chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with dried cherries

 

These chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with cherries are AWESOME!  Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and stuffed full of crunchy pecans, tart dried cherries and rich, creamy milk chocolate.  The perfect combo of flavors and textures, and worth every calorie!  It’s hard to say which is more delicious – spoonfuls of the sweet, chunky dough or the baked cookies.

 

dough for chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with dried cherries

 

I’m and old-fashioned girl at heart.  I grew up cooking from my mom’s 1950 edition of the Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, which is full of simple, delicious recipes, especially for cookies and cakes.  A few years ago I started going back thru this sentimental favorite cookbook and putting a few tweaks on some of my favorite recipes.  These Chocolate-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries were inspired by the “Oatmeal Drop Cookies” in that book.

Here’s What You Need:

  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup butter, room temp
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats (Old Fashioned, NOT Quick Cook)
  • 1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup Ghiradelli or Guittard Milk Chocolate chips

Here’s What to Do:

Preheat oven to 400.  Cream shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Whisk together flour, soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture until just combined.  Add oats, cherries, nuts and chocolate chips and stir to combine (don’t overbeat).  Using a #40 disher (or two spoons) portion dough onto silpat or parchment lined cookie sheets.

 

chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with dried cherries, dough portioned onto baking sheet

 

This is kind of a stiff dough, and the extra add-ins make it hard for the dough to properly spread while baking.  You have to help things along by pressing the dough balls to slightly flatten them.

 

flattened balls of dough for chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with cherries

 

Bake for 8 minutes, rotating sheet front to back halfway through, or until cookies are lightly browned.  Cool on sheets a minute or two and remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes about 3 dozen, depending on how much dough you eat. : )

Enjoy!

 

chocolate-pecan oatmeal cookies with dried cherries, plated

Chocolate-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries

Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside and chock full of crunchy pecans, tart dried cherries and rich milk chocolate.
Keyword Chocolate Chip Cookies, Drop Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 3 dozen
Author Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup butter, room temp
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups rolled Old Fashioned oats, not Quick
  • 1 cup dried cherries, coarsly chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup Ghiradelli or Guittard Milk Chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400.  Cream shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Whisk together flour, soda, and salt and add to creamed mixture until just combined.  Add oats, cherries, nuts and chocolate chips and stir to combine (don't overbeat). 
  • Using a #40 disher (or two spoons) portion dough onto silpat or parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten dough balls into 3/4" thick disks.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, rotating sheet front to back halfway through, or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on sheets a minute or two and remove to wire racks to cool completely.