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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Dried Cherries

In Life:

Something that I’ve been working on lately is treating myself. As in, when I accomplish certain things, I reward myself with a little treat. If it works with training a puppy, surely it must work with me, right?

Sadly, all too often we forget to give ourselves a pat on the back and a little “treat” when we’ve done a great job. For me, more often than not, that treat is an actual “treat” – either an iced coffee, a cookie, sometimes a beer. For you it might be a new watch or an evening at the cinema. In the end, treats are personal and should be whatever feels like a reward to you.

Sometimes treats are hard to come by from other people. I’ve noticed in life, and especially in workplaces, that people don’t always get the treats they deserve. Whether it be a “good job” or the praise from their bosses, many people are left hanging when it comes to treat time. Most of the time that’s more a reflection of the boss’s personality than whether or not the employee’s actually done a good or poor job. Sometimes people are thinking great things about you, they just don’t take the step to say it out loud.

Let’s decide today that if you’ve done a good job and you know it, acknowledge that with a treat for yourself. Praise and rewards feel good, even when it comes from within. Give yourself that treat. You deserve it. Today my treat for you is this whole wheat oatmeal cookie recipe. With dried cherries. Oh yes, just for you. Because you’re good enough, smart enough and doggone it, people like you. Big thanks to Stuart Smalley for reminding us of that so often.

In Cooking:

So about this cookie recipe. I’ve been wanting to create a whole wheat oatmeal cookie recipe for quite a while. I try to make cookies sparingly in this house because I’m likely to eat them all, deserved or not. In fact, I’ve eaten three while writing this blog post. I had to hide the rest from myself. Yes, really.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Dried Cherries

If you’re a fan of normal oatmeal cookies, you’re going to love these. Frankly, I couldn’t even tell that I’d switched the white flour out for whole wheat flour. My secret is using whole wheat pastry flour. All the whole grain benefits of wheat flour but in a finer grain so that it works well with baked goods. The only brand I’ve been able to find so far is Hodgson Mill, which is fine by me because it’s non-GMO and that makes me very happy. Plus it’s available at my local grocery store so no special trips needed to find this bag of gold.

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

Something else we need to talk about is the sugar I’ve used here. This was the inspiration for this recipe actually. Zulka, a brand of Morena cane sugar, sent me a sample of their product to develop a recipe with. Their sugar is less refined than normal granulated sugar and has a better, sweeter flavor. It’s rich and tastes more like actual sugar cane. Which I love because it imparts an earthier flavor on the things you cook. Best part is that it’s cup for cup comparable to regular granulated sugar so you don’t have to make any special adjustments with your recipe. Bonus, this product is also non-GMO. Which again, I love.

Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar

Besides switching out the flour in this recipe, I also cut back on the sugar by about a third. I based my recipe below loosely on the Quaker Oats oatmeal cookie recipe. I’ve made that one my whole life and figured it would be a great place to start to develop my own recipe. I’ve modified it heavily and this change is sugar quantity is probably the biggest change. But guess what, I didn’t even notice the sugar was missing. They still were as delicious as I’ve ever remembered them.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Dried Cherries

And my final little tweak to the normal oatmeal cookie recipe is to use the sexier dried cherries in the place of boring old raisins. Sorry raisins, I love you, but you cannot compete with dried cherries. To start, they’re bigger than raisins and they stay juicier when dried (if that makes sense). They maintain a pleasant bite and lend a great flavor to the overall cookie. I’ve made that particular substitution for years and figured it was best in my very own oatmeal cookie recipe.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookie Recipe with Dried Cherries

So there you have it. A re-engineered oatmeal cookie that’s both more tasty and better for you. Can this day get any better??? (Clearly I’m a cookie nerd).

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries

This whole wheat oatmeal cookie recipe features dried cherries, whole wheat pastry flour and Zulka brand Morena cane sugar. The oatmeal cookie perfected!


  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (1 cup butter)
  • 1 cup Zulka Morena sugar (sub regular granulated sugar if needed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup dried cherries


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 ºF.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pastry flour, baking powder, cinnamon and kosher salt. Stir with a whisk to incorporate the ingredients into the flour. Set aside for now.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stop mixer and scrape down sides as needed to ensure even mixing.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Stop the mixer and add in a third of the flour mixture. Start the mixer and slowly add in the remaining flour mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape sides as needed to ensure even mixing. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  6. Carefully add in the oats and cherries. Again, mix only as much as needed to combine.
  7. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop cookie dough onto baking sheet. Space cookies apart about 2 inches.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Set on a wire rack to fully cool. Enjoy!

Prep:15 min

Cook:15 min

Total:30 min

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Full Disclosure: Zulka provided me with a 4 lb. bag of their sugar. I was asked to create a recipe but was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions and thoughts are sincere and my own.

Interested in purchasing Zulka? It can be found at Walmart, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Albertsons, Kroger, SUPERVALU, Food 4 Less, Superior, Winn-Dixie, El Super, Winco and many others.

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