Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

filed under: Cookies on June 9, 2012

These cookies are awesome. You must make them. If you like cherry dipped cones from DQ then these Cherry Oatmeal Cookies are going to be your new go-to cookies!


Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

There is a big difference in texture in between cooking them for 9 minutes or for 11 minutes.  Make sure you are keeping an eye on them starting at eight minutes!  I remove my cookies when they appeared almost underdone.  The center is still a bit glossy in appearance.  The cookies should be fully cooked, but a very soft and delicate center is the best way to eat these.

You can easily substitute chocolate chips for the cherry morsels.  These cookies actually derived from my Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie.  This is probably the best base recipe for an Oatmeal Raisin cookie I have ever encountered.  I will be blogging that soon!

Oatmeal Cookies


Tips & Tricks

Can you use Chocolate morsels instead of Cherry? You certainly can. Cherry morsels are simple cherry-flavored chocolate chips and you can find them at most grocery stores as well as online. You can substitute your favorite flavor (like chocolate chips) if you prefer. White chocolate chips would be delicious too! But I do recommend trying this recipe as written first and then making alternations to fit your tastes.

Can I use real cherries? I don’t recommend using real cherries as the moisture will throw off this recipe. But you could try dried cherries, just make sure they are finely diced.

Why is there shortening in this recipe? Shortening has no dairy in it and isn’t part water like butter is, so it can do magical things to cookies. For once, it can make them softer! The outside of this cookie crisps up nicely while the inside stays wonderfully soft and chewy.

Should I refrigerate the dough? I don’t have it specified in the recipe, but I do love the refrigerate this dough when I am able. I just pop it into the fridge for about an hour, then take it out and let it come to room temperature before making the cookies. I think it makes the edges EXTRA crispy, which is my preference, but I was outvoted 1-6! So no refrigeration listed in the instructions. If you try it and love it please let me know!

I have been testing the chewy oatmeal cookie recipe on my neighbors for the last week, and have gotten pretty darn good positive feedback.  Most people want more.  The combination of a subtle sweet cherry morsel and the brown sugar and cinnamon along with a soft and chewy texture just puts this cookie over the top. They are SWEET!  So sweet.  Like, give you a toothache sweet.  Unless you have really good teeth.  Then you are fine. 😉

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

I buy my cherry morsels at Walmart in the fall for $3 a bag and usually stock up.  You can also Cherry Chips on Amazon.  

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5 from 1 vote
Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
16 mins

These cookies are awesome. You must make them. If you like cherry dipped cones from DQ then these Cherry Oatmeal Cookies are going to be your new go-to cookies!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cookies, chewy oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cookies
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 cup (192g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1 1/2 cup Cherry flavored baking morsels
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Prepare 2 baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.
  2. In medium bowl sit flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cocoa. 
  3. In your stand mixer (or using a hand-held mixer) on medium speed, cream together the shortening, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla for about 2-3 minutes. 

  4. Add in eggs one at a time. Mix on medium for 1-2 minutes and make sure ingredients are well combined.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add flour ingredients to wet mixture and mix until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer. Add in oats and cherry morsels and finish mixing together by hand.
  6. These cookies work best when using parchment paper on your baking sheet. I made each cookie about 2 tablespoons big and placed each spoonful about 2 inches apart.

  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes and then place slightly cooled cookies on a cooling rack.

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  • TidyMom says:

    LOVE this idea Amanda! – and the red white and blue ones are perfect!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Yes. Yes to everything in this cookie. Yes to you. Yes I am hungry.

  • Cassie says:

    Oat meal cookies are my favorite, and now I’m craving them. These look exquisite!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    These sound so delightful! Love this idea!

  • Bloom in the Details says:

    These look delish! And so beautiful in your photos. Has anyone ever told you that you are a cherry morsel genius? Because you are!

  • Ann P. says:

    It’s the perfect season for cherries and of course, cherry oatmeal cookies!! 🙂

  • marla says:

    Oh are these fun cookies!! I LOVE the dark background too 🙂

  • Carla @ CarlasConfections says:

    I love the red white and blue version of these! They are beautiful and sound like they taste amazing! Great photos too Amanda! I could learn a thing or two from you!!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love oatmeal cookies!

  • Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} says:

    I wish I knew what cherry flavour baking morsels are so I could get my butt in the kitchen right now and make these at midnight, lol, but no such thing over this side of the pond. Do you think I could substitute with glace cherries chopped up? I hope so!

  • Kavli says:

    First of, you take AMAZING pics. I feel I could almost reach out and grab a cookie! I love love love oatmeal cookies. I will be trying these this week!
    Where do you get blue tinted baking chips?!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! I got them at Michaels! 🙂

      • Kavli says:

        Ah! My fav cake supplies store. I’ll check them out there. Thanks!! 🙂

  • Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    I love oatmeal cookies. The addition of the cherry baking morsels is such a great combination with the oatmeal. I bet the flavor is outstanding. I must try! My kids would love these!

  • Meghan @ After the Ivy League says:

    These look incredible! I love using the dye on the white chocolate to make them 4th of July festive! I don’t think I’ve ever tried cherry morsels, looks like I need to!

  • Catherine says:

    Could you share the name and location of the font that you use on your header “i am baker”? It’s the handwritten one that you use on your photos, etc…….It looks just like my handwriting and I’m very curious!! Thank you so much, Catherine

  • terry laschinger says:

    You can also buy the cherry chips at Mills fleet farm.

  • Tonya says:

    Love the cherry dip from DQ description because I LOVE The cherry dip!

  • Gloria says:

    Can you substitute lard for the shortening?

  • Eva Rogers says:

    Where do you find the cherry morsels?
    Like cinnamon ones, you could find
    Them on Amazon but to expensive.

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