Can I tell you a secret? Before eating these cookies, I was kind of scared of dried cherries. I even considered changing the recipe to Cranberry-Peacan Oatmeal Cookies. I am so glad I didn’t. I loved the cherries! They were bigger than cranberries, softer, and more tart. I absolutely loved it!
Wanna know another secret? I do not drink milk with my cookies. That glass — it’s a sham. I just poured it for the picture. I drink water with my sweets. So, those cookies were enjoyed with a pint size glass of water. That’s the truth. Well, in all honesty, I didn’t even eat those cookies. I ate some other ones. I ate the ugly ones. I do that. I pick out the ugliest ones and I eat those. I also make David eat the ugly ones. That way, when I share them with others, there’s only the pretty ones left.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies! I love that in a cookie recipe. It made that whole plate, plus about 4 or 5 more that David and I ate. You know, the ugly ones… I brought that platter to work and it was demolished! This recipe is a crowd pleaser.
Cherry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from Rachael Ray Everyday
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
1.5 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1.5 cups peacans, chopped & toasted
1.25 cups dried cherries
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpalt. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the eggs 1 at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually add in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the oats, pecans, and cherries.
3. Drop about 1.5 tablespoon sized balls of dough on the cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for about 3-5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool.
I used 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour. I think using all whole wheat would work fine in this recipe.
If sugar is a concern for you, I also think you could get away with less sugar. Maybe forgo the granulated sugar all together or do 1 cup brown.