These Loaded Oatmeal Cookies with almonds, dried cherries, chocolate chips, and chocolate chunks are delicious comfort food!
I’ve baked up these Double Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Almonds for friends, for funeral lunches and for family. They’re easy, chewy, and a bit out of the ordinary. Oatmeal raisin cookies are more common, but I love using dried cherries instead!
Loaded Oatmeal Cookies
Unlike the rest of my family, I love cookies packed full of different textures and flavors. Adding crunchy nuts, chewy oats, dried cherries, and silky smooth chocolate makes every single bite truly swoon-worthy.
These are far from boring cookies! The first time I made these, they were for a gathering of over 800 at a funeral luncheon, and it was a massive effort to coordinate a meal for those in mourning. I knew there would be tons of brownies and chocolate chip cookies and figured these loaded oatmeal cookies would be a nice option on the dessert table.
Tips for How to Make Oatmeal Cookies
I love making a fancy-schmancy dessert with a wow factor, but plain ol’ cookies are nearest and dearest to my heart. With semi-sweet chocolate chips and bittersweet chocolate chunks, these will appease the chocoholics, too. I like to keep a stash in my freezer and will pull out one or two to soothe my savage sweet tooth. No defrosting necessary.
And then there’s the cookie dough! I know I shouldn’t, but I just can’t help but try a sample. Real butter and terrific ingredients make for the most scrumptious dough and a good dough is a fabulous indicator that the cookies will be a hit. Important Note: Most cookie dough contains raw eggs which may harbor salmonella bacteria. Do not eat if you’re immune-compromised or offer dough to the very young or elderly as there is the potential for food poisoning.
- This loaded oatmeal cookie recipe, like most cookie recipes, is very adaptable. Make it more of a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie by subbing raisins for the dried cherries.
- Not a nut fan? Just omit them. You’ll want some “stuff” in these gems, so add your faves.
- And stash some in the freezer—for when those cookie urges strike! I like to use a gallon, freezer Zip-loc bag and remove most of the air. They will keep up to 3 months if they’re in an airtight container.
- Use a cookie scoop to make your cookies consistent sizes.
- Use room temperature butter and eggs for best ingredient incorporation.
- Do not use a mixer unless you have a paddle attachment. A whisk will whip too much air into the batter and change the consistency. We love chewy oatmeal cookies, not cakey.
Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy?
It’s rare that any recipe that ends with the word “cookie” is healthy. In comparison to other cookies, though, these cookies have a few ingredients that offer some health benefits. That makes them healthier than my death by chocolate cookies, for example, but not really healthy. Here are some of the cookie ingredients and their nutritional benefits.
- Oatmeal – Whole grain fiber, antioxidants, ability to stabilize blood sugar, Vitamins and Minerals like iron, zinc, folate, B1, and B5
- Almonds – Fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin E, Magnesium, along with blood sugar control
- Cherries – Vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, may benefit heart health and assist with sleep quality, due to melatonin
- Dark Chocolate – Fiber, minerals, raises HDL (good cholesterol). It “may” protect the skin from the sun, reduce heart disease, and help brain health.
Can You Make Oatmeal Cookies with Quick Oats or Steel Cut Oats?
You will find four main types of oats in the supermarket. The textures range from crumbly to super coarse. Each has its place in cooking but the two mid-range oats work best for cookies. I like using Old Fashioned Oats for these cookies, though Quick Oats will work and give a smoother look to your baked cookies.
- Steel Cut Oats – the coarsest cut oats. Great for a hearty breakfast but not for cookies.
- Rolled Oats or Regular Oats – less coarse and perfect for making oatmeal and cookies.
- Quick Oats – More processed for a slightly finer texture which allows for faster-cooked oatmeal. Works well for cookies, though I prefer rolled oats.
- Instant Oatmeal – Processed to be very fine, and often powdery. This type of oats does not offer enough structure to be used in cookies.
More Oatmeal Cookies You’ll Love:
- Oatmeal Apple Cookies from Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet
- The Best Cowboy Cookies – one of my most popular recipes!!! Makes a huge batch of delicious cookies.
- Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
- Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries and Pecans
- More of the Best Cookie Recipes
This recipe was first shared in November 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2021.
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- 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cherries, chocolate chips, and nuts. Set aside. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Chop the bittersweet chocolate into pieces about the size of chocolate chips and set aside.
- In a large bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, granulated sugar, and dark brown sugar. Mix until well combined and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the vanilla, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat until well combined.
- Slowly add the flour mixture, mixing well. Add the rolled oats, followed by the chopped, chocolate. Mix well. Stir in the cherries, chocolate chips, and toasted nuts. Chill for about 15 minutes before scooping.
- Using a 1½ tablespoon cookie scoop, portion dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake 12 minutes or until the cookies have set and are just starting to brown. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
May replace almonds with an equal amount of another nut like toasted pecans or walnuts. May replace the cherries with raisins.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g
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