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Today I'm sharing another favorite recipe from Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe. These oatmeal cookies with dried peaches are addictive and such a nice twist on an old standard cookie. I was immediately drawn to these cookies because of the dried peaches (I do love anything containing peaches) and set out to find some. After going to several stores, I finally found some delicious dried peaches at Trader Joe's (woo hoo) and quickly whipped up a batch of these cookies. They ended up being absolutely delicious! I love that this recipe contains a tiny bit of molasses. Not only do they help keep these cookies chewy but they add just a hint of flavor that made these taste a little bit like they'd been caramelized. The peaches, cinnamon, and molasses combined to make these an absolutely addictive cookie and a favorite at our house!
If you have trouble finding dried peaches, I think these cookies would be delicious with many kinds of dried fruit-- blueberries, apricots, or cherries would be a good substitution. While I really loved the sweetness of the dried peaches, I think I may try these again at some point with the dried cherries I have in the pantry. This recipe yields about 2 dozen (maybe more if you make smaller cookies than I did-- I got a little carried away and made some very large cookies). I don't think anyone minded though. :)
1 1/4- cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tbs. sorghum or molasses
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ounces dried peaches, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sturdy cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon and stir to combine. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar, molasses, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture and blend until just barely combined; some streaks of flour should still show.
3. Sprinkle the dried peaches over the dough and fold in by hand until evenly mixed with no streaks remaining. Drop the dough by heaping Tbs. about 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 16 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time. Let the cookies set for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Adapted from Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe