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The Best Cookie Recipe: Coconut Cherry Oatmeal

Cherry Republic’s twist on the classic oatmeal cookie recipe elevates it to a whole new level with the addition of coconut, dark chocolate chips, and our Montmorency Dried Cherries. We promise that after this recipe, you will never go back to ho-hum oatmeal cookies again! Say goodbye to raisins and hello to Michigan cherries! Once you make them, don’t forget to tag and follow us on social @cherryrepublic and use the hashtag #cherrychef!

Full of nubby oats and plenty of sweet dried cherries, these lightly spiced cookies are pleasingly chewy in the center and crisp around the edges, with a hint of butterscotch from the brown sugar. They keep really well, so you can make them up to a week in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They’re also great for mailing when a package of cookies is in order. Send them in one of our Collectible Spring Gift Tins!

We decided that it was time to ditch the raisins in oatmeal cookies and say hello to Montmorency Dried Cherries.

What Makes These Cherry Oatmeal Cookies The Best

The competition is strong, but here is why you will fall in love with these cookies and not look back.

  • Moist and tender centers
  • Slight crisp on the edges
  • Sweetened with brown sugar
  • Loaded with oats
  • Studded with dark chocolate cherries
  • Sweet flakes of dried coconut
  • Buttery flavor
  • And everyone’s favorite: Montmorency Dried Cherries

The best cherry oatmeal cookies are crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The oat-to-cherry ratio in this recipe is perfectly balanced!

A little hint of spice accentuates the comforting oat flavor, taking you back to your childhood baking in your grandma’s kitchen.

So here’s what you’ll need to make the new and improved oatmeal raisin cookie:

  • Old Fashioned Oats: These are the flat flakey oats, also known as “rolled oats!”
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour, or you can actually even use gluten-free baking mix in this recipe too!
  • Baking Powder: To help the cookies rise.
  • Salt: To enhance and balance all of the flavors coming together.
  • Unsalted Butter: Softened. Use two sticks of butter, which sounds like a lot… but trust us.
  • Granulated Sugar: To sweeten.
  • Brown Sugar: To sweeten and give that molasses flavor. The darker the brown sugar, the more the molasses flavor.
  • Egg: For structure of course.
  • Vanilla Extract: A simple, yet important flavor to give this cookie depth.
  • Montmorency Dried Cherries: We are smiling just typing it. The best dried fruit and this cookies new best friend.
  • Coconut Flakes: Full of sweet and milk flavor, these tender flakes are perfect for this cookie.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Do we even need to explain?

Make These Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies Ahead of Time

A lot of cookies dry out over time, however our Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies only get better with time.

Oats have the distinct ability to hold in moisture when combined with just the right amount of sugar an butter. Oats are the superhero that keep cookies from drying out. That means that our cherry cookies are crisp when they first come out of the oven, but soften after several hours.

This also makes these cookies the perfect treat to make ahead of time for events, school, or your coworkers!

Common Questions About Our Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

WHAT ARE THE BEST OATS FOR CHERRY OATMEAL COOKIES?

Old-Fashioned Oats are the best choice to create the right flavor and texture in oatmeal cookies. However, in a pinch, you can use Quick Oats.

CAN I MAKE GLUTEN FREE OATMEAL COOKIES?

Yes! Make sure your oats are fully gluten-free, processed in a gluten-free facility. Then swap the wheat flour for Gluten-Free Baking Flour Mix.

WHY ARE MY OATMEAL COOKIES DRY?

There are two main possibilities. There’s a chance you mismeasured the flour, or you did not add enough butter, or you might have baked the cookies too long. Be extra careful when you measure your ingredients to ensure soft cookies.

DO SOFT OATMEAL CHERRY COOKIES FREEZE WELL?

Yes! Freeze them flat on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Then once frozen, move the cookies to an airtight freezer bag or container. You can freeze these cookies for up to 6 months.

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies on Wood Cutting Board

Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The classic oatmeal cookie recipe taken to whole new level with coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, and our favorite… Montmorency Dried Cherries!
Course Dessert
Servings 4 Dozen Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 ½ cups Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ⅓ cups Coconut Flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup Montmorency Dried Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine your oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat your softened butter and sugars until fluffy. Once fluffy, beat in your eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Take your dry ingredients and mix them into your wet. Then stir in your coconut flakes, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by the spoonful onto your cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool five minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
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