These Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies are your favorite old fashioned oatmeal cookie made even better! With the addition of dark chocolate chips and chopped fresh cherries, they’re a sure sign that summer’s finally arrived.
Cherries, cherries, cherries!!
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When I see them in the store this time of year, I just cannot get enough of them.
Whether I put them in Pound Cake, Cherry Oatmeal Muffins, or we just eat them as is, they never last long here at the 365 homestead.
We also love oatmeal cookies, but I wanted to make them with something other than your standard raisins. I mean, those are good and all, but why not use what’s in season and think outside the box (haha, the raisin box! Get it??).
They worked perfectly, too and the use of the dark chocolate just seriously takes your cookie to another level.
For some reason, I feel more sophisticated when I’m eating dark chocolate, too like I’m special and it’s a treat.
Just humor me here, k?
So, RUN, don’t walk to the store to get some fresh cherries and make these cookies.
You really do need to make them.
SAVE THESE DARK CHOCOLATE CHERRY OATMEAL COOKIES TO YOUR FAVORITE PINTEREST BOARD!
The dark chocolate chips, the fresh cherries and the greatness of that oatmeal all in one cookie …
And I even give you permission to use more than the amount of dark chocolate chips called for in the recipe. You can barely see them (if at all), but they’re in there!
It may be because I only used a cup. See, when Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor cookies some chips, the stash had been broken into.
Oh, that lovable son o’ mine.
He loves to open up those bags and just help himself., he does.
Soooooo…when the momma is baking away and doesn’t take inventory of all necessary ingredients, she runs into some …what’s the word I’m looking for?
Hitches, snags, ah, forget it.
Things you’ll need to make these Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies –
- Parchment, parchment, parchment!
While you can grease your cookie sheets or put the dough on sheets without preparing them at all, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. Ask me how I know.
Use this stuff and you’ll just save yourself a whole heck of a lot of trouble trying to scrape the cookie remnants off.
Trust me. This Kirkland brand is the only kind I use because it rips perfectly every time and lasts me quite a while.
- A cherry pitter. This one had the best ratings on Amazon, but THIS ONE looks like a heck of a lot more fun AND you can pit 6 of them at once. Yes, SIX!!
Admittedly, I don’t have a cherry pitter and dug them all out by hand. Not fun, so you can be sure I’ll be adding one of these babies to my utility drawer pronto. No more red-stained fingers for this lady.
- Dark Chocolate Chips.
I used these, but honestly, I don’t care which ones you use. You use the brand you feel most comfortable using. Heck, you can even use semi-sweet or milk chocolate. BUT dark chocolate IS supposed to be better for you. Besides the delicious and good-for-you cherries in these cookies, too eating these are a win-win in my book!
- Parchment, parchment, parchment!
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Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 ¾ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup diced fresh cherries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with parchment.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cardamom, baking soda, and salt together.
- Stir in the beaten egg, melted butter, milk and rolled oats.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Fold in cherries, but do not overmix.
- Arrange by tablespoonfuls on prepared cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart as they will spread as they bake.
- Bake until edges are just slightly golden, about 10-12 minutes.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1-4 and these Dark Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies earned 3 1/2 rolling pins.
I’ve always loved oatmeal cookies and removing the raisins and substituting them with fresh cherries was a wonderful change.
And of course, chocolate always makes everything better!
Cherries will be gone before you know it, so go get some today!!
If you like these cookies then you’ll LOVE…
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!
This post was originally published in July 2014. Updated June 2018.
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