Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Pecans, and Dried Cherries are based on a fabulous, old-fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe. They’re jazzed up with chewy cherries, crunchy nuts, and luscious chocolate pieces.

If you’re a fan of cookies loaded with flavor and textures, these Easy Oatmeal Cookies are calling your name!

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies in a small white ceramic bowl.

Why You Must Make

  • These cookies are soft and chewy.
  • You can add any of your favorite ingredients from chocolate to dried fruit.
  • Cookies make great hostess gifts or as a kind gesture to welcome new neighbors.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Butter, Flour, Baking Soda, Salt

  • Dark Brown Sugar – Add some molasses to regular brown sugar to make dark brown sugar. See below for details.

  • Egg – Have at room temperature for easy incorporation

  • Vanilla Extract – I use the Nielsen-Massey brand. Never use artificially flavored vanilla.

  • Baking Powder – Unlike baking soda, baking powder almost always expires before you use it all. Make sure to check the expiration date and replace it if needed.

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats – A bit thicker and more substantial than Quick Oats.

  • Chopped Pecans – Toasted. Toasting brings out their essential oils which provide more flavor. You can gently warm your pecans in a dry skillet.

  • White Chocolate Chunks – I chop a Ghirardelli bar.

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks – Chop a bar or purchase a bag of chunks where you find chocolate chips in the grocery store.

  • Dried Tart Cherries – I stock up at Trader Joe’s. You can use raisins or Craisins instead.


You can take the basic recipe and add your favorites:

  • Substitute dried cranberries or raisins for the dried cherries.
  • Toasted walnuts would be a tasty alternative to pecans.
  • Add milk chocolate chips or any kind of chocolate chunks in place of the chocolate chips. Toffee bits are also very tasty!

Add whatever delights your palate! Feel free to make small cookies or even jumbo-sized cookies, just adjust the baking times. This old-fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe is both delicious and versatile!

Overhead view of Chewy oatmeal cookies on a white plate.

Tips for Making Chewy Cookies

I like to err on the side of underbaking versus over-baking my cookies and cookie bars. This results in soft, chewy cookies instead of crisp cookies. But there are some other ways to make sure you have chewy oatmeal cookies (and chewy chocolate chip cookies, etc, etc).

  • PRO-Tip: Using brown sugar instead of white sugar adds more moisture as does the addition of molasses. Dark brown sugar contains even more molasses than brown sugar, so that’s a nice way to add both brown sugar AND molasses!
  • PRO-Tip: Did you know you can make dark brown sugar from regular brown sugar just by adding a tablespoon of molasses to a cup of brown sugar? Mix well and use it!
  • As I mentioned above, decreasing the baking time will keep the cookies softer and chewier. Since the cookies will still cook from the heat of the baking sheet when they’re pulled out of the oven, the centers can look a little underdone and not be raw in the middle when they’re cool.
  • You can also experiment by baking at a slightly cooler oven temperature, like 325º instead of 350º. Less moisture will evaporate from the cookies at a lower temp. You may need to extend your baking time to compensate for the lower oven temperature.
  • PRO-Tip: Using part shortening and part butter will make for chewier cookies. I wouldn’t substitute all shortening for the butter in a recipe as the flavor of butter is key in great tasting cookies.
  • You’ll see recipes from Cook’s Illustrated with an extra egg yolk added to a cookie batter. More fat also assists with a chewier cookie.
  • Chill your dough before baking. And make sure your cookie sheets are cool before adding more cookie dough. Warmer dough and hot cookie sheets will make the dough spread more when baking, making the cookies thinner and more likely crisper.
Overhead view of a bowl of oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Oatmeal Cookies Healthy?

Oatmeal cookies are not health food. But they do have more nutritional value than other cookies since the oats provide fiber. And if you add dried fruit, there is a touch more fiber and a few vitamins.

How Do You Keep Oatmeal Cookies Soft?

To keep your cookies soft, make sure to store them in an airtight container. You can also add a slice of bread to your storage container as it will provide some moisture to the air surrounding the cookies.

Can You Freeze Oatmeal Cookies?

Yes, they freeze wonderfully. Your oatmeal cookies will stay fresh at room temperature for 3-4 days if kept in an airtight container. But they also will freeze well for up to 3 months. They should be packed in an airtight container or a freezer-quality

More Oatmeal Cookies You’ll Love:

The picky hubby will stop at every bakery we walk past craning his neck to see if he spies some chocolate chip cookies. Those are his favorites. My favorites, on the other hand, are oatmeal cookies. Chewy oatmeal cookies to be precise.

In fact, oatmeal cookie dough is like crack when it’s in my kitchen. I try not to take a nibble or I will have eaten 4 or 5 cookies worth by the time I get a grip on what I’m doing! Do you have a favorite oatmeal cookie recipe? Here are some more you might like to try:

This chewy oatmeal cookie recipe was first shared in January 2011. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

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Oatmeal, Cherry and Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white ceramic bowl

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chunks, Pecans, and Dried Cherries

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 16 large cookies

Jumbo sized oatmeal cookies chock full of chocolate, nuts and dried fruit! Adapted from America's Test Kitchen


  • 1 ½ sticks butter
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ½ cup white chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter till light and fluffy.  Add the sugar and beat again.  Add egg and vanilla, and mix in, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and mix to combine. 
  4. Add oatmeal and mix, then stir in pecans, chocolate chunks, and cherries, either by hand or with a mixer on low speed.
  5. Scoop out by ¼ cupfuls.  Roll into balls and flatten to about ¾ inch thickness.  Bake on prepared baking sheets, leaving 3 inches between cookies. 
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning the baking sheet around at the halfway point if baking unevenly. 
  7. Or you can bake up rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, flatten slightly, and bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  8. Cool for about a minute before removing to a cooling rack.  Cookies will look slightly underdone.


If you don't have dark brown sugar, just add a tablespoon of molasses to a cup of light brown sugar, mix and use as directed (you'll need more than one cup for this recipe).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 302Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 4g


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