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!
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Prepare 2 baking pans by lining them with parchment paper.
- In medium bowl sit flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cocoa.
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.
- Add in eggs one at a time. Mix on medium for 1-2 minutes and make sure ingredients are well combined.
- 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.
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.
Bake for 9-11 minutes and then place slightly cooled cookies on a cooling rack.
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. 😉
I buy my cherry morsels at Walmart in the fall for $3 a bag and usually stock up. You can also buy them on Amazon, but I find these to be a bit expensive. If you are a baker or retailer, feel free to leave a link to anywhere that offers a better deal! 🙂
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