Chewy Oatmeal Cherry Cookies Recipe

I’ve been craving oatmeal cookies recently and never seemed to have the ingredients to make them.  If I had oatmeal, I didn’t have flour.  If I had raisins, I had no brown sugar! This crazy cycle went on for weeks before I finally got together all the ingredients and remembered I wanted to make them.

It actually wasn’t until I pulled dried cherries out of my husband’s lunchbox the other day that I realized I  had everything needed to make some oatmeal cookies with cherries. It’s a really simple recipe and sure to be a family favorite! I got the base recipe from and substituted the dried cherries for raisins :)


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Cool slightly, remove from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

The finished product came out very yummy and stayed chewy for a couple days.  Daddy thought they were BANGIN‘ and even asked for me to add a few extra to his lunch box so he could share them with his coworkers the next day!

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AMAZING Pretzel Bites Recipe

Yesterday was National Pretzel Day {did you see my announcement on Facebook?} so to honor my favorite type of bread, I hit the kitchen cabinets and rounded up the ingredients to make this amazing pretzel bites recipe!

I love pretzels and when I lived in VA, I would find any excuse to go by the mall so I could grab a fresh Auntie Annie’s pretzel when in town. After moving to California, I suffered serious pretzel withdraw and actually tried to make my own – they didn’t come out good at all!  I threw the idea by the waste side until I realized that yesterday was National Pretzel Day.  I ran to my favorite chef’s recipe book and grabbed Alton’s Brown’s Soft Pretzel Recipe!


  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil, for pan
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • Pretzel salt {I didn’t have any so I just used kosher salt and they still came out great.}

Here’s What You Do:

Combine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.

Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. {I cut the ropes into 1-inch pieces to make pretzel bites!} Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.

Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes {Since the pretzel bites are much smaller, they only took about 7 minutes to cook}. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

I seriously couldn’t believe how delicious these were.  Even Little Man {who’s picky about everything he eats} loved them and kept coming back for more!  The outsides were nice and, for lack of a better word, “glazed”, while the insides were beautifully fluffy :)

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