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Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

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With chewy, tart dried cherries and two kinds of chocolate, these Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies Chocolate Chunks are one of my favorite treats!

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies  with Chocolate Chunks on a white oval plate on a checkered napkin

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Y’all know I have a picky husband. He has faux allergies and a list of food dislikes a mile long. When it comes to cherries, his only acceptable form is in Cherry Kool-Aid, fondly referred to as “CK” in our household. I can’t imagine it tastes anything like a real cherry, but he’s turned our children into fans, too.

Me, well I’m addicted to dried tart cherries, especially the Montmorency cherries from Trader Joe’s. I gleefully add them to salads and cookies like these Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies with Chocolate Chunks.

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies  with Chocolate Chunks - irresistible oatmeal cookies filled with dried cherries and chocolate

Best Cookie Dough Ever!

I spotted the inspiration for these cookies on my friend’s blog, Diva Entertains. The fact that she named this recipe The Best Cookie Dough EVER sold me immediately. Then I found the same recipe on Oprah’s site, where all sorts of add-in combinations were listed, like pretzels, spices, nuts, dried fruit, candy bars, marshmallows. The sky’s the limit.

For this month’s Chocolate Party, cherries were the chosen ingredient to pair with chocolate, so I went with my favorite dried tart cherries and chocolate chunks. Naturally, these Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies with Chocolate Chunks were terrific. And now I have a nice stash in my freezer that I don’t have to share! I love these Loaded Oatmeal Cookies, too!

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies  with Chocolate Chunks

Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies  with Chocolate Chunks

Delightfully delicious cookies adapted from Milk & Cookies Cookbook

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Yield 3 dozen


  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, ground in food processor
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) white chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup dried cherries


  1. Put the butter in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until soft, then increase speed to medium and beat until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add granulated sugar and then brown sugar, beating till light and creamy.
  2. Add eggsand beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Mix in the vanilla and when blended, slowly beat in the dry mixture until well blended. Remove bowl from mixer. Add chocolate chips and cherries and mix by hand until just incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment. For each cookie, take about a 1½-inch ball of dough and place cookies evenly on prepared sheets, giving each enough room to spread. Bake until center sets and cookies are golden, 12 to 14 minutes.


Total time does not reflect chilling time or the time to make numerous batches.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 cookies

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g


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53 comments on “Oatmeal Dried Cherry Cookies with Chocolate Chunks”

  1. Lizzy, I have tried those tart dried cherries and my goodness they are really tart! I guess I should give them another chance by baking these cookies 🙂

  2. What?! That’s sacrilegious (although I must admit, I love cherry kool aid too)! I love cherries so much. BC’s Okanagan produces the best cherries ever (in my humble biased opinion). I buy bags ‘n bags of them every summer during that short production period and gorge on them. I love dried cherries too. These cookies sound amazing, Liz!

  3. These sound fabulous, Liz. I’ve still got my precious stock of dried cherries from Trader Joe’s from my US trip last year, as weirdly, we can’t find them easily in Paris. Dried cherries and chocolate rock!

  4. LOL. Faux allergies and Kool-Aid? Too cute!

    Your cookies are always great, Liz. .As witnessed at…Next time I’ll have to follow your lead and go with both white and semi-sweet chocolates =)

  5. Sounds like a great cookie! We just had some Bing Cherries with dinner yesterday-good stuff:@)

  6. I thought about making cookies for the longest time but when it came down to it it was too hot for the oven. These came out perfectly!

  7. Lol!! How cute… faux allergies 😉
    These cookies look so good.

    I loved taking part in this challenge, I am looking forward to going and seeing all the other delicious recipes.

  8. Your cookies look incredible and I lover that you don’t have to share!

  9. “Faux allergies”? You kill me! hahaha

    These cookies look delicious. This sounds like a great recipe and one that could be adapted to a lot of combos.

  10. What a great combination.. cherries with it! Wouldn’t have thought to make cookies with cherries .. that is a good idea indeed.

  11. These cookies look and sound amazing Liz! Cherries, white chocolate and the perfect cookie dough? Yes please!! That’s hilarious about your hubby’s faux allergies – but at least you don’t have to share any of these yummy cherry cookies 🙂

  12. These certainly sound to be like the best cookies ever! Very yummy sounding and if Bill only knew ………… I wish there was something Scott didn’t like that I could put in my favorite cookies!

  13. I wish I could put my hands on these pie of deliciousness…Cookies and more cookies is what I want!!!

  14. I know a few people who “don’t like” certain foods… that they have NEVER tried! =) All the more for you! Beautiful. I need to check out that book.

  15. Love cherries on cookies. The combination of white and dark chocolate is brilliant.

  16. Liz love the cherry and white/dark chocolate combination.. Bet these were delicious!!!

  17. I so adore cherries, bought my first ones this weekend. And mixed with chocolate..heaven. Really nice cookies, I am tempted to try them with fresh cherries!

  18. Love these cookies, perfect for the chocolate party!

  19. I love cherries and dark chocolate together! These cookies look so incredible.

  20. These cookies look great! I’m totally obsessed with everything cherry including dried cherries which I just worked into some granola.

  21. I also love tart cherries (fresh are the best but alas the real delicious black ones don’t exist here… so I buy them frozen). Your cookies look fantastic. Dried cherries and oats would make delicious cookies alone, but two chocolates must create a heavenly mixture.

  22. These sound fabulous, Liz! Can’t wait to try them!

  23. Cookies with dried cherries and chocolate are just about one of my favorite things ever! I have to say it is a huge blessing to be married to a man who will eat absolutely anything I put in front of him – he is even becoming more adventurous about trying things he didn’t used to like – good thing since he’s my chief taste- tester! Anyway – these look really good!

  24. I’m with you on the dried cherries and pairing them with the chocolate sounds amazing! Your cookies look absolutely perfect Liz. I’ve missed a few posts because we were away in your nations capital, braving the high humidity and hot temperatures. It was a fun few days, my only regret is that I didn’t book a few more days there!

  25. These sound SO good. What a great combination for a cookie.

  26. Lizzy,
    Lovely cookies! I’m partial to cherries too. I hope I can come up with a post for this month’s chocolate party this month.

  27. Cherry is my favorite flavor, so when it comes to fresh cherries, I’m a fan as well! These look great – remind me of a chocolate chunk cherry ice cream I used to have as a kid.

  28. I love chocolate and cherries together! Your cookies look amazing!! Yum!

  29. I like the sound of the white and dark chocolate chunks!

  30. Faux allergies… LOL My hubby and kids have those as well. “Asparagus” for my eldest I am certain he feels makes his throat swell… as it is really green and really gross per teenager standards. I love you little cherry chocolate bombs. Super chewy and delicious.

  31. I love how your husband has faux allergies! What a great excuse for not eating something. I love dried cherries. I’ve made a lot of biscuit dough but I’ve never ground the rolled oats. You learn something new every day! xx

  32. Dear Lizzy, These would not last a NY minute in my home. Beautiful. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  33. This sounds fantastic. Love the idea of pairing chocolate with cherries! Give me a glass of milk and I’m a happy camper! 😀

  34. Baking with cherries and chocolate cannot be bad! They look like wonderful cookies and anything that someone calls Best Ever is always a good start to a recipe!

  35. A wonderful combo for the oatmeal cookies, Liz. They look fabulous!

  36. You`d make the best neighbour Liz, always with extra treats nobody eats in your house. I absolutely adore cherries fresh and dried, and these cookies are a perfect way to use them!

  37. Thanks for the call out Liz!!

  38. Chocolate and cherries. A winning combo!

  39. I love cherries and can’t wait for them to come around again. Cherries are in season at Christmas here. 🙂

  40. Lizzy , those cookies are fantastic ! Love the tart cherries and chocolate combo 🙂

  41. I would also be the only person in my house that would eat these. No complaints from me!

  42. I am not a huge fan of cherries, but I do like them dried – great cookies!

  43. Cherries in cookies! Somehow I didn’t think about that option. We love cherries and need to make cookies with cherries next! Thanks for your kind words on the picture of my cherry bar… hope to share it soon. It’s a baby step still. 🙂

  44. Cherry Kool-Aid… LOL! Your hubby is too funny. I would eat his share of these beautiful cookies happily. 🙂

  45. I love dried cherries too, and I know I’d adore these cookies! What a great combination.

  46. Oh, I will take 2 dozen of these cookies, please. Tell your husband to stay away from Michigan – we’re the cherry state! He’d be shunned 🙂

  47. —Liz,
    I LOVE chocolate mixed w/ cherries.
    What an awesome combination! Xx

  48. Oh my gosh, these are flipping amazing. I love cherry and chocolate together. Yummy!

  49. Dried cherries are my favorite food group–along with chocolate of course. These look perfect.

  50. A birdie just told me you have some of these delicious cookies in your freezer. I’m packing a light backpack and I’m on my way!
    Your husband sounds a lot like mine, LOL
    Thanks for sharing Liz and thank you for joining us again.

  51. These sound really good Liz, especially with the added oats. Great entry for this month’s #chocolateparty.

  52. These look perfect Liz, I love the white and dark chocolate with dried cherries.

  53. Liz, this looks like a keeper. Thank you so much for wonderful recipes.

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