Tangy & Sweet
Kumquat-Chocolate-Chunk & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

14 April 2013

Kumquat Chocolate-Chunk & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies from TeenieCakes.com

Several years ago while visiting San Diego’s Little Italy, I noticed a striking potted kumquat tree in front of one of the restaurants. Not too long after I came across an unusual offering in what used to be one of our “Henry’s Farmers Market” stores (now called “Sprouts”). I fell in love with these smallish citrus fruit and have since added two varieties to our garden.

When researching about these symbolic fruits, I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of recipes out there using them and far too often I find that folks enjoy them for their ornamental value, but sadly don’t take advantage of their culinary uses too. Here’s another way to incorporate these tangy gems into what would be just chocolate-chunk & walnut oatmeal cookies. These citrus treats dress up and are the star of an old-fashioned cookie favorite.

Kumquat-Chocolate-Chunk & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies from TeenieCakes.com

Kumquats can be a challenge to find in local markets. If you happen upon them or have a resource (like a friend, relative or neighbor’s abundant tree), consider the tasty culinary dishes and recipes you could add these tangy, citrus fruits to. In previous posts, I’ve made a kumquat syrup to compliment a chocolate mousse, incorporated them in healthful muffins and now here, using them in cookies. Adding them to quick breads, tossing in stir fries, making marmalade or chutneys, adding to glazes are other inspirational uses.

Tangy and sweet. Pairing the tangy and tart kumquats with the rich sweetness of chocolate lends a complimentary contrast of flavors. I’ve further combined the two contrasts with a third flavor of walnut nuttiness. The results are these seasonal, tasty oatmeal cookies loaded with wholesome goodness.

Kumquat-Chocolate-Chunk & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies from TeenieCakes.com

Teenie Notes

  • Avoid folding in sliced kumquats into the cookie dough. After dropping moundfuls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet, place kumquat pieces in the mounds by pushing them into the dough before baking.
  • Adjusted baking temperature to an odd number of 365 degrees.
  • Rotate pans half-way through baking time and watch baking time. 11 minutes was perfect for my oven the golden color I wanted to achieve.
Kumquat-Chocolate-Chunk & Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
Cristina | TeenieCakes.com

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup lightly packed very fresh dark brown sugar
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in and leveled
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter, slightly firm
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
20-24 fresh kumquats, vertically sliced in half and then the halves sliced in thirds (see this post for example)

Directions

Heat oven to 365 degrees.  Place brown sugar, 1/2 cup of oatmeal, and the granulated sugar in a work bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until the oatmeal is very finely ground and powdery.

In a medium bowl, strain together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  Stir in the remaining oatmeal and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter with the corn syrup on medium-low speed, mixing until smooth and lightened in color.  Add oatmeal-sugar mixture in three additions, mixing well after each addition. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix for 1 minute longer. Scrape down the side of the bowl as needed. Reduce mixer speed to low, then incorporate the dry ingredients in three additions, mixing just until blended (don’t over mix). Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chunks and walnuts.

Drop golf ball size mounds of dough from the tip of a tablespoon or scoop onto cookie sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart. Slightly flatten each cookie dough mound with the palm of your hands and PLACE about 3-4 pieces of cut kumquat pieces in each cookie.

Bake about 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to turn a golden brown.  Rotate cookie pans if you need to, to ensure even baking. Do not overbake.

Remove cookies from oven and let set for 2-3 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container.

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Liren April 25, 2013

I have yet to try kumquats in cookies, but you have convinced me! The chocolate makes total sense, Cristina :)

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Cristina April 26, 2013

I’m glad to have sold the idea of kumquats in cookies. Thanks, Liren. :)

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Liz April 24, 2013

I love using kumquats for garnishing, but have never used them “in” any dish! Love the look of these cookies and the tart surprise they’d make in your beautiful cookies….mmmmmm.

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Cristina April 26, 2013

Thank you so much, Liz. Yes, tasty and pretty as a garnish too!

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Gourmet Getaways April 19, 2013

These look so delicious! I love the idea of using the fruit in cookies, especially with the addition of chocolate :) YUM!

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Cristina April 26, 2013

Sometimes it may give me a false sense that something is more healthy by adding the fruit elemet in a baked good, but it’s gotta have some healthful benefits, right? :)

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wok with ray April 19, 2013

I’m sure the combination of flavors of chocolate and kumquats create an interesting flavor and aroma. Beautiful photos as always. Have a great weekend to you, Cristina! :)

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Cristina April 26, 2013

It does, it does! :) Thanks Ray, my friend. Hope you’re enjoying a good week as well.

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Nami | Just One Cookbook April 17, 2013

This is my first time seeing kumquat in cookies! How exciting and fun. I loved eating kumquat in my grandpa’s garden in Japan. I would even love them when they are in the cookies. Excellent photos and recipe, Cristina!

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Cristina April 26, 2013

Thanks, Nami!! I’m glad you like the idea of the kumquats in the cookies too. They’re paired deliciously with the chocolate.

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Samantha April 16, 2013

Hi Christina, comments were off when i visited earlier. I like how youre using those kumquats and chunks of yummy chocolate!!

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Cristina April 18, 2013

Thanks for the heads up about the comments, Samantha. I realized it later in the day. :(

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