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.
Oatmeal Carmelitas- I cannot say enough about these bars because they will knock your socks off! With Valentine’s Day coming up later this week, I’d like to recommend a different kind of treat for your loved one. I mean, aren’t chocolates and flowers overrated? These Oatmeal Carmelitas will gain you major brownie points because they contain chocolate AND are homemade with love. These rich, cookie-like bars have a buttery, oatmeal crust and are topped with a layer of chocolate and lots of gooey caramel. They are very simple to make and are a fun change to the standard cookie.
I’ve seen variations of this recipe all over the internet lately, but I was able to trace it back to, what I believe is, the original recipe from Pillsbury from 1967. I am saddened that I have yet to come across this recipe until recently, because they are that good! I’ve made them three times since my cousin first introduced them to me a few months ago. They, without a doubt, will be a staple in my recipe book going forward. Enjoy!
Happy November! When I think of November, apples and pumpkins come to mind. Now I’m the first to admit, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin-flavored sweets – until I tasted these cookies. In college, my friend’s mom would send these cookies in a care package every Fall, and my friend was kind enough to share them! After the first year, I was hooked.
These cookies have just enough pumpkin flavor without being overwhelming. They also have a fluffy, cake-like texture, and the oatmeal and chocolate chips add another dimension. They are similar to cut-out cookies in the sense that you can eat them plain, or decorate them to your heart’s content! Have a happy Fall, and enjoy!
Recently I got together with my cousin for a baking extravaganza day! We whipped up Classic Brownies, Scotcheroos, AND we made one of our favorite things-Monster Cookies. They have a hint of peanut butter flavor and are well-rounded with a crunchy outside and chewy middle. The M&M and chocolate chip add-ins make this cookie a chocolate lovers dream. This recipe creates a large batch of cookies, so be prepared to share with others. The oatmeal in the cookies almost makes you believe they are healthy for you, so give them a whirl-enjoy!