with foil; butter foil. Blend first 5 ingredients in medium bowl.

2.  Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. 

3.  Beat in honey, eggs, and vanilla. 

4.  Gradually beat in flour mixture. 

5.  Stir in oats, rixed diced fruits,  mixed chopped nuts,  and chocolate chips. 

6.  Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, spacing mounds 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly.

7.  Bake cookies until golden brown, about 10 minutes. 

8.  Cool completely on sheets.

 (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)




**COOKS NOTE**
1.  Dough can be rolled into cylinders and frozen if you do not need 4 dozen cookies.  I roll the dough into 4 equal cylinders 
    and use only what I need,  and wrap in wax paper and foil and freeze until later.  Just defrost and cut the cylinders into 12 
    even slices and bake.  How easy is that?

2.  When choosing fruits and nuts,  you can make these cookies "Tropical fruit & Nut Oatmeal Cookies",  simply by using dried 
    tropical fruits such as pineapple,  mango,  bananas and tropical nuts such as Macadamia, pumpkin seeds (Pepitos), Brazil nuts 
    cashew or pecans.  Or, try  using only nuts and fruits from colder climates like using filberts and walnuts with dried  pears,  
    cherries,  blueberries,  cranberries, ........ you get the idea. 










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