Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

A classic winter flavor meets a classic summer taste in Cherry Oatmeal Cookies. Try this sweet treat tonight!


  • 1 cup dried tart or sweet cherries, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated orange rind
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 4 tablespoons hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Soak dried cherries in 1/2 cup hot water for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain well.
  4. Cream shortening with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the egg, vanilla and orange rind until combined well.
  6. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Blend well.
  7. Combine the rolled oats and 4 tablespoons of hot water.
  8. Stir cherries and oats into batter.
  9. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 12-15 minutes, or until edges are golden.

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funnynloveable2002 7951034: Thanks for providing tips based on your experience with the recipe. I'm sure your fellow readers will appreciate it! Blair, editor for

I made 1 batch with just cherries...I found that by not soaking the cherries it made for a chewier cookie ! The second batch I made according to the directions(I substituted butter flavor shortening in both batches) and in addition I added 6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Both batches were perfect!

Whoops! It should be 1.5 CUPS of brown sugar. Thanks for catching that! The recipe has been updated.

How much Brown Sugar? It does not say if it is Cups/ or Tablespoons??? I will not make it until it has been changed. The cookies sound so good

@Audre - I often use applesauce or mashed bananas in baking recipes in place of oil or shortening. Perhaps start by using half applesauce and half shortening the first time, to see how the texture is.

reads like a good receipe, but I wish they could get away from Vegetable shortening. What can you use instead. Audre



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