Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies

These Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies are full of goodness and gone in a flash! Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies

With school starting back, we took the opportunity to straighten a few areas around the house for a more organized attempt at a new school year. The pantry was one of the areas haunting me. So I did what only any reasonable mother would do, I stuck my daughter on that job. What will I do when she’s grown and gone?

I’ll have a messy pantry until she comes for a visit I suppose.

Anway, after a half hour she resurfaced to inform me that we had not one or two, or even three, four or five, but six bags of dried cherries on hand. What a nice surprise. But what was I thinking? Hopefully now that the pantry is neat (at least for this week) I’ll be able to keep better track of our inventory. But what to do with all those cherries?

A number of things popped in my mind, but cookies ranked at the top of the list. Cherries with what? Chocolate chips of course. And nuts. Walnuts. Definitely.

So I began hunting for a cookie recipe that could handle the heavy load. And, once again, Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours didn’t disappoint. Her recipe for Chockablock Cookies nearly jumped off the page as the perfect place for me to start. I made a few changes, exchanging the shortening for more butter, instead of molasses, I used honey, and dropped the coconut altogether.

My kids like basic chocolate chip cookies, and with the addition of the cherries and walnuts, I was already pushing it, so the coconut was out. But doesn’t chocolate chip, walnut, cherry and coconut cookies sound fabulous? Totally trying the coconut with the next batch.

Even though I deviated from Dorie’s original recipe, the cookies turned out just fine. More than fine really. Quite tasty indeed. And they were gone in a flash. These Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies are chewy, with a slight crunch, and totally satisfying for that sweet tooth. This would be a fantastic cookie to have for the holidays, but I’m not waiting until then to make another batch.

Thank goodness I have more cherries.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Cherry Walnut Cookies
 
Inspired by and adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: Makes about 4 dozen.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 12 oz. (2 cups) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Line baking sheets with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together by whisking.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, (or large bowl using hand mixer) using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the honey and beat for 1 minute.
  6. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating a full minute after adding each egg.
  7. Lower the mixture speed, add the oats and combine well.
  8. Add the dry ingredients mixing only until just combined.
  9. Gradually add the chocolate chips, cherries and walnuts, turning the mixer on and off quickly to combine. Or stir in the last 3 ingredients with a heavy duty spoon or rubber spatula.
  10. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto the lined baking sheets about 1½-2 inches apart.
  11. Bake in 325°F oven for about 15-18 minutes, turning once halfway through baking time.
  12. When cookies are done, let cool on baking sheets for a minute or so, then carefully place on cooling racks until you can safely touch them to gobble them down with a nice cold glass of milk.

Comments

  1. says

    I love dried cherries so much because they remind me of summers vacationing in northern Michigan! I have made cookies with them before and they are the one dried fruit I truly LOVE. These look delicious!

  2. says

    Oooohhhh…can’t wait to try these! Love the combination of cherries and chocolate anyway but then to add in some walnuts along with the oats…well, my mouth is watering. Fantastic recipe as always, Amy.

  3. Melinda says

    Yum! What a sweet pantry find! I’m going to have to send my daughter in the pantry soon – I’ll be happy if she finds one bag of dried cherries! :)

  4. says

    Oh nice job! Those sound lovely and I bet the were gone in a flash. I think that I will go buy a a bag of dried cherries and see if the monkeys notice the addition ;)

  5. says

    Oh nice job! Those sound lovely and I bet they were gone in a flash. I think that I will go buy a a bag of dried cherries and see if the monkeys notice the addition ;)

  6. says

    My brain’s working along the same track as yours, only I was wanting to put those flavors into some ice cream. The cookies look great too!

  7. delicieux says

    These cookies look fantastic!!! Definitely going to be added to my must cook list.

  8. Robyn says

    Umm, these look delicious. I think I’d use all the dried cherries in the exact same way. Why mess with success? And ya know what? Cookies are a great reward for a clean pantry. I wonder if I could get my son to clean out my pantry? I so need a daughter.

    Robyn

  9. says

    Hmmmm – they look absolutely perfect. Wish I had a couple or 3 or 4 or 5 of these in front of me right now.

  10. says

    Fantastic photos! And the cookies look like they fall into the “can’t eat just one” category. Your dried cherry overload (6 bags!) sounds eerily like my powdered sugar problem. My husband went through the pantry the other day and pulled out 5 or 6 bags of it.

  11. minibaker says

    i have lots of glace cherries! can i replace the dried cherries with these? If not, do you have any recipe that i can use to clear my dried green and red glace cherries??Thank you

  12. says

    love these type of cookies – you can swap out any number of fruits like cranberries, dried blueberries, cherries, raisins . . . whatever tickles your fancy!!

  13. Jackie says

    Hi

    You say in your headnotes, that next time you will be adding coconut to this batter, how much?

    • says

      Hello Jackie!

      I’ve yet to make them with coconut, but I’m guessing between 1/4-1/2 cup. Hope that helps.

      ~ Amy

  14. Rose Silver says

    Yum! All of those ingredients are truly perfect for cookies. I will surely love to try this one.

  15. Melanie Schoenhut says

    Those combination of the ingredients are truly the best. I guess some cream cheese frosting on the top will make it yummier.

  16. Soni Parg says

    I am always looking for cookie recipes that substitute honey for sugar! This looks yummy!

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