Chewy Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Chocolate Chips

Emily Luchetti

Big Night Restaurant Group, The Cavalier, Marlowe, and Park Tavern, San Francisco

JBF Award winner Emily Luchetti’s #dessertworthy campaign is focused on reshaping the way we value our cakes, cookies, and ice cream. Here, she shares her recipe for soft and chewy oatmeal cookies that satisfy through a combination of tart cherries and classic chocolate chips, a perfect example of a sweet worth including in your daily sugar intake.


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips 


Put 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat to 350°F. 

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Add the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well blended. Add the milk, dried cherries, and chocolate chips. Stir until well blended. 

Place slightly rounded, 1-tablespoon mounds of dough on the parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between each mound. (If you have a small ice cream scoop, you can use it to form the mounds and place the dough on the sheets.) Flatten the mounds slightly with your hands or the bottom of a glass.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have browned lightly on the edges but are still soft in the middle if pressed lightly with your finger. Be careful not to overbake, as the cookies will firm up as they cool. Let the cookies cool to room temperature before serving. 


About 3 dozen cookies