One of my favorite weekend getaways is Door County, Wisconsin. Located on the “thumb” of Wisconsin, Door County is the ideal place to relax at a B&B, take in a traditional fish boil and enjoy all things cherry. Wisconsin (mostly Door County) ranks 5th in the Nation for cherry production. So when you visit the county, it’s cherry overload. Cherry pie, cherry wine, jam, juice, french toast… I snagged some dried montmorency cherries when I was there last and set out to create something yummy with them. These soft, oatmeal cookies are studded with cherries and chocolate chips. It’s a perfect combination of sweet, tart and chocolate all in one cookie. Add a little bit of Wisconsin to your upcoming holidays and give these a shot! Enjoy!
Oatmeal Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Yields: 3 dozen cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.) Combine the softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar in bowl and mix on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
2.) Add in eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated.
3.) Next mix in flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Mix just until ingredients blend together.
4.) Lastly, fold in the dried cherries and chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
5.) Let dough sit for 30 – 60 minutes in the refrigerator. While dough is resting, preheat oven to 350° F.
6.) Drop cookie dough by 2 teaspoons onto baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown on bottom and edges. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 1 minute then transfer to wire cooling rack. Store in air tight container up to 3 days or freeze.
Notes and Tips:
- I like to use semi-sweet chocolate in these cookies because the cherries and cookie base add sweetness and the bittersweet chocolate is a good balance.
- If you aren’t a fan of cherries, you could also use dried cranberries or raisins.