We love using Michigan dried cherries in many recipes, from tossing them into a simple salad, including them in rolled pork filling, and a variety of yummy desserts and snack treats.

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 8 min


  • 1 1/4 c softened butter
  • 1 1/4 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 c quick or old fashioned raw oatmeal
  • 1 c Michigan dried cherries

YCC Michigan Dried Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place butter and brown sugar into your mixing bowl. Cream butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla at low speed, as not to splash, until well blended. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients except the oats,until well incorporated.
  3. Add dry ingredients slowly to the butter mixture mixing well. Stir in oatmeal and the cherries by hand. Adding in 3 to 4 stages until totally incorporated. NO dry spots.
  4. Drop by a rounded tablespoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet pan. Place 1-2 inches apart usually 3 x 4 or 5 per pan. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 8 minutes. Do Not Over Bake that will dry them out. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, then remove to a cooling rack. Now grab your favorite drink and enjoy the fruits of your wares.


You can use any dried cherry that you choose. Being a Michigander We prefer Traverse City, Michigan dried cherries. You can substitute imitation vanilla extract for pure but you may want to add another 1/2 tsp. You can also substitute dark brown sugar for light. You could add nuts and or chocolate to the mix.

About the Author - Kat

Kat first started working with Chef Dennis professionally in 1995 as his assistant for "Gourmet for You or Two" cooking classes he taught at Macomb Community College.

Over the years, she's worked alongside him at home and in the professional kitchen, as well as helping with managing and marketing at a small Best Western and historic B&B in Michigan's Thumb area, as well as local catering and classes.

She also offers coaching and business training at RockingYourPath.com.

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