Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries

One of my favorite bakers, Lindsey, of Gingerbread Bagels, inspired me to bake some oatmeal cookies this week.  She loves to eat all the add-ins from her cookie doughs…and I like to eat the dough.  No wonder I like her…we balance out each other!  Her cookies were studded with chocolate covered cranberries…they sounded fabulous.  Chocolate cranberries went on my shopping list, but I didn’t exactly like them when I tried a sample.  Plan B was to add craisins…oops, none in my pantry…but I did find dried tart cherries.  Whew….Plan C it was!

So many different ways to tweak these to your liking.  Add nuts, another dried fruit or chocolate covered dried fruit.  I hope you will mix up a batch of these chewy gems in your kitchen…

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries


Adapted from Ina Garten

  • 2 sticks butter (1/2 pound), at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 cups dried tart cherries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar till thoroughly mixed. Add eggs, then vanilla and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and mix till all flour is incorporated. Mix in oatmeal and cherries.
  3. Scoop out tablespoons of dough and place on prepared baking sheets, about 8 per sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for a couple minutes on pan, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 5422kcal Calories from fat 1894
% Daily Value
Total Fat 210g 323%
Saturated Fat 122g 610%
Transfat 7g
Cholesterol 808mg 269%
Sodium 1585mg 66%
Carbohydrate 852g 284%
Dietary Fiber 34g 136%
Sugars 632g
Protein 50g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Here is another great oatmeal cookie recipe…this one with nuts, dried cherries AND chocolate chunks.


  1. I would’ve never thought to add dried cherries to this recipe, but I think I prefer the tartness of cherries to the sweetness of raisins.

    -the constant hunger

  2. Hi Liz! Ohhhh your oatmeal cookies look delicious! Your writing is funny and I enjoyed reading it. I also like dough too. 🙂

    Nami @ Just One Cookbook (http://justonecookbook.com/blog/)

  3. Dried cherries sound like a great addition… Yay for Plan C!

  4. Hey lizzy..so thatz super flexible recipe 🙂
    I am a big lover of chewy oatmeal cookies:-)
    I have some dried cranberries..lemme give it a try this weekend:-)

  5. Indonesian In Turkey says:

    I love it Lizzy! and look like simple one to make ya… YUM!
    ah, and I have some award waiting for You..

  6. If the two of you got together there’d be nothing left to bake! Your oatmeal cookies sound wonderful and look tender and chewy, yum. Beautiful photos and dishes too!

  7. Pretend Chef says:

    I have dried cranberries in my pantry right now and your cookies have been added to my list of “makes”. I am so excited to give these a try. I’ll be sure to let you know how we like them. Yummy!

  8. Rosemary says:

    Love it when a plan (even C) comes together! Great looking cookies, and I’d be eating the dough, too. (Love the white dishes, too.)

  9. The Country Cook says:

    Lizzy – I know how much you like craisins..LOL. But I think tart cherries sound great in this too. Balances out the sweet cookie. I love how you improvise!

  10. southernlady64 says:

    I am a cookie monster big time. I love cookies and always eat too many when they come out of the oven.These sound just wonderful and so many variations. I will try these next time my grandson comes to visit. He shares his Nana’s love for them and likes to help. Thanks for coming by.

  11. These really do look delicious. My cookie monsters will really enjoy them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. vanillabeanbaker says:

    The cookies look delicious and your photograph of them is just lovely. I love the dishes!

  13. Diethood.com says:

    I bet these are fantabulous! I like that you included the dried cherries….yum!!

  14. Glad you went with Plan C – these look delish! I tend to be boring and go with classic oatmeal raisin – will def have to bust outta the mold and try these.

  15. These look delicious! I love the dried cherries too. Yum!

  16. Gah! Dried fruit! But, your cookies look tasty anyways!

  17. Bestfoodies says:

    I love a good oatmeal cookie, now all I need is a big glass of milk. Our family also likes walnuts in them. Pretty tasty!

  18. Jennifurla says:

    delish cookie, I was just thinking I wanted to make oatmeal cookies too!

  19. Great idea to use dried cherries in this. I bet they’d be good with white chocolate chips added too.

  20. These sound wonderful! I love oatmeal cookies AND dried cherries so I bet the combination would be delicious. I must try these!

  21. I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in forever – these sound awesome! I’m with you by the way, I love the dough more than the mix-ins.

  22. Pegasuslegend says:

    Gingerbread bagels was a great inspiration since these look magnificiant!

  23. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Cool, just the thing we need to make with our leftover dried cherries, such yummy cookies!

  24. Elisabeth says:

    Lizzy-dried cherries are such a nice addition to oatmeal cookies…we like it better than with raisins. Love the recipe from Ina Garten. A keeper, for sure. Yumm:DDD

  25. I love dried tart cherries. These look so pretty on such a pretty plate!

  26. Firefly@fireflyblog.org says:

    I love oatmeal cookies 🙂 they are my favorite!!!

  27. Love these Lizzy, sometimes I can find orange flavored dried cherries, they just add a little something. Have to find some and try these. I got your book out, I hope it gets to you soon. I’m gonna start calling you Lucky Lizzy.

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