Let me give you some life advice. It’s best to always have some homemade cookie dough stashed in the freezer for when an emergency strikes! And when that dough comes in the form of Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies…. you’re winning at life.

Freezer cookie dough is mandatory at the Dawson / Dalkin household. It’s always there, and always pre-portioned. That way when the sweet tooth strikes, I can quickly grab a cookie dough ball or two and pop it in the oven to bake!

These Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies have been the most recent stash in the freezer and I can’t get enough. All that chocolate, the chewy dried cherries and the salt on top… YES YES AND YES.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
Make these this weekend and you’ll be in BUSINESS!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 8 oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate disks, rough chop
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • maldon sea salt flakes for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixer, combine the softened butter and brown sugar with a paddle attachment. Let whisk for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Add the flour, baking soda, sea salt and baking powder and slowly combine, making sure not to overmix the batter. Add the oats, chocolate chips and cherries and combine. Refrigerate batter for 1 hour.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop 12 cookies (2 tablespoons each) onto each parchment lined baking sheet and dust with a few maldon sea salt flakes. Transfer sheets into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies just slightly turn a golden brown color on the edges but are still soft and chewy in the middle. Remove from oven, carefully bang the bottom of the pan on a flat surface to make the cookies a bit more dense and release any air bubbles and transfer to cooling rack. Repeat process for remaining dough.


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