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Remember the game telephone that many of us used to play as kids? You know, you start out with something like “Niki is totally awesome” and by the time everyone has whispered it to their neighbor it gets back to you and it’s “Niki is a smelly opossum”, or something like that. Anyway, baking can be like a game of telephone, someone starts out with a perfectly good recipe, then someone tweaks it a bit, then someone tweaks that a bit and next thing you know it is something totally different but delicious just the same. A while ago I found this recipe on Birds and Baking (which was adapted from this version) and wanted to switch it up a bit (I finally found some vegan white chocolate chips that were just screaming to be in a cookie!) and to make it vegan, and oh my word these are spectacular cookies. So please try any of these versions, but do your self a favor and make some of these cookies.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and Cherries

dry ingredients:

1 cup oat flour (or all purpose or whole wheat pastry)

3 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

wet ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use soy-free Earth Balance)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup organic sugar

1 flax egg (1 Tbsp. ground flax seed whisked with 3 Tbsp. warm water)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

mix in:

1-1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped

Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the margarine and sugars until fluffy, add in the flax egg and the vanilla and continue to beat until blended. Add in the dry ingredients mixing until just combined and stir in the oats, chips, and cherries.

Transfer dough in Tbsp. size rounds to a prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Let the cookies sit on the sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.