Old-fashioned caramelized sugar oatmeal cookies like my Grandma in Abilene, Kansas used to make, updated with Dried Tart Cherries and crunchy walnuts. Yumm!

Recipe Summary

Servings:
48
Yield:
3 -4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a mixer bowl, combine the white sugar, brown sugar and shortening. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each one. Beat mixture until well combined.

  • Mix in the milk, baking soda, 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 one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the dried tart cherries and mix just until they are distributed evenly.

  • Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Do not shape them, they will spread evenly during the baking process. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) 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 cooling racks. Let cookies cool to room temperature than place in airtight containers for storage.

Nutrition Facts

113 calories; protein 1.8g 4% DV; carbohydrates 14.5g 5% DV; fat 5.5g 9% DV; cholesterol 7.8mg 3% DV; sodium 89.8mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2006
I have to agree with previous "Razen Kane"'s review on this one. Not a spectacular cookie. Ok flavor and the cherries were too tart and too big for a cookie. Gave the cookies a slight sour taste. Might try chopped marachino cherries and maybe some nutmeg next time- if there is a next time. Sorry not a keeper for me. Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2005
I made these cookies a few days ago. These were the best! I made them with dried cranberries instead of the cherries. I have made a lot of oatmeal cookies I must say this is the best recipie I have found for oatmeal cookies. If you don't overcook them they are moist and delious. The whole batch was gone in a day!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2005
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! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/12/2006
I have to agree with previous "Razen Kane"'s review on this one. Not a spectacular cookie. Ok flavor and the cherries were too tart and too big for a cookie. Gave the cookies a slight sour taste. Might try chopped marachino cherries and maybe some nutmeg next time- if there is a next time. Sorry not a keeper for me. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2009
I made these all winter and my family loved them! I only made two small changes I used marashcino cherries and added a tiny bit of vanilla. The cherries turned the dough a slight pinkish color but they were barely able to cool before they were gone! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2004
A great alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies. Although very easy to make and very enjoyable they were not the most memorable cookies I have tasted. I think this is because the ingriedients are not overpowering. This is a safe cookie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2005
Very good! Unless you want your cookies to be round like a meatball you should press them down before baking! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
I would give this 10 stars if I could! I added choc. chips just to make them yummier! Read More
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