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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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I hadn’t made cookies in weeks, when a mad cookie dough craving hit. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies with walnuts and dried tart cherries became a delicious reality! And I got to lick the bowl!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies stacked on a white saucer

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Last weekend, Nick graduated from Indiana University. I happened to meet up with a friend for tea and she shared her menu for a post-grad picnic lunch on campus. My plans for ham sandwiches and Oreos (well, I probably would have raised the bar a bit!) bit the dust.

Instead, I baked up these fabulous oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies and planned to make a favorite fruit salad and chicken salad on croissants. I’ll share the whole experience later this week. Something with chocolate was definitely in order and these cookies were portable, full of semisweet chocolate, dried cherries, oatmeal and toasted walnuts, plus they were delish.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies on a square ceramic dish

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Variation

I after I added the chocolate to the cookie dough, I removed half of it to make plain ol’ Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  I knew Nick and his roomies were more likely to eat anything homemade than the picky hubby, so I added the toasted walnuts and cherries to the rest.

I’m not a huge fan of raisins, but I could eat dried tart cherries by the handful. If nobody ate the amped up cookies, I’d be happy to pick up the slack. I should not have worried; these were winners!

Yield: 4 dozen

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Perfect oatmeal cookies full of chocolate chunks, dried cherries and toasted walnuts

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted chopped
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. By hand (I use a wooden spoon) or in a stand mixer fit with the paddle beater, mix together the sugars with the softened butter until completely blended. Add the eggs, one at a time to form a smooth batter. Mix in the vanilla, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. Add the flour and mix till just incorporated. Fold in the oatmeal, cherries, and chocolate till combined.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) place mounds of dough about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Then bake till edges start to brown and centers look set, 10-12 minutes. Mine took 10 minutes and I pulled them out when the very center looked underbaked.
  6. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Recipe adapted from THE KITCHN COOKBOOK by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand via Lights on Bright, No Brakes.

Consider using pasteurized eggs if you’re a cookie dough lover like I am. The process of pasteurization kills any salmonella bacteria and prevents a food-borne illness which could result from ingesting raw eggs.

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20 comments on “Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. They’re perfect with a glass of milk!!!
    xox

  2. Congrats on Nick’s graduation, very exciting! And yes, I’d say that calls for a cookie or two:@)

  3. These cookies look so beautiful and yum. Perfect for evening brunch with a cup of steaming coffee! 🙂

  4. Congratulations for closing successfully a cycle and opening a new one! The cookies are perfect for the occasion!

  5. The perfect cookies to celebrated Nick’s graduation ! Much better than Oreos! I would like see your chicken salad with croissants 😉 Nick must be happy to hava a mum like you Liz ! x

  6. Yum, I’m a huge fan of friend cherries too and combining them with chocolate is always a winner!

  7. I’m not a real fan of raisins either. Will have to try substituting dried cherries — like that idea. Anyway, you’ve reminded me it’s been WAY too long since we’ve made cookies! These look really great. Thanks. Oh, and congrats to Nick!

  8. I don’t think you have to worry about anything you bake being a winner! The addition of dried cranberries was perfect. Of course my picky family wouldn’t eat them but like you I would gladly take up the slack.

  9. Perfect shape and they are my favourite cookies – chocolate cookies! MNIAM!

  10. Congratulations on Nick’s milestone! Raisins are fine, but oatmeal and chocolate is much better!

  11. Congrats on Nick’s graduation. Woohoo! And these cookies…you really got me at oatmeal! Yummmmm

  12. I prefer nutty fruit cookies packed with oats more than any other type. These look delicious. Pinned! Sammie

  13. These cookies look scrumptious. Great shape…mine never look so evenly round.

  14. I so need these cookies in my life, chocolate chunks are the best!

  15. Congratulations on Nick’s graduation!!! Great choice of cookies <3

  16. There is nothing worse than a food craving but at least you were able to satisfy this one! These cookies sound great I’d go for the cherry ones 🙂

  17. Oh Liz – this recipe came just in time!!
    I need some GOOD cookies, and I love oatmeal in my cookies.
    They look amazingly tasty, and I hope to make them this week
    Thanks!

  18. Love the oats in these and the dried cherries are so unusual.

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