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Jun 14, 2021

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies are crispy and chewy, and filled with soft milk chocolate chips and dried sour cherries.

Milk Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies have the texture of a chewy oatmeal cookie but with all of the goodness of chocolate covered cherries! 

Every bite of these chocolate oatmeal cookies contains a delicious surprise. You might get a chewy dried cherry or amazing melty milk chocolate chips. Or, if you're lucky, both! 

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies with chocolate chips

This is the oatmeal cookie for the chocolate-obsessed. Plus, they are BIG! You'll definitely need to leave plenty of room between the shaped dough when you bake them. 

This recipe makes about 23 cookies.  You'll need to bake them with only six or seven on each baking sheet. My oven seems to work best when I only bake one sheet at a time, so I scooped dough and baked four sheet pans worth of cookies just to make sure all of the dough didn't run together to make one giant cookie. There is no need to switch out the parchment paper as it's totally reusable. 

Of course you can bake two sheets at a time if you know your oven well and rotate and switch up the baking sheets. 


Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookie dough

Tip for cooling baking sheets between cookie batches:

If you decide to go with my "one sheet pan at a time" plan, and you don't have a ton of sheet pans, you can use this tip for cooling your sheet pans between bakes. 

I usually let the pan cool a bit on a wire rack, and then, to get it back to room temperature, I set it right on my granite counter. This step will cool the sheet pan so quickly. 

If you don't have a granite work surface, you could use a metal griddle or anything that can withstand and absorb the heat... even upside down skillets. 

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie recipe variations:

While I love the milk chocolate chips in these cookies, you can use any combination of chips or chunks, including white chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. 

Instead of the dried cherries, you definitely can substitute other dried fruits. While raisins are an obvious answer, dried mangos, apricots, dates, or cranberries would be delicious too. One of my most favorite dried fruit is dried blueberries. I've used them in oatmeal cookies, muffins, and granola bars

For the dried cherries in these cookies, I used sour cherries, but any dried cherries will work just fine. I've recently become of fan of sour cherries since I make sour cherry muffins, so when I saw the dried version in the grocery store, I had to buy them. 

Chocolate and dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

This month, the Baking Bloggers are baking with oats. Be sure to check out everyone's recipes. 

Baking Bloggers

Baking with Oats or Oat Flour

Tools to make these cookies: 

First, you will need baking sheets. My favorites are from Nordic Ware

My other favorite tool is a #16 cookie scoop. It produces a perfectly rounded 1/4 cup scoop of dough. 

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe was adapted from Big Fat Cookies, published in 2004 by Elinor Klivans. It's a wonderful book with lots of delicious huge cookies! 

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Yield: 23 cookies
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 22 MinTotal time: 37 Min
These chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies are crispy and chewy, and filled with soft milk chocolate chips and dried cherries.


  • 7 3/4 ounces (1 3/4 cups) all purpose flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled (old fashioned) oats
  • 5 ounces (1 cup) dried cherries
  • 11.5 ounces (2 cups) milk chocolate chips


  1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees F with a rack in the middle position. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoal powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. 
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars for about a minute. Add the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract, and mix for about a minute. 
  4. Add the flour mixture and oats and mix on low speed until the flour is just incorporated. Add the cherries and chocolate chips and mix briefly until just blended. 
  5. Use an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, portion the dough into mounds and place them 2 1/2 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheets. 
  6. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 22 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet or 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

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  1. Your big giant cookies have been calling my name. These look fabulous too. I guess I need to go on a cookie baking frenzy!

    1. I've definitely been on a big cookie kick!

  2. Oatmeal cookies with a glass of cold milk, make a fantastic combo, love the addition of chocolate and cherry addition in these!

  3. Chocolate and cherry are divine combination and these cookies are decadent.


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