I periodically buy packages of Welch’s Dried Cherries for a snacking treat or to make a super quick and easy dessert. But ever since I first bought a package, with a recipe on the back for Cherry Oatmeal Cookies, I’ve thought it would be really tasty to make cherry chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Since the recipe on the back of the package only made 18 cookies, I decided to come up with something different.
One thing I really wish I would have done, however, is to chop up the cherries. They make delightful lumps in the cookies, but there aren’t enough in a 5.5 oz package to get much cherry in each cookie and I didn’t want to make the cookies outrageously expensive by using several packages. Too bad I was too lazy to chop them! These cookies are really tasty and I will definitely make these again.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 (5.5 oz) package dried cherries, chopped
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Beat butter and sugars together until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, blend together flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Add to butter mixture, mixing well. Add oatmeal. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.
Chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-9 min or until slightly under done. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 minute on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies, which still won’t be enough.