Two of Aliza Sokolow's Chocolate Chunk Cookies on a wooden cutting board

Aliza Sokolow’s Oatmeal, Prune & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chef & food stylist Aliza J. Sokolow shared her much-beloved recipe for Oatmeal, Prune and Chocolate Chunk Cookies, so we can share it with you! This recipe yields 3 dozen cookies – perfect for holiday sharing, or freezing a few for the next time you need a sweet snack. Aliza uses dark chocolate chunks and flour from another California favorite, the Tehachapi Grain Project.

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Who is Aliza J. Sokolow?

Aliza J. Sokolow is a food stylist and photographer. She got her start working for Jamie Oliver on his “Food Revolution” project. Her work has won 1 Emmy, earned 2 Emmy nominations and a James Beard literary award.  Her photography has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Aliza is a proud alumna of the University of California, Berkeley and loves to give back to the community and the world. She serves on the council for the UC Berkeley Food Institute, and she is a leadership fellow with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Her book, This is What I Eat, will be published by Random House Kids in early 2023.

We love a good oatmeal cookie, but chocolate chunks + chopped prunes make Aliza’s version absolutely irresistible. Prunes are a more decadent choice than the traditional raisins – they almost melt into the cookies, resulting in chewy, gooey deliciousness.

chopped prunes - man chopping prunes with a knife

Flavor, fiber + more

Prunes are a healthy powerhouse and provide many essential vitamins and minerals that will level up the nutritional value of any recipe! Prunes are low glycemic and loaded with fiber, polyphenols, boron, potassium, and Vitamin K which collectively can contribute to gut health, reduced inflammation, cancer prevention, blood sugar control, bone health, and reduced cholesterol!

Two of Aliza Sokolow's Chocolate Chunk Cookies on a wooden cutting board

Aliza Sokolow’s Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal & Prune Cookies

Aliza J. Sokolow
Chef & food stylist Aliza J. Sokolow shared her much-beloved recipe for Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal & Prune Cookies, so we can share it with you! This recipe yields 3 dozen cookies – perfect for holiday sharing, or freezing a few for the next time you need a sweet snack. Aliza uses dark chocolate chunks and flour from another California favorite, the Tehachapi Grain Project.
If you'd ready to bake up a storm, try Chef Peter Sidwell's Salted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies next.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 36
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups California prunes
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Cream butter and sugars together.
  • Crack eggs in separate bowl. Add to butter and sugar mixture.
  • Stir the vanilla into wet mixture and set aside.
  • Combine all dry ingredients, except oats. Set aside.
  • Chop up your California prunes to the size of your heart’s content. (I like a small dice.)
  • Combine dry ingredients with wet.
  • Add in oats and mix.
  • Add in prunes and chocolate chunks.
  • Scoop cookies onto baking sheet in about 2 TBSP-sized balls.
  • Place in 350F (180C) degree oven for 12 minutes.
  • Turn baking sheet and bake for 2 more minutes.
  • Let cool and Bon Appetit!

Notes

Store cookies in an airtight container, or pop some in the freezer to enjoy later!

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Aliza J. Sokolow, Chef Created, chewy cookies, chocolate chunk, Holiday, Kid Friendly, oatmeal cookies
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