Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Well, you guys, The Big Move is moving right along. I’m so excited!! We’re getting things packed up here and there, and next week, we’re going to play a little guessing game here on Bakingdom. Woohoo! I love games. :)

Today, thoguh, I want to fill you guys in on how things are going to be over the next few weeks. It’s sort of boring, but I want to keep you all in the loop. I appreciate that you take the time to visit me here, and it matters to me that you keep having fun when you’re here.

So. Here’s the 411:

My family is moving over 4,000 miles. It’s a massive move. We will be traveling for several days in March, and once we arrive, we still have to do some on site house hunting. In addition to that, since our household goods are traveling so far, and coming back to the U.S. from overseas, it’s going to be several months before we have all of it. For those reasons, I won’t be able to bake as much as I’d like to, which means fewer recipe posts, but there are some good things coming from that, too. The main thing is that I get to have some of my very favorite bloggie buddies doing guest posts over the next couple of months! :) So, even though I won’t be sharing as many recipes and creations with you, there will still be fun, exciting, and delicious treats to check out.

I’ll still be posting, too, of course, and they will almost all be new recipes or baking ideas, but there may be a travel post or two sprinkled in there, too. That’s not entirely new for me (as you Potterheads may recall), but it’s certainly not the norm either, so I’m excited to share things with you. Plus, thanks to the wonder that is the smartphone, for those of you that follow me, I’ll be updating my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@bakingdom) regularly, so I get to share little pieces of our road trip and experience along the way. :)

I just want you guys to know that I appreciate your understanding and patience, in advance, and also that I appreciate all of you. Thanks for your support and for hanging out here with me. You rock!

Now, have a cookie.

These cookies start out with my favorite basic oatmeal cookie recipe, which is just all-purpose flour, brown sugar, unsalted butter (or margarine), eggs, sugar, oats (I’ve used both quick and old fashioned with success), cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. This recipe results in a softer, fluffier cookie than a lot of oatmeal cookies recipes, which is what I prefer. If you want a flatter, crispier cookie, you can double the butter.

Next, I added my favorite oatmeal cookie add-in: mini chocolate chips.

And, finally, I stirred in some tart, dried cherries. I love raisins, but I don’t like them in my oatmeal cookies (or any baked good, for that matter), but these cherries are a different story. I love the bright, tart sweetness they add, and they’re an unexpected surprise in place of raisins.

I like for my cookies to be smallish, so I place one and a half tablespoon sized scoops, evenly spaced, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or Silpat mats. They don’t spread much, so you can actually fit several on a sheet, just leave about one and half to two-inches of space between them. You can certainly make these twice as big, but be sure to adjust baking times accordingly.

These always turn out so pretty and golden from the oven, and the warm, spicy aroma of them on the air is so inviting; it’s difficult not to eat them all directly from the oven.

I love how packed full of goodies they are, too; hearty oatmeal, rich chocolate, and sweet and tart cherries…what’s not to like?

Plus, they’re filling, oatmeal is breakfast, and they have fruit…absolutely no one can deny that these should be eaten for breakfast!!

So grab a cold glass of milk, or a hot mug of coffee, and dig in. I’d never judge you for eating cookies for breakfast (because then I’d be a hypocrite). Enjoy!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES
1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature (margarine for vegan/dairy-free)
1/2 cup (128 grams) brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
1 egg (1/4 cup applesauce for vegan/dairy-free)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup dried sour cherries
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add both sugar and beat until well combined. Beat in the egg until just combined and stir in the vanilla. Scrape the bowl. Add the flour mixture in two batches, mixing well between each one. Scrape the bowl, then stir int he oatmeal until well combined. Stir in the cherries and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Place 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoon mounds of dough on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Recipe by Darla

 

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  1. says

    Yee haw! I LURVE oatmeal cookies – so comforting. And I really like how you blinged yours out. Keep the goodness coming, D.!!

    P.S. I just realized that your birthday cake candles are still burning – I think that might be a fire hazard. But it’s a wicked cool one – Bakingdom goes ANIMATED!!

  2. Linden says

    these sound delicious! i should start adding mini chocolate chips to my oatmeal cookies. i’ll have to try the cherries too. usually i make oatmeal craisin cookies (just because i like craisins better than raisins), but maybe i’ll mix it up next time.

  3. Rosa says

    Oooh, so yummy! I love oatmeal cookies! And my kiddo likes them too since they are relatively healthy for her. :-) Thanks for sharing and good luck with the move! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible. Can’t wait to hear/see all about it!

  4. says

    OMG, these cookies look PERFECT, by which I mean they literally look like the quintessential, perfectly shaped, perfected baked drop cookie. Like, if you looked up “cookie” in the dictionary, there would be your picture of these, looking exactly like a cookie should look. This is the standard by which all drop cookies should be judged. Amazing! I just had to comment, because these photos blew my mind.

  5. Marcie says

    Oatmeal in cookies = my favorite! Can’t wait to try these. By the way, where did you get that adorable owl plate? I’m super jealous.

    Best of luck on your move! It can be a fun, exciting time or a difficult, trying one. Here’s hoping yours is the former.

  6. says

    These look AMAZING! I personally can’t stand raisins in any way, shape or form, so the idea of putting dried cherries into oatmeal cookies – with chocolate, no less! – fills me with giddy glee <3

    Good luck with your move, by the way! Sounds like it gonna be long and tough, but you've done this before, eh? Best wishes!

  7. says

    These cookies sound like something my hubby would love..especially since he’s a cookie for breakfast kinda guy. All the best to you and your family during your move :)

  8. stacey says

    made these tonight and am enjoying them right now…mmmmmmmm…. and yes, for breakfast tomorrow, too…i won’t be able to stay away! they are seriously so yummy! thank you!!!

  9. says

    1) I’m so excited to find out where your next post is.
    2) That owl plate is freakin’ adorable.
    3) Those cookies look great, and if you have them for breakfast, you should have at least six.

  10. says

    I just made these today, and they’re awesome! I changed the cherries and chocolate chips out for plain old raisins [we forgot to buy the chocolate, and the cherries were just too dang expensive!] I will definitely be going back to this recipe in the future!

  11. angie says

    i love your blogs! i live in germany and i am always excited about your new posts.
    i got a question about the amount of the eggs. on the picture i see 2 eggs but you mention in the ingredient list only 1 egg… *confused* :)
    gotta try them out quick!!! otherwise i need to eat the monitor… :)

    greetings from germany

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