Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Whenever I see some kind of chocolate I’ve not tried before, I usually find some justification for buying it, especially if I can bake with it. Recently, I found Schokinag’s semi-sweet chocolate baking chunks and knew that I had to have them. As much as I use chocolate chips, I knew that they would be put to good use.

Of course, the first test was a simple taste test. Quinn and I both gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up. Then, I started trying to think of just the thing to bake using them. While I flipped through shelves of cookbooks and countless bookmarked recipes, Quinn took the simple approach of unfolding the enclosed recipes and quickly pointed out his recipe choice.

I’ll admit that I probably wouldn’t have picked out this recipe on my own. While I love oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies, the dried cherry component just didn’t appeal to me. However, I have to say that after sampling the finished product, I was extremely glad I made them.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies | Bake or Break

I love the chewiness that oats give to a cookie. The merits of chocolate really need no explanation here. As for the cherries, I was really surprised at how much I liked them. They add a nice tartness to counterbalance all the chocolate. Although I don’t think I’d eat them on their own, their presence in these cookies is just simply delicious.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: about 48 cookies

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking sheets.

Beat butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually add to the butter mixture just until combined. Do not overmix. Stir in oats, cherries, and chocolate.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lined or lightly greased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until bottom edges are lightly browned. Cool on pans for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.


These may also be made into bar cookies. Press the dough into a lightly greased 13″x 9″ baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Schokinag.


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  1. Scatteredmom February 22, 2008 Reply

    Omg, those look DELISH.

    I must make em!

  2. Chibiuniverse February 23, 2008 Reply

    These look so good! I’ve never seen dried cherries before, are they hard to find?

  3. Michelle February 23, 2008 Reply

    W O W ! ! !

    My husband is currently obsessing over the new Diet Dr Pepper Chocolate Cherry soda and was just saying how I should make him some cookies. I think he would love these! I might try with semi-sweet chocolate, he isn’t a big dark chocolate fan.

    These look like pure yumminess.

  4. Meeta February 23, 2008 Reply

    WOW! That pops right out of the screen . making me want to take a huge bite. I love cherries and chocolate but pairing them in an oatmeal cookie would never have crossed my mind!

  5. Julia February 23, 2008 Reply

    I have been looking for an unusual oatmeal cookie recipe for a few weeks and now I can finally stop. These look really good! Beautiful photos too.

    Just curious but where did you find dried cherries? And were they sweetened?

    Thank you for sharing!

    You’re officially added to my RSS feed!

  6. I like a good chewy cookie with chocolate chunks and I think this one falls under that category. I love your photos. They really make me hungry!

  7. RecipeGirl February 23, 2008 Reply

    Nice! Completely delicious looking :)

  8. Amy February 23, 2008 Reply

    These look delicious! I’ve made something similar, with chopped almonds; the combination of dried cherries, dark chocolate, and oatmeal is killer…now I’m craving them again! I love that top picture – beautiful!

  9. brilynn February 23, 2008 Reply

    I can’t believe the cherries would have made you think twice about making these, they’re the main draw for me! They look great!

  10. amanda February 23, 2008 Reply

    I wouldn’ t necessarily have thought “oohh yum cherries!” but after reading your post, they seem like a good addition. Plus that picture is totally drool-worthy.

  11. Mandy February 23, 2008 Reply

    the combination sounds like a winner to me! And you really have a gift in photography. I can’t never take turn my cookies photos into something so…..desirable. :)

  12. jennifer February 23, 2008 Reply

    Scatteredmom, I hope you like them!

    Chibiuniverse, I found the dried cherries next to the raisins at my grocery store. They actually had many different dried fruits.

    Michelle, I haven’t tried the chocolate cherry Dr Pepper. But, I bet your husband would like these cookies if he likes that combination.

    Meeta, I probably wouldn’t have made these without Quinn’s urging, but they are so good.

    Thanks, Julia! Look for the cherries next to the raisins. Yes, I believe they were sweetened. They still have quite a tart kick, though.

    Aran, thank you so much!

    Thanks, RecipeGirl!

    Amy, your version sounds delicious. I bet those almonds were a great addition.

    Brilynn, to each his own, I suppose. I am a dried cherry convert now.

    Thanks, Amanda. These cookies made a dried cherry believer out of me!

    Mandy, thank you so much!

  13. Priscilla February 23, 2008 Reply

    Absolutely delicious looking cookies! You take excellent photos btw!

  14. JEP February 23, 2008 Reply

    Ingredients sound perfect! This recipe also has all brown sugar (& not as much sugar as a usual cookie recipe) which I like the flavor of better. Have only been able to find the sweetened dried cherries in local markets…I’m off to purchase. Drool-worthy photo, too!

  15. jennifer February 23, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Priscilla!

    JEP, I am also a huge fan of brown sugar. Hope you find the dried cherries!

  16. Cork & Feast February 23, 2008 Reply

    This cookie looks & sounds yummy. I’m a huge fan of dried cherries, dried cranberries and other varieties of mixed, dried fruits. I love adding them to salads (especially the dried cherries!) and bet you could play with this recipe, adding different types of dried fruits to the mix in order to change up the flavor and keep it interesting. Different dried fruits have varying levels of sugar and sweetness, so if you experiment, you might want to tweak the other amounts of sugar in the recipe to compensate for their extra sweetness (or lack there-of.)

  17. Francesca February 24, 2008 Reply

    I want to try these special cookies.I’ll tell you when.

  18. dhanggit February 24, 2008 Reply

    oh my god all your cookie photos look outrageously delicious!!! yummy

  19. noble pig February 24, 2008 Reply

    These look wonderful, a must try.

  20. jennifer February 24, 2008 Reply

    Cork & Feast, you’re so right. I think you could substitute just about any kind of dried fruit.

    Francesca, I hope you enjoy them!

    Thanks, dhanggit!

    noble pig, let me know what you think if you make them.

  21. Marq February 24, 2008 Reply

    These look awesome. It’s funny, after all these years of eating raisins, I’ve never seen dried cherries before! lol

    I’m definitely going to give this recipe a shot.

  22. Francesco February 25, 2008 Reply

    I would gladly have one or two now next to the coffee I am going to grab.

  23. Patricia Scarpin February 25, 2008 Reply

    These are sinful, Jen! I have never tried dried cherries, but I love the tart/sweet combination.

  24. jennifer February 25, 2008 Reply

    Marq, this was my first go with dried cherries. I’m not a raisin fan at all, but I do like other dried fruits.

    Francesco, I’m not a coffee drinker, but I would imagine these would go nicely with some.

    Thanks, Patricia! The tart and sweet sort of balance each other out.

  25. Hi Jennifer! I know you have a lot of readers and you have probably been tagged for a meme before but I’m tagging you again. I hope it’s ok!!!

  26. Tartelette February 26, 2008 Reply

    I am a new addict of the dried cheeries or cranberries in chocolate chip coookies. I was not convinced until B. urged me to make them and then I got hooked. I’ll try this recipe this weekend!

  27. jennifer February 26, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Aran.

    Tartelette, I hope you like the cookies!

  28. eh February 26, 2008 Reply

    i made these tonight but i used cherry flavored craisins. maybe i should try to find real dried cherries because the cherry flavored craisins were definitely gross. the cookies would be fantastic with just the chocolate chips alone, with the only change to the recipe being to omit the cherry craisins. or substitute raisins for the cherries, that would be better, too. just my opinion. :)

  29. michelle February 28, 2008 Reply

    I made these for another co-workers birthday and they turned out great. I subbed cranberries for cherries as the store was out, and there was no need for a change to the sugar levels that I could tell, they taste perfect. I did grate a bit of the chocolate so the cookies have chunks and a thorough chocolate hint. I love the way they bake up and keep their shape. Another very good recipe.

  30. katy February 28, 2008 Reply

    oh my goodness… YUM!

  31. jennifer February 29, 2008 Reply

    Eh, I’ve not tried the cherry flavored craisins. Not sure I’d want to, actually. I’m sure that any kind of dried fruit would work, depending on your preference.

    Michelle, I’m glad you liked them. I bet those cranberries were delicious!

    Katy, that just about sums it up! 😉

  32. Carla March 2, 2008 Reply

    This cookies look wonderful! I’ve been visiting your site for quite awhile now. I am in love with your photography (and your girl scout cookie recipes lol).

  33. Carla March 2, 2008 Reply

    Crap, wrong blog! I swore the girl scout cookies were on here. Now I made a fool of myself and can’t even delete my comment. Still, I love your photography!

  34. jennifer March 2, 2008 Reply

    Carla, don’t worry about it! Thanks!

  35. Bakerella March 7, 2008 Reply

    A friend of mine at work made these (she loves your blog, too) She brought me one to taste and they were really yummy. It’s a good thing she only had a few left. I think I would have eaten the whole batch.

  36. jennifer March 7, 2008 Reply

    I’m so glad you liked them, Bakerella! They’re a bit different, but I’m so glad I tried them.

  37. furiousball March 12, 2008 Reply

    I just ruined another keyboard with drool. Where do I send the bill? 😉

  38. jennifer March 12, 2008 Reply

    furiousball, thanks for this morning’s first laugh!

  39. kim March 22, 2008 Reply

    Made these this evening for Easter. They turned out perfect. They are sooooo delish!!!

  40. jennifer March 22, 2008 Reply

    Glad you like them, Kim! Happy Easter!

  41. Maegan June 5, 2008 Reply

    These are my husband’s new all-time favorite cookie. I make the dough as-is, then freeze chunks of it on a cookie sheet (and then put them into a ziploc when they’re frozen). Then, when he wants a few, I put them in a 400 oven and bake! They’re SO good! (And if you live near an Aldi, dried cherries aren’t very expensive there.) Thanks Jennifer!

  42. jennifer June 5, 2008 Reply

    Maegan, I’m glad they were a hit! :-)

  43. Becca June 13, 2008 Reply

    I added a dash of cloves, a bit of dark brown sugar, some regular sugar, and a tbsp or two of butter flavored shortening and my co-workers can’t stop grabbing them. They loved them! I must admit that the cherry adds some zing.

  44. jennifer June 13, 2008 Reply

    Becca, I’m glad they were a hit! Your additions sound like great ideas.

  45. Puma92 March 3, 2009 Reply

    I just finished making these…very good…however they didn’t spread for me. But a lot of cookies do not, I actually do not know why it really is a strange phenomena I think my oven is plotting a gainst me…however my second time I lessened the amount of flour and outs and put 1/4 c. White Granulate sugar 3/4 c. Brown and substitute 1/4 c. Shortening and 1 1/4 t. Baking Soda …it worked for me I ALWAYs doctor my cookie recipes to make them spread…..does anybody know why? Any way awesome recipe = )

  46. Julia April 6, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for all the recipes. These cookies turned out great! I used craisins and semi-sweet chips since they were in the house…I look forward to the cherries (they are just so expensive~ and hard not to eat just on their own!).

  47. smalts December 25, 2009 Reply

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  48. Elizabeth May 7, 2010 Reply

    Hi! I just came across this post when I was looking for a different kind of oatmeal cookie. These definitely caught my eye! I ran out to the store to get some dried cherries and whipped a batch up last night! My hubby could not stop eating them! They were such a treat! I love the combo of the sweetness and tartness! These will definitely become a new staple in our house! :) Thanks for posting!

  49. Brian June 2, 2010 Reply

    Just acquired some beautiful dried cherries. THIS is the recipe I will be making. They look stunning!

  50. gloria August 28, 2011 Reply

    Just got done making these-WOW~ Definitely going on my cookie exchange for this holiday.Thanks!

  51. Michelle June 16, 2012 Reply

    I made this recipe as a bar cookie in a 13×9 pan and they were absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make them again!

  52. Paula July 3, 2012 Reply

    WOW!! I made these just now for the first time and they turned out AMAZING! I was hesitant to bake these at first- as I always am when it comes to a new cookie recipe- especially since I’ve been trying to make the perfect chewy and gooey oatmeal cookie for a long time. This is it. I’m jotting down this recipe now into my recipe box. Thank you so much!!

  53. Amy April 20, 2013 Reply

    These are quite delicious! My boyfriend requested an oatmeal cookie and came across this recipe. I used semi-sweet morsels and they are just as yummy. He approves and we think that the cherry makes an awesome addition. Thanks for the recipe :)

  54. sarah swanson September 8, 2013 Reply

    Great recipe!!! I made these yesterday. I only had the extra large chocolate chips but other than that stuck exactly to the recipe as written. These cookies are super-yummy. They turned out perfect. Thanks for posting! I have a batch in the oven right now to which I added slivered almonds. Cant wait to try them :)

  55. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 13, 2013 Reply

    I’ve made this recipe a bunch of times, and that it is a keeper!


  56. Diane D January 5, 2014 Reply

    We are snowed in here in Michigan with up to 18 inches expected tonight! I decided to make these little gems due to the fact that I had all of the ingredients and they sounded incredible, if not slightly healthy. They turned out just like the ones in your picture and taste amazing! Thank you for making us a happy, content, albeit snowy bunch.

  57. Holly January 11, 2014 Reply

    Like Diane, I’ve been looking for a good cookie recipe to beat the winter snow doldrums here in Michigan. Plus my husband is a resident doctor and wanted to bring a treat in to his team, so I was able to accomplish both goals with this recipe. He said they were a big hit! I felt like they were slightly healthier than your average chocolate chip cookie with the oatmeal and the cherries, and this recipe had everything I was looking for. Thanks for a great one that I will be keeping in my recipe box.

  58. Marie April 15, 2014 Reply

    I had some dried sour cherries that i needed to turn into a less healthy snack. These cookies were perfect! I did sub in half whole white wheat flour and 1/4 cup applesauce for 1/4 cup of the butter. I used dark brown sugar. Fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe!

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