Dark Chocolate Chip and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies. These cookies are the perfect marriage of a traditional chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookie. Made even more perfect because you sub raisins for dried cherries, which I prefer over raisins any day!
Before you start mixing your dough, make sure all ingredients are out, measured, and ready to go! It makes the process so much more smoothly if you do. You know I have a love for my Bosch mixer and it makes an appearance in my cooking and baking several times a week. It is a workhorse and knows how to do its job!!
Cream butter and sugars. Then add eggs and vanilla. Now, once the eggs and vanilla are added, it is really important not to overmix. At this point, all you need to do is mix to combine. This is so important because over mixing now will produce a tough cookie.
To make any recipe a one-bowl recipe, which I prefer to do (I will do dishes, but I don’t love to do any more than I have to!) here is what you do. Add your flour on top of the butter mixture. Now, add your baking soda and salt right on top of the flour. Gently mix the soda and salt just into the top half of your flour. That’s it. Now it is a one-bowl recipe!! You will notice this recipe is loaded with oats and has very little flour. The flour it does have is whole wheat. I love this as a healthier recipe!
Choosing the right kind of whole wheat flour to use in baked goods is so important! Most of the time when I hear people complain about whole wheat baked goods, they could have used a better flour for the product. In the case of cookies, my favorite kind of wheat is a soft winter or a whole wheat pastry flour. I grind my own in my Nutrimill grain mill. Farm Fresh wheat has been my go-to for a while now for purchasing the wheat. They are generational farmers who have a great product! If you aren’t grinding your own grains, you can always buy the flour. King Arthur has a great whole wheat pastry.
Last step is the chocolate chips (I went with dark chocolate because I love it!), dried cherries, and pecans. You could also sub in other ingredients if you prefer. If you want a semi-sweet, milk, or even a white chocolate, go for it! If you prefer adding in another dried fruit, that works too!! Not into pecans? Leave those out!
Time to get these ready to bake! I will always scoop with a portion scoop. Yes, I am slightly anal, but it is also really important to have consistent sizes for baking. You want all of them to bake at the same time and same rate! I love using these scoops for consistency. These were made with a small size, but I also use the medium scoop frequently.
And here they are. It is a beautiful cookie and so delicious! These are really good on their own, but we also love them dipped in a cold glass of milk!
Cookies are perfect hot out of the oven. They are even better cooled slightly. I find with any 100% whole grain baked goods, they don’t hold together as well when they are hot. So, give them a few minutes to cool off and they are perfect!
They make wonderful gifts, or just eat them all on their own! I love wrapping my cookies with baker’s twine.
Boxing them up is also a really great idea. If you are looking for seasonal boxes, these are a great find.
So, if you are looking for a healthier cookie option without sacrificing taste and flavor, these are it. They are loaded with whole grain flour, rolled oats, dried cherries, and so many other good things. You have got to give these a try!
Are you looking for other cookie options? I have a few I would love to share!!