Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookies | Barbara Bakes

A chewy chocolate chip cookie loaded with oatmeal, dried cherries and toffee. The toffee adds crunch and a delicious caramel flavor, which blends perfectly with the rich chocolate chips. For me though, it’s the dried cherries that make this an unforgettable cookie.

Recently Emily, Is This Really My Live, asked me to share my favorite cookie for her back to school treat series. I shared this long time family favorite cookie recipe with Emily and I thought it would also be perfect to include in my 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats this year.

This cookie is the one of the reasons I started Barbara Bakes. My daughter called me late at night and asked me for this cookie recipe – again. I got out of bed and gave her the recipe, but I decided I should put my recipes online so they would be easy to share.

It was one of the first recipes I shared on Barbara Bakes. Over the years I’ve adapted it for my altitude, and switched it from a slice and bake cookie to a drop cookie. It was Martha Stewart’s “Cookie of the Year,” on her TV show in 1998. Martha called it an Oatmeal Toffee Cookie but I call it a Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookie because cherries are the star of the show.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen 3-inch cookies

Cherry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Toffee Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup HEATH English Toffee Bits


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and mix on high speed to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add vanilla extract; mix to combine.

On low speed add the flour and mix just until combined. Add oatmeal, cherries, chocolate, and toffee pieces; mix to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop, drop by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned on the edges and still be soft in center.

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


adapted from Martha Stewart

Today’s post is part of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Brenda, Meal Planning Magic. Be sure and check out all of the fabulous treats the other 12 weeks of Christmas Treats bakers baked up for this week.

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  1. says

    Okay I just asked readers about Xmas baking today in my post (being that I think 6+ weeks ahead of where ever we’re at on the calender so really, it’s Dec 1 and then some in my head!) and I am so glad you’re posting a holiday series right now. Makes me feel normal :) And these cookies look to-die for! Chewy perfection!

  2. says

    Mmm. I’m going to try these for guest this coming weekend and I’m super excited. Pinning for later! AND I love your photo board! Where on earth did you get such a cool painted piece?! Is it something real of a prop?

  3. says

    You’ve got my cookie loving attention! A family favorite is always worthy of trying.
    Can’t wait to hear the reviews of my cookie tasting panel!

  4. says

    I still can’t believe it’s that close to Christmas! These look wonderful, and I’m so glad they inspired you to start your blog. :) I’m trying these for sure!

  5. says

    Your cookies look gorgeous and I love this combination of flavours, especially dried cherries with chocolate. Yum! Great story about why you started your blog – I also love that I post all my recipes in one place now so that I can always go back to those I liked and can direct people there if they want me to share.

  6. says

    So many of my favorite things in one cookie :) Heath bars were my favorite growing up so I love toffee and dried cherries are a staple in my kitchen! Great cookie creation.