Walnut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

    37 min

    A lovely oatmeal cookie made special by the addition of chopped walnuts and dried cherries. If you don't have dried cherries, try raisins, currants, dried cranberries or dried blueberries.

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    Serves: 48 

    • 150g caster sugar
    • 175g dark brown soft sugar
    • 175g butter or margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 125g plain flour
    • 120g chopped walnuts
    • 245g porridge oats
    • 170g dried cherries

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Extra time:5min cooling  ›  Ready in:37min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In a bowl, combine the caster sugar, dark brown soft sugar and margarine. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each one. Beat mixture until well combined.
    3. Mix in the milk, bicarb, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to the egg mixture. Beat for one minute. Add the flour and mix until incorporated. Add the walnuts and mix again. Add the oats a third at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the dried cherries and mix just until they are distributed evenly.
    4. Drop heaping spoonfuls of cookie dough about 5cm apart on ungreased baking trays. Do not shape them, they will spread evenly during the baking process. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 12 to 13 minutes. The tops of the cookies should just turn a light golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven and let sit on the sheets for about 5 minutes before moving the cookies to wire racks to cool. Let cookies cool to room temperature than place in airtight containers for storage.

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    These were delicious, and a nice change from the standard oatmeal cookie. Changes I made: used regular butter instead of shortening, used cherry flavored craisins instead of dried cherries, and baked them only 10 minutes to keep them chewy. They were a big hit at a superbowl party! I got 3-1/2 dozen large cookies out of it.  -  27 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Read a lot of the reviews and noticed the trend of using dried cranberries instead of the tart cherries. I really think the whole thing that makes this cookie so yummy is the TART CHERRY so definitely stick with that- otherwise it's really a whole new recipe, not just a tweak. They really are delicious and the tartness of the dried cherry is nice departure from the usual sweet raisins in oatmeal cookies. If you want to make it special try dipping half in melted semisweet CHOCOLATE and letting cool on parchment paper, adding mini choc chips to the batter, or drizzling with chocolate(milk, white or dark)- all pretty simple if you melt it in the microwave. Those are things I do when I am making as gifts but I enjoy them as is myself. Also for the people with flat cookies who used BUTTER- just wondering if anyone tried COOLING the dough in the fridge for a bit before scooping and baking- that tends to prevent that sort of thing. I guess then you might want to shape them a bit since they won't spread quite as much themselves when baking.  -  22 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were fabulous oatmeal cookies, however next time I would leave out the cherries, as they tasted like expensive raisins to me. I think they would be perfect with just the walnuts. I substituted margarine for the shortening and they were perfectly chewy. Definitely a keeper!  -  02 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)