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These loaded oatmeal cookies with almonds, dried cherries, chocolate chips and chocolate chunks were my way of offering comfort. 

Our community lost a terrific father, husband and friend last month. So many are devastated by his death and I assisted with the luncheon after his funeral.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies on a white plate

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 make every single bite truly swoon-worthy.

These are far from boring cookies! With a gathering of over 800 for the funeral, 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.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies in a white bowl

Tips for Making Oatmeal Cookies

I love making a fancy schmancy dessert with a wow factor, but plain ol’ cookies are nearest and dearest to my heart. I  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 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies arranged on a small white ceramic plate with dried cherries

You May Need:

Half Sheet Pan, 13″ x 18″
Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
3-Pack of Cookie Scoops

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Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy oatmeal cookies filled with all sorts of delicious goodies including almonds, chocolate and dried tart cherries!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Yield 3 dozen


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. Chop the bittersweet chocolate into pieces about the size of chocolate chips and set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


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45 comments on “Loaded Oatmeal Cookies”

  1. Sorry to hear about the lost of a community member, Liz. I am sure the family would find some comfort in those wonderful cookies.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Liz. I’m sure the family appreciates your being such a friend and these cookies are the perfect comfort food.

  3. The cookies sound great, oatmeal is one of my boys favorites.

  4. They look so yummy! Loaded with so many yummy things!

  5. I love the flavor burst from the tart cherries! These are the perfect breakfast cookies for sure!

  6. Very sorry for the loss of someone in your circle! These cookies look delicious.

  7. Liz, so sorry for the loss of your friend. . prayers going out for his family during this time . . these cookies are beautiful and I know, were made with love.

  8. So sorry for your loss Liz, 800 people is a huge proof of a wonderful person. I bet these oatmeal cookies brought a lot of comfort too at the gathering. They look so tasty.

  9. I need two of these cookies with my afternoon coffee – what a treat!

  10. What a great tribute to a man who will be missed by so many. I’m in agreement with you regarding your cookies. Yummy xoxo

  11. This is my kind of cookie. It’s got heft and one is more than enough (but you made 800. Did I read that right??). I don’t mean to make light of your community’s loss, but that’s a lot of cookies (proof that he was beloved). GREG

  12. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I too love a loaded cookie. I love the dried cherries with the chocolate. These look so yummy!

  13. I could make a batch of these for my husband, wrap it in a box and he wouldn’t want anything else for Christmas. He is an oatmeal cookie fanatic and he would LOVE these!

  14. Such sad news Liz. But I’m sure the community appreciated your comforting hugs in the way of these cookies. As a Scot, I love oatmeal but adding all these other textures sound so delicious too.

  15. Oh yum…Love!! These are not ordinary. I am bookmarking them. Thank you, Liz. Have a wonderful weekend. We are headed to South Africa for a month, but I will try to keep a blog presence and also on Facebook. Thanks for your friendship and support. Maybe one day we will meet?

  16. I love oatmeal cookies … they are my favorite and I like the idea of putting some in the freezer just in case :). Sorry to hear about your loss, I hope he has found peace now.
    BTW: I cannot find the link of your thin chocolate chip cookies from your friend’s blog.. can you please point it out to me. Thanks

  17. I’m so sorry for your loss. It was very good of you to help with the catering for the wake. You certainly had to cater for a fair few but how wonderful this man was honoured with such a wonderful turnout for the celebration of his life. Your cookies are loaded with texture and flavour and I particularly love how they have tart cherries xx

  18. So sorry for the loss of your friend. Looks like he was very well loved. And yes, your cookies are the ultimate comfort food <3

  19. Hi Liz, so sorry for your loss.

    These cookies would be a big hit at my house as they full of our favorite things.

  20. Dear Liz, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend in the community. I’m glad your cookies could give some comfort to your friends. They certainly look very comforting to me with all those delicious ingredients.

  21. I’m sorry for your community’s loss. 800 people at a funeral is quite something. I’m sure your cookies were a hit. I go back and firth between whether or not I like a lot of stuff in my cookies. They have to be well balanced, but I’m sure yours are.

  22. Liz these sound amazing. I especially like that you added the dried cherries.

    So sorry for the loss of a dear friend. If cookies can help to heal the wounds these would certainly have done the job.

  23. Im so sorry for your loss. I love that you baked these traditional cookies to take along to the funeral (there is something about traditional food that really does heal wounds!). Im thinking of you sweetie x

  24. I am sorry for the loss of someone who touched so many lives and loved by many. I am sure the family appreciated the kindness and support shown by you and others.

    These are no ordinary oatmeal cookies. The are indeed a great item to add to the dessert table.

  25. I love baking with oats, and these cookies are loaded with goodies!!
    Definitely a must–try recipe, and actually I can’t wait….!

  26. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, but I do think there is great comfort in food, and I’m sure everybody appreciated these beauties!!

  27. Lizzy,
    So sorry about your loss. I’m sure your cookies were a big hit.

  28. I’m sorry to hear about your friend but what a send off with these cookies.

  29. I am a fan of tossing in everything but the kitchen sink in my cookies also. Would love to have a stash of these in my freezer. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dear community member.

  30. I love cookies too. I’ve never thought about freezing some though. I’ll definitely need to do that in the future. Can’t wait to try these out.

  31. First of all, we’re sorry to hear you lost someone in your community. May he rest in peace.
    Regarding the cookies now; we’re always looking for great cookie recipes and this one, that includes oatmeal, is a fantastic choice!
    Thank you for sharing that Liz!

  32. These are my kind of cookies. Making this weekend.

  33. I love the idea of chocolate and cherries what a great addition to this classic cookie!

  34. Oldie but goodie my son loves oatmeal

  35. Wow, these cookies are full of so many delicious flavors and textures!

  36. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. And I’m sure that these cookies offered some comfort to those that shared your sorrow. They sound absolutely delicious! Just the way I like my cookies too, packed with just about anything you can throw into them. My husband would love the addition of cherries, his favorite, so these might be a great treat around Fathers Day.

  37. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. And I’m sure that these cookies offered some comfort to those that shared your sorrow. They sound absolutely delicious! Just the way I like my cookies too, packed with just about anything you can throw into them. My husband would love the addition of cherries, his favorite, so these might be a great treat around Fathers Day.

  38. These are a staple in my house! They never last long here!

  39. I always love a good chocolate chip, but these are great for when you want something different in the cookie department! Full of flavor and texture, and oh so delicious!

  40. I had to make these immediately after seeing them and they’re amazing!

  41. These quickly disappeared at my house! It was really delish!

  42. These cookies taste so good!!! We just about ate the whole batch in one day!

  43. The flavor of these are perfect! I love chewy cookies!

  44. These cookies are like taking all of my favorites and putting it in one perfect cookie! They are so delicous!

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