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Giant Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These colossal cookies taste best when golden around the edges and moist and chewy in the center. With a glass of milk, they're polished off in no time by my grandchildren. -Irene McDade, Cumberland, Rhode Island
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening, butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the oats, flour, apple pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and orange zest.
  • Drop by 1/3 cupfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Press to form a 4-in. circle. Bake at 375° for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 402 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.
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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 24, 2017

    These cookies are big in size and big on flavor! You can use any dried fruit you have on hand!

  • delowenstein
    Nov 2, 2013

    I'd prepared these cookies and I did adjust the recipe to suit my tastes! I'd used pumpkin pie spice as the seasoning and I purposely substituted 3/4 cup dried cherries or Craisins & 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also dropped the dough by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets and the recipe made 4 dozen smaller cookies. I DID like this recipe, too! Thank you, Irene McDade, for sharing the recipe with Taste of Home! DELowenstein

  • Grammy Debbie
    Jun 19, 2013

    Very good cookies! I'm starting a little bakery business from my home and catering a few meetings for my office. I provided these cookies as an afternoon snack choice and the few that made it to the afternoon were excellent, but most people ate a big cookie as ther breakfast! No matter when they're eaten, they're delicious and I will definitely be making these again. I've substituted the dried cherries with cranberries with excellent results.

  • papanana
    Jun 29, 2011

    I buy dried cherries in bulk quantity just to make these cookies. Using the old fashioned oats makes the cookies more subsstantial, like a breakfast bar. I didn't have apple pie spice so I exchanged it for 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and allspice. I have make these cookies often! Thank you, Irene, for submitting it to TOH>

  • buddysboxermom
    May 20, 2009

    My variation is my husband's favorite cookie. I substitute the shortening with butter (tried it with shortening the first time I baked them and all butter is much better), I use Craisins and substitute the apple pie spice with 1 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger and about 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.